What's your morning routine? We all have certain tasks we do every morning to get ready for our day. If you're a cat at our house, your routine is very specific and may vary seasonally as the sunny spots change, but in general it goes something like this:
Crack of Dawn -- Rise and shine!
Lily wakes up and begins picking at doors, clawing at walls, and meowing piteously..."Feed me!" Tinsel sleeps until someone is ready to get up.
6:00 AM -- Breakfast
Lily woofs down all of her food and Tinsel's too. Cats are shifted and put into confined areas so that Tinsel can eat. Lily escapes and fighting ensues.
6:15 AM -- Treat
Cats wait by the fridge (see top left photo) for a morsel of deli ham or turkey, a real highlight of their day. Lily gets a series of tiny morsels in order to occupy her while Tinsel enjoys her larger piece.
7:00 AM -- Personal hygiene
Lily spreads her front legs and washes her belly sitting up, redneck fashion (see top right photo). Tinsel bathes daintily. Both kitties use one of our three litter boxes. Lily plays in the litter and scatters it all around the floor.
8:30 AM until noon -- Nap time
Lily walks along aimlessly, then flops down to nap in any random, sunny spot she happens to find. Tinsel always naps behind the large plant in a jungle-like setting (see lower photos). Kitties shift positions as the sun moves overhead.
This is the morning routine. Unless something unexpected happens, it's the same every day. You can almost set your watch to it. According to Stephen Covey, "Our character is basically a composite of our habits." This is certainly true of Tinsel and Lily. How about you?