I feel sorry for the longlegs sometimes. They don't seem to be very bright. I suppose my 'The Him ' and 'The Her' aren't too bad but then they've had years of my training now. There are still things I wish I could get them to understand though.
For instance, I have a routine. It may not be the same one every day but it's a routine nonetheless.
Getting my 'The Him' out from his sleeping place each day is a routine. He doesn't seem to understand it because I don't always do it at the same time. But it's still a routine.
Getting my 'The Her' to go to her sleeping place in the dark time is a routine. That it may still be in the light time seems to confuse her. But it's still a routine.
Let me explain a little better and tell you what to do.
To make your 'The Her' or 'The Him' rise from their sleeping place is easy. I call it the run, jump, whoosh.
When it is time for you to be stroked or just for you to let them know you want food or even just that you're home or need a clearway opening, you must prepare yourself. Then you take a run, jump onto their upper body and listen for the whoosh. That's the sound they make when you land. Some of them are quite difficult to wake even though they whoosh. Then there are follow ups. The cold nose in the ear or on the eye seems to work. In extreme cases you may have to burrow down to their paws and swipe then with your claws. They call it leaving a 'barcode' but it never fails to get their attention and you can lead them into what you want.
Getting your longlegs to go to their sleeping place when you want them their is sometimes difficult too. I call this the stare and walk.
When you are ready to settle and want one of them to be in their sleeping place for cuddles, this is what to do.
Walk up to them and sit at their feet staring up at their face. Getting their attention away from the box that flickers or away from other longlegs isn't always easy but you must persist. Once they feel you eyes they will look down. All you have to say is "Sleeping place" and walk off in that direction. Sometimes they don't understand, even though you may have done this many times before which is why I don't think them very bright. So, you have to keep doing it until they understand, stare and walk, stare and walk.
Some of them are slow to learn and that is why Great Bastet gave you claws on your paws. ( Hmm, I must remember to do a great Superior poem on that one day, claw and paw).
Find a place where their real body shows through those funny furs they use and 'barcode' them. It invariably gets their attention. Though if I'm honest, I have had my failures and reverted to the quick nip and run instead. That's a time you must make sure you keep well ahead of them.
So now I hope you understand. It is your job to ensure that you set a routine for your longlegs that suits you. It doesn't have to be one that happens at the same time but you can teach them to follow your routine by using the methods I describe.
Your longlegs are there to serve you and you must show them some affection while you teach them. But they must be taught that we Superiors must come first.