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AIBU to use thier sofa?

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Thumbtack Thu 02-May-13 07:55:38

When they are not looking?

Its only a small grubby sofa, but i am a big old girl with sore hips and the duvet in the corner, allocated to me, just doesnt cut the mustard.

I ONLY sneak on there when noones around, i.e. they may have gone out or even to bed, so its not like i'm depriving anyone of thier space.

I desperately try not to get caught, which is very good of me, IMO, but sometimes I'm in too deep a sleep to realise they are back.

Plus, I DO put a lot of effort into looking guilty if i am caught.

One of my upright housemates (big male one) complains I shed hair on it - which i do, but i cant help it - and this gets on his smart work clothes.

The other smaller female housemate tries to turn a blind eye, i think she has posted about this in 'the doghouse' section of MN - she shields the other housemate from the extent of my habit and feels very guilty.

I want to reassure her that its fine for me to do this even though I'm making this tiny sofa, smelly and hairy.

So do you think IABU to use thier sofa?

SarahAndFuck Thu 02-May-13 21:15:12


It's a well known fact that having you in their house has a positive affect on their mental and physical health. You are a bringer of joy and sticks and dead things and farts and they are lucky to have you.

They ought to buy you a brand new sofa all of your own in thanks, and put it in the best spot to catch the sun. I've been toasting myself on a white leather Eames chair all afternoon because my owners know the value of a dog in the house and because Tall Man is out and Podgy Woman spoils me when he's not looking .

Love, Sarah's Dog

lisaro Thu 02-May-13 20:54:21

The ungrateful gits! You're warming the couch for them AND avoiding the bed. LTB.

SconeInSixtySeconds Thu 02-May-13 20:50:13

I have trained my female to lift me onto the sofa as I have sore knees and elbows. I just stand by the sofa and look really sorrowful and the next thing I know I am in my favourite spot with no effort.

I am hoping to train her to feed me on command next...

D0oinMeCleanin Thu 02-May-13 20:44:25


What you should do is sneak upstairs when they're not looking and sleep in the human bed, it's far superior to the sofa.


Every Greyhound in the entire world, ever.

MikeOxard Thu 02-May-13 20:41:42

Ahem... I'm a laydee! PuppyOxard recommends sitting on their feet on the sofa, they will be so lovely and warm they won't want you to get off. smile

Thumbtack Thu 02-May-13 15:53:31

(and gents, if any - looking at you MikeOxard?) grin

Thumbtack Thu 02-May-13 15:51:32

I'm glad that many posters agree that I'm entitled to use my the sofa. I reckon I could retrain the female one, but the male upright seems very tough to crack (although he does feed me a bit of his sunday roast where the female doesnt) As to being anti elderly, well they think i dont know, but they have cut down on my food recently, they think i dont know, but I do, so I need to watch them carefully.

Tiger I know i smell lovely but my arguement is that the whole house smells lovely anyway, so why not the sofa too?

Steffanoid My female upright's alien has already hatched, i think he is the most dangerous of all (shudders)

and I will encourage the use of lint rollers and throws to promote my cause . . Thanks lovely fellow ladies!

KittensoftPuppydog Thu 02-May-13 11:28:31

Tell them to get a cheap throw and put on the sofa. Then you can scrabble at it and push it off, which is good fun.

bollockstoit Thu 02-May-13 11:24:19

You could suggest they get one of those sticky lint roller things. My housemate gets hers from ikea and goes through about 2 rolls a week hmm

ExitPursuedByABear Thu 02-May-13 11:24:18

Well my vertical housemates don't even have a sofa for me to sleep on! I show my displeasure by dragging my arse across the carpet at every opportunity. It makes him VERY cross, but she is lovely about it.


MikeOxard Thu 02-May-13 11:21:29

Yanbu, they need to get a furminator. x

aldiwhore Thu 02-May-13 11:19:34

I would ask the uprights to buy you your very own small sofa from Ebay, my friend bought one last week for £6.50.

Then you could ban them from sitting on it, and your house mates could keep their clothes nice.

TSSDNCOP Thu 02-May-13 11:17:17

It sounds to me as though your Uprights are anti-elderly. That is bad. Have they impounded their elderly Uprights in a commune? If so, your fate is uncertain my friend.

Have you considered a letter to your MP? You must alert the authorities.

