October 16, 2019

Sleepless in the City

Kitties, I'm turning it over to mom and I'll hide my eyes because it's about me.

Kitties and woofies, Mom here has few wits to have come to wits end...but what few I have are flumbuzzled.

Katie has been sleeping on top of or crowded up against my head for several years now.   Throw in free face washing and eyelid checking.   A little less so in the summer months.  But now,  it's cooler and the last three nights will be an example.  I am unsure how to handle this. Thought on how will be appreciated.

Katie has her sweet and beautiful face exactly next to mine...we are literally cheek to cheek.  Wait,  Her mouth and nosey are mashed to my cheek/eye.  Mashed in tightly with a big sigh and settled in, her paw on my neck (that's OK) her sides and shoulder pressed against the upper part of my neck.  Last night, she upped the ante and gathered my head into her arms.  Like a head-sized ball.  She let out a long sigh, settled her nose and mouth right into my eye and nose and started purring to beat the band and then, off to the arms of Morpheus.   Just her.  Not me.

TMI, but I have the smaller CPAP.  The little "nose pillow",  and she cuts off,  or reduces greatly the air  coming through on the side she is snuggled deeply into.

I can't keep her out...that's like punishing her for loving me so much.  I keep moving her but she waits a few seconds politely and when I am still, she settles right back in.  This went on six or seven times last night, and I even turned the light back on each time.  Nope.  My little girl stayed right there.

Here's an example from last night's sleep count by the Fitbit.    That's just a part of the night.  

Eyes burningly yours,

Mom of Katie

21 comments:

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Katie Isabella,
Not having any suggestions for solving that.
Barty is persistent too and he at times loves to be with his face and wet nose all over my face but when I push him more to the top, above my had on his lower pillow (the entire European square is his, well it is under my standard pillow but pops out quite a lot above).
He does extend his arms though to my neck and gives me acupuncture. Have had sometimes little blood stips on the pillow... But ALL in the name of love and oh, you can make them SO UNHAPPY when being turned away!!!
The problem is, that we don't have FUR... it is a protective layer for enduring fur-baby love.
Slept like a rose from my visit to the bathroom at 2:00 AM till 9:00 AM... WOW, like hibernating during this heavy rain and much cooler weather. Felt good!
Hugs,
Mariette

Eastside Cats said...

Gosh, wish I had some insight for you!
I'll post on my FB page, and ask other cat-lovers if they've had this issue, and what they've done to combat having a cat sleeping on your head.
Good luck!

Angel Simba said...

Does Katie like sleeping UNDER the covers against your knees? If you put her under, or raised the covers to let her go under, she might really like the coziness. Thus leaving your head and face alone. I laways liked that, or sleeping at Mom's belly or caurve of her back.

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

I like to sleep on Mommy's legs, belly and chest. Kaite Isabella, maybe you can try that?
P.s. Our cat cafe post went live too early, so we had to take it down. It's live againtoday!

da tabbies o trout towne said...

would it help, or are you able to sleep on a "wedge" pillow ? they elevate enough that
it might make katie move to "flat surface" ...

Brian said...

Dang, you need to find something to mirror the sound of the CPAP machine, she must thing you are purring at her.

The Island Cats said...

I don't have any suggestions for you. It surprises me that she wants to lay so close to your face and head...and lick you. ~Island Cat Mom

pilch92 said...

Sorry I have no suggestions. She is such a sweetie. XO

The Whiskeratti said...

This is a tough one. I wish I could offer some practical advice but.. nothing is coming up.

William’s Kith & Kin said...

Maybe Brian has a point! Sorry to say, we have no solution either. Is it possible to sleep on your side with the CPAP?

meowmeowmans said...

We wish we had some suggestions. Brian seems to have a good one, though. XO

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

Maybe there is a way to re-focus Katie on a different part of you that doesn't involve the CPAP? Don't think of it as punishing her, just as trying to find a way that works best for the both of you.

Tamago said...

This is a difficult situation but Katie san is such a sweet, loving girl! I'm sorry I can't think of any solutions. Maybe put mat, towel, or your shirt on bed near your face but not where CPAP can be blocked. She may lay on one of those, hopefully? I think, like Summer suggested, re-focusing on different part is a great idea!

Pam and Teddy said...

Gosh I'm afraid Teddy and I have no suggestions - the one Brian had about the wedge pillow and not being on a FLAT sounds like a possibility. Katie knows you are happy to have her NEXT to you but on your face or wrapped around your head just isn't "working"!! Teddy doesn't sleep with us - so we don't have this problem (although I'd love for him to sleep on the bed with us - he just doesn't!)..........Maybe she enjoys the body warmth of your head since we lose our body heat through our head.....the under cover solution might be a possibility?????

Hugs, Pam

John Bellen said...

I can understand that you don't want to keep her out of the room at night; I couldn't close my door on mine, either. Then again, mine don't sleep on my face. Can you adjust your position at all?

My Mind's Eye said...

Bless your heart. Our first cat ALWAYS slept at our feet on top of the spread folded back.
Never bother us. Sometime during most nights he left we'd find him on the guest bed. Not sure if our feet bother him but never a peep bother us.
Fast forward to Madi...she thought we had cooties...would not get near us. Early on she liked to sleep in between our legs if we were on our tummy. If we moved...she voiced her displeasure and left only to return later then leave again.

I have no solutions to offer other than we than to say shutting the door is U S E L E S S!!
Hugs Cecilia

Cathy Keisha said...

Here's an idea that TW uses to keep me at bay at night. I have my own pillow AND separating our pillows is a big bunny stuffie. She has it there to keep me from attacking her. It's soft and I do lay my head and/or butt up against it. It's a win/win cos I get to sleep on her pillow-top and she gets to rest easy.

Cupcake said...

OMGoodness, KI. You are practically suffer-cating your mama! I always stay against Mom in the night, to make sure she doesn't sneak out and leave me. But I stay against her tummy, not her face. I wish we had a good idea to help, but we got nuthin…

Love and licks,
Cupcake

Terri said...

Take your nasal pillow device into a home health care shop that carries your brand of CPAP. Show them exactly where Katie is causing the interruption of air flow. They may have other nasal pillow options that would eliminate your problem.

Timmy Tomcat said...

Einstein was a bottle baby and he has lately decided to return to yesteryear and pushes onto my chest while suckling. I need to sit up to sleep so he is way heavy and I have got him to relocate to between my legs with some pushing and effort. He acts like a 15 pound of cement and will not help at all. He is an odd kitty but he is starting to accept that this is his new place. I dont know f Katie would agree to another spot but maybe?
Dad
Katie you love Mom but give her some air ok
Timmy

SailorEdgar said...

Well, you DO need to breathe! Katie may have to adjust to different arrangements for her.