Thursday, 8 January 2009

Step 7 - Operation Daddy

Now that your Daddy is swift at responding to your demands for him to click the clicker and dole out the treats, you can try softening him up at bedtime! Yes, I know it's a big step but it's very worthwhile as he's pretty big and takes up quite a lot of the bed... ;)

You have already established that your place in bed is right between him and Your Mummy and bedtime just doesn't feel right to him without your presence, now start to rub up against him on your way up the bed to your favourite cuddle spot with Your Mummy. A few headbutts can go a long way to making him give up extra bed space to his new "snuggle buddy". Just make sure that you give him a few extra rubs and headbutts when he's been extra good and warmed up the space he's willingly handing over to you and soon you'll have a well warmed and softened up space to occupy between your beloved Mummy and your Daddy. Oh yes that's right everykitty, you must keep them apart or they'll forget to focus all their love and attention on you at bedtime! If you're like myself and have the additional pleasure of sharing your home with one of your very own siblings, or even a co-operative buddy, (that's NOT how I'd discribe Tigmut'hep, ok!) you can get them to help out by holding down their favoured person (even if that also happens to be Your Mummy, just as long as you and they don't vie for the same part of Your Mummy, it'll work) think of the big picture here and go for every square inch of bed space you can... Once this has been achieved life will be so much sweeter and you'll be able to sleep comfortably between your beans all night long if you wish, without fear of getting squished in the process.

So there you have it, a Daddy who gives you treats on command, who can't sleep without you and who gives you plenty of room in the bed while keeping away from Your Mummy and all you've had to do was acknowledge his existance and let him fuss your glorious furs while on occasion giving him a few headbutts! You're ready for the final steps on the road to making your Daddy Better! :)


T'Abby Normal said...

Great work, Ramses! Sometimes when I am snuggled by my dad's feet, Ms. C grabs me and slides me to the spot between her knees and tells him (smirking), "I stole your cat!" And I always stay.

Abby Normal

Silver said...

Interesting approach!
I have never been in the situation of Hairy Ankles' care without Ankles at home.

The approach I use to get more pets from Hairy Ankles is to pretend I don't like him. Then he has to prove his worthyness of bun-luv by giving more nose pets.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Ramses, I am a best dressed cat? I am certain is all a fluke unless the Woman has been photoshopping me. I DO NOT WEAR Clothing... except of course when she forces me to and that has only been once.

I think Yao-lin and Daisy both would have far far more advice!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

I am so all for more sleep!

Daisy said...

A better dad in just 7 steps! Ramses, you should be a scientist. My only strategy is to bite. That doesn't work too well.

In regards to a good t-shirt for Tigmut'hep, I get most of my fancy shirts from Build-a-Bear. But I weigh only about 7 pounds, so they are too small for even my brother Harley (he weighs 10 lbs). For a better fitting top, I would recommend a regular pet shirt. Do you have a store like Target? They carry a pretty good assortment of tops for a reasonable price.

Lux said...

Ramses, your technique is amazing. I think I pretty much have my dad in my powers except for the sleeping thing. That's because he's allergic to Silky and also because I walk on bean's heads when I'm hungry and think they should wake up.

meemsnyc said...

Treats on command, that is a fantastic daddy!!

Kaze, Latte, & Chase said...

We really tried to work on this last night and I think we were successful. Chase really got in on the Tall Man while I held my Lap Lady in snuggle position.


Sabrina, Sam and Simon said...

Ramses, your lessons are so insightful ... we hope they are working wonders for Daddies across the blogosphere!
Purrs and headbutts,
Sabrina, Sam and Simon

DaisyMae Maus said...

Excellent job with the dad-training!

Donny and Marie and Casey said...

These are excellent steps!! I need to learn a few things from you....

In the meantime, I miss you so much! I hope you had a lovely xmas and great dreams for the new year!

~your dearest Marie xo