I cannot stress the importance of having your own cozy nap spots, places you alone can call home depending on the time of day. Not only is that comfortable and relaxing for you, but you’re actually helping your humans keep track of the time of day.
For example, this is my early morning nap spot. After my dad gets up to get ready for work, I leave that bedroom to snooze in the Cat Den on my own heated bed in front of the window from the hours of 6 to 9:30 a.m. You’d never catch me there any later than ten in the morning. That’d just be wrong!
Mom is up, has feed us, given me a good snuggle or two, and has figured out her tasks for the day. At the office, my dad has been deep in work stuff for a few hours… stuff that does not include cats for some reason.
After mom’s done with her coffee and I’ve made sure she’s busy with laundry or some kind of cleaning, I like to snooze-lounge in the living room entryway from the hours of ten-ish to four in the afternoon. The light is soft in the late morning/early afternoon hours and here I can keep an eye on mom and my sisters and brother rushing up and down the stairs and wandering around. As an extra bonus, our round, wooden toy box is just a few steps behind me. I like knowing my toys are close.
At work, my dad is deep in meetings and trying to get stuff done in the middle of all that. I’m pretty sure he’s thinking of me and knows I’m waiting for him to come home.
A central location like the one I’ve chosen here keeps me within reach of petting and perhaps treats for whenever someone ambles by (because I’m readily available and looking cute doing it). I couldn’t begin the count how many times my mom stopped specifically to tell me how adorable I am because I made sure I’m in a highly visible location.
Ah, finally! All of mom’s cleaning and other noisy activities should be done and over with for the day and she’s planning dinner. A pre-bedtime nap around five or six p.m. back in the big bedroom waiting for my dad after he arrives home from work, has dinner, and wraps up late work stuff. This spot signals it’s time to wind down for the evening. I’m snuggled in-between poofy pillows and with a fleece over my toes, where, for some reason, no one else hangs out. They just don’t know what they’re missing but all the more for me. I guess someone’s gotta enjoy all this. I’ve probably enjoyed thirty pettings or more by this time.
Friends, take it from me. Naps are important but they can be more than just that. Naps can help your humans schedule their day, and schedule the extra attention you deserve as well!