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02/11/2011
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“Cats were put into the world to disprove the dogma that all things were created to serve man.”  Paul Gray

Tangy: A Day In The Life Of An Indolent Cat...

Tangy: A Day In The Life Of An Indolent Cat...

Our family cat Tangy is a very sweet American, short-hair, tabby cat. He is lazy like many of his kind who spend their lives indoors; indulged and waited on hand and foot. We got him at an animal shelter about 5 or so years ago and he has become not only the baby of the family, but also a loving, cuddly companion who acts like he owns the place. I was speaking with a friend today and I mentioned how he often finds a way to inform us when we are running out of cat food. He goes to the pantry cupboard, meows at the almost empty box and kicks it a few times…. “I wonder what he would say if he could speak to me directly?” I said. She laughed.

Sure enough, a prompt came via email about who we’d like to speak/not speak for 24 hours… Naturally, I’d like Tangy to fill in the meow gaps. But how does he spend his day? I’ll give you a snap shot below and then you can read more about him in these other posts: Tangy Our Mishpocha and Our Pet Cat And His Tendencies.

“I have noticed that what cats most appreciate in a human being is not the ability to produce food, which they take for granted – but his or her entertainment value.”  Geoffrey Household

Tangy: A Day In The Life Of An Indolent Cat...

Tangy: A Day In The Life Of An Indolent Cat...

Our Tangy’s schedule:
Between 1:00 – 5:30am: Plays with his imaginary friends and catnaps in between. Periodically, dashes up and down the hallway before napping.
Between 5:30 – 7:30 a.m: Scratches on our bedroom door demanding company and food.
Between 7:30 – 8:30 a.m: Meows at staircase door to be let out; especially as he see members of the family going in and out… and then wanders off to the dining area to look outside and wait for the black and white cat, squirrels, or even deer that stop by.
8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Sleep, eat, poop, chew the furniture, his toys, shoes, magazines and newspapers, play on the hardwood floor, check himself out in my bedroom mirror, climb into any empty box or bag big enough to hold him … and make frequent trips to the kitchen to eat. More below…

Our Tangy loves to sleep and he prefers to sleep in confined spaces; ideally cozy ones where he can cuddle up and wrap himself in a blanket, towel or a t-shirt. He loves boxes and whenever we get a package in a large enough box, we let him climb in and enjoy a nap for a day or two before we toss it. Sometimes, I wonder if he’d give Garfield a run for his money in the  entertaining or lollygagging department?  More on Tangy below. 😉 *** Come back later for more pictures on Tangy!

“There is something about the presence of a cat…that seems to take the bite out of being alone.” Louis Camuti

Tangy: A Day In The Life Of An Indolent Cat...

Tangy: A Day In The Life Of An Indolent Cat... Tangy as a kitten...

Tangy: A Day In The Life Of An Indolent Cat...

6:30 – 10 p.m: Hang out with family members, demand back rubs and ball games, walk on furniture, lie on dining table, rub against humans and purr happily when attention is given.
10 p.m. – 1 a.m: Eat, poop, sleep curled up on the sofa or in a box. Will wake up soon to really start his day all over again with some variation on the same routine.

While I used a time line above to give you a sense of his schedule, it isn’t a definitive timeline. His schedule revolves around his sleep time and everything else follows his sleep schedule. As you might know, cats love to nap hence the term ‘catnap.’ He probably sleeps for about 17-19 hours a day and when he’s awake, he plays, eats, and demands a back rub. One thing Tangy loves to do is rub against your leg or arm or even face and as Susan McDonough suggests, “When your cat rubs the side of its face along your leg, it’s affectionately marking you with its scent, identifying you as its private property, saying, in effect, ‘You belong to me.” I can live with that. What about your cat? What are your thoughts? Do you have a pet at home? What is a typical day like for yours? How does it treat other members of the household? Do share! Thank you. 🙂

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: If you could make anyone in the world stop talking for 24 hours, who would it be? And why? And if you could make anyone talk more for 24 hours?

Positive Motivation Tip: Enjoy the company of your lazy cat… at least he’s not running you ragged.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my collection

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

28 Comments leave one →
  1. 02/11/2011 9:08 pm

    I kind of miss having a cat now!

  2. 02/11/2011 10:26 pm

    We also have a cat in our house and sleeping in confined spaces is also his hobby.Good thing you really have time to observe the timetable of tangy huh..hehehe

  3. 02/11/2011 10:29 pm

    Tangy is a real cutie and I enjoyed a small glimpse into Tangy’s day! I also like your tip of the day on your posts…..excellent idea! My pirate mind may copy the idea. Mind?

  4. 02/11/2011 11:39 pm

    “Sleep, eat, poop, chew the furniture, his toys, shoes, magazines and newspapers, play on the hardwood floor, check himself out in my bedroom mirror, climb into any empty box.. – you’ve written a wonderful, perfect and amusing tribute for your companion!!!

