We have a “woobie” blanket on a chair in the living room that Chris has taken a liking to. When he naps, we often see him on the blanket. Recently, Frankie has taken a liking to the blanket too, but not for napping. Instead he holds it in his mouth and kneads it. Often we come home from work and see the blanket pulled to the floor with part of it sticking up, most likely the part he was holding in his mouth.
The first time I heard the word “woobie” was in 2005. Rose heard her mother use it to refer to a blanket that her brother would carry around with him like Linus from the Peanuts comic strip. I thought it was a made up word but it really exists and it means “security blanket.”
I was introduced to the word after we adopted Tigger and Flash. Initially, Tigger was adopted by Rose’s mother, but the next day the shelter called and said they wanted him back because his brother Flash was in much distress without him. We tried to talk her into adopting Flash (they had different names then) but she only wanted one cat at that time so we ended up adopting both of them.
They lost their mother at a very young age so Tigger developed a habit of sucking on Flash’s belly. Rose referred to Flash as Tigger’s “woobie” and would jokingly say to tigger “No sucking on the woobie!”
Tigger sucking on Flash’s belly.
Tigger and Flash with Alex watching.
Later we bought a fleece blanket and discovered that the cats were attracted to it like catnip. Soon the blanket was referred to as the “woobie blanket” and we bought several more over the years.
Last week Rose put one of the woobie blankets on one of the chairs in the living room and it instantly became Chris’s new favorite place to nap.
Chris napping on the woobie blanket
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