My Morning Cuddles

August 25, 2011

Find the Kitty, pets

She’s been doing it ever since she was a baby: cuddles.


Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of her cuddling because, well, because she usually cuddling the photographer (me) in the wee hours of the morning. It’s like a routine with her.

Early every morning — sometimes as early as 4am but other times later — Livvy scampers onto my side of the bed, seeking to get close to my face. If I have a pillow over my head (I do that to block out light and noise sometimes), she noses her way under the pillow to press her cold, wet nose onto my cheek or nose. If I am not already awake, that usually does it.

She worms her way under the blanket (if it’s winter) or on top of the blanket (if it’s summer) in search of my hair. I don’t know what it is about her and hair, but she loves hair! The longer and darker, the better.

Once she’s face first into my hair, she “kneads” it with her front paws. I read somewhere that this is called “smurgling.” I don’t know if that’s really the word, but it’s comical enough for the family to have become attached to it. So now when Livvy starts her kneading, we call it smurgling.

Sometimes her very sharp claws snag my tender skin- ouch! She doesn’t seem to realize it. It’s like she’s in this other world. Her eyes are glazed, half shut, she drools a little, and kneads with her paws. She rarely purrs when she does this. And she does it just about every morning. My husband thinks Livvy smurgles because she was taken from her mother when she was too young (only a few weeks). Since I was so affectionate to her, she adopted me as her mom.

Conked Out


She’s such a sweet, affectionate kitty. She doesn’t like to be held or carried. She won’t sit on laps, she’d rather sit on a towel instead (none of my cats have ever been lap cats!). But she likes to plant herself under my neck like in the first photo above. My guess it’s because it’s warmer there, and she can hear my little cooings to her. šŸ™‚

I love my Livvy.

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4 Responses to “My Morning Cuddles”

  1. blueyes Says:

    Inky use to sleep on my chest when I was sleeping in bed if I was on my back and if I wanted to roll on my stomach she would get up and walk the opposite way and sleep on my back. In the mornings I always ended up on my back though and she would get even more close to my face and when she wanted up I was to get up too so she would start to nibble on my nose lol

  2. Marg Says:

    I have dogs and cats and donkeys. Livvy, you are too cute. I don’t believe that the kneading has anything to do with being taken away from their mom’s too early. Most cats just do this when they are happy. Some of mine do it outside in the grass when they are waiting for me to feed them. Livvy, you really are cute waking up your Mom. Take care.

  3. blueyes Says:

    True I am and I will be soon enough. I have a personal rule of 2 animals only. When I had Inky a neighbor bought 2 puppies for her father for fathers day and because they were so hyper he was going to put one of them in a yard sale and I said no don’t do that I will take the girl which is currently Pepper. I think she will be 13 years old this year. Inky was killed 5 years ago by a dog I was babysitting and have sat for before with no incident. I couldn’t bear to get another cat then but my mother called me up saying to come pick up this puppy she yanked from a storm drain. So there is my 2 animal limit. Once Pepper passes I will get another kitty. Already have her planned out too. I’m gonna scout the humane societies for a solid white kitty and name her Snowflake. Inky was pure black.