November 20th, 2006


Cats and Laptops

One of the hard things about having both a laptop and one or more cats is: every time you sit down comfortably and try to type, a cat hops up. I rarely had this problem when I primarily used my desktop -- mostly because when I was sitting at a desk in front of a keyboard there was little room for a cat. But when I relax somewhere with my laptop on my legs or next to me? Suddenly I've created a warm cat-sized horizantol spot, somewhere inbetween my head and the computer.

Maybe that's why it's called a laptop -- because using one makes the top of one's lap almost irresistible to cats.

Unfortunately I find it difficult to read my computer screen when I have a cat standing inbetween my head and my laptop. Frequently I find myself leaning back and forth, trying to see past the cat -- while the cat leisurely paces around in circles, kneading its paws, trying to find the comfiest spot to snuggle up.

Eventually if I'm patient, the cat will stop its weaving and recline. This usually makes seeing the screen much easier -- but for some reason my cats generally find my arms or hands the best place to pillow their weary heads. This makes reading the screen easier, but typing becomes much more of a challenge.

A snoozing or purring cat also tends to make me sleepy and lethargic. I find myself making up reasons to sit still, to continue cuddling and not disturb the kitty. Surprisingly enough, the kitties never mind.

Two of my three cats are laptop-lovers. Mouse and Robin both like to hop up the instant I power-on a laptop. (Not together of course, but one at a time.) After some complicated dodging and weaving, eventually we settle ourselves into positions in which he or she can purr relaxedly, and I can just barely see my computer screen, using my only free hand to reach the touchpad for scrolling and clicking. I've spent many a snuggly evening in this position recently -- the few ones when I've been at home, at least.

This is the excuse I offer up as to why I have not been journaling much recently. It may not be much, but I'm sticking to it.