Tracking the Data: Whose Pillow Is It?

The following graph illustrates how the cat and I vied for dominance of a single pillow on the night of June 9, 2013:

Graph courtesy of
Courtesy of Click to enlarge.

Analysis of the Data

As you can see, the commandeering of my pillow occurred gradually throughout the night, tipping at 3 a.m., at which time roughly 90% of my pillow was taken. The data points for 4, 5, and 6 a.m. must be explained. The percentage for 4 a.m. reads “zero” because the cat had reached his satiety point for human contact and dismissed himself from the bed. However, sometime between 4 and 5 a.m., he returned and repositioned himself on top of my head. Therefore, a reading of “zero percent” for 5 and 6 a.m. is misleading because it suggests that I had the pillow to myself, when in fact I was nearly smothered, my contact with the outside world limited to whatever I could perceive through thirteen pounds of cat flesh.

Interpreting the Data

As I suspected, contrary to what the last three data points suggest, the pillow basically belongs to the cat now.