I knew someone who, when the cat would rattle the bedroom door, would open the door a crack, and shoot the cat in the face using a mid-sized water pistol. The cat never got in. He kept the fur-monster out of the bedroom because /lawyer. Went to court a lot.
Kinda worked. But sometimes the cat would rattle the door and howl anyway. Just to torment him. If he didn’t respond at all, this cat would not get bored for a long long time.
@f00l my one cat, I would occasionally open the door and hiss at him, but then I learned that completely ignoring him was more effective in the long run. My other cat will howl and cry if his buddy accidentally got locked in my room. I guess he doesn’t like being alone.
Not normally. My dog is never allowed on the bed. She has her own comfy bed next to mine. I’ll let the cats come in during the day if I’m taking a nap, but never at night because they’re crazy bastards in the middle of the night and go jumping on me as they try to fly across the bed. I need my sleep.
I used to let my other cats sleep in my room until the one night I woke up uncomfortably contorted because one cat is sleeping in between my legs, the other cat was behind my back, and the third was sitting on my head like a hat. That was the last night.
Our dogs were not on it with us unless invited. But they slept on it during the day when we were at work. Sometimes when I came home for lunch, if I was quiet enough, I could sneak upstairs and around the bed, start tickling their ears and end up in a happy snuffly tail thumpy dogpile before I took them out for a walk.
Since they passed on, sometimes on cold nights or during storms, I wake up and think some furry warmness was just there… They don’t ask now but that’s ok; they’re always invited.
Those little bastards with the razor claws and no proper mature attitude toward sleep and napping and being lazy - every time part of you moves under the covers, esp your extremities, they instantly become kitten claw targets.
And the claws go right thru the sheets and blankets and bedspread. Right into your toes or soles of your feet.
Kittens have s natural instinct for striking in order to wake you up in pain. Then when you are about to lock them in the bathroom, they suddenly stop targeting your toes and become ultra-cute. And cuddle. And so you don’t follow your primitive instincts to destroy or at least confine a predator who thinks you’re cute when you wake up yelling.
And then you go back to sleep.
Oh yeah. One more thing. Got a nice down comforter? Yes? Expensive? Perhaps heirloom? You are such a sweet person.
Our cat sleeps in bed with us. Usually under my blanket, between my legs, sometimes right next to me. Sometimes he wakes me up, so that I could let him under the blanket. Which is a very good thing in the winter, as he’s warm. Not so good in the summer, as he’s a heatpad that doesn’t turn off and regularly catches fleas even with medicine applied. Oh well, he’s a cute little bastard.
I’d like my dog to come up sometimes, but she gets too hot almost instantly. She is a Newfoundland. She sleeps on the tile hearth most of the time, with her nose touching the box fan, even in the winter. She will come up if it’s thundering or there are fireworks.
Didn’t you mention wishing for True Love or something? Pets do offer that sort of thing, on a companionship level.
One should get a pet only for having a pet. For life. Someone who would get a pet for appearances or other weird reasons is treading into manipulative or sociopath territory.
But if one is inclined toward pets: a pet will keep you company and give you love and a better social life at home; until the day arrives when the pet can give two of you company and love and a better social life at home.
And pets can humanize people into becoming better and more attractive and decent and warm beings. And pets can have their own capacity to attract affection and attention from others who might then take a liking to you.
And pets will give you stories to tell. And listen to your stories when you don’t want to tell them here or to your friends.
Precisely: make you more attractive to the sort of people you might actually want to spend years and decades with. And make those sorts of people more inclined to wish to get to know you.
If they know you are the sort whose pet is cared for and beloved, not a disaster relationship, and you are great with your pet, that’s already a plus for many people.
@f00l And I quote “grownup takes the poison thing out. Kids pull out the hairs. Cut them up and stir fry them”. I was afraid she’d want that for dinner (oh - my kid is adopted from SE Asia as a grade schooler) and wondered how I’d ask PetSmart for their biggest, juiciest tarantula and no tarantula food. Fortunately she said, when I asked her, “No mom. Spider no good. In this country we have chicken”.
I don’t allow any of my dogs upstairs even though they are all house trained and wouldn’t do anything up there. They do go upstairs for a bath but they are carried up and once they’ve been blow dried and are all smelly fresh and lovely. They have own beds in the kitchen and pleasure ithttp://jonsguide.org/best-top-serta-dog-bed-reviews/ This is just my personal choice
When I was still living with my parents, our family dog always slept upstairs from the day we had him but it was their house and their rules.
At the end of the day, it’s your house, your decision and only you should make it.
@unksol I had a pussy that would want to go out at 2am and discovered that if she jumped on my balls I would wake up and she would run off before she got clobbered. The 3rd time she tried it I went to the door and called her over, picked her up and proceeded to throw her across the room and bounce her off the wall. then I let her out. She never jumped on my balls again.
@cranky1950 why does your cat want to go outside at 2am. I think you are doing it wrong. Cats shouldnt go out. Also wanting to go out and wanting to be warm/snuggle are not related. Your comment doesn’t make sense.
@cranky1950 cats use litter boxes. You made a choice to train your cat that going out was an option. An entirely unneeded one. You then chose to throw your cat into a wall because it wanted to do something you taught it to want. Then you brag about throwing your cat into a wall. You probably shouldn’t have a pet if you think this is an appropriate response.
@cranky1950 don’t worry officer, I’m sure they won’t press charges! It’s not assault, I’m just using a valid behavioral modification method to teach them that bragging about animal abuse will get them punched in the face.
I used to share my king sized bed with my king sized dogs, but I am such a light sleeper that every twitch in their sleep or change in their breathing woke me up. So I got a twin daybed and a big dog bed and reclaimed enough bedroom real estate to put in a love seat for a reading area since my bedroom has by far the most sunlight in the house.
@jqubed LOL! No, I sit on the bed to tie my shoes. Miss Belle sheds so much her hair is EVERYWHERE. I could change the bedding every day and it would still be covered in fur top to bottom by the morning.
@ruouttaurmind ugh… Animal fur is ridiculous. It’s so hard to get off the couch, and I do let them on the couch. I have to make sure I have lint rollers available for anyone that comes over, unless they don’t care about having hair everywhere.
I’ve never had a problem with my cat waking me up, even when she was young - she’s asleep on my bed before I’m in it, and I’m usually the one who rudely wakes her up by moving in morning! In winter she’ll start whining at me if I’m not in bed by midnight, bc she wants a giant primate heat cushion and refuses to accept an actual heater pad as a substitute.
/giphy cat snuggle
My roommate’s cat has almost been squished a few times because he’ll tunnel under blankets piled on a bed or couch, fall asleep, and no one realizes he’s there until they’ve flopped down right on the poor guy.