Does your cat hog the bed?

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by 4everkid, Oct 15, 2007.

  1. 4everkid

    4everkid New Member

    Here's a tip for anyone whose cat invades their sleeping space.

    Somehow, cats always manage to fall asleep between your legs, on top of the covers, making it hard to move in bed. I have trained my last cat Sally and my new kitten Scotty to sleep in a spot that is good for both of us.

    I made Sally a little flat flannel pillow that I placed next to my pillow on the upper corner of the bed. She would curl up and lay her little head in my hand and I could pet her as we fell asleep. She was out of hubby's way, and not in the way of us turning over. She slept there every night.

    When Sally was gone and Scotty came along, he rejected Sally's freshly cleaned bed. I couldn't get him to sleep with me, and after 16 years of having Sally there, it messed up my own ability to sleep. So I went to the fabric store, got some plush cuddly fabric and made Scotty a snuggle blanket of his own. He loves it! Something about this fabric makes him purr on contact. Then he drops and starts kneading whatever is in front of him. Soon he is fast asleep.

    With FM, it's hard enough to get comfortable in bed, and already a struggle to turn over. That extra cat weight pinning your lower legs in one position doesn't help. This solves that problem. This tells the cat, "You are welcome to sleep here, but only here. This is YOUR spot." They get more attention in that spot, dont get their sleep disturbed, and you get your freedom of movement back! Your spouse isn't even aware of their presence on the bed.

    Of course you could use a small blanket or towel instead of making something. Sally liked the flat pillow. Scotty didn't like his with stuffing, so I removed the stuffing from his and just gave him the plush fabric cover.
  2. greygodess

    greygodess New Member

    Our cat is not usually allowed in our bed while we are sleeping but sometimes the door isn't quite shut and he comes in. He will curl up right against my back and then start grooming himself. So I have to get up and kick him out of bed. Godbless
  3. Rosiebud

    Rosiebud New Member

    on where they decide to sleep. With both on top of the covers it's murder - Hamish tends to cuddle up in me or my husband's arms and that's fine, Silkie comes in later when she's cold and snuggles down under the covers.

    My old cat Rosie used to sleep on my pillow above my head just like your Sally.

    We love having our kitties in bed.

  4. ckball

    ckball New Member

    Good for you,now an you come to my house and train my dogs how to do that,lol.

    I have a queen size bed and live alone. We start out with Twy laying on the pillow beside me and do the same thing as you and your kitty did.

    Missy sleeps with her head on Twy's butt and I curl up with my knees up against her. THEN at some point Twy gets up and sleeps on my right side ON my feet and Missy turns cross ways with her butt in my back, she weighs 50 pounds.

    SO there I am a doggie sandwich. It is nice when it is cold and in the summer they do sleep more on the floor.

    I hope your doing well and your leg is all healed and your back to yourself again. I think of you often, I have your zebra on the couch pic in my main pics and still amazes me that is color pencils.

    I still have 3 more weeks with the pins in my foot but have been doing better than I thought I would, I'm ready to get the pins out, the heads of them are green balls they call them frog eyes. So I can't wear anything but house shoes but the horrible pain I had is gone-yeahh- Carla
  5. 4everkid

    4everkid New Member

    I've got nothing for you dog people. You're on your own! But the corner kitty bed worked great for 2 of my cats.

    Rosie, Georgia and Greygodess, you should try putting something in that upper corner for the cats, with your pillow next to it. They might actually prefer that spot once they discover they can sleep undisturbed there.

    Carla, my suggestion for you is to just let the dogs have the queen sized bed and you get the little corner pad, out of the way at the top of the bed.

    Glad to hear you are doing well after surgery! Sounds like you will be back to normal in no time. My ankle bone healed fine, but my arthritis in that foot got 10 times worse. I actually miss the cast that kept my foot immobilized. It kept the arthritis from hurting.

  6. Greenbean7

    Greenbean7 New Member

    Georgia - I think with rottie you got these cat people beat all to heck! LOL (Just kidding kittie kiddos!)

    No cats at my house (heaven forbid!) but I do have an 80 lb golden retriever, Rey, who has learned to fall against the end of the bed and slide down so he pulls the blankets down where he can sleep on them. Try to pull them covers back up! We always say he's not the sharpest tool in the shed but what he does he does well!

    Rey used to have a couple of those little fleece lap robe type blankets in his crate and he carried them around the house like security blankets. He would bring out one and then bring out the other. He always looked so proud carrying them in. Wasn't a problem until he set one in your lap! Slobber and dog hair conveniently packaged in a lap sized blanket!

    My MIL has 19, yup, 19 cats outside her house. They are all wild and she feeds them 3 times a day! Couldn't catch one of 'em with a net! She won't buy the cheap store brand cat food either. Says they prefer Purina! I think they would eat what ever she put out there if they were hungry but if she feeds them 3 times a day they won't be hungry! She spends about $575 a year on cat food and lives on $525 a month SS! So you cat lovers must be just as crazy as us dog lovers!


  7. caffey

    caffey New Member

    I sleep alone. When I am not feeling too bad kitty sleeps at the foot of the bed on the other side curled up. If I am flared and not feeling well. She moves to the top of the bed sleeps cross wise and takes up the whole side of the be and SNORE. Never heard a cat snore so loud. Then she gets disgusted when I move her. They really are the queen. lol.
  8. Beadlady

    Beadlady Member

    that the bed is "Their's" and "They" let you borrow it?

