We took in a stray cat from outside a while ago. He’s a big boy, 16 pounds of mostly muscle (the vet said he only really needed to lose a pound or two, and that wasn’t a big deal). For a while, we had to keep him closed up at night due to some medical issues we were having taken care of. However, recently we’ve been able to let him out. This resulted in an ancitipated problem: he wanted to sleep with us.
Mind you, we already had three cats. All of them wanted to sleep on me for the most of the night. You might see why I was concerned about an additional nighttime visitor. I was starting to get crowded. A 16 pound visitor could present even more problems.
And, the first night or two he did in fact want to sleep on me. He wanted to sit right at the top of my chest, draped up by my neck. This wasn’t the easiest way to sleep, particular when he kept nuzzling my head. Keep in mind, this is a STRONG cat.
However, the last two nights he stayed downstairs. He still doesn’t completely get along with two of our other cats (him and Oscar are cool, though) and maybe that had something to do with it. Regardless, I found myself missing being bugged in the middle of the night. It’s easier to sleep, but I still miss being visited.