I went to collect the few personal belongings which…I held to be invaluable: my cat, my resolve to travel, and my solitude. ~Colette
Picture it, I was laying on my back, head propped up on my pillow, fast asleep, enjoying some much needed rest, when something woke me from my dream state. Was it someone? No. Was it a noise? No. Was it a feeling? No. Was it a ghost? No.
As I was minding my own business, Storm a.k.a. Lady Fluffington got into bed and took up space next to my head. Is that unusual? No, but what she did was never done before, at least not to my knowledge. She deliberately laid her furry tail across my face. Now that was a first! I was actually half awake and half asleep, moving my head from side to side, blowing puffs of air out of my mouth and nose, like you do with a piece of fuzz, trying to remove the tickle from my skin. Even through those actions, I still couldn’t pull myself completely out of sleep, to fully comprehend what was happening.
The best part? Her tail rested under my nose on my upper lip! If someone actually saw that, that would have been hilarious!
Instead of rolling over or removing the fuzzy extremity from my face, still half asleep, I began to pet Lady Fluffington as an automated response. Really? What can I say? I’m a sucker for that little ball of fur. Well, naturally her reaction was to start purring. That did it for me, I actually fell back asleep with her tail across my face, to wake in the morning fully rested. Once the purr engine rolled to life, I don’t remember another minute of the situation.
Seriously? Oh, yes! Forget the babbling brook, the crashing waves, or the sounds of nature, a cat’s purr can put me in a sleep comma, instantly.
Ever since I was a little girl, I’d be playing with my cats on the porch in the summer, they’d start purring and I’d wake up hours later, alongside my cats. If you add being in close proximity to their soft warm fur, combined with the purr vibrations, it’s a lethal dosage of sleep medication for me.
As I was telling the tail (pun intended) of Lady Fluffington and how I fell asleep, would you believe no one understood the sedative effects of a cat’s purr? I’m talking about cat people. I get it if you’re strictly a dog person, which I happen to love my Seven too, but he has the opposite effects on me. Nope, I have yet to meet anyone who shares my kryptonite for a cat’s purr. Am I alone?
Only after I awoke, I realized Storm’s food bowl was empty and then my mind rushed back to the incidence, recalling that darn tail. My guess? She tried to wake me for a midnight snack. Well, the joke’s on her! She put me into a deep sleep for the duration of the night or morning or whatever time it was.
If you have trouble sleeping, try curling up to a purring cat. I’m tell you, it does the trick every time! Sweet dreams.