Wordless Wednesday – Night Terror

Tsunami - Night Terror

Last week, I shared that I have not been sleeping well.
I also revealed the reason for my insomnia.
A lot of you could relate!

From your stories, I learned that
Bed Hog Syndrome is a national epidemic.
I am still processing the comments!

This week, I thought I’d share a possible hypothesis
On how Bed Hog Syndrome starts.

When you first bring a kitten into your home,
It’s just like bringing home a newborn.
Your motherly instincts kick in.
You adore that kitten.
You’re protective of your little angel.
You don’t want to let your precious baby out of your sight!

Night rolls around.
You don’t want to leave something so tiny and helpless alone.
Your kitten doesn’t want to be left alone either…
So, you allow your sweet little baby into your bed.

At first, things are fine.
Your kitten snuggles in a little fur ball in a tiny corner of the bed.
You lie as still as can be,
So as not to disturb or crush your kitten during the night.

The next thing you know, your baby is growing up!
Soon a tiny tiger is tackling your toes and
Your ferocious mountain lion is climbing your legs!
But your leaping leopard is so precious,
You cannot resist his charms!

If this sounds familiar to you – beware!
That precious kitten that is causing you Toe Terror today
Will soon be tomorrow’s Bed Hog!
Look closely.
You can already see the Napoleanic gleam of
Victory in Tsunami’s eyes!

Who can relate to Bill Dana’s quote?

I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult.
It’s not. Mine had me trained in two days!

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Wordless Wednesday – January 30, 2013

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  1. Christina Morley
    Twitter: tinarobmorley

    That is too funny! We trained Tabitha, our kitten who is still missing, to be content with sleeping on our bedroom floor or on a couch, but not our bed. Our newest kitten, Sheela, is too scared to even visit our rooms, which is just fine. We have been helping her to gain confidence and to enjoy human touch without fearing it. When we got her, she was in fight-or-flight mode all the time. She must have had a rough time where she came from.

    Thanks for hosting the hop!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Oh Christina, I’m so excited to hear that you got Sheela – I will be over shortly to link up and to check out her photos!
      I’m sure with your love she will acclimate in no time.
      Have a wonderful WW!

  2. Teresa from NanaHood
    Twitter: thenanahood

    Sweet dreams, my friend! I didn’t rest well last night either. Starting a new meme called Thursday Thoughts….would love for you to link up and give me a shout out if you can!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Teresa, so thrilled to hear that you are starting a new meme!
      If you can, send me an e-mail when the link goes up – I would love to check it out!
      If you include your twitter address in the email, I’ll try to tweet you so you can RT!
      Also, feel free to share at this week’s Friendship Friday! 🙂

  3. stevebethere
    Twitter: bethere2day

    Tsunami definitely looks victorious heheh!

    Have a purrlicious week 🙂

  4. Susie
    Twitter: LevineSusie

    That kitty is too cute! My husband decided when we got our first dog “no pets in the bed”. Best rule we ever made. 🙂

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Your dogs are adorable Susie!

      I don’t mind kitties on the bed (shh! don’t tell!) but dogs are a different story.
      Of course, my husband feels differently.

      Guess it’s a good thing we don’t have dogs or I’d probably be sleeping on the floor!

  5. Sounds about right! Cat’s doing the training!

  6. Meryl says:

    LOL!!!!Maybe a terror but awesomely cute!

  7. Charlotte says:

    I have a bed hog that likes to stare at me until I wake up! :o) x

  8. Sophia says:

    I haven’t had the pleasure of sharing my bed with a cute little kitty and from your description, I probably won’t. I will heed the warning.


  9. Jennifer @ Geek Chic Mama says:

    We had our cat trained to stay off the bed – then I got pregnant. She knew before we did and started sneaking in bed after we were asleep. She started sleeping by my feet but by 6 months along she was cuddling right up to my bump. We bar her out of the bedroom at night now (I don’t want her trying to cuddle baby in his bassinet) and her meowing about breaks my heart sometimes!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      How cool that she cuddled your bump – she probably loves the baby and doesn’t understand why she can’t curl with the baby!
      (Of course, that bassinet would also make a cozy place for a cat nap…)

  10. Ah ha ha, my cats are such bed hogs that they even fight each other over the domain!

  11. Paula J says:

    Ohhhh I can completely relate to that quote!

