Pepper the cat likes to sleep on our bed at night (but his brother Jackson prefers to disappear). Within ten minutes of Hubby Tony and I getting in bed Pepper jumps up with us and settles in. His traditional spot is next to Tony's legs, but for the past few weeks he's been changing it up and coming over to see me.
I love it when Pepper lays on my lap when I'm sitting on the couch. In bed not so much. He tries to get as close as possible, often draping his body over my legs. I already wake up a couple of times each night with hot flashes, and the cat just makes it worse--his body is like a little portable heater! I don't want him there, and if I'm still awake I'll kick him off. Eventually he gives up and goes away.
Tony left for a retreat yesterday. He'll return on Sunday. While he's gone I get to be Pepper's nighttime BFF.
Shortly after I climbed into bed last night Pepper climbed onto my lower legs. He was purring so loudly I could hear it. I went through the standard kicking off routine, but I knew it was useless. When Pepper plopped down right next to my lower legs I tried moving them slightly, but he scooted over to close the gap. I figured that was the best I was going to get, and rearranged the covers so my feet were sticking out. That cooled me off enough to go to sleep.
I woke up ninety minutes later in a puddle of sweat. Pepper had moved and was stretched out along my torso. I know I should have felt honored; according to the experts snuggling is a sign he likes me, but this was too much! I got up and went to the bathroom; the cat followed me. When I climbed back into bed the spot where he'd been laying was still annoyingly warm.
Surprisingly, Pepper didn't follow me back to bed and I quickly fell back asleep. Two hours later I woke up again to find the feline heating pad curled up in the crook of my legs. I moved my legs so I was lying diagonally across the bed and went back to sleep.
Tony gets up much earlier than I do and feeds the cats. This morning they harassed me until I got out of bed and gave them food at their normal time. I managed to complete the job without completely waking up, then fell back into bed. When my alarm went off I wasn't surprised to find out that Pepper was once again snuggled up next to me.
I suspect I'll have the same issues for the next two nights.
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