Does your pet sleep with you? Many pet lovers choose to share their beds with their pets. At first this may seem like a great idea, but there are several reasons why it may not be. While our pets are our close friends and even considered family members, allowing them to sleep in the bed with you can lead to issues that you should not have to deal with. Some of them are minor, but some of them can be a little more serious than you think.
One of the main reasons that you should avoid having pets sleep in the bed with you is because they can cause you to have an allergic reaction. If you are allergic to pet dander then you are susceptible to this. Allergies can range from mild sniffles to severe reactions depending on the severity of the case.
If you have asthma, this is another reason to avoid sleeping with your pet. Sometimes pets can trigger an asthma attack. If this happens while you are sleeping it can be potentially dangerous. Asthma can be dangerous under the right conditions so it is important to take precautions whenever possible.
Another good reason to avoid letting your pet sleep with you is that it can create a power struggle. You are the dog’s master, but when he is allowed to sleep with you he may forget his place and become unresponsive to commands. It is important for a dog’s owner to maintain that they are the leader of the pack and the dog is subservient to him.
Sleeping with your pet can also prevent you from getting the rest that you need each night. This is particularly true if you have a needy dog that feels like they should be laying on you at all times or one who gets up and moves around a lot at night.
If you are married and share your bed with your pet then you could be asking for even more trouble. Often times the pet will wish to lie in between the couple. This can prevent the closeness that is needed to have a successful relationship.
Remember that our pets, as much as we love them, can also carry bacteria and other organisms that can make you sick. Cats in particular are known carriers of ringworm. If you sleep with your cat, the chances are that you may end up with it yourself. There are also other diseases. Cat scratch fever can be particularly damaging to the body. Chances are slim but you could also end up getting something like the plague. There is actually a documented case of a boy who got it from sleeping with his cat.
Finally there are other cleanliness issues. Dogs aren’t particular about keeping clean. They may track muddy or dirty feet in your bed and shed everywhere. While this doesn’t sound particularly bad, it can really add to the amount of time that you have to spend washing your sheets and comforters.
The next time you consider having your pet in the bed with you, take the time to consider these things. If you really want to have a healthy relationship with your pet, it is best that you get them their own bed or kennel to keep them in at night.