Story: I wear my heart on my sleeve and my cat on my shoulders

I can’t remember when it started. Perhaps he just felt like climbing up there one day and enjoyed the view so much that he kept coming back. Or maybe it was the close proximity to my face and glasses that were ever so perfect to rub against.

My cat Calvin loves to climb up on my shoulder, drape himself around my neck and purr.

It begins with a polite, “May I please come up?” Calvin sits on the floor next to me, eyes big with anticipation. He adds a plaintive mew and sometimes a little half-circle dance. He’s learned not to try and climb me like a cat tree; my reaction to claws dug into my leg, torso and arm have convinced my little man cat that there are other ways to ascend to the top of his human.

Once he asks politely, I stoop down and he stretches out his endlessly long body and gently places his front paws on my shoulder. I help him with a little tush push and up he goes–always on my right side. If I offer my left side, Calvin will look confused, get back down and try it again the proper way.

By the time I stand up, Calvin will have walked across the back of my neck and will have started rubbing against my face and glasses. His purr box is right against my ear. Then he’ll deflate himself in that way that cats have of lowering themselves down quickly and elegantly.

I can walk around the house this way, opening up the refrigerator, grabbing some leftover General Tso’s  Tofu, pouring it onto a plate and heating it in the microwave. Calvin goes along for the ride, snuggling closer now and again.

Sometimes he’ll climb up while I’m reading the paper at the table; he’ll often fall asleep up there.

With cat paws hanging on either side of my neck, the massage of a purr rumbling through my head, and a sweet kitty face inches from my cheek, I am in heaven. Calvin’s warm, heavy body drapes me with peace and contentment. I could just about purr myself.

I may look ridiculous, but wearing a live cat collar is the best thing ever. And based on the purrs I hear from Calvin, I believe the feline is mutual.

Calvin standing on my shoulder

My glasses are usually askew because someone loves to rub against them.


Calvin on my shoulder

Happy cat enjoys chin rubs with eyes half closed.


Calvin on my shoulder looking at me

Looking into each others’ eyes


Calvin, live cat collar

I think we’re both purring in this picture.


What special things do your pets do that make your heart melt? Tell me in the comments below, or add your story to the blog hop.

This post is a participating in a special blog hop where bloggers tell stories that feature “recipes” for special moments between them and their pets. Read more great stories about the human-animal bond in the posts below.

15 Comments on "Story: I wear my heart on my sleeve and my cat on my shoulders"

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  1. Brooke says:

    What a sweet post! I loved reading about Calvin.

  2. That is just the cutest ever. I think Calvin is trying to be “one” with you and he is showing you the ultimate in love!!!
    My Angel Bobo used to love to sit on my ex-husband’s shoulders while he walked around, my Cody LOVES to drape himself across my neck/shoulders when we watch TV. I call him my “furry boa” lol

  3. Awwww, sweetness! It’s so great to have cats that love their humans that much. The cuddlier, the better is my motto.

  4. da tabbies o trout towne says:

    a grate storee fishes two ewe N yur mom in de contest !!
    hope everee one haza pound oh perch week oh end ~~~~

  5. I do like to be carried over the mom’s shoulder but I haven’t tried draping myself around her neck. Maybe I should try that!


  6. meowmeowmans says:

    Calvin is a pawsome live cat collar. We love how the two of you share such a special bond. 🙂

  7. Those pictures of the two of you are so cute. I can almost feel the love and friendship through my computer screen.

  8. So cute! I have a shoulder kitty too. My Delilah loves to be on mine or my husband’s shoulders, especially when my husband is playing his guitar 🙂

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