I have not had a lap cat since 22 year old Michaela died 5 years ago. She came up to me on a street out at the coast as a kitten and rubbed up against my leg. We took her home (we found her "family" and they were more than happy to send her out into the world) she rode on my lap all the way home (and shit on it as I recall)
We had a number of cats during her lifespan, at the end there was Lily, a stray siamese kitten that appeared on our front lawn. During her first year she broke her femur and cost us $4K. She is still here, quite the character, extremely polite but let's us know what she wants by standing by the door, her food bowl, or the gooseneck faucet in the bathroom, or bumping my leg until I follow her to what she needs.
Then we adopted Lenora, a "Torty" from the shelter. She had been abandoned and in the shelter for about 6 months. A bit skittish. She has had trust issues for the several years we've had her. She's very territorial and doesn't like going out to the coast and doesn't like change or flea treatments. She pouts. She sometimes eats too fast and pukes, less now than before.
During our reno we moved out to the coast for a month and Lenora seemed to become more comfortable there, but was still happy to come "home", even though it looked and smelled different.
We spent last weekend at the coast and she seemed less uptight, and didn't cry on the trip home. The next day she was due for her flea treatment (We tried Frontline instead of Advantage) She hated it, and ran and hid as she always does. Normally she pouts for a day.
An hour later she came into the back room wanting attention. (I forgot to mention that she is EXTREMELY vocal, unlike Lily who is quiet). That night she slept on my hip all night. She has slept on my hip every night since. And I toss and turn a lot, make trip to the bathroom, and she always gets back on. The next day while sitting on the couch with my legs up on the coffee table, she jumped up, walked onto my lap, something she has done only a very few times, but then laid down on my lap for an hour until Moonrabbit came home.
I can't wait to see if I actually have a lap cat again.