I get up early, really early, between 3 and 3:30 every morning. While I know this sounds crazy, it is really the only time I have to myself. So, I make it work.
Getting up early is a relatively new thing for me (all part of my take back my life after 50 plan). Ruby is like my shadow so I’m pretty sure she didn’t get up early until I started getting up early. But I’m not sure about Rosie and Lulu. Maybe they were always early risers and now I’m cramping their style. But regardless, we are all early risers now.
The Inside Scoop On What Your Pets Are Doing At 3:00 a.m.
Dogs don’t care what time it is. Ruby is flexible. She’s happy to get up at 3, but just as happy to sleep until 11. Her only requirement is that we are together and once we are up, breakfast is served ASAP.
Cats don’t realize humans can’t see in the dark. When you are fumbling around in the dark trying not to wake the other (more sensible) humans, the cats may trip you up. They are happy to see you, not trying to cause bodily harm – but at 3 am this all gets a bit messy and complicated.
Helpful hint: Avoid the stairs until the lights are on and the cats have already said hello. Falling takes all the fun out of getting up early.
Cats don’t need coffee. But they do want what they want when they want it. And once you start getting up and feeding them before dawn, there’s no going back. Just try and sleep in on an occasional Saturday. Whether it is knocking stuff off the nightstand or pacing across your chest (or possibly your face), there will be consequences. The message is clear, “Why the heck are you not up feeding me?”
While Ruby eats breakfast and then plops down for a nap, once Rosie is up, she’s up. There’s lots of running, howling, and making stuff crash to the ground. A few hours later when we are headed out the door for work and school (and the espresso shot I had at 3 is wearing off), Rosie is settling in for a strenuous day of napping. Sigh, because cats.
Bunnies are like furry alarm clocks. Lulu thinks the early morning hours are for redecorating. After she’s had her morning salad, she settles in for 30 minutes of rearranging her stuff – throwing her toys across the room, digging in her blankets, and rattling the baby gate that separates her room from our bedroom. She also occasionally does laps, zooming around her room at top speed and then flopping over with a happy thud.
Cats, dogs, and bunnies agree – what happens at 3 am, stays at 3 am. Getting up early when you are tired and can’t find your glasses, does make for some funny moments and unexplained bruises. Like the time I leaned over and pet a pair of black boots, thinking they were Rosie. Not sure she has forgiven me for this pre-dawn, pre-coffee blunder.
Helpful hint: Make sure the path to the bathroom is clear of all shoes, laundry, toys, and cats (see helpful hint #1). Even a misplaced sock or squeaky toy can cause chaos (or injury) in the dark. But never fear – your pets wont judge you (maybe just a little) or ever reveal your early morning mishaps.
I have grown to love the peace and quiet of the early morning hours before stress and to do lists cloud my mind. Don’t forget to make time for yourself everyday. Your pets will support you in their own unique way.