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An Experiment.

Dammit likes to sleep on my head. Throughout the night, he will fidget and fuss and push me with his feet until his entire body is streeeeeetched over my pillow, and I’ve been successfully relegated to having to use my arm. Not cool.

He also makes a chirpy “prrrup?” noise when he shifts, and I’m a light sleeper (insomnia’s a bitch, lemme tell ya), so every time he does it, I wake up, startled, and can’t get back to sleep again for a long time, if at all.

He sticks his paws in my nose and mouth (I have no idea why – I think he sees my face and thinks I’m going to wake up and pet him if he gets my attention, and he does this by sticking his legs out to touch me, and whoa! there’s my mouth!), has scratched the shit out of my face a couple of times, and has even managed to get one of his claws stuck in the pseudo-hole where my nosering used to be.

Frankly, I’m sick of this shit. I love my cat, but I can’t sleep. I’m cranky and stressed because of goings-on at school and in my personal life, and while I know that a good night’s sleep isn’t a cure-all, it would certainly help.

So I’m going to be going to bed shortly. Taking some benadryl. The cats have all been shut out of my section of the house, with a litter box, water, and food in the kitchen for them. I predict that someone is going to try to tear the door down (really, it could be either Dammit or Pooty – neither of them can stand to be on the other side of a closed door from me), and that might wake me up, but it’s a damned sight better than having an overeager, overly large cat push my head around the bed with his claws while meowing.

If this works out okay, it’s going to be a nightly ritual during the week. On the weekends, I don’t care so much, but during the week? I need sleep, plskthxbye.

We’ll see how I feel in the next few days. I really think it should help.

3 comments to An Experiment.

  • Do it, absolutely. Sleep is far, far too important to put up with claws in the face and furry head-warmers.

    They’ll get used to it!

    BTW, I can barely keep up with your posts, woman! You write so much (which kicks ass), but I feel guilty when I’ve missed something.

    I’ll try to do better.

  • Why the hell do they like to put their paws in your mouth, anyway? Mine does that too. Unfortunately I can’t lock him out because he will yowl and bang on the damn door trying to pry it open.

  • Squeaky Wheel

    Christina – I’ve had the same complaint on LJ before! I thought maybe I could keep this down to one or two posts per day, but sometimes separating subjects out is the only way my posts make any sense, so post-whoring it is. You don’t have to worry about missing anything – I very rarely make reference to something I’ve written about before, simply because I know how overwhelming it is to try to keep up with ongoing blog dramas. I don’t want to be a blog drama…lol.
    Last night was weird – it helped to not be woken up all the time, but it felt wrong to not have the fuzzykins in the bed with me. Gah. Cats.
    kvegas – I have NO IDEA, but holy god, it’s irritating. Mine will claw at the base of the door, because they know that that’s how they pull them open when they’re not latched. As a result, I got up this morning and found claw marks at the base of the door. Heh. Oh, well. Small price to pay for sleep, yeah?