I consciously create routines. Things like the bed has to be made before I shower. Strange, but it gives me a sense of order and control.
My cat has routines as well. When and where to sleep. When to eat, drink, when to go outside. Occasionally he varies his routine, and I wonder why. It can be concerning. Is he feeling well? Most likely he varies things because he’s bored. Sometimes I think he changes it up to get a reaction.
Recently, he has decided to curl up at the foot of my bed in the morning. When I saw him there, I felt guilty for disturbing him. I assumed the minute I started to pull at the sheets he’d jump up. I was mistaken.
He had no intention of moving.
At first, it was amusing.
Then, as I struggled to straighten the comforter,
it became irritating.
I managed to get the bed in order
and he continued his nap.
Napping during bed making has become his new routine.
I can’t help but think this is his way of disrupting the system. My system.
You think you control things, but you don’t.
Beds are made for sleeping.
His routine is now mine.