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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-03-2015, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Cat's Bedtime Ritual?

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For the last 2 or 3 months Coco has been engaging in the same behavior around my bedtime. She starts meowing at me but quiets down immediately when I go to bed. Once I lay down, she jumps on the bed and gets her head underneath my hand to tell me she wants me to scratch her back. I do that for a little while until she is ready to lay down on top of me or next to me. Before I fall asleep she gets up and jumps off the bed.

Has anyone else had a similar experience with their cat? Is this her way of saying goodnight to me? Or is she just looking to get one last back scratch before the day is over?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-03-2015, 06:41 PM
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Mocha always did that with me....but she stayed cuddled up with me all night long.
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My boy cat does something similar almost every night. I typically give myself a few hours late in the evening to diffuse from a long day. He will wait for me to go to bed before jumping in even though my wife is already in there. Once I'm settled in bed, he jumps in, lays on my chest and will get a good petting session for about 10 minutes. He leaves once he's had his fill.

My co-worker said I have a very smart cat. She explained that my cat realizes that trying to come in for those kinds of cuddles during the day will be harder to do since we're so busy, that he would likely just get in the way which would lead make us not happy, or he could get hurt. He comes at night because he knows that he can get our full attention from us (or just me), with no distractions.

I'm not sure how correct that assessment is, but I can follow the logic, so I'll accept that my cat is pretty clever.
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Neelix comes to say goodnight once I lay down. He cuddles nxt to me and forces pets (face bashing my hand when I stop). He purrs like a little truck for maybe 10-15 minutes then jumps up, stomps over me, and snuggles up against Book for sleeps. THAT usually ends in a scufuffle and Book leaving while Neelix takes over his comfy spot. That's usually when Book movers over to the body pillow next to me and we spoon.

MowMow now waits until EVERYONE is settled in their sleeping spot then jumps up before flopping his backside onto my face so I can push it down into the right spot to press my cheek against his back while he kneads on his 'soft'. He slowly lowers himself into a lying position with his back/backside under my cheek and that's how we stay for the majority of the night. When I roll over in the middle of the night we have to start all over on the other side.
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Mocha always did that with me....but she stayed cuddled up with me all night long.
During the day it's not uncommon for Coco to cuddle on my lap for short durations of time. I don't know if she does this because she knows I have to get up sooner or later or whether her attention can easily get focused on something else.

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He comes at night because he knows that he can get our full attention from us (or just me), with no distractions.

I'm not sure how correct that assessment is, but I can follow the logic, so I'll accept that my cat is pretty clever.
That possibility has crossed my mind as well. If it's true, than cats are certainly observant creatures.

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MowMow now waits until EVERYONE is settled in their sleeping spot then jumps up before flopping his backside onto my face so I can push it down into the right spot to press my cheek against his back while he kneads on his 'soft'. He slowly lowers himself into a lying position with his back/backside under my cheek and that's how we stay for the majority of the night. When I roll over in the middle of the night we have to start all over on the other side.
It's funny how when Kacie and Coco are both on my bed in the morning they each have their own spot on the bed. Coco usually is in the area closest to the wall, while Kacie is on the opposite side. When Kacie does sleep on my bed she prefers to sleep on my pillow next to my head, while Coco likes being next to my arm or chest. It's fortunate I don't have to deal with any fighting for a particular spot on the bed.
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The girls can be on the bed at the same time, but the recurring pattern is that Penny puts me to bed at night, cuddling up alongside nestled under my arm, and Nala gets me out of it in the morning bounding onto my chest and kneading my abs.

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Book used to try and take MowMow's spot when he was younger, but I always moved him to the pillow next to me. No one is allowed to stay in MowMow's spot, even if he's not in it. It's reserved, because he'll show up at some point and want it.

Now Book goes straight to the pillow or on top of the other king pillow at the head of the bed on the other side.
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