My last post got some great comments about more fav techniques. More experiments await.
Now for my top "up and at 'em" moves.
1. A classic whapping move, I jump on the bureau and slowly whap things off.
2. The PM sometimes sleeps with one foot out of the covers. Perfect. I pounce on the foot and play with it. The key is that I just use my paws-no claws, but I do administer a bitey every few seconds for effect.
3. I find any type of plastic bag or packaging and I lick and chew it. The PM gets worried that I am going to eat some of it so she gets up.
4. As my friend, Tiggie FOC does, I save up any hairballs and work them out in the wee hours of the morning. One time I hacked up a real juicy one on the stairs and the PM didn't get up. Guess who had something cold and slimy squished between their toes on the way to the bathroom? She gets up everytime now.
5. I have taken to harassing the wee lad. I jump on his bed and lick his hands or his face. He calls "Mommy!" and my job is done.
6. The best one that I have EVER come up with kind of back fired in the end but it worked for awhile. I warn you, this technique should not be tried by any cat who is a novice or a mancat in training. This takes a lot of concentration and skill. First, you need to find a cupboard or door that can easily be opened. It must make a impressive sound when it closes. You stand beside this door and slowly and in a perfect rhythm open... let it close, wait about 3 seconds, open...let it close. It is best if you can swing it open and let it close. The door I chose would close with some thumps. Open...let go... THUMP... thump,thump,thump. I chose the closet door in the wee ones room as I knew that would get the reaction I wanted. Well, it got a reaction alright! The PM thought the sound was coming from downstairs. She would get up and when she got to the top of the stairs, it would stop. That's because it had worked. Then she would go downstairs and I'd come bounding down with her. She thought I had just been sleeping with the wee ones and woke up when she got up. I did this around the same time, 2:30 am every few nights for about a month. Let's just say, she was totally freaked out. At the end she thought there was a GHOST in the house. She couldn't figure out what was making that noise downstairs as both of us cats were upstairs. The noise was in such perfect timing that she said it couldn't be a mouse or squirrel. I should have taken the echo effect into consideration (dang!) and had been a little more lax about the timing. Chalk it up to a learning experience. It back fired in the end as she would be too scared to get up if I did it again. The truth came out when she was getting the wee ones dressed and the wee lad had hid in his closet. I was not thinking and I did the exact same move to try and get in the closet. The PM couldn't believe it was me . Hee Hee. They then rigged this up so I couldn't do it again.
Oh well, it worked for awhile.
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