The bone of contention &...
Opting for 2nd best.
When my mother moved house she had a couch going spare ~ & we snavelled it. All our cats have adored this couch. No idea why. The back is good for sleeping along ~ but so is our green couch. It is usually bereft of humans ~ but so is the brown couch. However this couch is unique for being the one that interrupts Dearest's line of vision to the t.v set as soon as a cat's body is draped along it's length. Our cats know this. On the days Star & I are absent & the boys are feeling particularly insecure they bookend together at the critical point. When we are home the cat who owns the couch is king of the castle.
The fight to own the couch has been prolonged & ongoing. Marlow is a chunky cat & hefty in the beam end. He has weight on his side. Kirby is just plain smart. At present, smart is winning.
The war to be top cat starts the moment Kirby comes in at night. Round & round they go: around the walls, across the ceiling, over chairs & tables, cups & people. The winner plonks himself bang between Dearest & the t.v set. The nearest human removes cat ~ & around they go again. The winner plonks his butt between Dearest & his t.v!
I tell you, these cats have it worked out. They both get plenty of attention mileage out of this one ~ & trust me it is all about attention. When they don't wish to be disturbed they sleep at the other end, well out of visual interruption. They'll even share. Hmmm. Having raised one set of males twins you would have thought I'd have more sense than to take on another twinned pair!