Shame the Uprights!!!!

DionFortune Thu 02-May-13 11:10:06

YABU, you should shit on it, like I did this morning. That'll learn em!



ElephantsTeaParty Thu 02-May-13 11:01:43

YABVU to call it 'their' sofa. It's 'your' sofa, and you have EVERY right to sit on it whenever you want. In fact scrub that, you NEED to sit on it to stop your hips being so sore, and not just when your humans are not there. Let them sit on the duvet if they think it's so comfortable.

Though it's not just about the sofa, is it? You obviously have training issues - are there any human training classes in your area? It might be worth investigating. And perhaps some counselling for yourself as well might be in order - I hope I'm not speaking out of turn but your referring to it as being 'their' sofa suggests you may have some self-esteem issues. Why should you have to look guilty to please them? You need a backbone and possible some new balls (and not the ones your humans buy you in the shops).

Lastly, if the situation doesn't improve, I suggest you consider LTBs. I know you love them, and it will be hard, but you are in an abusive relationship and unless you can persuade them to treat you as the equal you are things are not going to improve.


Steffanoid Thu 02-May-13 10:45:06

maybe the big humans could put a blanket on your favourite spot to protect their grubby sofa? if you are a member of tge family you should be allowed on the sofa IMO, I am curled up next to my human friend with the alien growing in her belly, I do try and bully her so I get to sit in her warm space but she tricks me into sitting with tge other human so she can get comfy, enjoy the comfort comrade and when they try to move you pretend to be asleep and they'll feel to guilty to move you

TigerSwallowTail Thu 02-May-13 10:29:03

Yabu, you smell and you make the couch smell. Go back to your blanket in the corner and be grateful for it.

Tanith Thu 02-May-13 10:26:45

Dear me, I think your housemates are very precious about their sofa! Isn't it in a communal place? You have a perfect right to sit on that sofa if they let you in the room.

Tell them it could be worse. I once knew an elderly, incontinent cat and her housemates let her sleep on the sofa without all this fuss.
I mean, it's not as though you disinter mouse guts on it, like another friend of mine (he was trying to solve a food issue with his housemates).

You should not need to sneak on there. It is your given right to sit there. Haven't you read The Silent Miaow? If you boldly assert yourself, lay in an adorable, comfortable pose, they won't have the heart to disturb you. They will get used to seeing you there and may even come to believe you belong there. Problem solved!

diddl Thu 02-May-13 08:52:40

YANBU-they should get their own sofa & give you the small, grubby one!

Thumbtack Thu 02-May-13 08:26:05

Yes Eggs I also have trouble controlling my dribble . . My housemates dont get many visitors - Is that down to me? (shock and horror at such a suggestion) I think my fur is lovely - I like to lick it, I love it so much.

Although I dissaprove of your housemates lack of ettiquette with toilet skills, that really wouldnt do.

EggsMichelle Thu 02-May-13 08:18:23

YABU, you are not the only one who sits on that sofa, have you not noticed visitors leaving the house covered in your fur? And your smell can be washed out of the quilt, it is not to easy to wash out of the sofa. Are you friends with my vertically challenged, very hairy house mate? He is such a slob, sneezes without covering his face and wipes his dribble up the walls, and don't get me started on his toile ting skills. If only I could evict him, but he's my DH's best friend.

QuietTiger Thu 02-May-13 08:18:19

Do what I & the rest of my housemates do. smile Look at the big male one, say WHAT-EVA!, turn over and go back to sleep. We even managed to steal the duvet on the bed last night... And we're not big - the biggest one of us is 5kg!

But then, we're cats and we never listen!

Thumbtack Thu 02-May-13 08:07:44

Ha! I knew I could count on you to show support!

I do put a lot of effort into looking guilty - sometimes i dont think they realise how much.

And yes it is really my sofa, I spend the most time on it.

In fact I think they are being unreasonable when they kick me off.

cozietoesie Thu 02-May-13 07:59:17

Really big soulful eyes (with a good lowered face) should be enough. It's really your sofa anyway!

MaxPepsi Thu 02-May-13 07:59:08


Your old bones are tired and you need some comfort.

Start to do it in front of the big male one and then limp and hobble as he pushes you off, that should soon make him feel guilty!

And tell him to invest in some febreeze and a pet vac which will solve all the problems!!

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