Romeo and Juliet. King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson. Tony and Maria. Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford in The Way We Were (if it had the ending it should have had). So many great love stories. Epic, timeless, romantic. And now, love has blossomed again, right before my very eyes.
Our quiet, unassuming cat Helen is carrying on a fiery love affair. No, not with another cat. Helen is in love with her fleece lined bed. I mean head-over-heels, breathless in love.
It started innocently enough, with a fleece pullover I wear around the house when it’s chilly. Of course with my hot flashes I frequently have to pull the thing off for a few minutes. The first time I left it unattended I came back to find Helen lovingly wrapped in its arms. It was all I could do to wrench it away from her. Then she started eyeballing it even as I was still wearing it. If I left it out and turned my back for even a moment, Helen was all over it.
We finally decided to just buy Helen a fleece lined bed. Now, I’ve never had a cat who would even think about settling into an, ugh, pet bed. I mean, those are for pets, not full-fledged citizens like cats. And every conceivable surface in the house is in fact a cat bed. But this was different. Helen fell in love with her bed immediately, and she fell hard.
Helen moves from her bed for only a few reasons:
- Food; she definitely gets up for treats and dinner
- Litter pan breaks
- To chase away any other cat who dares approach the sofa because naturally that’s where we keep her bed (what, you thought it was on the floor?)
Other than that, she stays happily ensconced in its warm embrace. None of the other cats are foolish enough to even try to set paw in there on the rare occasions when it is not occupied. They sniff at it, maybe put one tentative paw in there, but no one is crazy enough to climb all the way in.
We were happy that Helen was happy but then she started, well, making out with her bed. Grooming it lovingly. I guess in addition to hair balls we can now look forward to Helen barfing up fleece balls.
So naturally we captured a few moments of Helen blissfully licking her bed. Kitty Porn, so please, this is for adults only!