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Is it Safe to Sleep with Your Pet?

By Patty Khuly, VMD

 

It’s been reported that up to 79 percent of pet owners allow pets to share beds with their human family members. Despite the popularity of the practice, physician and veterinary groups have taken turns speaking out against human-pet bed sharing for a variety of reasons. Let's take a look why.

 

In the case of some physician groups, the warnings are human health based. Confirmed transmission of MRSA skin infections and H1N1 influenza, for example, gives fodder to the speculation that humans who share the covers with their furred family members are more likely to become ill.

 

While this is certainly more of a possibility with immunosuppressed humans (HIV-positive, transplant recipients, or chemotherapy patients, for example), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer no explicit warnings on this issue beyond the standard warnings for these immunocompromised groups of people.

 

In fact, when it comes to infectious disease transmission, physicians and veterinarians agree there is scant evidence that healthy, well cared for pets are detrimental to human health under these circumstances. Indeed, human family members are much more likely to transmit diseases to each other during bed-sharing than our pets are.

 

So it's OK to Sleep with My Pet?

 

Not exactly.

 

"Although uncommon with healthy pets," the CDC wrote in a 2011 report, "the risk of transmission of zoonotic agents [those transmitted from animal to human] by close contact between pets and their owners through bed sharing, kissing or licking is real and has been documented for life-threatening infections such as plague."

 

Some veterinarians also believe that allowing dogs to sleep on human beds is a not a good thing, behaviorally speaking. Puppies that are more prone to issues with aggression may fully develop these behaviors when allowed to sleep with humans. Housebreaking may also be affected if beds take the place of crates, for example. That’s why bed-sharing should always be delayed until training is complete and social maturity is achieved, behaviorists suggest.

 

Safety Tips for Sleeping with a Pet

 

To reduce the health risks associated with bed sharing and other close contact with a pet, the CDC recommends that pets have regular veterinary care. This should include keeping up to date with vaccinations, treating illnesses with medications, and using flea and tick preventives, since often fleas and ticks carry bacteria and diseases that can also be transmitted to people.

 

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  • It's not safe to sleep wi
    03/11/2015 02:09am

    Oh brother, what an over dramatization of problems. Its' not safe to sleep with people, or kiss them, or touch them either, so maybe we should all stay away from the animal called the human also. Also, breathing and eating are unsafe also.

  • 10/22/2015 08:03am

    I agree. In fact the more I see of humans, the more I love my dogs; and, I would gladly suffer zoonosis that I may get from them over the migraines people give me. :)

  • 02/19/2016 06:58pm

    No it's not. My brother always used to let his dog sleep on the bed with him, and lick his face etc and when he got sick it was really heavy, and he was sick for two years, finally figured out (after thousands of dollars and many tests, treatments etc, he had a Bartonella infection. Look up Bartonella bacteria. Dog saliva carries this bacteria, it can cause serious health issues and people struggle with trying to diagnose and get rid of it for years. Ever heard of Morgellons? That is Bartonella. People love their dogs, but they're just like any animal, they have bacteria and viruses some of which can be transmitted to humans (zoonotic). So just because people can transmit diseases to each other, does that mean people should foolishly disregard how animals can transmit diseases to humans too? The two are mutually exclusive they have nothing to do with each other.

  • 02/20/2016 04:42am

    http://www.cdc.gov/bartonella/veterinarians/index.html

    Dogs may carry Bartonella vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii, Bartonella henselae, and other Bartonella species. Bartonella infection is more likely to cause clinical symptoms in dogs compared to cats. Low seroprevalence in worldwide dog populations suggests that dogs are probably not a natural reservoir for B. vinsonii berkhoffii. It is not yet known whether dogs can transmit infection to humans.

    ^^ That is from the cdc. It sounds like a dog sick with Bartonella is obviously ill and needs vet care as well, so did you get the dog checked by the vet and then find out that is what your brother had? Cats are more likely to bring around bartonella. Kittens actually and usually feral. (To prevent: treat for fleas and don't let your cat go out and fight with other cats. Leaving dogs out since it isn't even proven they transmit the disease, but flea prevention or treatment and not letting your dog fight with stray animals would likely nip it in the bud if it were a concern.)