    When my dog could get on the bed, I know that was his theory anyways. I know he misses the comfy water bed, but arthritis doesn't let him jump that far anymore. I miss his snuggles on the bed with me.

    Now I try to make him as comfy on the floor as I can. On my side of the bed he has his own heating pad and the other side is fluffed up with blankets and old quilts.
  9. Doober

    Doober New Member

    dogs (both female Australian shepards) a few nights a week somehow manages to "steal" my pillow in the middle of the night. I will wake up and find my head between her legs and the top of my head touching her belly. This causes my feet to hang off the end of the bed sometimes (I am 6'3).

    I sleep with 2 pillows so if I am not in the mood to deal with it, I just move one of my pillows down and leave her at the top of the bed. When I do kick her off my pillow, she just moves over to my wife's pillow. Sometimes she sort of acts like a cat in where she sleeps and lays.
  10. Pottersclay

    Pottersclay New Member

    KNOWS he is not allowed on my bed. So he does to one of my girls beds. Only a couple of them let him on. He likes to come to my room to lick himself while I try to sleep. Sigh...
  11. 4everkid

    4everkid New Member

    These pet stories are all so funny.

    Greenbean, Rey the blanket retriever sounds adorable. His technique for preparing his own sleeping spot is pure canine genius!

    Cath, I agree - cats do expect the royal treatment. Mine usually get it too. Your cat probably knows you aren't feeling well and comes closer out of concern. She wants to comfort you and help you feel better. The snoring is just a bonus!

    Georgia, its so cute when the dogs and cats are friends. My cat Skippy loved his pal Kojak, a Rottie/Lab mix, and mourned his passing for the longest time. Skip never has gotten along with the other cats, but loved his big doggy pal.

    Fight, you can rest assured that in your next life as my cat, I will buy you the plushest snuggliest bedding I can find, in a color that compliments your hair. You will have more toys than you will ever need. Plus, I will cater to your every wish.

    Beadlady, yes I know the bed belongs to the cat. Thats why I trick him with reverse psychology and the ultra-plush royal pad. He gets that, while I settle for the average sheets next to the snoring man. Sounds like your dog is getting some royal treatment too. Choices even! Heating pad bed or fluffy blanket pile - tough decision.

    Doober, at least when your dog steals your pillow, she provides you with a warm belly to cradle your head on. Maybe you should sleep with a wig on your feet and prop them on a pillow.

    Pottersclay, your family sounds just the opposite of mine. We all want the cat to choose us to sleep with. Sally worked hard to keep each of us happy. She watched tv in bed with hubby till bedtime. She went to bed first with my daughter till she fell asleep. Then she would get up and escort my son to bed and snuggle with him till he was asleep. Then she accompanied me for my bedtime ritual and took her place on her kitty throne next to my pillow. Then in the morning, she would be back in place with each person as they woke up. Each family member thought they were the chosen one! She was good. She wrote the book on how to be a devoted companion to a multi human family.

    When we got wee Scotty, we learned quick that he was a burrower. He liked to tunnel down deep under the covers and play with our legs every time we moved (with claws). Luckily the new snuggle blanket has solved that problem. He can't wait to get on it.
  12. lilaclover30

    lilaclover30 New Member

    AFTER we have stopped talking (thagt's not long) and gone to sleep, she lays at my feet on the quilt. DH uses a urinal at night at he is a leg amputee and its difficult putting it on during the night. Maggie comes and sits by him each time, wants a little pet, then back she comes to my side. But she sometimes walks the long way over, over me!

    Soemtimes during the night, she will nestle right down beside me for a while, then off she oges to her own. But about 5 a.m. she comes up to me and gives me nips on my nose, hair, etc. - that means get up! I don't.

    If I lay down in gthe afternoon for a nap, sghe follows me in an lays down right beside me - "don't touch me" but close to me. She watches to see if I close my eyes, then I peek, and she shuts hers if I do.

    Aren't cats wonderful? She is alway8s right beside me here at the computer too. When she thinks I have been here long enough, she pats me and meows til I finish.

    luv from Maggie and me.
  13. 4everkid

    4everkid New Member

    Lilaclover - your cat Maggie sounds like a real sweetie. Sweet, devoted and intelligent! She's your playmate, companion and wake-up-call.
    Arabella is a beautiful name for such a darling little girl. And Jacob has a very bright, intelligent look in his eyes. They truly look like little angels. Just adorable!
  14. Doober

    Doober New Member

    That warm belly is nice during our cold winter months here in New England. Especially with the "cul-de-sac" beginning to build on the top of my head.The funniest thing though is when I wake up and before I get out of bed. We just sit there nose to nose and stare at each other.
  15. Pottersclay

    Pottersclay New Member

    I don't like the idea of my house cat wanting to sleep on my neck or by my face!!! blah!!!!!!
  16. 4everkid

    4everkid New Member

    PC, my dad would have loved you! I remember how he was always telling me "Don't kiss the cat! He licks his own bottom!" Even though I was only kissing his forehead, he found this disgusting. I hear his voice in my head saying those words a lot these days.

    I can relate to your feelings though. Although I love dogs too, I kind of feel the same way about dogs in the bed. For me, they belong in the backyard. But I was raised that way. As a child, our family dog could only come in the house if there was a tornado warning. I do let my dog Hailey come in the house regularly, but I don't have any desire to sleep next to her.