How many times have you been hanging out, watching TV on the couch, when you realize you want to grab a beer but can’t because you have an anchor on your lap? In any other situation, it would be unacceptable to ask someone else in the room to get you that beer. However, in this scenario, all you have to do is point at the cat on your lap and say you’d get it yourself if you could. That person is likely to nod his or her head in total understanding. Even worse is the bed shrinking effect when one of them decides to sleep in the middle. Even so, I will let my legs go numb and wait until my side starts to ache before moving them. Maybe if it happened more often, I would be concerned with my own comfort. As it is, if anyone gets too close I put my hand up and say, “Don’t disturb the cat!”.