Savannah's Paw Tracks

Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

Managing Your Down Time


After a busy exercise routine including laps chasing the EIRD (Ever Illusive Red Dot) and paw whacking my peacock feather up, across and down our stairs, I need some down time. Wouldn’t you? I mean after we cats put in our time at the gym, why we not only need but we deserve time to cool off and get a good rub down.

Let me give you the FYI (For Your Information) about how I manage my down time. First up, I find my Dad P and give him a direct eye contact stare while uttering a strong assertive “mroowwww”. I wait to make sure he knows I am talking to him, then I lead him to the living room area rug and throw myself down right at his feet. This is just the start of how I manage my down time.

Ok Dad P, get to it!!

He knows I am waiting and he dare not leave my side. My fave way to cool off is to get my furs brushed. All that air coming through and the brush slips through my furs really helps get my heart rate back to its resting beat.

Ahhh—that’s it! Strong but gentle strokes please.

Now if I don’t manage my down time, then Dad P might get the idea that “he” can decide just how I ought to be rubbed down. No siree —I make sure he knows I am always in charge of managing my down time.

That’s enough with the back furs, now move on to my special spot

I have trained Dad P well and he knows not to mess with my decisions when it comes to just how I want my rub down and cool off to go. He gets my meaning and moves right to give me a gentle cranial brushing. Such a delight, don’t you think??

mmmmm….this is just what I needed

Some of you may think I am a tough task master with Dad P, but trust me, you simply cannot allow your humans to start thinking they can determine how you “ought” to spend your down time. You won’t get what you want if you don’t develop some very direct looks to let them know when their time is done.

Watch my next move

You see it’s all in the “look” to get you what you want. Humans are pretty easy to manage. All I have to do is give Dad P one look and he knows I’m done with his services.

Stop right there! You already did my back furs.

And there you have it. A little lesson on how to manage you down time to be sure you get what you want. As soon as I gave Dad P the “look”, he stopped with the brush and left me to give my freshly brushed furs a good kitty spit bath.

How do you manage your down time with your humans??


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10 thoughts on “Managing Your Down Time

  1. Bruce on said:

    Hi mom L,hope you liked the necklace and window decal?

  2. That iss easy Savannah…mee just liess rite on LadyMum….dubbull down time, mew mew mew…..
    ~~head rubsss~~ Dharth Henry~~

  3. Edie Chase on said:

    Good job giving your human instructions, you don’t want them to think they’re in charge.

  4. The Island Cats on said:

    You have Dad P trained very well, Savannah. Enjoy that down time.

  5. The Swiss Cats on said:

    You’re a master in training humans, Savvy ! No words, just one look… we’re amazed ! Purrs

  6. savvy…cranial brushing !!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 we cracked up at thiz 🙂 🙂 wavez two ewe sage ~~~~ ♥♥

  7. Savannah, I have my down time with dad just like you. Soma days I just want my cheeks brushed, sometimes my whole body needs brushing, dad is quite good to understand what I mean. I just show my open paw and he knows to stop, or I purr and he continues.
    Have a great day!
    a cat in faraway Finland.

  8. You know what you want, and how to get it, Savvy!

  9. Wow you DO have Dad P organised don’t you! I need to try these……

    Silver Kitten

  10. so furst da look and then da mrrrooow, right? I will try that magic spell, bet it works too ;O)))

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