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Don’t feed your cats at 5:00 a.m. and other bad habits you don’t want to start

The cats are waiting to be fed.

Every morning since January 1st of this year, I have been waking up at 5:00 a.m. to write. As soon as I wake up I go the bathroom and  feed the cats. If I don’ t feed the cats, they walk on my keyboard while I am typing.

Thankfully WordPress asks me, when a cat steps on the delete button, “The changes you made will be lost if you navigate away from this page. Are you sure you want to leave this page?”

On the rare day when I don’t wake up at 5:00 a.m., the cats scratch the rug in front of my bedroom door. The carpet is shredded by the door frame.

The cats shredded the carpet.

The cats want to be fed.

“Hey, Mrs. Hodges! I am hungry. Feed me.”

The cats get fed at 5:00 in the morning.

 Be careful what you start,you could be creating a bad habit. Some habits are good habits. Flossing your teeth before you go to bed and putting the lid down on the toilet seat when you flush are good habits.  Other habits are bad habits.

The best way to stop a bad habit is to never begin it.

Do you really want to buy a doughnut every time you go grocery shopping? Do you eat ice cream when you are depressed? Are you watching odd news stories on the internet instead of going to bed on time? Do you really want to bake a cake for supper every time you eat chicken? Do you bite your finger nails? Do you pick your nose?

Be careful what you start. You may have to feed your cats every morning at 5:00 a.m. for the rest of your life.

Do you have any bad habits? Are they hard to break?

P.S. Do you know how to stop my cats from scratching  the carpet in from of my bedroom door at 5:00 a.m?

Please let me know in the comments, I would love to chat.


About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Caryn Jenkins Christensen

    LOL! While I find this humorous, I can also relate! I remember when my daughter was just a baby. She would wake in the middle of the night to be changed ~ usually about 3 am. She would be wide awake, smiling and want to play and be held. Oh, it was SO tempting! But…thankfully I thought through that and decided I didn’t want to get up every morning at 3 am, so I’d change her, kiss her and put her back in bad. It was so very hard to walk away!

    On another note: How about putting something like a very large piece of foil in front of your door at night {or something kitties don’t like to step on}?

    • Caryn, you were very wise to not play with your daughter at 3 a.m.

      I will try the tin foil by the door tonight. I did put tin foil around the Christmas tree this year and the cats didn’t try to climb it. Thank you for the suggestion.

      So, would you suggest I don’t feed the cats at 4:30 a.m. when I wake up earlier than usual?