Our cat prefers me to my wife
October 13, 2009 9:01 PM Subscribe
Bizarre Love Triangle: me, my wife, and our cat
posted by Joe Beese to Pets & Animals (27 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
As I type this, flat on my back on the couch with my head propped up, there lies on my chest a young adult spayed female cat
whom Mrs. Beese and I recently adopted from the local Humane Society and named Jones after the durable feline in "Alien". If I lay down either on a couch or in a bed she will be invariably station herself there within minutes. She sits on the toilet lid while I take a shower. She wakes me up in the night by brushing my lips with her nose.
Now Jones will occasionally seek out Mrs. Beese. But not one-fifth as often as she comes to me. And my wife - who was the driving force behind the adoption in the first place - complains only half-jokingly about feeling left out. "Here comes your girlfriend," she'll frown as Jones crosses the floor to hop up on my belly. Being a little stinker, I can't always resist the temptation to rub it in by saying, "If you don't mind, I'd like to be alone with the cat." Now she talks about our having to adopt a second cat so she "can have one".
There are already sixteen legs in our queen-size bed on cold nights - so I really don't want another pet. Is there anything worth trying to get Jones to share her affections more equally? Or - since I'm not optimistic about the chances of ever changing a cat's behavior - is there any outlook Mrs. Beese could adopt to reconcile herself to Jones being such a Daddy's Girl?