Shannon Stacey

The Ever-Deceptive Feline

She’s adorable, isn’t she? Cute widdle-bitty kitty playing with her mousy?


Her name is Gizmo and she is evil.

She eats my hair. Yes, while it’s still attached to my head. While I’m cleaning she stalks me, waiting for me to bend over so she can grab my head and start nomming. Now, this is something I expect from her and I’m usually able to defend myself.

But she does it while I’m sleeping. At random times during the middle of the night I wake up to Gizmo chewing on my hair, and she’s partial to the top of my head. I don’t know why, but for the last two weeks or so she’s been especially persistent in her desire for her Tasty Tresses Treats and I’m exhausted. (She’s very devious and if I close my door she scratches at the short kid’s door until he wakes up, so therefore, no…I can’t close my door.)

(Oh, and I’d just like to say I don’t usually have Yankee Candles sitting around on my floor. This was taken Christmas morning.)

The tall kid suggested I smear nasty-tasting stuff in my hair before I go to bed. The husband suggested a shower cap.

I’m thinking I need a German Shepherd. Sit. Stay. Don’t let the cat eat my hair.

Oh, and just because they were so damn cute that morning, and because Gizmo’s sister, Jinx, is usually dignified to the point of arrogance, here’s a picture of her playing with the mouse.

20 comments to “The Ever-Deceptive Feline”

  1. Jaci Burton
      · March 17th, 2008 at 10:21 am · Link

    I’m thinking you need to wire your hair to a shock device.

    Once or twice should do it.


  2. Angela James
      · March 17th, 2008 at 10:28 am · Link

    Or, you could buy some double-sided tape, stick it on your bedroom doors in an X pattern so there’s no space for the cat to paw, and teach her not to paw at the doors (cats hate the feel of the sticky on their paws). Yes, I’ve done this. Yes, it works. Send hand-knit sweaters as thanks ;)

  3. Jaci Burton
      · March 17th, 2008 at 12:30 pm · Link

    That Angie is brilliant and devious, she is. :thumb:

    Though I still like my idea. :cool:

  4. Mel
      · March 17th, 2008 at 1:37 pm · Link

    OMG, the double sided tape works? As in better than me stumbling out of bed, blind and groggy to aim water bottle down hall? My monster cat, Tornado has taken to knocking at my daughters door (even when she’s not there and door is closed to prevent feline intervention) at all hours of the morning.

    I will buy it TODAY. We, excuse me, Grandpa had a kitten that loved to chew hair, but she grew out of it. Is it your hairspray/shampoo/gel/mousse? Have you tried any of those to deter her?

    What a bummer it must be to wake up to your hair being pulled and it’s not the hubby…. :grouch:

  5. Angela James
      · March 17th, 2008 at 1:45 pm · Link

    Worked for me :) the trick is to make sure you’re covering with tape areas that they can reach, and doing it so there’s not space for them to paw. For me, it was effective to just do two side by side x’s, but it depends on how determined your cat is.

  6. Jaci Burton
      · March 17th, 2008 at 2:41 pm · Link

    Mel….. :lmao:

  7. Shannon
      · March 17th, 2008 at 2:53 pm · Link

    The :villain: husband said I couldn’t put tape on the doors he hand-stained, but I’m free to stick it in my hair.


    I’d try a squirt gun, but I’d probably soak the husband in the middle of the night.


  8. Emma Wayne Porter
      · March 17th, 2008 at 4:07 pm · Link

    Stocking cap, silly.

    Or you might try getting a hair cut — keep the clippings, and attach them to Stooit’s head after he’s asleep.

    His opinion on the tape issue might change.

    (you’re not using any kind of tea-tree or mint shampoo/conditioner, are you?)

  9. kate r
      · March 17th, 2008 at 5:20 pm · Link

    wash your hair in mothballs–kitties hate camphor. Plus you’ll get that end of winter rush from the whiff of putting away the woolies.

  10. Karen Templeton
      · March 17th, 2008 at 7:23 pm · Link

    I was going to say…is it your shampoo? Redford loves to chew #4’s hair (climbs up on his shoulders/back to get to it), but only *his* hair, and only right after he’s washed it (Suave Men’s shampoo, BTW, which I doubt you’re using).

