Through my recovery of sinus surgery it became clear to me how much comfort my cats bring to me. I wondered was it the weight of their bodies snuggled up on top of me?
Was it their purring?
Was it their snuggling and purring?
During one of my sleepless, painful moments I layed there in bed realizing the full value of my cats was all of it. It was their cuddling, their purring and their weight.
Their heavy, warm bodies reminded me of the weighted blankets I had heard about before.
The topic of these weighted blankets comes up in caregiver conversations often. We discuss at length how they can benefit our veterans. We also wonder about the challenges of a weighted blanket and the benefits of these weighted blankets for our children and meeting their anxiety needs. I also realized how limited we are in remembering how much these weighted blankets will benefit us too.
These opinions are completely mine. I fully support and fully believe in the impact that weighted blankets bring to all who use them. With my mind swirling I thought it would be helpful to write about all the considerations surrounding the topic:
Pros & Cons of Cats Vs. Weighted Blankets
As a perimenopausal women the thought of one big hot heavy blanket on top of me, wow, makes me want to sweat bullets sitting here typing about it.
So… no thank you.
Yet, a little ball of cuddly black fur, aka the cat, sure knows how to produce their own bit of heat quite well too. For me, the difference is I can uncover around the fur ball while still benefiting from the weight of my cat where it is a bit more challenging to do so with a blanket.
My cats will respond to me with their purring and pawing. Okay, sometimes with a growl because they want to be loved on. Just left alone like the weighted blanket laying there – no touching. Were a weighted blanket just always lays there all the time.
Weighted blankets require the use of a washing machine.
Cats have a portable washing device, their tongue, which they seem to proudly flop down in your lap to take their bath. So much joy watching your cat clean their hind end. Speaking of hind end there is the added joy of the litter box cleaning to which the weighted blanket does not require.
(All stated with a humorous tone).
I can run my fingers through the silky soft fur of my cats, rub their belly’s, scratch their ears, rub their little black noses as they purr back at me with delight. And of course I am a touch of the crazy cat lady who talks with her cats. Yes, they do meow back too. It is that wonderful feedback or gratification that we are meeting each other’s needs. I am sure if I was rubbing down my weighted blanket while talking to it, someone in the family would be calling the padded wagon to come get me.
The gist here is; as a caregiver we suffer from anxiety, our form of post traumatic stress, nightmares, discomfort, pain, sadness, heartache, and the list can go on…
When we need rest, sleep, comfort, or whatever you need to call it.
We need to find that weighted blanket that works for us. It can be a cat, a dog, a weighted stuffed animal (I have a teddy bear in my bed too) or an actual weighted blanket.
As caregivers, especially speaking as a spouse, many of us no longer receive the same level of comfort, cuddles, loves we once had or need. These weighted blanket substitutes don’t replace human contact but they do add needed relief in our lives of chaos.
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