Neo can tell time
Cats are really intelligent, I've always known that. But what I find amazing is the fact that is that Neo shows his intelligence in so many ways, and one way is that between naps and eating, he keeps a pretty tight schedule.
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I don't always feed Neo at the same time everyday and I am not big on keeping a daily schedule and routine except for the fact that I am usually up in the morning by around 7:00 am, other than that, I'm pretty flexible and so Neo has to be flexible too.
So in spite of the fact that I am not careful to keep him on a schedule, he still has one and he lets me know what time it is by his actions.
In the morning he usually just accepts his breakfast whenever I get it out to him usually before 8:00 and then he goes about his day, looking out windows, asking to go outside, stretching of the sofa, visiting me in my office to nap under the light on my desk. And following me around, to the kitchen for a snack, to the basement for a workout, to the bathroom... you get the idea.
But everyday at 4:00, he comes to tell me he's ready for supper. No matter where I am or what I am doing, he comes to me and usually throws himself at my feet and looks up at me with his lovey-dovey "you're the best, Melanie" look in his eyes. I pick him up and we share a cuddle, he gets on my shoulder and starts marking my ears and then I go get him his supper.
And every night, without fail, he comes to tell me it's bed time. At 9:30 he says, "meow-wow" which I think is his way of saying my name and then he looks up at me lovingly until I pick him up. I usually carry him up to my bed and lie down with him on my chest. He kneads my neck and purrs, and marks my chin and ears by rubbing his face against me. After about 5 minutes of this, he find a soft place on the bed and goes to sleep.
He'll get up at around 11:00 and starts looking around for a snack so I put out a bit more food for him. I do this so doesn't wake me up too early in the morning. After he eats and looks around a bit, he comes back to bed and sleeps with me for the rest of the night. I know he's there, because sometimes he comes over for a cuddle, or if I wake up, I'll pet him before drifting off to sleep again.
In the morning, I usually wake up before he does. Sometimes, he doesn't get out of bed until he hears me open a can of food and put out his food dish. Then he comes running down and has his breakfast and starts his day.
I have to say it is kind of nice to have someone come to tell me to get to bed, maybe one of these days, I'll actually go to sleep when he tells me to!
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