Cat on My Head

My cat has a few pretty regular habits.

He almost always gets on my lap when I’m reading at lunch.

He almost always gets on my lap when I’m reading before bed.

He almost always lies on my head while I’m asleep.

The latter is one of those things that truly tests whether or not you’re a cat person. As long as he does this while I’m asleep (in other words, he doesn’t make a beeline for my pillow while I’m trying to fall asleep), I’m good with it. The problem I have is when he wakes up and decides to start biting my hair, or sticking his wet nose in my ear or on my face.

The bigger problem is that he’s a BIG cat. 17-18 lbs worth of cat. And if I wake up in the middle of the night and want to readjust my position, getting my head out from under those 17-18 lbs is difficult. And sometimes, I lose my pillow in the process.

Last night was one such night: woke up at 3:30 am with a migraine (yay, sinuses!), and I knew I needed to take something. So I did. And when I came back to bed, the cat was completely sprawled all over my pillow, with a leg hanging off the edge of it. It was rather cute, and I proved my cat person-ness: instead of forcing him to move (and therefore meow in protest, and therefore waking up my husband), I simply hauled myself to the living room, grabbed an extra blanket and a space heater, and tried to sleep off the migraine on the loveseat. I halfway succeeded.

I love my cat. 🙂 But here’s hoping that he spends tonight beside us on the bed, rather than on my pillow (and therefore my head). 🙂

9 thoughts on “Cat on My Head

  1. Aw, come on – you can’t have a post like that without including a photo of the cat on your head! You could edit out your face, and just have your hair and the cat… 😉

    It’s hot here, so my cat spreads out at the end of the bed, close to the open window. His purring keeps me awake, grr… 😉


    1. I can’t get any pictures of him in the act (it’s usually dark when it happens), and my husband, who’s nabbed a few in the morning, won’t let me have them! 🙂


    2. When I first moved in, the sound of Storm Shadow’s purr filled me with DOOM, because he’d constantly bite my hair. Never knew a purr could be so anxiety-inducing. Now, I’m used to it. 🙂


  2. he wakes up and decides to start biting my hair

    Somehow this reminds me of the Andy Serkis interview where he said that his way of uttering “Gollum!” comes straight from his cat spitting hair-balls…



  3. Your cat sounds exactly like my 4-year-old! He also likes to sleep on my head 😉

    Isn’t it amazing how a cat can stretch out to take up ALL available space? My cousin’s cat used to do that to me all the time – and it turned out to be good practice for having kids: there has been many night when I would leave my bed for a few minutes, only to come back and discover that my children have taken over my half of it.

    Hope you slept cat-hat-free last night!


    1. I’ve definitely learned how to make use of what space is available to me, that’s for sure. Unfortunately, I used to be a heavy sleeper, and now I’m not. I blame the cat.

      But I did get sleep last night. The cat was a bother, but not as big a bother. Thankfully, I had no headache to wrestle with!


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