    If the pet has been examined by a vet and checked over and you keep up with their health (and your own) I think the odds are pretty slim you would get some illness. Now if you let your animal run the countryside or be in contact with animals that do and you don't believe in vet care or animal health or you have unsanitary conditions then the odds would rise considerably. Another thing to consider is hoarders.. they have lots of animals and often in unclean living conditions.. yet most of them seem to live just fine without having horrible illnesses (other than mental).animals don't fare as well but the humans seem to not have out and out diseases they got from the animals. I'm sure there are exceptions, but I mean generally. I don't condone hoarding but you would think if anyone was going to catch some illness from animals it would be in that environment. Most people who have pets take care of them like they do their children or selves. That means medical care, proper food and vitamins, cleanliness and keeping them safe from danger. I'm sure there is a slight chance you will catch something but there's also a chance you will get struck by lightening or win the lotto. If your pet is healthy and has a clean bill of health from a vet then I would worry more about the lightening and buy a few tickets before I worried sleeping with my pet was going to make me sick in a normal household.

  • very loose analysis
    03/19/2015 07:34pm

    I am interested in this subject as a transplant recipient. I believe a useful treatment of this important topic would include distinctions between dogs and cats (other than behavioral issues), indoor and outdoor pets, how beds are different from the other furniture on which we interact with our pets, etc. Thanks you for the topic, but it seems to only raise questions we would love to see in a follow-up article. Thanks!!

  • It is not safe to sleep w
    04/06/2015 09:20pm

    This article makes no sense, does the author suffer from bipolarism? I have lived with cats for 40 years and have not suffered from any alleged zoonosis. I don't live in close proximity with pigs, chickens, geese, sheep, goats or rodents, like Asians in rural areas, or on farms with no animal vaccinations. Just another phony alarmist article, disparaging animal human interaction, but even with that the article contradicted itself.

  • not true
    04/06/2015 11:18pm

    This is embarrassing. This is perpetuating a myth about dominance and sleeping on the bed. Simply not true. Read your own veterinary medicine information at http://www.aavsb.org/ for advice.

    You can sleep with your dog. He is NOT going to dominate you. Now, if he has resource guarding issues and wants to guard the bed, that is different and you need to consult a qualified trainer who understands behavior issues or a certified behaviorist.

    But, this article perpetuates seriously flawed information.

    I can't believe this website allowed this article.

    Connie Swaim, KPA-CTP

  • BS Article
    04/24/2015 02:55pm

    My mom's cat slept in the crib with me when I was a newborn (even though they chased it out and tried keeping the door closed) and I have always slept with a cat. I grew up on a farm and was around animals all the time. I never have had any illness or diseases from animals. I know several people who sleep with their dogs, and again, none have gotten any illnesses or etc from them. Maybe if you sleep with a chicken in a country raging with bird flu you will get sick. I highly doubt sleeping with your cat or dog is going to make you sick. I would like to see links to studies that support the article.

  • Sleeping with Dogs
    04/25/2015 09:31am

    Sorry...my dogs have slept in my bed when I am home and not home and never had any problems!!!

  • it's not safe to sleep wi
    04/25/2015 11:58pm

    i have been sleeping with my dogs & cats for 50 years now. never had any problems.my pit/lab loves to sleep at my feet. then i have 4 little ones that all cuddle up under the covers behind me of under the pillow. i am kinda a light sleeper so when i have a puppy they move around which wakes me up. they get put on their potty pads & i do mine. then back to bed till the next wake up call. i have always paper trained ( or potty pads) my pups first then to outside.

  • It's not safe to sleep wi
    04/28/2015 02:30pm

    The biggest problem I've had with sleeping with my pet is, they hog the mattress!

  • 07/22/2015 09:38am

    LOL! Amen to that! I currently have four (100% indoor) cats that sleep with me, which I love... there's a security that comes from having my babies cuddling beside me. But we've recently downsized from a king-size bed to a double and things are downright cramped! I see a queen-size bed in my very near future, and I hope that's big enough for the 5 of us. I doubt those thirty and sixty night trials for beds include figuring out if all of us will fit!!