    Happy WW 🙂

  12. Cyndi
    Twitter: ccliteraturegrl

    This is great! It’s still rather early Tuesday afternoon here, so as soon as I have the post up, I’ll come here and link up. Thank you again! (And I have to figure out my own link-up, lol).

    I can SO TOTALLY relate. I have been up since 2:45 a.m. because I have two cats that LOVE to sleep on my head. I’ll gently coax them off of my pillow, only to have them on it again when I’m asleep. Hehe. I’m thinking I might go take a nap before I attempt tomorrow’s post. Hehe.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Cats. So many tricks!

      Tsunami is a smart cat, except for one thing. He has never figured out how to open doors!
      So, if you close a door – invariably he wants to be on the OTHER side of it –
      and he will either wail and raise a ruckus or stick his paw under the door and start banging it until you can’t ignore it any longer!

      Legend, on the other hand, views doors as challenges!
      He takes ANY closed door as a personal affront and MUST get into it!
      So – every cabinet in the house he is constantly trying to open.
      All night I hear “clank clank clank” as the doors bang back and forth until he manages to squeeze his body in!

      And, the bags under my eyes just grow darker and darker…

      • Cyndi
        Twitter: ccliteraturegrl

        I did take a nap! Haha…and yippee! I finished the post.
        Yeah, I’ve tried the “door” thing – both cats either bang their heads against it and open it OR they scratch like crazy until we open it, haha. Can’t win. I’m still going to bed early…let’s see…it’s 9pm here…yeah…my bedtime!

      • Create With Joy
        Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

        Glad you got some rest! I think it’s in their DNA… a cat cannot stand a closed door!

  13. Judy Haughton-James
    Twitter: james_judy

    Tsunami is saying to himself ” This is now my bed!” Cute shot! Thanks for hosting and Happy WW!

  14. Savannah says:

    Thanks for hosting, as always.

  15. Evelyn
    Twitter: betteronabudget

    Ha ha, I love it!!

  16. Monica
    Twitter: OlderMommyStill

    He’s so adorable and your quote by Bill Dana is so true, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

  17. autena says:

    I think I have sitting at the computer hog syndrome. My cat will not leave my lap–makes for tricky typing!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      The only reason I don’t have that problem is that my cats are bigger than my lap!
      But they both crawl up on my husband’s chest and he can never get anything done!

  18. adinparadise says:

    I know my daughter would relate to this post. Her Ravioli is also a bed hog. Too funny how they just take over without a qualm. 🙂

  19. Dominique Goh
    Twitter: dominiquegoh

    We don’t have pets but the kids do come into our bed sometimes especially the toddler. Am trying to push her back to her own bed daily.

  20. Ai Sakura
    Twitter: Aisakuraharuka

    haha who can resist such a cutie??

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  21. self sagacity
    Twitter: selfsagacity

    Definitely interesting today. So cute.

  22. LOL!! This was a fun post 🙂 My daughter loves seeing pictures of your cats 🙂 She is learning how to talk more and just laughed, saying “Baby kitty go to seep, mommy!” 🙂

  23. Linda says:

    Thanks for the party! Take care, Linda

  24. OneDay/LadyJC
    Twitter: ladyjcmuses

    Oh my goodness. She’s so cute! Hope she let’s you sleep!

  25. Jay @craftyspices
    Twitter: CraftySpices

    Tsunami is the smartest cat I’ve seen :)…

    Thanks for linking up to our wwHop at http://www.CraftySpices.com
    Happy Wednesday!!

  26. zongrik says:

    cats aren’t that hard to train

    cinderella limerick

  27. DrillerAA says:

    He doesn’t look all that terrifying.

  28. Jackie says:

    I can definitely relate. I’ve been there with two cats, our dog and my husband. Now we just let Mollipop sleep in the bed!

    Thanks for linky love. We are having terrible weather here and I am forced to shut down for tonight. I will have to blog hop in the morning.

    Happy WW to all! 🙂

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Mollipop – love it!

      I’m sorry to hear you are having bad weather, Jackie, but at least you are home safe and sound.
      Have a great night curled up in your bed – if your dog and two cats let you! 🙂

  29. Your explanation of what happens is spot on as is Bill Dana’s. Calista Josette snuggles in a little corner now, but the rest of us have taken over. Purrs and hugs, the kitties at http://www.thecatonmyhead.com, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

  30. Aussiepomm
    Twitter: aussiepomm

    My ‘insomnia’ is not so much the cat, who use to sleep with my late wife through summer, and at my feet in the winter (electric blanket?), but more so the dog!! She just wants to PLAY!!

