But before you give your blessing to this seemingly innocent habit, consider the following:
- Cats rarely sleep through the night and they often wake up too, too early for most people, usually 4 or 5 am. At this point they want to be fed and they may also want to play.
- Cats are fascinated with anything that moves, and if the nearest thing is your hand or foot, you may have a painful awakening.
- Although cats are known to be fastidious about cleanliness, they still step in and out of the litter box.
- You might have allergies and may need to have time away from your kitty, especially when sleeping.Most behavioral problems can be handled, however, and training is always worth the effort. Your cat can learn to stay quiet when she awakens or she can leave the room by herself. A firm “no” a few times may stop the batting game with your foot – a few hundred times may get her to stop all together. And you can help keep her paws clean if that is an issue or provide a towel or blanket on top of the antique quilt.
Like Eleanor Farjeon’s poem says, “Cats sleep anywhere, any table, any chair…” With any luck, you will be the one to decide.