  • 07/22/2015 07:27pm

    mine too. they have the whole bed yet they have to cuddle right next to me. and were talking about a 50 and a 70 pound dogs.

  • Sleeping with pets
    04/28/2015 09:09pm

    Most of the comments already posted express my sentiments about pets in our beds. What I take issue with is the comment: Housebreaking may also be affected if beds take the place of crates.
    Crates are inhumane and probably contribute more to issues around housebreaking, trust, and integrating a pet into the rhythm of the family than most people realize. Dogs can’t learn how to interact normally with people or other animals when they spend all day inside a box—they need exercise and training, and they need feedback and the opportunity to practice what they’ve learned (such as self-restraint, making good decisions, etc.). Good dog trainers know this, which is why they do not recommend crates.
    If we treat our animals like family members--they are cared for, healthy, clean and socialized--they will not likely be a threat to our health.

  • 01/11/2016 11:26am

    Ok you are entitled to your opinion and I am entitled to mine so here it goes, I have 2 dogs and 2 cats the dogs are crated at night and in the winter if we have to leave the house it has been that way since they were puppies that is how they were trained potty wise and it has not affected their ability to connect or interact with our family or other people. In the spring/summer when my husband and I both work the dogs are outside in the sun all day when we go to bed at night they sleep in their crate. In the winter my husband is home with them and our 15 month old all day and night while I work and the dogs are out of the crate with free range of the house if we have to leave they get crated and they still interact the same with us as they always have.

  • Bad, bad article
    06/14/2015 05:38am

    I'm both a vet and do AAT. Two years ago, I did two masters level 3 credit classes on zoonoses recently and I'm mastering in bioethics in a school of public health.
    This article is really bad!
    1) all the behavioral advice in there is BS and based on dominance theory
    2) it lacks any common sense like considering probabilities. Plague? please...
    3)the confirmed transmission of MRSA and influenza are far from being that well confirmed yet-they may be- but not many people's pets are in contact with those more than their owner so that they would be the ones to transmit it to the owner. In those cases, it's not the dog transmitting the virus/bacteria, it's only the dog carrying it and acting as a vector. This has to be avoided for immunosuppressed people.
    The only thing you can keep from this is that if you are doing AAT you have to consider this. In the settings where I practice, MRSA carriers and influenza patients are identified and I avoid their rooms and beds of course.

  • 07/22/2015 07:30pm

    thank you for a comment from another professional. i cant believe they printed this article. ihave been sleeping with my pets--dogs cats pigs and have never had any problems. for many years.

  • Getting new pets
    07/22/2015 10:54am

    Okay, article was over hyped, but I do know a reason now why one might not want pets in their bed
    I had two real nice medium size dogs that slept with me for years, good companions and all of us enjoyed
    Then I was asked to adapt another dog that had been neglected. He was a real sweetheart and very loving and of course he wanted to sleep with the 3 of us - he was a 200 lb great dane LOL, what a load - a king size water bed full - course then again I sure didnt get cold in the winter, took usually only about 5 minutes to get everybody assembled and planted for the night. Alpha dog at the right hand, beta dog at my feet and doofus the dane on the left from waist to toes

  • Sleeping with pets
    07/22/2015 02:56pm

    This article seems to have generalizations not proven to be true as well as factual inaccuracies about the risk of transmission of infectious diseases.
    Yes there are risks for immunocompromised pet owners, especially if they sustain punctures, abrasions or scratches from contact with their pets. As a bone marrow transplant RN, that is something we instruct our patients about, as well as avoiding litter boxes, cleaning pet messes, and of course avoiding contact with a pet with a known contagion. However, blanket statements discouraging healthy pets from sleeping with owners who are immunocompetent and without allergies seems a bit overblown.

