Allegra and Ruby sleep with me every night, which makes bedtime one of my favorite times of the day. Most nights, Allegra joins me first, usually within a few minutes of me going to bed. Ruby tends to be busy at night and often has mysterious Ruby things to tend to before she joins us an hour or two later. But why don’t I let them tell you about bedtime rituals at our house.
Allegra: I love when bedtimes gets near – it’s one of my favorite times of the day, too! I can tell we’re getting close when Mom brings out the toothbrush and toothpaste. She brushes Ruby’s and my teeth, and then we get a treat.
Ruby: Yay, treats! I don’t mind having my teeth brushed, but the treat is the best! It’s really big, and before I eat it, I bat it all over the house! Wee!!!
Allegra: You’re so silly chasing that treat, Ruby.
Ruby: Ha! Like you’re not silly with that treat! As soon as you see me look at you, you pick it up and run into the bedroom with it so I can’t steal it from you!
Allegra: You’re one to talk about stealing treats. How many times have I snatched that treat from you because you were too busy playing with it instead of eating it?
Ruby: blows a raspberry at Allegra
Allegra: Anyway, after that’s all done, Mom goes into the bathroom to do what she calls “getting ready for bed.” It seems to involve a lot of water, and creams and lotions. Sometimes, Ruby and I watch her. We sit on opposite ends of the bathroom vanity and just stare at her strange ministrations. That always makes her laugh.
Ruby: I like to watch the water go down the drain. Look Allegra! See how it swirls? Wee!
Allegra: As soon as Mom goes to bed and turns off the light, I join her. I wait for Mom to turn on her side, and then I wedge myself as close to her back as I can. I like feeling Mom close to me, and I think she likes it, too. I can feel her whole body smile when I do it.
Ruby: I don’t know why Mom and Allegra go to bed so early. There’s still so much to do! I have to make sure the house is secure. Then I have to make sure all our toys are accounted for. They’re lucky that I stay awake to do these things!
Allegra: By the time Ruby comes to bed, Mom and I are usually fast asleep. Thankfully, she’s learned to come to bed quietly and not wake us up.
Ruby: When I go to bed, I pick a spot on Mom’s other side. We make a kitty sandwich out of Mom! Teehee! Then I go right to sleep. Patrolling the house and counting toys is tiring work!
Allegra: I wish humans would sleep without tossing and turning so much. It used to really aggravate me when Mom would do that, and I’d stalk off in a huff for a little while. Now I’m so used to it, I just sigh when her movement wakes me up, and then I go right back to sleep.
Ruby: Most of the time, I don’t even notice Mom turning over. I sleep much deeper than you, Allegra.
Allegra: That’s ’cause you’re still a baby.
Ruby: Am not!
Allegra: I’m not much of a lap cat during the day, but I love being so close to Mom at night. Sometimes, I even sleep in her arms – something I wasn’t comfortable doing when she first became my Mom. Mom has told us about Amber, who used to sleep in her arms every night, and I know she misses that. Her energy always feels extra happy to me when I sleep in her arms, and I love that.
Ruby: I love our bedtime rituals!
Do you and your cats have bedtime rituals? Share them in a comment!