Conscious Cat Sunday: Allegra on the art of hanging out

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Hi everyone, it’s Allegra! It’s been a while since I got to write something here. I’ve been too busy keeping my sister Ruby in line, and making sure Mom takes breaks from work. Let me tell you, between the two of them – it can get exhausting.

If you’re wondering what’s harder – keeping an eye on Ruby, or making sure that Mom relaxes enough – well, I’d have to say it’s getting Mom to relax. I will never understand why humans have such a hard time with this concept of just hanging out, just being. I can sit for hours, either staring into space, or sleeping, and let me tell you, it feels really really wonderful!

Sometimes, I even resort to sitting in Mom’s lap to get her to relax. It seems to be the most effective way to get her to sit still. I can tell that she loves when I do it, because no matter what she’s doing, she stops doing it, and her whole body feels  like it’s smiling. And since I don’t sit in her lap very often, I know she won’t get up until I’m ready to leave. We’ve had some lovely times just being together like that. It’s a very special time for us.

I will say, though, that Mom is getting better about the whole just hanging out thing. She turns the computer off after dinner each evening now, and she plays with us, and then reads or watches tv. And ever since she started doing that, she’s been sleeping better, which also helps Ruby and me, because the less tossing and turning on Mom’s part, the better we sleep, too!

I know that getting humans to just hang out can be a big job, but as cats, it’s our responsibility to make sure that they understand how important it is.

Do your kitties make sure you spend time just hanging out?

16 Comments on Conscious Cat Sunday: Allegra on the art of hanging out

  1. Bernadette
    March 4, 2013 at 12:36 am (6 years ago)

    Allegra, it takes all five of us to get her to sit still, we have to take turns. And there used to be ten here. We think our human will always need supervision in this area, but when we get her in the right position, she responds right away.

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  2. maru
    March 3, 2013 at 8:39 pm (6 years ago)

    In turn, the boys at home ask for attention, that is a particular way of making me stop. One by one, in different moments of the day, they come to me and let me know, clearly, what they want.

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  3. sue brandes
    March 3, 2013 at 4:35 pm (6 years ago)

    You do a great job at hanging out Allegra. Yep my kitties sure do try to get tme to hang out. They sit on my lap so I can’t go anywhere. LOL.

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    • Ingrid
      March 3, 2013 at 6:37 pm (6 years ago)

      Lap sitting is very effective, isn’t it, Sue?

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  4. Marg
    March 3, 2013 at 10:23 am (6 years ago)

    We do spend a lot of time trying to get the Mom to just relax and we think she is getting the idea now. We humans just need to take lessons from you smart kitties. Glad you are getting your Mom trained Allegra. Take care.

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    • Ingrid
      March 3, 2013 at 11:06 am (6 years ago)

      I’m glad to hear your kitties are on the job, too, Marg. Have a great Sunday.

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  5. Texas, a cat in New York
    March 3, 2013 at 10:12 am (6 years ago)

    Hiya Allegra! It’s nice to see you post!
    And yes, I have plenty of spots to just hang out! But you are right, it is sometimes difficult to make the humans understand how important it is for them to take some time to relax. I think purring can help too. I know it helps with my human!
    Have a nice Sunday!

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    • Ingrid
      March 3, 2013 at 11:06 am (6 years ago)

      Purring is very effective, Texas. You have a great Sunday, too!

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  6. Sarah
    March 3, 2013 at 9:40 am (6 years ago)

    Allegra, my kitties seem to know when I need to sleep in on a Sunday! Today one of them crawled into bed and slept on my chest, while another one got up on my pillow and slept in my hair. There’s nothing that makes me want to stay in bed, relax, and snuggle under the covers a little longer like 2 cats who would be offended if I got up! 🙂

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    • Ingrid
      March 3, 2013 at 11:05 am (6 years ago)

      Oh, how sweet! You have very thoughtful kitties, Sarah.

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  7. Tami Amburn
    March 3, 2013 at 8:49 am (6 years ago)

    Love the part about her whole body smiling when Allegra is on her lap…..

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    • Ingrid
      March 3, 2013 at 11:05 am (6 years ago)

      🙂

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  8. Jean
    March 3, 2013 at 7:46 am (6 years ago)

    our Mom is relaxing now; catching up on the computer, reading your blog, and we are keeping her company sleeping on her bed :)….have a great day, Allegra 🙂

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    • Ingrid
      March 3, 2013 at 11:05 am (6 years ago)

      You have a great day, too!

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  9. caren gittleman
    March 3, 2013 at 7:02 am (6 years ago)

    Allegra you are wise to teach your Mom the art of “hanging out” I have been working on the same thing with my Mom. My Mom also “unplugs’ by around 8pm every night instead of staying on the computer until 1 or 2 am! That was crazy! She is still cranky but not as cranky as she used to be! Have a great day!
    Love, Cody

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    • Ingrid
      March 3, 2013 at 11:04 am (6 years ago)

      I’m so glad your Mom is listening to you, Cody!

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