  • UNSUBSCRIBE petMD
    07/22/2015 04:23pm

    I'm disappointed that a veterinarian would write such a poorly documented and grossly overblown article about the supposed "dangers" of sleeping with pets. I expected better of petMD and will henceforth spend my limited online time reading articles which can be trusted for factual, well-researched articles.

  • seriously??
    07/22/2015 07:25pm

    are you kidding me?? my pets have been sleeping with me ever since i was a kid and i never caught anything from them nor them from me. i cant believe this article was even written. talk about making a mountain out of a molehill. we enjoy each others company. my dogs are like clingons they have to be in every room with us. and that includes the bedroom

  • Vets are too much
    07/22/2015 10:26pm

    Your pet can share your bed provided you fill the coffers of the Vets by "......pets have regular veterinary care. This should include keeping up to date with vaccinations, treating illnesses with medications, and using flea and tick preventives"!

    I am totally against vaccinations in adult and senior dogs. Ask these Vets how would they feel if they received annually vaccines they received as kids! Vaccine antibodies are in the cells and not floating in the blood where over time they get pissed out! Do these whitecoats know that vaccines are given only after assessing the health of an animal?

  • 07/23/2015 01:27pm

    You mean you don't vaccinate against rabies and distemper?!? That is foolhardy and also illegal in most places. Pfft to the "trauma" of getting a vaccine - a short, minor sting that is forgotten in minutes. I would think that is far more palatable then suffering through the ravages and painful death from rabies.

  • 07/23/2015 02:26pm

    One shot of vaccine is for the full life of a dog. I do not advocate combo vaccines. My pet has always been an abandoned adult American Eskimo (German Spitz) requiring immediate medical attention. Other than one rabies shot along with one subsequent distemper + parvo shot after they are medically fit these adults are never given any further vaccine (s). After a combo vaccine one of my pets earlier died at the age of 13 due to autoimmune disorder resulting in a tumor under the tongue that a whitecoat discovered after it had died from suffocation.

    It is not the "minor sting" but the aftereffects of the vaccine that both the owner and the poor dog have to endure and wither. As I said earlier, that the antibodies to the vaccine remain for life in the cells of the dog and not float about in the blood.

    Again, my pet friends are always on a leash when taken out for brisk walks.

    Read articles on the Fallacy of Vaccines at http://vetmedicine.about.com/od/vaccinations/a/FALC_vacctiters.htm
    http://hpathy.com/veterinary-homeopathy/the-science-of-vaccine-damage/
    Little Knowledge can be Dangerous.

  • 07/23/2015 08:47pm

    It's easy to find links to support your stance - see?
    http://www.prevention.com/health/healthy-living/are-annual-pet-vaccines-necessary
    http://www.petmd.com/dog/care/evr_dg_to_vaccinate_or_not_a_vets_perspective?page=2
    http://www.itsfortheanimals.com/DODDS-CHG-VACC-PROTOCOLS.HTM

    The consensus is every three years, which is the norm around here (NH) - rabies and distemper. Rabies is required by law. There are other vaccines, but I decline those.

  • 07/24/2015 08:21am

    Ok, Ok. Let us also enter into "consensus" and close the discussion on vaccines here as the topic is about allowing pets into your beds. I am from India where too a rabies shot annually is law. But, I differ, I tell the municipality to first give the same to their whole lot of "pets" loafing and breeding free all over the city, i.e. strays.

  • 08/16/2016 03:23pm

    I'm sorry but no. All vaccines need boosters or repetitions. Except for a very rare reaction, not vaccine for humans or animals is dangerous. Just because an animal got sick or had a problem after a vaccine does not mean it was the vaccine that caused it. I have always made sure my kid and my cats were fully vaccinated and never had a problem.

  • 08/20/2016 03:41am

    It was the combo vaccine that caused it. Period. It was hale and hearty before it. Here in Lucknow, India, vets give combos of MLVs plus non-MLVs. After reading through Petmd arcticles and comments, and https://web.facebook.com/PlanetPaws.ca/photos/a.114414471966777.19590.112437898831101/1066378180103730/?type=3 (my page at Facebook) I prefer to give MLVs once in three years after all the boosters, etc. have been given over a period of initial one year of the life of a dog. Annually, I give only anti-rabies and Lepto as the anti-rabies vaccine is a requirement by the local municipality for annual license of a pet. Lepto because small dogs, Spitz, have their nose too close to the ground and are always sniffing, and during rains there are lot of puddles of dirty water that they walk through.

