Whenever I am finishing up a string of night shifts and only want to take a few hours nap so that I may once again sleep in the dark like a normal, I let the kittens sleep in the bed with me.
Because they are such lousy bed-mates, there is not a chance I will sleep much at all, much less beyond the second smack of the snooze button.
But, I do attempt to ensure that at their pre-mid-morning nap, they are a little more sleepy than usual.
By drugging them. Yes. The nip. You parents out there know, a little mild sedative every once and again never did no harm. Now, I know you can't admit it because your babies are, well, human, but I find no such guilt in a liberal dosage of the nip. Which leads to rambunctiousness and epic battles, then off to extra-sleepy land.
I've discussed nip here before and let me tell you: all nip is not created equal. First there is home-grown (which I am working on, it's just soon for harvesting) and then there is the Cosmic Cat Nip (you should read that and hear that voice from The Muppet Show: PIGS! IN! SPACE!
Read it again: COSMIC! CAT! NIP!
They seem to enjoy even the empty container.
And abra-ca-dabra one hour later: