Last night I fell asleep lying on a heating pad, and I woke up in the middle of the night very warm. I wanted to turn the heating pad off, but E was lying on top of the controller. I tried nudging her over. No response. I pushed on her shoulder and called her name. No response. Finally after a couple more minutes of shoving and talking to her, she moved just enough that I could switch it off. But she was still on top of the cord, so I still couldn’t maneuver the heating pad out of my way. After a couple more minutes of pushing her really hard and saying loudly, “E, you have to move!” she sat up just enough that I could get the heating pad out of the way, and then she went soundly back to sleep.
I was still warm, so I got up and got a drink of water. I noticed the cat was still sleeping in the living room. He usually migrates into our bedroom partway through the night, but is sometimes so dopey from his medication that he gets confused and then squawks until we get him. So I figured I’d bring him to bed and spare us all more fussing later.
I set him on the bed, and he began purring. E immediately moved over, lifted up the blankets, murmured to him, patted the bed next to her, patted him when he lay down there, and covered him up.
Clearly, if I want her attention in the middle of the night, I should just purr! Over the last 8 years, the cat has trained her to respond very well.