Sleeping with a pet: is it correct?

Those who decide to take a pet with them do so because they hope to find a faithful friend, on whom to pour affection and all the necessary attention . She will also want to share as much time with him as possible. This is why some owners make the decision to sleep with their pets.

Some see sleeping with a pet as a way to feel loved and protected. But there are those who are against it and say that it is better to let the animal sleep on its own, and not allow it to get too intimate with us.

Here are some pros and cons of sleeping with our four-legged friends that will help you choose the best option for you and your friends.

Why do you choose to sleep with your pet?

The first thing to think about is the reason for this choice.If you do this because you feel lonely and think that sleeping with him can bring you affection and alleviate the feeling of loneliness, also think that this situation can change at any moment. What happens if you decide, for example, to get married or to move in with a partner?

Or the decision may arise from the thought that the animal is feeling alone or afraid . In this case, perhaps it is better to help him overcome these fears, because if you allow him to sleep with you, when he happens not to be able to do it, you will hear him cry all night or he will make some trouble.

If one day your dog or cat gets on the bed and you let them, you probably won’t be able to get them off again. For this reason, you must immediately make him understand that this is your bed and not his .

Advantages of sleeping with a pet

The first and most important advantage is the great bond that is established between the owner and the animal . Sleeping together strengthens the friendship and gives the feeling of mutual care.

Studies show that sleeping with your four-legged friend is good for both of you . In the case of humans, it promotes the lowering of blood pressure as well as providing an emotional benefit, preventing stress and depression. This is favored by the affection shared between the owner and the animal.

Feeling close to the affection of our faithful friend makes us forget all the problems and sadness . This will also help you sleep and ensure that your rest is of a higher quality.

Sleeping with a pet can also instill more confidence , especially in children who are afraid at night. This problem can therefore be solved by allowing the animal to sleep in the same room as the child.

The cons of sleeping with a pet 

There are those who categorically state that one should not sleep with an animal because it is extremely harmful . Beyond the exaggerations, it is also true that there are several disadvantages. The main problem is that the animal could transmit diseases, in particular those related to the presence of parasites. All the more reason, if you suffer from some type of allergy, you need to be very careful, considering that the animal can lose a lot of hair in the bed.

If you are a light sleeper, also keep in mind that the animal could snore, move in sleep, preventing you from resting peacefully.

If you sleep with a cat you may get a few scratches during the night without you realizing it. In this case it is necessary that his nails are always well filed.

Some advice

If you have finally made the decision to sleep with your pet, we recommend that you follow a few tips. Think not only of you, but also of the good of the animal. The first important thing to make him understand is who is the boss and who sets the rules , because the house is your territory. The pet is not the owner of the house, however much you want to share it with him. He must also understand that the bed is for sleeping and not for playing . It will also be appropriate to show him which side of the bed everyone should sleep on.

Hygiene is essential : the animal must be well cleaned and groomed. A suggestion is to make him sleep on top of the sheets, never underneath, since sometimes something can get stuck between the hair.

It is important that before going to sleep , he does his business, so as to avoid surprises during the night. Finally, if you notice that when you move in the bed the animal growls, do not allow it: let it get out of bed immediately and tell it firmly: “so no”.