Sleeping with Pets: Is it healthy?

Posted by John, Volunteer Mentor @johnbishop, May 21, 2019

Hello my sleep deprived cyber friends. I ran across the following article discussing this topic and thought I would share it and get others thoughts on the subject. I know I'm not alone ☺ I am guilty of cuddling with my kitty. She is my own portable sound machine. She emits a comforting and soothing purring noise that helps me get to sleep (most of the time!).

Here's the article: The downside of sharing your bed with furry friends
https://www.sleep.org/articles/sleeping-with-pets/

Does your pet sleep on your bed? Does your pet keep you awake or disturb your sleep?

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@johnbishop– I read a similiar article some time ago and passed it on to a few friends that I know do this.
I've had dogs for pets ever since I was young kid, but never got to that point of having them sleep in my bed or even in my room.
I love these wonderful companions, but sleeping with them is where I draw the line.
I totally get it in many cases, but the article points out several things to consider.
I have some friends that have 4 labs and the dogs often sleep in their bed with them. I know they have a king, but please, this seems a bit over the top!
I don't think he owns a jacket that isn't always covered with dog hair!
No wonder that pets represent a multi billion $ industry in this nation!
OK, I'll step off my stool now 🙂 Jim @thankful

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Here are a couple of Mayo Clinic resources on the subject of sleeping with pets:

– A 2017 study on sleeping with dogs https://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196(17)30486-X/fulltext and a short summation of the findings in lay language https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/are-you-barking-up-the-wrong-tree-by-sleeping-with-your-dog/

– Mayo Clinic 2002 findings on sleeping with pets https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2002-02/mc-dti021402.php

@johnbishop, I thought that @grandmar @amberpep @suerc @sundance6 @artscaping @marylou705 @gldnrtrvrlvr @gailfaith @AgentDarien @petangelkat1 @danybegood1 @karen00 @profnorma might be interested in the article you found, "The downside of sharing your bed with furry friends, https://www.sleep.org/articles/sleeping-with-pets/,"

I'm curious too, as @johnbishop asked, if you have a pet who sleeps on your bed, and if so, if they disturb your sleep at all?

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@thankful

@johnbishop– I read a similiar article some time ago and passed it on to a few friends that I know do this.
I've had dogs for pets ever since I was young kid, but never got to that point of having them sleep in my bed or even in my room.
I love these wonderful companions, but sleeping with them is where I draw the line.
I totally get it in many cases, but the article points out several things to consider.
I have some friends that have 4 labs and the dogs often sleep in their bed with them. I know they have a king, but please, this seems a bit over the top!
I don't think he owns a jacket that isn't always covered with dog hair!
No wonder that pets represent a multi billion $ industry in this nation!
OK, I'll step off my stool now 🙂 Jim @thankful

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Hi Jim @thankful, We have a queen size bed and my wife likes to cuddle with the kitty too but the kitty not so much ☺ She's always on top of the blanket though so I can flip her off the bed in a heart beat if I hear any hairball noise. Fortunate that it doesn't happen very often. Mine is almost like a small dog. Even taught her how to play fetch but she won't play very long. I do have 3 extra quilts that get changed/washed quite often so that's a downside for me. I did have to put her in kitty jail when I came back from the knee replacement surgery so that she wasn't on our bed for a few weeks to prevent infections, etc..

You are correct about the $$ spent. I'm patiently waiting for a kitty passing because smart as I am, I know I won't get another one and my daughter is grown and out of the house so will not be bringing any new ones for dad to take care of when she no longer can keep it.

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Here are a couple of Mayo Clinic resources on the subject of sleeping with pets:

– A 2017 study on sleeping with dogs https://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196(17)30486-X/fulltext and a short summation of the findings in lay language https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/are-you-barking-up-the-wrong-tree-by-sleeping-with-your-dog/

– Mayo Clinic 2002 findings on sleeping with pets https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2002-02/mc-dti021402.php

@johnbishop, I thought that @grandmar @amberpep @suerc @sundance6 @artscaping @marylou705 @gldnrtrvrlvr @gailfaith @AgentDarien @petangelkat1 @danybegood1 @karen00 @profnorma might be interested in the article you found, "The downside of sharing your bed with furry friends, https://www.sleep.org/articles/sleeping-with-pets/,"

I'm curious too, as @johnbishop asked, if you have a pet who sleeps on your bed, and if so, if they disturb your sleep at all?

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@lisalucier @johnbishop As soon as I get over laughing at John's kitty post, I will continue. Yes, pets can interfere with romance, especially when they just hang out at the side of the bed and pant. I have always had Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, also known as the "the love sponges" at the dog shows. These dogs were developed in England as companion dogs and that they are. After my neck surgery, Roxie was quite diligent and accepting of my recuperation time in bed. It got so that if I started acting like was actually getting up she would get excited about that opportunity. As I sank back down, she would peer at me with the admonishing look that said, "Are you ever getting up?" When are we going for a walk? Don't think my recuperation would have been quite so comfortable without her.
Be free of suffering today. Save the pain for tomorrow. Chris

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