Many people treat their pets as family members. They talk with them, dress them up, take them around and introduce to friends. Some even share with their little friends everything from food to sleeping space.
How about you? Would you let your pets sleep in your bed?
We've done it with our cats but never in the long-term. Our three cats have their own bedroom because they like to break things if we leave them out with full run of the house. If we go away for a day trip we will often let them sleep with us for the night. We normally feel guilty that they have been locked in a room all day, so we let them sleep with us, so they can at least have some company, which they seem to love.
I used to allow my three dogs and three cats in bed with me!! Didn't get a lot of sleep!! Those three dogs have passed away. Now my two dogs sleep in their own beds. The cats sleep on the bed if they want to - they are not as big and wriggly.
When my sister left home my dog took her place at the table. He just sat up on the chair and never touched the table. I think he just wanted to feel involved. LOL. He's been gone for forty years and I still miss him, he was a real cool dog. He looked like Snoopy. He slept on my bed as my parents were shift workers.
No. Even though my puppies are clean, allowing them to sleep in the bed at night will let them think that it's natural to do so. It will be difficult to make them sleep in their own place later when they grow bigger. Besides, I tried that before and it turned out really uncomfortable when my puppies wouldn't stay still. They tried to get under the blanket and put their heads near my face.
I used to let my 2 dogs sleep in my Queen bed with me however after about a year I realised that my older dog was waking me up sometimes 4 times a night by moving around, sitting half on top of me, and generally disturbing my sleep. They had to sleep on a large blanket I put down however, as, much as I love dogs, I do not like dog hair in my bed.
No. It is not a healthy thing to do and I can't bear the thought of animals near babies or toddlers and I can't stand people that let their dogs lick babies and toddlers on the face- sort of in particular when the dogs or cats have probably just been to the toilet. Whatever happened to the worry about worm infestation.
GGMS.....and what about babies inhaling cat hair and dog hair, I mean you have to be worrying all the time now about bloody peanuts and food allergies, but no worries about faeces and worms etc. from animals.
We don't have much choice with our kitty. When we wake up, she's there on the bed. Especially when it's a bit cooler. In saying that, we certainly don't complain, even though she hogs the bed and gets a little crappy when you try to move her.
My cat sleeps on my bed on her blanket and bedding along my side. If its a little cool she snuggles up as close as she can to my body but ifits really cool, she comes up and taps me on the shoulder, I lift up the sheet and she snuggles into the curve of my body till around 4 a.m., wakes up, shakes her head and heads back on her bed. If she needs to go outside she comes up and puts her paw on my shoulder and I let her out the front.When she's ready (about 1/2 hour later) she knocks on my shutter, I let her in and she goes back to sleep snuggled up along side me again.