I don't know when it happened, but my cats' schedule is all messed up.
Typically, mornings start at 6:00 a.m., and I immediately get food for the kitties. They are non-stop meowing and chirping and whining already. After they finish their food, there is a mad dash for either the back door or the sliding glass door in the bedroom so they can go outside. They are in and out all morning until I leave for work.
However, in the last 10 ten days, the schedule has been bumped up an hour. Now, at 5:00 a.m., when Mr. Grumpbump wakes up to go to work, the cats are in a frenzy to be fed. Being their well-trained guardian, I wake up around 5:15 a.m., and immediately prepare their food. After gorging on their breakfast, every single cat goes back to sleep (Macy's in her new condo, Tigger on the couch, and Delilah is either on the guest bed or our bed). I get ready for work, and as I am making my final rounds to leave, that's when the cats suddenly arise from their naps and start to congregate at the doors.
Typically, this is met with a "No, I'm leaving. You can't go out." speech. However, I still had a few minutes this morning so I relented and let Miss Macy out. In the words of Pretty Woman, "Big Mistake. Huge."
After five minutes, I need to leave, so I go out the sliding glass door to hustle Macy inside. Of course, while I'm doing that, Tigger makes a break for it. I come around to the back door, bringing Macy with me. In the meantime, Delilah has heard the commotion and wants to join in. As I'm running Tigger into the house, there goes Delilah. Delilah is small enough for me to grab, but as I bring her in through the back door, Macy runs by me.
ARGH. Macy will not let me pick her up so I have to corner her and direct her to the back door. Of course, when I open the door to herd Macy in, Tigger is sitting there. Luckily, I yell at him to get back, and he backs aways as Macy slips by me and into the house.
Finally, I have success and all the cats are back inside. I tell each of them to go back to sleep, which is met with blank stares and no action.
And then, of course, I'm late to work because I left the house 20 minutes later than normal. No matter, it was the best part of my day so far.