Some people swear by the fact that they sleep better with this trusty pet by their side every night. While some people might take that hope under their blankets with them, it might be time to wake up from that dream. It's time to consider where you should put your dog or cat before you go to sleep every night.
It's no surprise that your pet snuggles up with you at night. According to the latest US surveys, half of all dogs and 63 percent of cats like to sleep with an adult's bed. So more than half of pet owners rest easy at night, right?
It's actually the opposite when it comes to your chance of a good night's sleep. Surveys taken from the Mayo Clinic showed that pet owners who shared the bed with their pets took longer to fall asleep than those who didn't. They were also more likely to wake up more tired.
Some studies showed that people can sleep comfortably with one dog in the bedroom. But no matter what position the dog is in your bed, you will feel it affect your sleep. And it didn't matter if it was a Yorkie or Great Dane - breed or size has no effect.
Sleeping with a cat can especially be tough for your sleeping habits - they're almost always ready to go jump off your furniture in the middle of the night. If they want something from you they'll poke or scratch at you to get your attention. Oh, and here's something almost cartoonish about why you shouldn't sleep with a cat next to you - they might snore.
Sharing the bed can affect the dog in the long run as well. They have shown that puppies who showed signs of aggression might fully develop them if they are allowed to sleep with humans. Housebreaking would also be a tougher practice since you aren't using something like a crate to control them until they're more mature.
There's also a problem of knowing who's the boss in the relationship. Some vets say that dogs sleeping in your bed, for example, might make a habit that discourages submission. In other words, your dog might not see you as the leader of the pack, and that'll lead to bigger issues later on.
This is just about the adults, by the way - things get far more tricky when kids are involved. Any pet that's in bed with an infant could accidentally suffocate the kid. That's why both pediatricians and pet experts agree you should keep pets and kids away from each other when they're sleeping.
10. Oh, And There's The Whole 'Getting Sick' Thing...
You also forget that underneath all that lovable fluff is billions of things waiting to jump ship. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that sharing the bed with a pet can lead to a transmission of viruses, parasites, or insects. Your healthy pets aren't a danger, but if either of you is sick or flea/tick-infested, well...you know.
You can catch some lovely little bugs like salmonella, campylobacter, and staphylococcus from your snoozes with pets. As far as parasites, you can catch an infection of parasites such as toxoplasma, roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm, and ringworm. This can, of course, get potentially dangerous if you're already sick, to begin with, because all of these infectious agents can put the hurt on you.
12. There's Been Some Disgusting Man/Pet Sleepover Cases
There are even more gross cases of infections from people sleeping with their pets. One man with a dog under their cover got meningitis after Fido licked his hip replacement wounds. Another meningitis case, this time with a newborn, happened when the cat who'd snuggled along stole the baby's pacifier and played with it.
Dogs poop, that's part of their thing, and after they're done doing their business part of it will come with them. And since fecal matter carries bacteria like e.coli it's best to either keep your dog away from the bed or at least clean its paws. Hopefully, your dog isn't the type that eats its own poop, either...