  • "Safe" but poor sleep
    07/23/2015 01:36pm

    Maybe it's usually safe to let pets sleep in most people's beds, but I'm surprised that the article didn't mention the very real effect of poor sleep of the humans. Pets moving around and making noise can interrupt sleep without the person even knowing it and can cause sleep deprivation.
    And unlike the above article, I will cite sources: http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/6-surprising-sleep-wreckers
    http://www.fastcompany.com/3042778/sleep-week/why-its-so-wrong-but-so-right-to-sleep-with-your-pets
    http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/826348
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animals-and-us/201407/should-pets-be-banished-the-bedroom

  • Snuggle puppies
    07/24/2015 11:32am

    We have five Rat Terriers and they all (sometimes) sleep in bed with us. Nothing bad happens from it in 15 years.

  • perfectnana
    07/24/2015 02:48pm

    I have been sleeping with my pets (dogs) since I got my first newfoundland puppy and he had parvo and the time. I have had 6 dogs since then and the last one now is a basset hound and he sleeps right next to me. Actually he sleeps almost on top of me. He has to be near his "mommy". He follows me room to room and never wants to be out of my sight. I feed him table food once in a while and he eats it right off my fork. I don't care if people find this gross or what. He has regular check ups up to date on all his shots and is bathed monthly with special shampoo from the groomer as he is allergic to almost everything. I have never gotten sick from him or him from me. I had the flu a couple of years ago when he was just a puppy and he insisted on sleeping with me even though I tried to draw the line cause I was very sick with the flu. He whined all night for 2 nights straight so even with the flu he slept with me
    There were no ill effects to either of us. So I think this article is a bunch of hooey.

  • A very long time
    08/05/2015 12:04pm

    Dogs have been with us for 30,000 years, perhaps longer. Cats have been keeping us company at least 3000 years and likely before that. I am of the belief that our interaction and close proximity to both actually serves to IMPROVE our immune response and guard against coming down with a full blown version of many diseases. Exposure at a young age triggers antibodies that stay with us for life. In addition to this I have also concluded that a person develops less allergies in life having been in contact with our four legged companions. I grew up with cats and have not a single allergy. I know of parents who have created a sterile ( or tried to) environment and their children have a list of allergies I never heard of growing up. As for ticks and fleas, I'm certain a dose of common sense will go a long way in keeping that from becoming an issue, as in 'an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.'
    I would be very interested to have a vet / MD comment on my beliefs.

  • Really???
    08/11/2015 11:29pm

    What a mess of terrible advice. I have been sleeping with my dog(s) all my life (I'm 55) with no ill effects! If this article is the norm for PetMD then I see no use for this site at all.

  • Now I cant sleep
    08/22/2015 10:45am

    I had never owned a cat, or more precisely, I had never been owned by a cat until Kitty Cat came into our lives. My small son begged and begged for one of the kittens in the box outside of our neighborhood 'Luckys' grocery store. He chose the quietest, calmest, meekest kitten in the bunch. All the others were mewing and climbing all over each other. This little one just sat in the corner of the box looking around. It was all an act. He was a maniac!
    That was over twenty years ago. I recently had to let him go. It was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. He was the best cat ever, spoiled rotten to the core. Smart, funny and very affectionate. His very first night with us I tried to get him to sleep in a box in the bathroom (hey, I'd never lived with a cat and had no idea), he cried and cried. I thought he must be cold so I put his box in the kitchen. We retired to bed and all was quiet. Soon I could hear him in my room looking for us. He proceeded to climb up the bedspread like a little mountaineer, using his claws like hooks for traction. He marched right up to me, laid across my neck and went to sleep. My son soon became jealous because this was his cat, it should be sleeping with him. Kitty Cat was awesome at being a crowd pleaser. He would get tucked in with my son at bed time and catnap until my son was fast asleep. He then would get up and come sleep with me. That went on for years... I'm sure I'm boring you all so I won't give his entire life story. Which, by the way, was very eventful! I just wanted to say that although he was a total bed hog, insisted on sleeping under the covers right up against me, ruined too many bed spreads to count by snagging them with his claws and the fact that my cat hair had cat hair on it, I would not have traded him for the world. I loved him madly. He's been gone almost a month now and I miss him so much I feel sick. It hurts when I come home and he's not here and I have a very hard time sleeping now.
    So what that author of the article should have written about was how to sleep without them.

