I Shoulder a Great Burden

Bad Cat Chris on my shoulders

Chris is making it hard for me to brush my teeth.

Lately, it seems like everywhere I go, there is a cat wanting to get on my shoulders. If I go into the kitchen or bathroom, Chris is right there on the counter next to me. Sometimes he just jumps up and sometimes he stands on his hind legs with his paws on my shoulders and cries for me to help him up. I then have to crouch down, put my arm around his legs and stand back up again.

For some reason, he especially likes to be up there while I am brushing my teeth. That is not good for him because as soon as I am done and have to rinse, he is S.O.L.

He also has developed a certain pattern where he will climb on my shoulders from my right and then have to turn around because he likes to lie with his head on my right. At first I thought he had OCD but then I realized that my wife and I sleep on the same side of the bed every night so I guess it’s common.

Chris has climbed on my shoulders since the day we met but lately it seems more like he has a special need to do it. I suppose it is only temporary though. Next month, I am sure, he will have a new, weird thing that he will be doing.

If anyone has a cat that does this, please leave a comment. I’d love to hear about it.

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Needy Cat Chris

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18 thoughts on “I Shoulder a Great Burden

  1. Dianda

    My own two cats don’t. But my neighbor’s cat does. I’ll lean in to pet him (he looks at you with those adorable eyes and meows really cutely) and then he sees his chance and jumps on my shoulders.

        1. Charles Huss Post author

          Both of my cats do this but I don’t worry about Chris because he knows how to stabilize himself. Puck, on the other hand, always seems like he is one move away from falling off so I have to be careful with him.

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      That is very “sweet” of you to nominate me. To be honest, I don’t follow 12 blogs that I would consider sweet. If I count you and three of the names already on your list, there is only a few more that would qualify. It seems I don’t follow enough blogs. I plan on checking out the blogs on you list.

        1. Charles Huss Post author

          I actually started following most of them. It is amazing how many great cat loving bloggers there are out there, and it seems like everyone knows everyone else. I feel like I have joined a great community.

          1. Colleen

            It is a great community! 🙂 Fellow bloggers made me feel welcome from the start and have been supportive when I needed it. I can’t thank everyone enough for that.

  2. bikerchick57

    Charles, my little boy kitty, Gibbs, found his way into my heart by making his way onto my shoulders at the shelter and declaring me his human. He still does this on occasion and it’s my way of knowing that he still loves his mom.

  3. Charles Huss Post author

    Reblogged this on Bad Cat Chris and commented:

    This was originally posted 2 1/2 years ago and Chris still loves to get on my shoulders. Now he has Frankie and Puck doing it too, but they have not mastered the art of stability like Chris has.

  4. kittiesblue

    Hope all three do not try to get on your shoulders at he same time. MOL! Our angel sisfur, Steamer would jump on Mom’s back all the time. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo


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