Blackie the ThermometerWoman in the Middle | February 7, 2013
I think I have mentioned before that Blackie the cat sleeps in the garage. He has his whole life. We provide a comfy bed, water, a liter box, and a fascinating machine that gives him food at a pre set time every morning. In the summer we carefully air the place out every evening so it will be comfortable for him and in the winter we place something warm in his bed so he won’t be cold.
This winter we had quite a cold stretch there a few weeks ago and Eldest Daughter decided that Blackie couldn’t sleep in the garage because it was too cold. We told her he could sleep inside only if he slept with her. So, over the last month or so, Eldest invites Blackie to share her bed if it is particularly cold. We figured Blackie would become one spoiled kitty very quickly and would never want to sleep in the garage (or “Blackie’s boudoir, as we like to call it) ever again. We forgot to take into account an old cat’s preferences and routines.
For the first few very cold nights Blackie happily slept on Eldest’s bed, usually on Eldest, actually. The first night it returned to being warm Eldest brought Blackie into her room again but soon he wanted back into his boudoir. Since them we have seen a direct correlation between the outside temperature and where Blackie would like to sleep. It is really pretty fascinating.
Below 40 or so and Blackie will stay in Eldest’s room until at least 6 a.m. and has been known to stay in bed with her as late as 8 a.m.
At 40 to about 45 degrees Blackie usually wakes up about 2 or 3 a.m. and wants to go the garage.
Above 45 degrees or so and Blackie only makes it for an hour and then wants back out to his normal sleeping place.
So now, in addition to feeding him, cleaning his litter box, brushing him, cleaning up fur balls and other things he hacks up, giving him his laxative (he has a constipation problem) we now have to gauge the temperature to determine his maximum sleeping comfort. But it is all good. We wouldn’t want out kitty to be unhappy!