Senior cats like Maggie spend the vast majority of their time asleep. In fact, a senior cat sleeps--on average--20 hours per day. That leaves just a few precious hours for all the other things a kitty needs to do in order to get through the day. Tasks like eating, hitting the litter box and grooming all must be crammed into the cat's precious 4 hours of unaccounted time.
So cats can get cranky when they are awakened for tasks they don't consider vital. They need that sleep to repair cell damage, digest their dinners, build up new tissues and recharge their minds. Those are tasks that happen deep in restorative sleep (when kitties tend to bend and twitch as they sleep), and it takes time to hit that level of sleep.
So, in general, it's best to let a sleeping senior cat keep on sleeping. Even if you really want that cat to interact with you. But sometimes, you simply must wake the little one up for something important.
You know, like cat photography.
Maggie, for example, needed to open up her peepers and participate in the Sunday Selfie blog hop, as hosted by The Cat On My Head. But when I told her she needed to wake up, she had other ideas.
Looks like she is thinking about writing a letter to express her displeasure.
If she only had thumbs. This whole thing would be a lot easier. Or paper. It's hard to write a letter without paper. But she was determined to make something happen.
She almost has it figured out here. Now, she's just trying to figure out what her strongly worded letter should say. And who she should send that letter to. Who might hear her plea?
Rats. That lack of thumbs is a bigger problem than she realized. Maybe giving up would be wiser.
Okay, okay. I'm kidding here.
But it's a kidding with a point.
Just because senior cats like to sleep a lot doesn't mean they're not up for a good play session from time to time. Maggie is wonderfully playful in short bursts that last for about 20 minutes. She'll play with anything I dangle in front of her, and she's remarkably quick and agile. Playing with her in the moments she's awake and ready to engage keep her active, limber and healthy. She may not be able to play all day long, but she wants to play. And after a good play session, back to sleep she goes.
But before she goes to nod off, I did manage to get some selfie work in.
I think she did a good job, don't you? Leave me a note in the comments and let me know.
And be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop!
It's a fun way to see more kitties, engage with cat bloggers and make new friends. Join in!