Pets in your bed

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Do you sleep with your pet?

Lots of us do. Some of us feel guilty. Some of us just know it feels right. Some of us would not dream (pardon the pun) of doing so.

New research has show that sleeping with pets may be a risky business. Diseases such as cat scratch disease, plague, staphylococcus and more can be passed on.

Should this stop you? I say don’t it. if you love to sleep with your pet, go for it. if your going to catch something, it can happen anywhere, not just your bed. The risks of catching diseases are low if you observe effective hygiene measures, visit your vet regularly and keep your pet’s health treatments up to date.

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The excceptions to this might be:

– if your immune system is compromised

– if your dog is aggressive

– if your dog is objecting to a new partner

– if your dog is likely to be overly bonded to you and suffer from separation anxiety (try a gradual separation)

Of course, you should seek some help if any of these situation apply to you or your household. And you should always supervise children’s interactions with pets, even when one or both parties are asleep.

Sleeping with your pet may cement the bond that exists between humans and animals. We know that pets are good for us, our physiological and psychological health improves with a pet and we feel less lonely.

The biggest risk for most of us pet owners in sleeping with our pets is the lack of a good night’s sleep. Do you sleep with your pet?

Watch Dr Jo talk about sleeping with your pet on The Project (2:30 into the segment)

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  1. Hi – I sleep with my two cats and my 16 week old Cavoodle puppy. I think I’ve died and gone to heaven it makes me so euphoric! I have always for as long as I can remember slept with cats. This is my first dog and I am happy she fits right in and sleeps in with us all. I am on my own (no partner) and just between you and me, I would rather sleep with my animals than with any partner from Brad Pitt to Robert Redford. I can’t wait to get into bed every night and have my beautiful pets come join me. And btw, I have never ever had any animal related diseases in my entire life which is pushing 70 years. Relax and just try it.

  2. We have two kittens and one mainly sleeps on the bed; however, he likes to lick any part of you that is exposed, such as at 2am. He likes to lick you even when it is not bedtime. Is there any way to curb his enthusiasm?

    1. Vicki, try and exhaust your kitten during daytime so he needs to sleep at night. Licking is often a form of attention seeking so if you want to stop it, never give it attention. Instead put something more appropriate in your kitten’s mouth. If you do get up to your kittens overnight, do so with minimum fuss. Enjoy! Jo

  3. My heeler sleeps at the foot of my bed. She keeps my feet warm! If the night’s freezing, she’s allowed further up so we can keep each other warm – as dogs have done for a very long time in the history of dogs and people. I have a special blanket that she sleeps on. She ‘talks’ to me every so often in the still of the night.

  4. I have always slept with my pet family, from cats and dogs to a rabbit that potty trained herself. I currently sleep with my spouse and three cats, two of which are over 15 pounds. One believes he’s my ‘baby’ and actually has to get held on his back in the crook of my arm at night, before we go to sleep, while I gently rub his tummy; meanwhile, he purrs, softly places the backs of his front feet up to my face for me to kiss them, and also places the top of his nose up to my chin and mouth to kiss. He truly is my big baby.

  5. My 2 dogs sleep with me, the younger of the 2, my 1yr old heeler x sleeps under the covers down by my feet, while my mastiff x sleeps back to back on her blanket, I feel protected and get a good nights sleep, they know they are well and truly spolt and loved. I do it from when they are pups as I think it creates a strong bond between us.

  6. My Dackys sleep with me , wouldnt have it any other way , they never disturb my sleep and i love them being there as much as they do…..

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