Oddly enough, even though one of the cats I grew up with was super affectionate, like affectionate to the point he would demand your lap and not take no for an answer, it was the ultimate get out of anything card if one of the cats sat on your lap. We'd totally be like "Oh, I can't do this, cat on my lap." or "Hey sis, can you get this thing for me? I can't move, there's a cat on my lap." Melinda at least has a good excuse!