  5. 03/11/2011 12:00 am

    Well it is so nice to see this post about your cat. I love cats as you may have noticed from my recent post on my two cats Thai-G and Little Baby. Thai is a very intelligent cat that has a variety of human-like behaviors. For example he lets me give him in a bath in the bathtub and he always stands on the toilet seat waiting for me to get out of the shower, so that I can sprinkle him with water and wet his coat. And while I dry myself off, he does the same at my feet. 🙂 Yeah I love their meditative state of mind as well.

  6. 03/11/2011 1:59 am

    Our pet shop has animal quotes on the walls. My favourite: Cats were once worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.

  7. 03/11/2011 3:36 am

    A lovely story!

    Cheers
    Lorraine

  8. 03/11/2011 4:20 am

    Tangy sounds like an ideal friend. Yours is the second catty blog I’ve read this morning — there’s just something about the feline. Mysterious and meow meow meow — if only they could talk….

  9. 03/11/2011 5:25 am

    I’m convinced cats were humans just before they returned to life as cats. How else to explain their behaviors, their you-are-here-at-my-pleasure-and-to-serve-me attitude? Hahahaha, you just gotta love them!
    Anyway, your Tangy’s way of telling you he’s out of food reminds me of my cousin’s bird. She tips the feeding can over and scratches until someone notices and brings her more food!

  10. 03/11/2011 7:09 am

    I love Tangy! What an adorable little cuddle ball! And those looks are so condescending… You cannot see cute with a condescending look and not end up smiling in return!

    You know, there are cats with their own Facebook account – a friend of mine put one up for his cat and did some entries which were hysterically funny about his version of what the cat would post as his status. Tangy would be purrrfect for that (sorry – couldn’t resist!) 🙂

  11. 03/11/2011 7:16 am

    Tangy and Tigger . . . two peas from the same pod. 😀

  12. 03/11/2011 7:23 am

    I love cats, but alas I don’t have one because I have two big dogs. Dogs are not as independent as cats, they like to know where their humans are at all times and prefer not to be left alone. But a dog is always happy to see you when you get home, whether you’ve been gone for 5 minutes for 5 days, they greet you like a long-lost friend! Since I work from home, I would be very loney without my dogs!

  13. 03/11/2011 7:30 am

    If I weren’t allergic I would have a cat in addition to my 2 dogs. The dogs would be cool with a cat I’m sure. I’m also sure there would be a power struggle between Sydney and the cat and I’m not sure who’d win that one.

    Tangy is adorable! Thanks for sharing.
    b

  14. Bree permalink
    03/11/2011 8:02 am

    Simply adorable!

  15. Rose Casanova permalink
    03/11/2011 8:43 am

    There’s a cat sitting on my lap right now. I love the quote by Camuti because it’s very true.

  16. 03/11/2011 9:29 am

    There is a perfect art to ruling the roost and yet enjoying indolence! A pleasure and a friend! Our Licorice lived to be a still rather active 23! May Tangy do the same…Debra

  17. 03/11/2011 9:31 am

    Tangy is so adorable. I can see from this post how much love and happiness Tangy has brought you and your home. Tangy’s Purrific!

  18. 03/11/2011 12:25 pm

    What a cutie!!! Sounds and looks like Tangy has a wonderful and cosy life with you. 🙂

  19. 03/11/2011 3:47 pm

    A cat of luxury … I want to be Tangy

  20. 03/11/2011 5:51 pm

    Ah, what a cutie! He reminds me of one of a friend’s cat, Monty (Montgomery, actually. His “mom” is from England). Monty was a great favorite of all the stitchers who gathered at Ann’s house. We left our stitching bags open for Monty’s inspection. If one of us had a sufficiently interesting bag, it would become his home for the evening. He was very gentlemanly about letting us have our bags back at the end of the night. His preferred sleeping spot was Ann’s knitting bag, which she stuffed with old rags to keep it comfy for him. You know a loved cat when the owner carries her knitting in a King Soopers (local grocery) bag! I’m glad Tangy has such a loving home and you have such a great companion!

  21. 03/11/2011 10:18 pm

    My three cats love Paul Gray’s quote 😉

  22. 04/11/2011 7:52 am

    I like Tangy! Cats can be wonderful companions, even though people think of dogs as the “companion” animal. I’ve had a couple of cats over the years and both were special in their own way.

    Sometimes the eyes just say it all.

  23. 04/11/2011 12:58 pm

    Paul Gray’s quote is SO right! Your kitty is sweet-looking and I adore her schedule! Mine sleeps 16 hours a day and in between naps let’s us know, very vocally, of her presence! Nice post.

  24. 04/11/2011 6:29 pm

    i also have a cat.. really cute!!

  25. 05/11/2011 12:52 pm

    You wrote a wonderfully entertaining and funny post about Tangy, and I was smiling all the way through it! Cats are so comical and really cool. Tangy has the purrfect life!
    I’d love to get a cat again but my little dog is 12 years old now and not sure that she would accept one. Perhaps later . . .
    Thanks for a great post!

  26. 05/11/2011 3:50 pm

    Love this post. I am a dog person and am owned by Lotte the Tibetan Spaniel. She sets the rhythm in our house (there’s just the two of us) and she is definitely in charge. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  27. 06/11/2011 4:27 pm

    What a beautiful cat! 🙂

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