To me, sleeping with my cats is one of the joys of sharing my life with them. Every cat I’ve ever had has slept on the bed with me. In fact, the few nights one of them didn’t, it was usually because something was wrong.
I’m always amazed at how much room two small cats can take up in a queen size bed. Some nights, I feel like a contortionist, trying to get comfortable again without waking Allegra and Ruby. Middle of the night gymnastics are not conducive to getting a good night’s sleep. But what’s a little lost sleep, compared to spending the night with a my two girls snuggled up in bed with me?
Allegra and Ruby have their own thoughts about our sleeping arrangements, and they have been bugging me to share them with you.
Ruby: I love sleeping with Mom! I love curling up in her arms, it makes me feel safe.
Allegra: Sleeping next to Mom is the best. I give her a little more space than you do, Ruby. I don’t have to always be glued to her side.
Ruby: blows raspberry at Allegra.
Allegra: I like to wait until Ruby has settled down, and then I pick my spot on the bed. I make a little nest with the comforter and then I curl up close to Mom.
Ruby: Mom turns over an awful lot during the night, doesn’t she, Allegra?
Allegra: Yes, she does! I wish she wouldn’t, but she’s very mindful of trying not to disturb us. That’s also why I like to sleep somewhere near her legs – less of a chance of me waking up when she turns over, or gets up in the middle of the night.
Ruby: I hate when she gets up in the middle of the night. Why does she do that, Allegra?
Allegra: I think she goes to use the litter box…
Ruby: I like that it’s getting colder – I love snuggling even closer to Mom now.
Allegra: I do, too. But sometimes I think Mom gets too hot. You know how she sometimes throws back the covers?
Ruby: Yeah, and sometimes her feet stick out from under the covers.
Allegra: I know! I love that! I attack her toes!
Allegra: I’m looking forward to when it gets really really cold, because then, I’m going to crawl under the covers, wedge myself against Mom’s back, and sleep there.
Ruby: Me, too, me too!!!
Allegra: Not next to me you’re not. You stay on one side of Mom, I stay on the other. That way, we can keep her nice and warm.
Ruby: Oh, alright!
Allegra: I’m getting tired. It’s time to go to sleep. Good night, Ruby.
Ruby: Good night, Allegra.