This is such a cute thread!
I love these stories!!
Not everyone has got their own nightly ritual, but some do. So with 5 cats, this is what we go through every night.
The cats really pay no mind to what I'm doing before bed, except for Ginger. That's because Ginger is my bathroom buddy and helps me get ready in the morning and at night. She sits on the counter above the toilet and gets lovin's and sometimes she wants a drink from my water glass before I take my pills (both morning and night).
When Daddy gets ready to go downstairs, that's when the rituals begin!
He always comes in the bedroom to collect the glass from the night before to take down to the kitchen. Ophelia SCREAMS at him at the top of her little lungs because he may have forgotten that his Baby Doll lives on top of the bed.
(Not likely since he's home all day since he's unemployed at the moment, and goes in to see her regularly.) So he gives her some scritches and then goes downstairs.
At that point there's a herd of cats following him. Not sure why...only one (maybe two) have a shot of getting anything from him down there. Daddy gets himself his nightly glass of milk and cookies or toast or sandwich or whatever food he feels like. You see where this is going right? Annie sometimes gets her milk downstairs, but lately she has decided that splashing in the milk on her perch is more fun than drinking it.
Cleaning up milk off the floor and cart (her perch is the top of a former microwave cart that is now used for storage) does not make Daddy's evening complete, so he's been skipping this part lately. If Ginger Cookie is looking very cute and hasn't gotten in trouble in the last few hours, she gets some milk downstairs too.
Then he comes upstairs and the herd follows. He puts the glass on top of the bed for Ophelia, but he has to call her over and scritch her before she will drink. Then he puts the glass in the cubby for Mojo. Then if Annie didn't get any downstairs, she gets her drink. Then Trent and Ginger if they decided they want any. None of them get much, and thankfully none of them are lactose intolerant unless he leaves it for them to drink too long. He doesn't have to scoop litter, and I don't think I could talk him out of this ritual he has with them!
Still with me?
Now it's time for Meowmy. After Daddy has had his snack and is ready to relax, Mojo will come for her first round of nuzzles for the night - she'll wake me up for nuzzles a couple times a night if she's in a lovey mood. Like Bijou, she likes to lick the side of my neck, but she puts her paws around my neck like a hug and kneads.
(We make sure her claws stay trimmed!) She is a totally blissed out kitty when she does this, it's so sweet. Daddy isn't always thrilled about this, though, since she must lay perpendicular to me which means her butt is in his face. So when she's had her time, she moves up to the pillow above my head. Annie may or may not come up and lay on Daddy for some snuggles during this time. Then Trent comes up and has to be coaxed up to lay between us so he gets his snuggles from both of us (he acts like he doesn't want to every darn night, but loves it when it gets there.
). At any point in this, unless Annie is there (major jealousy between Daddy's two girls!), Ophelia may decide that she MUST come down and get real Daddy snuggles and then he must make room for her on his side of the bed and turn his back to me so they can have their "private" snuggle time.
She is SO possessive of him!!
Then after all of this, and a good 45 minutes later, we might be able to go to sleep.
Oh no, they don't run the household or anything!