Housesitting in France, Life of adventure

The Delight or not, of sharing a Bed

It’s a cold, wet winter’s day.  The squire is down with the man flu!  We have a day at the home base which currently is in Northern France.

What can I write about?

What about the boudoir.  What better subject to talk about on a wet winter’s day, that beautiful, comfortable personal space that we all love to retire to after a long day doing whatever we do.

Yes, that area.

Housesitting with animals can sometimes go hand in hand with bed sharing. The majority of the time we don’t mind at all, having the odd nocturnal visit. When I say, bed sharing this is usually, well in our case, ALWAYS just with the animals, not the owners.  I must admit I do get a bit concerned when I read “… must be willing to let our furbabies [in this incidence it was 2 big dogs and a cat] sleep in the same bed as you …” Well, Mrs. your message was deleted 2 seconds after my eyes to brain connection acknowledged each other.  It is all very well that people want to do so with their animals, they have spent years developing that relationship to be able to share a bed.  Please, please do not expect someone else to do that, without some sort of bonding.  Though having said that there are no doubt housesitters out there that love to share, their beds with numerous animals.  Oh, what remarkable bedmate stories that would make!

Back to our 1 cat bed hogger, LouLou.


The room mentioned above can sometimes become a battleground for space.  Not in an aggressive sense mind you, in a sort of grumpy way with a “For goodness sake, will you get off the bed and go somewhere else to do your ninja impersonation.”

Yes, waking up to a cat, who decides to jump all over the bed is not going to make one happy at 2 am.  Apparently, though not surprising, sharing your bed with a pet is not such a healthy habit, see what is said about it here.

So, on went the CREATIVE HAT.

How can we recreate our once peaceful household?

Let me share with you, one way of settling the said bed hogger in a more suitable place.

Make a tent on the sofa!  Establish a purring cat and feline brother from a different mother in the said tent, and restored equilibrium resumes.  We are Happy Housesitters once again.

Goodnight and here’s to a non-disruptive night!

21 thoughts on “The Delight or not, of sharing a Bed”

  1. Oh, wow – sharing a bed with animals you just met? Yeah, no thank you very much. Our cat occasionally sleeps at the foot of our bed (I swear he was a dog in a past life), and our dog sleeps either on the couch upstairs next to our girls, or on the bed with one of them (he’s a smaller breed, and gets spooked if it’s windy/rainy out). Good job coming up with a solution!

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    1. That’s so funny 🙂 Yes my cat did that to my husband for a long time until she realised he wasn’t going 🙂


  2. Loulou is adorable! We have 4 cats but we are mean cat parents and don’t allow them in the bedroom. Everywhere else is fair game though. The airing cupboard is not used for airing, but for cat sleeping 😂

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  3. That cat has the best face ever! Our cat only gets in the bed when she’s demanding food. I had to watch our daughter’s cat for a week and she slept right next to me the entire night. It reminded me of when I slept with my kids as babies and worried all night that I would squish them.

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    1. Yes, Ritu cats indeed rule the household if given half a chance. Maybe it’s a throwback from an age when they adored like goddesses [well in some countries they were!]

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        1. We both have grown up with cats. When we owned our farm, we had 3 cats and all with distinctive personalities. Great thing with housesitting is that we get to enjoy animals and their quirky ways 🙂

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  4. We loved having our own big dogs in the bed with us, many years ago. It is why my husband had a California King bed. 🙂 Now, I am always tempted to have the dog(s) sleep with us in bed and snuggle for a little while, but after one restless night, we start wanting them to sleep on their own doggie bed. It worked out for three weeks with a puppy not so long ago, but with other dogs, we had to say “no”. Our current dog sleeps in her crate at night. I think because the owners figured this bed hogging habit out a long time ago! 🙂 She does jump up with us in the bed in the mornings and she is so, so, so happy and loving when doing so. It is a nice start of the day.

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