The Siamese Cat Song – Minkey Style

singgggMinkey’s versions of the famed Siamese cat song are never ending and always unique.  However, one particular sound never varies: the one he makes during our morning  Mingggg ceremony…

It’s simple – I take my pills, and Minkey hops up onto the kitchen bar stool and yowls “MINGGGG!” at the top of his lungs. I take a cat treat out of its little pouch and roll it along the floor for him.  Then he kills it and crunches it to pieces.  (I suspect it just tastes better if you have to catch it.)

This evolved directly from my efforts to discourage any interest in the Great Outdoors.  Whenever I would leave the house during his kittenhood, I’d roll a cat treat along the floor to distract him.  It worked every time.  He’d race away from the door, more interested in the treat than in escaping.  I don’t know if it was him or I who began to call treats “minggggs“, but I have no problem figuring out exactly what he wants, when he gargles in that distinctive, long-drawn-out way. It’s more than just a sound, and the syllables I write can’t possibly convey it – it’s become his ultimate wailing, gargling, Siamese cat song.

One morning about five years ago, he was watching me take my morning pills.  I dropped one, and the little round hard pellet rolled and skittered just like one of his treats.  Minkey promptly put two and two together and decided I must be giving myself a treat.  He hopped up onto the kitchen bar stool – yup, the same one he’s sitting on in the “About” page – and yelled “MINGGGG”, exactly as he does when he sees me get ready to go out the door.

Now every morning, he rushes to the kitchen, hops up onto the bar stool, starts to sing – and we have our morning Mingggs together before I even make coffee.

Two things I’ve decided about this particular ritual: A Siamese Mingggg Alarm is fractionally less irritating than the original movie Siamese Cat Song.

And it’s a great way never to forget to take your morning pills.

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