Should Your Pet Sleep in Your Bed or its Own Bed?

Should your pet sleep in your bed or its own bed? There is some debate on whether or not it is okay for pets to share beds with their owners. A large percentage of dogs in America share beds with their owners. All these pet owners seem to be healthy right? This article will discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of allowing your dog or cat in your bed with you every night.

What are the advantages of sharing your bed with your pet? Sharing a bed with your pet means you have a close relationship with your pet and creates a strong bond. It can be relaxing for both you and your pet to cuddle together at night, plus it can be warmer on cold winter nights. If you allow your pet to sleep in your bed, they will know how much you care about them and pets feel safer sleeping with their owners.

Are there disadvantages to letting you pet in your bed? Yes, there are. If you have multiple pets, a big dog, you may run out of room and not be able to move around. If your pet moves around a lot or snores, you aren't likely to get good sleep. Also, dogs should know that you are the boss, if they share a bed with you, they may feel on the same level with you and not behave as well as they should.

If you share your bed with your pet it is possible to get a virus from them, plus you will be more likely to get allergies. Before you let your dog or cat in your bed you may also want to consider where they go during the day. Think of everything that their paws and mouth have touched. Do you want hair, dirt and other germs in your bed? Many pets also have fleas. If your pet is in your bed, there are fleas in your bed.

Allowing your pet in your bed is your choice. If you don't want to share your bed, there are plenty of comfortable pet beds on the market. If you love sharing your bed and have had no problems with illness, cleanliness, and getting good sleep then go for it.

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