And it was of the best decision ever.
I sleep with cats. I didn’t used to, I even thought it was gross. But people evolve, for better and for worse and in this case, it is for better!
For 6 years now I have fallen asleep with our little girl at my feet, and woken up with our big girl on my head (literally). But since Kodi became a forever resident, the dynamics have changed.
Kodi is adorable, but stubborn. I hear it’s a common characteristics of bottle babies. Whatever the cause, he won’t take no for an answer. He wants your pillow? He gets it. He wants your spot on the couch? He gets it. He wants the crust of your pizza? He steals it. He wants to fall asleep while clawing your neck to death? He does it. And you bleed. In your sleep.
He had become a little clawing vampire, a purring excavator: the deeper the claws dug into the flesh, and the more blood he extracted, the calmer he became. No. No more.
The simple solution is to keep the cat out of the bedroom. Easy enough. Except that the old-time residents would have none of this “pick your room for the entire night” gig. They like to come and go as they please. And they did. For several months, they tore the (brand new) carpet apart around the bedroom door when they wanted in, and tore the (brand new) carpet apart around the bedroom door when they wanted out. This has resulted in a big hole in the twice above-mentioned carpet, and the lady of the house quite frustrated with her interrupted sleep, and the situation as a whole.
Declawing is not an option. But I still have quite a problem on my hands. My big girl doesn’t like me anymore since she’s lost most of her cuddle time, and I can’t sleep.
Soft Paws to the rescue. They are little plastic sheaths that you glue over the cat’s nails. The cat can still do whatever it is that cats do, but they won’t pierce your skin (or destroy furniture, but in our house, furniture is much lower on the priority scale than cats – much lower) with their spiky daggers of death. Soft Paws come in all kinds of colors and if you do an internet search, you’ll find that people are becoming quite creative with their cats’ look. We chose black. Sleek and elegant. You can glue them on yourself, but for the first time, I wanted it done correctly and took our house panther to the groomer. They last about 4 weeks, then they fall off when the cat’s claw naturally sheds its layers.
Two days later and he’s already broken the tip off of one of them!