The routine at night is almost always the same. The cat sleeps in the bottom right hand corner of the bed, curled in a ball. I'd much prefer if the cat decided to sleep closer to my head area, so I wouldn't worry about kicking it, but the cat does what it wants to do. The dog, unless it's too hot, usually decides to sleep at my side - always on the opposite side as the cat, who he doesn't like to get to close to (my earlier attempts to make them interspecies gay neutered lovers did not work, although the cat does love the dog and the dog is just a little less vocal about his love for the cat - he's protective as hell of him). Not up by my head, but lower, somewhere around the waist or leg area. I often kick him off in the summer, when it's hot as hell, or he decides to head down on his own. But in this sort of weather - a little chilly at night, but too warm to worry about closing the windows - his presence is welcome. He's like an electric blanket or a heating pad that requires no cord.
The placement of both animals on my bed has continued for a couple of years now, ever since I decided to move from the basement to the first floor. However, I decided to throw a wrench into it this summer. I found that the air conditioning hit me better if I turned around on my bed, with my feet going where my head usually goes, and my head down at the bottom. I was cooler like this, and could sleep a little better.
I immediately became interested in what the animals would do. The variable is the placement of my body - does that make the animals decide to sleep in different place on the bed? Or is the animals' decision to sleep in their spots totally independent from my body's placement?
My findings were neither that interesting or remarkable, but I'll share them anyway. The cat stayed exactly where he was, apparently not minding that it was my head next to him instead of my feet. The dog also stayed in the same spot; however, he turned his body around, positioning his head in the direction opposite my head. So he is obviously more comfortable with his head facing my feet. Hmmm.
Now my a/c is off for the year, and I'm back to the traditional head and foot of the bed. The animals still select their same spots. Their consistency is comforting.
(I really need to get a life.)
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