Monday, February 27, 2012

Bath buddy

I'm not a girl who likes to shower.

Now before you go all "Ew. Gross." and start thinking I enjoying walking around smelling like a dirty old sock - what I mean is, I like to be clean - I just like to get that way by taking a long, hot bath every night.

Steaming water, some bubbles, a good book - it's my daily ritual after a long day at work.

When I lived at home it was a challenge. It didn't matter if I surveyed every person in the household, ensuring that they didn't need the bathroom - 10 minutes in I would hear "Are you done yet?"

When I moved out on my own - I was so excited. Finally - the bathroom all to myself - absolute peace!

And then I brought a certain kitten home.

Everyday for almost five years, I have had my own personal lifeguard at bath time.
He comes in as soon as he hears the water running. He waits until I get in, then he jumps up and sits on the side of the tub.

Mostly he just sits there. If I take my jewelry off and set it on the tub, he'll swat it on the floor (naturally). Occasionally he swats at the bubbles. Sometimes he'll reach in and take a little drink.

He shifts positions several times - facing me - not facing me - facing me - not facing me. Eventually, his tail ends up in the water. He doesn't seem to notice it's in the water until he shifts position again. He stands up, it starts dripping and he looks at it all betrayed, like "how did that get wet?" He jumps on the floor, walks in a circle three times (always three, never more, never less - I've counted) before he catches it, and licks it dry. Then he lays on the bathmat and wait for me to finish.

He does this every. single. time.

And yes - he has fallen in the tub a time or two. I have the scars to prove it.


Dee said...

Oh YIKES!!!!! Soaking wet, nekkid and a sopping kitty with claws. That does NOT sound like a good thing.

However, that IS the cutest kitty face around.

Rachelle said...

One of our kitties fell in when she was still a kitten; she's never done it again. Both of them still come in to make sure I'm ok though, and Ray gives me nose kisses to be sure.

ME said...

I LOVE pusstats for reasons just like this. So sweet.
and I was wondering if he ever fell in.

Wooly Knits n Bits said...

What great company, and he doesn't tell you to hurry up! Our cat Mia does almost the same.

Knatolee said...

Oh, so adorable! I've had a cat fall in the tub too. It ain't pretty. :)

Minding My Own Stitches said...

We grew up in a family with five kids in a home with one bathroom - I know all about the "Are you done yet?" routine. As little ones we used to share bathwater. Eww. I'm all about showering now and the cat wants nothing to do with THAT.

Monika said...

I think it's nice to have him, keep you company. Except of course, when he falls in. :o)

gayle said...

When my youngest daughter was small, we had a cat who would always supervise her bath. He'd walk back and forth along the edge of the tub until he fell in. Every. single. time. I can only conclude he was doing it on purpose...

Araignee said...

What is it about cats and the bathroom? Even our otherwise skittish semi-ferals have to come in for a peek when they hear the water running.

Delusional Knitter said...

Mine try to come in when I'm in the tub and sometimes ruin the experience. My bathroom is huge so its also where the cat food and litter box is, so they stand outside the door scratching and screeching when I'm in the tub. I've let them in before, but am afraid of the damage if one does fall in ... because they've come close!