Madam Paddy Cat has settled in well here in Taunusstein, but while I was in Iran, she developed a trick which we are now struggling to get her to stop. She wakes up at around 05.00 and demands her breakfast. Loudly. Persistently and without let-up until someone surrenders.
As Mausi has to get up anyway at 06.00 we could do without this morning battle of wills, something my son found he faced when he was looking after Madam before we came to Germany. As he put it, on the morning she 'decorated' his duvet with what he calls a 'technicolour yawn', forcing him to race to the washing machine and, in ambush, step into a deposit she had made earlier, he realised that he had underestimated his enemy. She has learned quickly that, at the first strident "Miaaaow!" my instant reaction is to swipe at her with my pillow. So, she hides behind Mausi, only sticking her head 'over the parapet to repeat her 'Miaaow' in response.
Now that she has discovered that Mausi won't play ball either, she hides just outside the bedroom door and sqwarks around the edge. My sock missiles have the effect of silencing her for perhaps five minutes, but just as you are drifting back into that precious last hour's sleep - "Miaaaow!" erupts to shatter the moment.
My sock bombs don't always find the target, my 'aim off' doesn't always get the right ricochet, but we are at least getting to the point where Madam has learned that if she waits for the radio alarm to come on - she gets fed. It's taking a while and sometimes we 'forget' and don't wait for the alarm. The Battle of Wills continues unabated...
I'd love to know what got it into her tiny mind that waking her people up at 05.00 to give her breakfast would endear her to any of us...
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