Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Best Places To Sleep: A Meditation On Rest by Parker

It has come to my attention that, although this blog is called "Musings of a Bookish Kitty", very few, if any, of you reading this are cats. That is a shame. Your dull human lives must indeed be dreary. To alleviate your doldrums, I have decided to grant you this boon of feline insight.

If one pays attention, you will find that there are several places around a house that are suitable for sleeping, napping, or resting. Many are useful for all three purposes, so do not overly concern yourself with dividing places into separate categories.

First, I'm quite fond of the carpeted structure my human thralls purchased for my use. There is a circular perch at the top where I lay on my side and survey the entire house. The only problem is that there isn't room for two and sometimes another cat takes my perch. This is only an irritation because, as I mentioned, there are many good places to sleep. It doesn't hurt to voice your displeasure, though.

Second, sometimes I need to exert my authority over my human thralls directly. At night as the male lies down to sleep, I climb onto his chest to demand his attention. I don't always stay very long on this perch, because you humans are decidedly unstable to sleep on. But once you are asleep, stretching out between your legs provides a perfect enclosure for my own naps.

Third, when all else fails, I may resign myself to sleeping on a bed. It does not matter particularly which bed. As soon as you lie down upon it, the bed is yours for the duration. There is the large bed where my humans retreat to most nights. Sometimes a door is left ajar and I can find a hidden bed in there. And sometimes I must remind the raving canid that he has a bed of his own only at my pleasure.

These are just a few ideas for sleeping that I have for you. If you have found this essay helpful, I accept tribute in the form of scratches either behind the ears or at the base of my tail.

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Parker, a short haired orange tabby, is best known for his work with wrapping paper and ribbon as well as the arms of couches.


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29 comments:

  1. Love this! Thanks Parker. I'd tell you how handsome you are but I wouldn't want it to go to your head! ;)

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  2. Casper whole-heartedly agrees with the "sleeping between the knees" idea. He is there every night. He would also like to add the suggestion of sleeping on any piece of clothing left laying somewhere...a towel, a basket of clean clothes, or even a dropped sock. He is also partial to hopping up on a chair recently inhabited by the humans, because it is nice a warm.

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  3. The Terrible Triad (Edgar, Lucy-fur, and Stinker) found this post highly entertaining!

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  4. Clever post! I think my favorite picture is laying on top of the human's chest :) If my dogs did that to me, I would be crushed!

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  5. Such a great post;cat lover here--big time.

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  6. My dog thinks just like you. Her most favorite place to sleep is on one of her humans.

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  7. I love looking at sleeping cats. They are always so relaxed! It must be because they pick the best spots.

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  8. Well we are both so happy to finally get to read something from your point of view. Meowwwwwww from Owen Beanie and Houdini. :)
    Aren't people beds the BEST??????

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  9. Maddie and Max agree whole-heartedly and add that a nice sun windowsill is another ideal place to nap.

    cjh

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  10. I like that you were honest in referring to the people you live with as your "human thralls." I always suspected as much :-).

    If I ever get a cat, I don't think I'll let him (or her) read this - you could be a dangerous influence, Parker! But please tell your female thrall that I'm glad she let you guest-post for her :-).

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  11. My cat Bandit says hi and that I'm to tell you, Parker, that you forgot about boxes, both cardboard and plastic, and the bottom of closets, and the fresh pile of dry laundry piled in the basket :-D

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  12. Parker, I want to be you when I grow up...I'm in awe (and jealous) of those who can devote so much time to sleeping.

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  13. Parker, have you tried sleeping on your humans' pillows? This is one of my favorite resting spots. I also like to sleep under their beds. But by far my favorite napping nook is my brown chair, which the human male insists on calling "his" chair and ejecting me out of it every night. He is sorely mistaken.

    Sincerely, Tasha's cat-dog, Pearl.

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  14. I think your Parker and my Scout would make a huge couple.

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  15. I think your Parker and my Scout would make a huge couple.

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  16. I think your Parker and my Scout would make a huge couple.

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  17. I think your Parker and my Scout would make a huge couple.

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  18. I think your Parker and my Scout would make a huge couple.

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  19. Good Lord! That keeps happening to my comments today. Please delete those, Wnedy :) Sorry.

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  20. It's so kind of Parker to tolerate his human thralls so well, especially at night when they are unstable in their sleep!

    It sounds like Parker and his sibling rotate sleeping places periodically. In my home, when one of the cats finds a new sleeping spot it soon becomes the place to sleep. Although 4 days prior no cat was sleeping in that spot, suddenly there's practically a line for the spot!

    Let Parker know if he evenr comes East there are some cats living here who quite enjoy ribbon and paper and would like to see some of his work!

    (Great post! lol)

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  21. Parker, you are a very wise feline. Kitties need to remind humans that rest and naps are very important, and you're doing a great job with this post.

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  22. Parker would respond to all of your comments individually, but he is presently stretched out on his favorite green chair in the sun room. He did want me to also suggest that you try napping in a sun spot now and then. It feels heavenly on the fur.

    Anya's the guilty one in stealing the human chairs when we get up for a quick second. Parker's never been big on that fortunately. What's funny though is that we humans always find somewhere else to sit instead of making her move. She's so spoiled.

    Thank you for your comments! You've made Parker purr--and quite loudly at that.

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  23. Hello there, Parker! I love your article and I did learn a thing or two about sleep.

    My goggie Hiro seems to think I'm his lollipop because he's always licking my toes. He does have his favorite sleep spots. I hope you like goggies!

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  24. Thank you for the sleeping advice Parker :)

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