Yes, I have a routine with my cats. From what I understand, cats do better when there's a routine so they know what to expect, etc.
Pepper and Tango tend to wake me up BEFORE my alarm goes off around 6 or 6:30
so often, I'd resort to cuddling them (which they're NOT IN THE MOOD for) OR pushing them off the bed
then snoozing for a few seconds before they're back bugging me. Tango would either nuzzle my face with his whiskers or pull my hair through his paws (SERIOUSLY!) and Pepper would keep walking up and down on my body, dig at the sheets with her claws until I get up. It often takes me half an hour of this before I'd give up and get up.
First thing I do after grumbling
at the cats about waking up earlier than necessary is either go to bathroom
if I cannot hold it long enough OR go to the kitchen to take out the bowl of dry catfood for cats to eat.
After checking water, cleaning litterboxes and giving cats cuddles, I tend to take a bath (for my bad knee). If I don't take a bath, Pepper and some other cats gets upset. For some reason, they LIKE to drink water from the bathtub WHILE I'm in the tub. Can you imagine 4-5 cats perched on the edge of the bathtub drinking water while you're in the bathtub!?!?
Have had some adventures with them falling in.
Several times after I have filled the bathtub with water, I'd be doing something else and Pepper would be following me around going crazy with her MEOWING MEOWING MEOWING until I get into the bathtub then she'd start drinking. I don't know why they won't drink from it without me in it.
ANYWAY, I tend to leave for work around 7:30 to 8 am (always holler "bye" to my furbabies) then after I come back from work, I always make sure to greet each cat by talking and cuddling.
Around 5-6 I put the bowl with dry catfood back into the cupboard so they don't eat anymore.
Around 7 pm, I put out 5 dishes with wet catfood. I often have to do homework (am a Graduate student
) or do work from work during the evenings but I try to play for at least half an hour or MORE with all the cats and clean litterboxes again before I go to bed.
Sounds exciting huh? LOL. Weekends are more iffy with routines since I go out with friends sometimes, do LOTS of reading for my course, doing assignements/research or run errands all day, etc.