Many pet owners view companion animals as family members that they wish to incorporate into as many aspects of their life as possible. Sharing their bed with their beloved pets has improved their sleeping experience. Humans spend considerable time sleeping, a pet owner’s desire to have animals close at night is understandable.
Pet owners described feeling secure, content, and relaxed when their pet slept nearby. This appears to be especially true for single sleepers. The value of these experiences, although poorly understood, cannot be dismissed because sleep is dependent on a state of physical and mental relaxation.
The two most common pets; dogs can be described as bed warmers, and cat sleeping cuddled close to our chest as soothing.
With most pets wanting to sleep with us even if we don’t want to sleep with them, it’s worth knowing what we’re getting ourselves into. A dog or cat in your bed can provide companionship and a sense of security, the latter of which may help soothe a child who’s afraid of the dark. You and your pet can keep each other warm, and a dog in your bed can act as an alarm against potential intruders.
Cats will do almost anything to get your attention when they are hungry or bored.
Most cat owners have experienced the wonderful wake-up call of a cat sitting on their face or pawing at their cheeks to let them know it is time to get moving.
Many dogs dig or scratch at their bedding to create a comfortable sleeping area and mark their territory.
This instinctual urge is left over from your dog’s wild relatives like foxes and wolves, who dig dens to defend themselves against extreme temperatures and predator.
Zoonotic diseases can be spread between animals and humans.
But if you have a well-fed, vibrantly healthy pet that’s been examined by a vet regularly and has lived with you for many months or years, you don’t need to panic about Zoonotic conditions in most circumstances.
If you allow your pet to share your bed or even your bedroom, you should set up some ground rules.
If your cat wants to have a play session at 3 a.m. and you indulge her, you can expect her to wake you up again the next night and likewise if your dog begs for food at midnight. There are some proactive solutions you can take to avoid situations such as these, including making sure your cat gets ample playtime during the day and moving your dog’s dinner time and last potty trip a bit later to sustain him overnight.
Dogs follow their instincts as a pack animal whose pack leader has always been right next to them in bed. With patience, persistence and consistency, your dog will eventually figure out its new sleeping spot is on the bed. Also provide your pets with soft, warm, organic bedding if they don’t already have a favourite napping spot elsewhere in the house.
So fellow Refreshers, thoughts?
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