The Adrenaline-Fueled Wakeup

So there I was, drying off from my shower, when I heard a series of bumps outside the bathroom door, followed by the most unholy screeching sound you’ve ever heard in your entire life.

Context: When our male cat (Cahlash) gets mad, he gets quietly intense. When our tiny little female (Selene) gets mad, all 7-point-something pounds of her lets out a hell-raising screech that could wake the dead, and WILL make you think you’re having a heart attack.

So there I am, rushing around the bedroom without a stitch of clothing on, which is a great recipe for disaster when dealing with two exceedingly angry cats whose claws are overdue for a trimming. I finally managed to pin each of them to the bed with one hand, then grab Cahlash, toss him out the door, and shut it. He’s usually the easier of the two to calm down if you get him off by himself, so while I dressed I did my best to calm Selene down.

Cahlash was unusually agitated still by the time we came out, so I picked him up, took him away from his sister, and tried to calm him down too, with moderate success.

Next tactic: I got them their breakfast, then went off to clean out and bandage a few scratches on my hands. Boy was I wide awake by then!

And oh, ow, my tendonitis is acting up now. Pinning two very strong cats is not so easy on my tendons. Hey, I’m serious about them being strong. Last time we took Selene in for a vaccine shot and we reminded the vet techs to strap her down for her Benadryl shot, they looked at her tiny form skeptically and said something about not needing to do that. So we reminded them of the time she kicked while getting the shot and was lame for months. They came back thanking us for telling them to strap her down.


Today’s review is of Saskia Walker’s Reckless. It might be a few days (possibly Tuesday) before there’s another review. I’m reading my other beginner’s sewing book right now, which is rather long, and we have some stuff going on this weekend, and my husband’s taking a vacation day Monday (whooo!). Mind you, ‘vacation’ might be something of a misnomer. We’ve been so busy lately (when the heck did we develop such a busy social life?!) that we’re behind on getting the house into shape.


I’m still avidly collecting images for my DA character art collection for writers and roleplayers. Here’s another fave:

Little Dragon – mage – 1 by ~mjranum-stock on deviantART

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4 comments on “The Adrenaline-Fueled Wakeup
  1. What a way to start a day! I hope the two cats are more settled and calm now.

  2. heather says:

    Not only are they more calm, but they spent a while this morning happily curled up on the couch together next to me as though nothing in the world was wrong. *sigh*

  3. ScottM says:

    Our cats tend to go crazy at bedtime; our new kitten is too fond of attacking toes. We’ve been locking them out at night so we can get a whole night’s rest. When we don’t, he attacks until we’re collapsing with exhaustion, and he gets up much earlier than we do…

  4. heather says:

    Awww. Yeah, at first we had some problems with the cats trying to play with us in bed (race across the bed, attack toes, etc.). It mostly ceased after we instituted an absolutely-no-play-on-the-bed (EVER!) policy, though sometimes we have to shut them out of the room when they forget. Good luck with the kitten—he sounds like quite a handful!

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