Will Tuffy-Cat ever give up?

Since the huge leaves of our plane tree started turning orange-brown in the crisp autumn air, and since the soil underneath the delicious monster and behind the potted lemon tree (two of Tuffy-Cat’s now-no-longer-secret summer-time hiding places) became waterlogged with the rains, our heat-seeking cat has been spending more and more time inside.

To be more specific: on our bed.

As in now:

Tuffy-Cat on the soft bed

But as much as we adore stroking her silky-soft fur when she curls up between us on the sofa as we watch yet another DVD, and as much as we secretly love feeling her sleep-heavy body warming our feet during the night, the residue of fur she leaves everywhere makes us both tight-chested and wheezy. Which is definitely not a good thing.

Hence our continuous battle to keep Miss T-C off our cosy and oh-so-soft bed!

Yesterday, we nudged, prodded, lifted, and sternly ordered her off the bed a record number of times. But as soon as we turned our back, she hopped back on.

I even tried “corporal snuggling” as recommended by two engineers – which involved almost lying ontop of her and snuggling her so tightly and lovingly that she could hardly breathe. The only effect that had was to create about 8 more puncture marks in the duvet cover, as she tightly clenched her front paws. Sigh.

I so hate keeping the bedroom door closed, because our house is cooooold in winter, and I am desperately trying to entice the little autumnal sunbeams to reach just a liiiiiittle bit further into the passage to warm it up.

Any advice?

4 thoughts on “Will Tuffy-Cat ever give up?

  1. Advice? Hm. Not so much. We have a bedspready thing that supposedly protects our own bedding from the fluff of two very affectionate and cuddle-seeking cats, but it’s really purely psychological (sshhh… don’t tell Armin, he might not have noticed) because the bedspread stays on the bed at all times. So we’re as close to the fluff as ever we were. Still, theoretically you might try something like that, if you could bring yourself to keep the cats out of the bedroom at night – then remove the bedspread overnight and you’re fluff-free.

  2. Thank you for that tip, Robynn. It would make good sense, if only we could bear to keep Tuffkins out of the bedroom at night…

    But if we keep the door closed, she tries to come in through the window, and the claws-on-glass-in-the-dark-of-night thing makes my hairs stand on end.

    And the pitiful and increasingly desperate whimpering and scratching at the bedroom door would melt the hardest of hearts.

    Ergo, frequent vacuum cleaning and anti-histamines.

  3. Enjoyed reading your blog & impreswsed by your regular blogging . My poor blog has languished for months ….
    I’m afraid at this time of year, all cats turn into heat-seeking felines : my Burmese, Chocolat, spends all day moving round the house into the sunniest patch she can find, and then sunbathes. Frequently on my bed, which is liberally sprinkled with cat-fur. Cats in winter will put any American IBM heat-seeking missile into the amateur category. I can only suggest you Hoover your duvet before going to bed, and also buy some ear-plugs to keep out the heart-rending noises penetrating the firmly closed bedroom door. Does your cat have its own blanket? if not, suggest you dash out & buy one of the fleecy ones @ Mr Price, they are knee-rug size, and try and persuade the cat this is superior to your duvet. And the best of British luck to you!

  4. Hi Alison – thank you so much for leaving a comment! And for sharing your cat-tales. 🙂 Please send me the link to your blog?

    We do vacuum-clean our duvet often, but cat hair is rather bristly and it goes right into the fibres, so it’s not easy to extract. And I find that the vacuum-cleaner paradoxically creates a lot of dust too, which doesn’t help our hayfever much.

    Does our cat have its own blanket? Alas, yes, she has several. Dotted about all over the house. It’s just that our duvet reigns supreme because:
    (a) it’s sooo soft and comfortable,
    (b) the sun’s rays migrate slowly across it from late morning to late afternoon so by moving an inch every half-hour, she is always assured of warmth,
    (c) during the day we aren’t always there to evict her,
    (d) during the night, we are too lethargic with sleep to kick her off and will even contort ourselves uncomfortably so as not to disturb her when she is curled up among our legs, and
    (e) we are just too soft-hearted to keep the bedroom door closed!

    She probably knows she’s onto a good thing here. 🙂

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