Cat Owners with Overnight Guests

February 19th, 2010

A friend of mine recently commented that some folks with cats need to consider that their house guests may not be as into felines or want to hear cat “poop stories” at dinner.


Good point. I don’t mind cat talk, but my friend’s story reminded me of a couple instances when I was a house guest and a cat or two kept me awake all night. Both times, I was sleeping on a sofa in the living room. The cats weren’t locked away or crated for the night. Here’s what happened:

I was staying at a friend’s apartment and her cat jumped on me from the top of the sofa repeatedly. This rascal derived great joy out of scaring me awake. He’d apparently done this many times before.

Another time, I staying at a relative’s place. This person had two cats that played loudly together throughout the night. Their favorite area to play happened to be right there beside the sofa where I was sleeping.

All of that behavior shouldn’t come as a surprise. Cats are curious about newcomers, active at night and sometimes jealous of intruders.

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