I know it's their bed, but...

United States
December 19, 2012 6:20pm CST
I know that I maintain the home for the care and comfort of my three cats. That is not in question. I know that the reason we have furniture is so that they have places to sleep. I know that we have a television so that they can watch it. I know that they are very generous in allowing us 2/3 of the bed at night. However, as the human, can't I at least enjoy the fresh sheets on the bed first? I mean, can't I have just a few minutes before the cats reclaim their rightful places on the bed? I've laundered the sheets. I've stripped the bed of the old bedding. I've put the fitted sheet on and... There is a small gray striped tabby rolling all over the sheet before I can even put the flat sheet on. Is that how it goes in your home, too? Or do your cats allow you to occasionally enjoy unviolated bedding?
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
20 Dec 12
I suppose I'm lucky (in a way) because my cat will only choose to sleep on my pillow..the one I'm using, even though she has the full bed she can snuggle on, she wants to make sure she takes over my pillow and, by the time I get up, I have a crick in my neck. She doesn't do this as often as she used to. Whenever I change the sheets, she magically appears out of nowhere, to chase the ends just before I stretch them over the corners. Fortunately, she chooses not to lie on it..give her time though and she will!
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• United States
20 Dec 12
The girls tend to take the foot of the bed. My boy either sleeps at the head of the bed next to me or next to his Daddy--often with his head on one of our pillows. He will sometimes try to sleep between us, but he generally finds that doesn't work out quite as well for him. Last night, the cats really did claim 1/3 of the bed. They were in a straight row down along my side of the bed, and I was left sandwiched between them and my boyfriend. I'm beginning to think that we need a larger bed...
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
20 Dec 12
Awww, how adorable! That reminds me of the time I was living at Mum's and I only had a single bed then..a bed shared with 3 cats on occasion. They used to jump up onto the extension roof that was directly below my bedroom window..and come through the window, making me jump out of my skin as I was usually half asleep when they did so. Then, of course, the purring and kneading on my bed started. One cat would like to go IN my bed (not very hygienic but who cares) and the other two would try to get on..as they weren't related..one on the right side of my body and the other on the left, wedging me in solid so I couldn't move. Bit like a coffin lol. If I dared to turn onto my front one of the cats would sleep on my back, thus preventing me from moving from that position as well. I'm amazed I'm still alive!
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• United States
20 Dec 12
I used to have a crowd in my twin bed as well--a whippet, my male cat, and I'd usually end up with two or three of my housemate's cats as well. Plus, I'd have another whippet dog sleeping under the bed. Best of all, my housemate's "fluffiest" cat would come and stand on my rib cage in the middle-of-the-night to knead me with his "invisiclaws" (He'd been declawed long before she had rescued him.). Did I mention that I am a very thin person, and he was a 12+ pound cat even then? I miss having my former housemate's cats around, but I don't miss the nightly rib-crushing.
• St. Peters, Missouri
20 Dec 12
The reason my ex-husband gave for not wanting me to have one of the couches in our home was because that's where the cats slept. How can you argue with that???
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• United States
20 Dec 12
I certainly wouldn't be able to argue with that one. I have three cats. They generally win such arguments.
• United States
20 Dec 12
And I have no idea how that all ended up italicized. So, I'll just go with the idea that the three cats next to me had something to do with that one.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
21 Dec 12
at least one of my cats is with me at all times, but my poor little rugby is sick, I just hope this last medication will work. he only has three more to take before they are finished.
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• United States
21 Dec 12
Poor kitty. My cats say that they hope that he is feeling furry again soon. ^._.^
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
21 Dec 12
Actually, my three cats are awesome about letting my husband and I have the bed to ourselves. In fact, I can only think of a few times that our cats have ever even been in our bed. However with it getting cold outside, our oldest cat, Peaches, has taken to sleeping in my clean laundry at night. Now this isn't something that bothers me most of the time, but I hate the way that she looks at me when I am looking for something and she is trying to sleep.
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• United States
21 Dec 12
Poor kitty... She's just trying to sleep, and some human comes along and disturbs her bed. Our cats are used to having a portion of the bed. The girls typically sleep at the foot of the bed, and our male cat cuddles up at the head of the bed. I say things about them taking up 1/3 of the bed, but I really wouldn't want it any other way. They do know that there is a good chance that I will hiss at them if they try to run over my head in the middle of the night or, worse yet, grab them and hug them--trapping them and keeping them from their cat-ly missions.
• United States
21 Dec 12
My mothers cat smokey is just like this even when she lays her church clothes on the bed. he will roll over them and leave his hair on her clothes.
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• United States
21 Dec 12
I try to dress quickly and make my escape out the door before they have much chance to thoroughly mark me as their property. However, that doesn't really work. They are smart... and quick.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
21 Dec 12
As much as I love my cats, I will NOT allow them anywhere near my bed, however! There was one exception, my beloved ginger cat Zeus, I know you shouldn't have favourites but when I was living with my partner we had four cats, and it was Zeus that I fell in love with the most and he would instinctively know when I wasn't well he'd be on my bed! Cats are very crafty. Our cat actually swears at you when you try and move her off the bed, when mum tries to make it, and disturbs her she makes a funny noise, as if to say, leave me alone, this is my double bed if you please! Cats sure are funny creatures, lovable but funny!
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• United States
21 Dec 12
My male cat is the same way about cursing when he is forced to move over even an inch. He can have such a dirty kitty mouth sometimes. I just couldn't ban my fuzzies from the bed--even if that means losing 1/3 of the bed to them. I had done so for a little while, and it just wasn't right for us.
• Canada
20 Dec 12
Shakti building a nest in our new duvet and cover. - No fresh bedding for us either, as you can see. LOL
That is how it is for us here too, only ours is an orange and white long-haired siamese-balanese cross. We bought a brand new duvet cover a few weeks ago, and a new duvet too. No sooner did we put the duvet in the cover, then Shakti started rolling, and hairing it up. Granted it's a dark blue, so we knew what we were in for when we bought it. Had we bought a lighter one, he'd just blend in, and we'd end up sitting on him. Can't have that, can we? I'll attach a picture of Shakti and the duvet.
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• United States
20 Dec 12
I'm beginning to think that I should just buy things to match the fur colors of the cats. That way, the cat hair won't be so obvious. If we're ever in the neighborhood, I'm certain our cats would love to trade tips with Shakti. The two oldest have taught the youngest cat so many things. Just imagine what fun new things the three of them could teach Shakti--all sorts of methods to keep the humans in line and properly serving the felines of the household.