    Redford’s thing is to climb stick his face in my face in the middle of the night, just to make sure I’m still alive. Or maybe bug me for food. We used to make the cats sleep in the pantry (yes, they’d actually respond to “Time to go nite-nite,” meaning Redford, either being the smartest or dumbest cat on the planet, would obediently trot into the room, while Zoe would say, “Hell, no,” and streak upstairs to position herself directly underneath the middle of our kingsize bed). But they’re getting older, and it was getting colder, and I’m getting softer…so now I get treated to random cat breath attacks in the middle of the night. :roll:

  11. Shannon
      · March 17th, 2008 at 8:02 pm · Link

    Okay, umm….

    I’m a bubblebath at night, wash the hair in the sink in the morning kinda gal as a rule. So my shampoo is in the downstairs bathroom. If I just jump in the shower, though—which I’ve been doing recently because I’m out of bubblebath—I always forget to get my shampoo first and guess what I use…

    Suave for Men.


  12. Shannon
      · March 17th, 2008 at 8:03 pm · Link

    Oh, and the short kid doesn’t use that shampoo, the tall kid has very short hair and a closed door and the husband has…not so much hair on the top of his head. *snicker*


  13. Natalie J. Damschroder
      · March 17th, 2008 at 9:09 pm · Link

    Since he won’t let you do the doors, can you afix a hard plastic sheet across the bottom of the door, THEN apply the double-sided tape? I know he’d say no holes in the doors, either, but then you could attach stretchy elastic to the plastic, wrap it around the back of the door, and attach to the other side.

    What? Too complicated? :)

    Okay, how about just closing the cat INTO another room, instead of closing him OUT of yours? I had a cat who would do ANYTHING to get me up at 5 a.m. I shut him in the bathroom instead of listening to the door rattling back and forth, or getting my eyes batted open with a paw in the morning.

  14. Shannon
      · March 17th, 2008 at 10:41 pm · Link

    I would suggest that to him, but I questioned him on why double-sided tape is worse for a door than a cat’s claws. When we’re speaking again I might bring it up. :rofl:

  15. Natalie J. Damschroder
      · March 18th, 2008 at 10:42 am · Link

    That’s so funny! I can’t believe none of us thought of that! :lmao:

    Of course, we didn’t know for sure if your cat HAD claws. They don’t need them to be annoying when pawing at doors.

  16. vanessa jaye
      · March 18th, 2008 at 6:18 pm · Link

    At random times during the middle of the night I wake up to Gizmo chewing on my hair, and she’s partial to the top of my head.

    I have no advice to give, but I am admiring your mullet-in-progress, Shan… :razz:

  17. Shannon
      · March 19th, 2008 at 10:36 pm · Link


    Totally a visual I didn’t need.


  18. Jewell
      · March 20th, 2008 at 1:03 pm · Link


    Cats can be plain nuts. I can see Gizmo pulling up a back leg in that pic to shred the heck out of that toy.

    I had a cat for 18 years, and from the time she was a kitten, she’d sneak into our bed at night. She’d snuggle up next to my arm…and lick like there was no tomorrow. No kidding, I’d wake up cuz she’d managed to lick raw spots. Totally psycho.

    And, she had a huge jones for Ben Gay. Hubby and I were into playing sports back then, so we’d use the stuff once in a while. Low and behold, the cat would go nuts over it. To her it was better than catnip, like cat crack. We’d literally have to lock her in another room if we put it on.

    Animals are too funny.


  19. Greta
      · March 21st, 2008 at 8:59 pm · Link

    Okay you don’t know and I haven’t read any of your books yet, but I will I promise. I was check out different author blogs that the Writeminded Ladies have on their blog. I remember Jaci pulling your hair the other day when you delurked. Any way adorable kitties. I have three of my own Hershey my calico she eats my hair when I’m asleep at night. So I understand about the hair.

  20. Shannon
      · March 22nd, 2008 at 9:24 am · Link

    Hi Greta! I’m so glad you stopped by!

    I’m also glad you’ve got a hair-eater, too. Well, not glad she eats your hair, but glad I’m not alone. Sometimes I feel like I have the weirdest family/pets/etc, and it’s always nice to find out I’m not alone. :rofl:

    Oh, the BenGay draws them in, too. And I think I blogged forever ago about Gizmo trying to live in my mouth when I switched toothpastes. :grouch:

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