    Daddy says – NO WAY!!!

    Cute kitty… Mines up as well at AussiePomm – In the Navy!!!!

    Have a great day!!

  31. veronica lee says:

    Haha! Love it

    Once again, thanks for hosting!

  32. Michelle says:

    Oh, sleeping with kids is the same way! 🙂

  33. Emily says:

    Great picture and accompanying poem..I too have a bedhog named Matilda, an Australian Labradoodle who weighs 55 pounds!

  34. amber whitehead says:

    Your post makes me giggle and reminds me of our older cat. Thanks for hsoting the linky .

  35. Christy Ann says:

    Love this post!! I no longer have any cats, but I remember all too well!

  36. Hope you get some sleep soon! 😉

  37. LuAnn Braley
    Twitter: KentuckyGal

    I hear ya on the terror that stalks the night. I’ve had to shut the bedroom door against the puppies. My forearms look like I’ve been in a fight with Wolverine and things are not going my way. Even their mama, Sneakers, will want refuge from the middle of the night play fights. Don’t think I’ve gotten a full night’s sleep since the little bug….erm, dear puppies were born!

  38. Lizy says:

    Hello there! It’s my first time at your party and it’s so lively and fun! Thanks for hosting! We have 2 black cats, Tango and Cash and I suffer from Nighttime Paralysis Syndrome! Can’t move at all because my Black Panthers for some reason enjoy laying on my legs! lol..I love them but I would like to enjoy at least my side of the bed which is now basically a sliver of the bed thanks to them! lol..Have a lovely week! Lizy

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Tango and Cash – love it!
      I think that Legend read your post. For the past few weeks, he has taken to sleeping on my legs (he NEVER used to do this!)
      Needless to say – I’ve now goe the Nighttime Paralysis Syndrome too!

      I think we are going to have to start a medical journal on WW! 🙂

  39. Heather L says:

    Much as I loved my cat and miss her now, I had to shut her out of the room at night or I would get no sleep. She would cuddle all of fifteen minutes, then would be all over me looking for attention. By contrast, if she went in with my mom, she’d curl up at her feet and sleep all night. Go figure!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      They always know who the softie is in the house.
      My husband has no trouble shutting the door and ignoring them!
      Me? Every time they cry they’ve got my attention!

  40. Excellent hypothesis; too late in our household! It’s THEIR bed now!

  41. Kristin says:

    I had no idea that cats suffer the same Bed Hog Syndrome that afflicts dogs. My dogs barely have 18 pounds put together and they still take up more room on the bed than I do. It appears that cats also have the same training aptitude as dogs — training their humans in a mere 2 days.

  42. Laurie at Kottage Kreations on Etsy says:

    I can relate to the bed hogger dilemma TOTALLY! My Siamese cat Koo Koo is the biggest bed hog of them all. My late older cat, Pinky taught Koo Koo the ropes in their house and the two were the Queens of Sheba, so to speak. So, I say, ‘you can teach new cats old tricks’ and I mean it!

  43. Debbie says:

    Oh yes; I’m familiar with the Bed Hog Syndrome. Happy WW 🙂

  44. Sparkle
    Twitter: sparklecat

    I am polite! I give my human space – I only sit on her for a few moments at a time!

  45. Lauren @ Hobo Mama
    Twitter: Hobo_Mama

    Ha ha, that quote is excellent!

  46. Yvonne says:

    I definitely can relate! Great post!

  47. Cathy Kennedy
    Twitter: greeneyestale

    When we had a cat, we would not allow her to sleep with us. Good thing. But, after we had kids we did not stick so closely to the rule of not allowing little things in our bed. When you have more than one child sandwiched between you and your hubs then the meaning of bed hog takes on a whole new meaning. Those days are long past us, unlike an pets habitual routines of claiming nightly dibs on a plush, cozy bed. I think this is the way it’s gonna be for ya. You just can’t teach a old cat new tricks. Come to think about it, can you teach a cat tricks at all? lol Thanks for hosting the weekly WW hop!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I once had a book called How To Train Your Cat.
      I came home from work to find that my Himalayan cat had ripped the cover to shreds.
      Thank, in a word, is a cat’s take on that concept!

  48. Deb Nance says:

    And that’s how new phenomena are identified!

    Here’s my Wordless Wednesday I’d love to have you stop by!


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