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It’s a hot topic for debate among pet owners: to let your pet in bed, or not to let your pet in bed.
It’s a hot topic for debate among pet owners: to let your pet in bed, or not to let your pet in bed. A survey conducted by American Pet Products Manufacturers Association found that about 42% of Americans let their dogs sleep in bed with them. There’s not officially a right or wrong answer, but there is a right choice for you. There are pros and cons, but it’s really a matter of preference, or if you have any health concerns - such as allergies. Below you will find a variety of information to help you make an informed decision regarding whether or not to allow your furry friend the privilege of sleeping in your bed. And, if you, or they, end up deciding that they prefer their own bed, we have some tips on how to choose the right style of bed to suit your pet’s specific needs
You Make the Call
For now, let’s say there is no issue with allergies, you don’t need a dog or cat to help you sleep, shedding isn’t an issue, etc. At the end of the day, it’s completely your choice. Some pets will naturally want to sleep with you while others will prefer their own space. So, if you’re on the fence, the following should hopefully make that decision a little easier. Keep in mind, what may be a pro to one pet parent, may be a con to another, and vice versa - and of course, each pet is different.
Pets Can Aid Relaxation
For some pet parents, just knowing that warm fuzzy body is there and hearing the rhythmic breathing of their pet can help lull them to sleep. This is also true for many pets; sleeping with you just makes them happy. That warmth and comfort is even more noticeable when it’s cold. A dog’s average body temperature is 97 to 99 degrees Fahrenheit, and cats average 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. In many studies, pets have been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce stress, so it’s no wonder they can help you relax at night as well.
They Might Wake You Up
As you can imagine, if your pet - especially a bigger dog - stirs in the middle of the night, snores, or likes to sprawl out, it may interrupt your sleep. If this situation sounds familiar to you, you could experience sleep deprivation, and sleep deprivation can lead to various health issues. If you do have a dog that likes to take up as much space as possible it may be a good idea to have them sleep near you but in their own special spot. Large dogs can suffer from joint pain and benefit from a supportive sleep surface. The Aspen Pet Orthopedic Jacquard Bed will let them take up as much room as they’d like, and the egg-crate foam surface will evenly distribute their weight to take the pressure off any sore areas.
Pets Could Worsen Allergies
You may not notice it during the day because you are not right up against your pet, but having them sleeping in your bed could aggravate symptoms of allergy sufferers. If you do suffer from allergies, it is recommended that you do not let your pet sleep in bed with you. Offering your pet alternative sleep surfaces is a great way to keep them comfortable and secure and still allow you to get a healthy nights rest. According to WebMD “Cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies, but contrary to what you might think it is not the fur or hair that’s the real problem. People with cat allergies are really allergic to proteins in the cat’s saliva, urine and dander”. If this leads to your feline friend not being able to share your bed, the Aspen Pet Self Warming Lounger will keep your cat warm in your absence.
Your Bed or Their Bed
If you decide to let your furry friend share your bed with you, it is important that it’s on your terms. Pets should be invited onto the bed, rather than jumping up on their own.
If you decide that your pet will have his own bed, know that a bed can be a very significant source of security and comfort. A bed taps into your dog’s natural denning instincts, so it’s more than just something soft for them to lay on. Each bed design has its own unique benefits depending on your pets personal sleep style. There are beds specially designed to allow your dog to sprawl out, and there are beds made for those who prefer to curl up tight. If you’ve ever noticed your dog sleeping against a wall, it may be that it instinctively makes them feel safe knowing that a predator cannot sneak up behind them. A bed with higher walls or a bolstered edge can provide the same sense of security. The Aspen Pet Shearling Lounger can offer that same sense of security.
For cats, cuddlers or lounger style beds provide a close second to the warmth they receive when snuggling up with you. And lastly, for cats that like to mix it up and stretch out or curl up when sleeping the Jackson Galaxy Clamshell offers a comfortable and stylish bed for your cat that also allows for easy size adjustment.
Ultimately, you and your pets sleeping arrangements are your decision, and whatever you decide, there is a solution that will allow you both to be happy and comfortable.