We used to have five cats, and we let them all sleep in our bedroom with us. Everybody had their own spot, and all was well. One of them was kind of “pushy” and liked to “arrange” one or the other of us in the proper position so he could snuggle up with us, but once he settled in he was fine.
Fast forward a few months. We adopted a couple of kittens, who are now about nine months old. For awhile, we tried letting everybody sleep with us (which we prefer) but the male kitten has developed an annoying habit of licking the spousal unit on the chin while he’s asleep, chewing on his fingers, and generally being as annoying as he can possibly be (while simultaneously purring like a motorboat–he’s a happy guy). We end up either shooing all the cats out of the bedroom before we go to bed (which we don’t like to do) or locking the male kitten and his sister in the bathroom in the middle of the night (so he won’t be lonely–he cries and scratches when he’s lonely). He doesn’t lick me–just the spouse. Maybe he likes the stubble or something. I don’t know. He (the spouse, not the cat) doesn’t wear aftershave or anything like that.
Anyway, any suggestions for how to stop this? We’d like to have our furry family back with us at night, but not at the cost of our sleep.