Allegra’s World: Meal Time

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I can’t believe I now have to compete with my sister Ruby for time to write on here!  Maybe I need to get my own catputer!

Even though I wasn’t sure at first what it was going to be like having a sister, and having to share Mom with her, I have to say that I really like having her here. She’s lots of fun to play with. I especially enjoy bopping her on the head.

Our favorite game is chasing each other, and I always win. Her little legs aren’t as fast as my long ones, but I pretend to let her win every once in a while so she doesn’t feel bad. That’s what big sisters do. Of course, she’s got a way to get me back for winning, and I haven’t figured out how to stop her from doing it. The little stinker vaults right over top of me! Sometimes, she does it when she’s on a mission to somewhere (don’t even ask what she’s so busy running around for, half the time, I think she forgets where she was going before she gets there!). Other times, she does it when we stalk each other. All of a sudden, it’s like she’s coming out of nowhere and there she is, jumping right over me! The nerve!

I have to say, though, she can be a little annoying when it comes to meal time. As soon as Mom goes into the kitchen, Ruby races in there after Mom and starts to scream her little head off! I know Mom always gets our meals ready as fast as she can, but it’s never fast enough for Ruby. The racket she makes! It hurts my poor  ears. Do they make ear plugs for cats? I’ve learned to just sit at a slight distance and watch her make a fool out of herself. Hasn’t she figured out yet that there’s always going to be enough food for both of us, and that it’s always served to us on time? And she’s not polite at all about waiting for Mom to put the dish down, she practically leaps at the dish before Mom even has a chance to put it on the floor. I’ve learned to accept that I get my dish second. I’m the big sister, so I guess I have to be okay with it.

Unfortunately, I’ve had to learn to eat faster than I used to. Ruby inhales her food, she’s just too immature to understand that savoring your meal is one of the great pleasures of a cat’s life. The first few days she was here, when she was done, she’d march right over to my dish, while I was still eating, mind you, and stick her head right underneath mine and start to eat my food! I was so fed up (hm – poor choice of words, because actually, I wasn’t full yet!). Anyway, I just walked away in disgust. Mom grabbed Ruby and held her so I could finish my dinner, but that wasn’t fun for anyone. So now I just eat fast.

We both sleep with Mom at night, and I really like that.  Ruby is respectful of my space, so we can both be snuggled up on opposite sides of Mom. It’s almost the best part of our day.

That’s all for today. I think I’ll go wake up my sister so we can play.

15 Comments on Allegra’s World: Meal Time

  1. Tammy
    May 19, 2011 at 1:05 pm (9 years ago)

    It sounds like you and Ruby have really worked things out Allegra! I’m glad to hear that you’re both doing well, and playing, and sharing 🙂

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    • Ingrid
      May 19, 2011 at 9:51 pm (9 years ago)

      It’s so much fun to watch the two of them together, Tammy.

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  2. Esme
    May 19, 2011 at 12:01 am (9 years ago)

    Allegra-you have grown into a beautiful young lady. Thank you for being a good big sister.

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    • Ingrid
      May 19, 2011 at 7:28 am (9 years ago)

      Allegra says thank you for the compliment, Esme!

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  3. Catsparella
    May 18, 2011 at 7:33 pm (9 years ago)

    Sounds like you’ve got the big sister role down pat, Allegra!

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    • Ingrid
      May 18, 2011 at 8:53 pm (9 years ago)

      She definitely figured it out very quickly, Stephanie!

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  4. Bernadette
    May 18, 2011 at 7:30 pm (9 years ago)

    Allegra, someday you won’t even remember what it was like without her–you’ll have all your routines down and know each other so well. Enjoy this time of getting to know each other!

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    • Ingrid
      May 18, 2011 at 8:53 pm (9 years ago)

      It’s so much fun to watch them develop their own routines, Bernadette.

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  5. Layla Morgan Wilde
    May 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm (9 years ago)

    Allegra, you’re developing into a lovely mentor for young Ruby. She’ll soon learn the ropes. At least you don’t have hissy fits like my old Merlin with Odin. A 16-year age difference is a bit much. As far as competing with Ruby for writing time, consider it an opportunity to add more depth from your kitty wisdom.

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    • Ingrid
      May 18, 2011 at 8:52 pm (9 years ago)

      I think Allegra is enjoying her big sister role, but at the same time, she’s also experiencing a second kittenhood – the best of both worlds.

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  6. Anna
    May 18, 2011 at 7:54 am (9 years ago)

    Thank you for the lovely update, Allegra! I love reading about your and your little sister Ruby’s adventures!
    I know… I know… these young girls (and boys) can get on your nerve when you are already are a grown girl! They really don’t know how to behave! 🙂 But I can assure you, dear Allegra, that in no time at all they calm down a little bit and all gets smoother. Our little Theo was exactly like your sister Ruby… mischievous, never standing still, jumping on his brother’s and sister’s back WHILE they were eating, PLAYING with the food! Poor Lilli and Tommi… they were a little stressed out at the beginning. Now Theo is 9 months old, still very lively and playful of course, but he has calmed down a little bit and his brother and sister are much happier now, and they love him very much!
    You are a smart girl, Allegra!

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    • Ingrid
      May 18, 2011 at 8:52 pm (9 years ago)

      I’m so glad that Lilli and Tommi have come to love Theo, even if it took a little while.

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  7. Marg
    May 18, 2011 at 7:19 am (9 years ago)

    Hi Allegra. You sister Ruby sounds just like our sister Little Miss BG. She just arrived at our house from no where and just helps herself to all of our food. Sounds like Ruby needs to eat somewhere else from where you eat Allegra. It also sounds like at some time Ruby did’t have enough to eat.
    But it sure looks like you two are having a great time playing together and that is good. Hope you all have a great day.

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    • Ingrid
      May 18, 2011 at 8:50 pm (9 years ago)

      Marg, Allegra was the same way when she first came here – she would inhale her food like there was no tomorrow. Seems like that’s a typical pattern for former strays.

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