  • 08/22/2015 04:47pm

    I just read your comment and I loved your story, I have had cats for 45 years 18 in all and they always slept with me. I offer my sincere condolences for the loss of your best friend, As a psychologist and cat lover, I can only offer you this, time does make the pain lessen, but you never forget. All my deceased cats are in little wooden boxes with tags showing their names dates of birth and death and something about them. I have pictures of them on one wall. I have 3 at the present time and only one of them sleeps with me the other two sleep with each other on the couch. I suggest, if you are of a mind to rescue another cat after a period of mourning. My longest lived cat, lived for 22 years and it was extremely painful to let him go, as it was with all the others, but the joy of living with them made a good trade. All the best, and your kitty is waiting for you at the rainbow bridge.

    Peace,

    >Sam :-)

  • 08/26/2015 05:48pm

    I am so sorry over the loss of your furry companion. Our two current kitties are both Ocicats, and we would totally miss them if the were not in bed with us every night. The worst problem they cause is that depending on how the choose to curl up, it can be very difficult to change position, The always go to bed when we do and never wake us up, waking up after we do. They are just absolute joys!

    My heart aches for your loss, and I hope that when the time is right you will think about adopting another furball, not to replace the kitty you lost, but to help fill the hole he left in your heart.

  • 11/24/2015 10:42pm

    Elizebeth900 very sorry your best pal is gone !! I lost my one dog of 23 years last year and yes he slept with me every night too! Some things you read and some things we just have to turn the page and move on,maybe someone from petmd had to many glasses of wine while typing and hit send without fact checking..?? LOL

  • over-reation
    09/01/2015 07:28am

    I can't believe this was printed. With what was said, it isn't safe to sleep with your spouse or children for that matter because they could give you a cold or illness, too. People have just as much bacteria as animals do. I have never gotten an illness from my pets nor my family or friends. This is just an over-reaction.

  • ASPCA approved sleeping
    09/22/2015 09:50am

    Okay, my parents and I have adopted many an animal from our local ASPCA, and each time there is a form to fill out responding to various questions on the future care and conditions your newly adopted pet will be expecting.

    Every time we have adopted a pet and filled out this form there is a question concerning the pet's sleeping arrangements... Every time the answer has been the same for dogs: "In our bed, with the allowance of 3/4 of king size mattress and 7/8 of the sheets and blankets if you really want the specifics." For cats: "In our bed? Really on top of our head, 100% of our pillows given in allowance, if not to their liking then on our diaphragm since breathing while sleeping is overrated anyways, if still not to their liking then on our legs, we have no need for circulation there while sleeping and the ability to stand up in the morning is optional."

    The caregivers at the ASPCA love our answers, and understand that we could only put those down as the answers by having an understanding and caring heart towards our newest family members. That's how pets are, and we wouldn't have any other way. My father is actually devastated because his newest adopted love doesn't want to the share the bed, but would rather guard the house and his people.

  • Too many things bad for u
    11/23/2015 04:54pm

    As a nurse I believe that MRSA is going to be common normal flora(bacteria) on every one within 10 years or less. Our bodies will learn to live with it. Sleeping with your pets go ahead as long as they are vet checked and cleaned on a normal basis My god I have 2 toy poodles that sleep with my wife and I every night. Guess what neither of us are sick. Too many doctors and scientist and other people constantly say something is bad for us. Coffee Tea tomatoes eggs oh my god look at our nursing homes these people live into their 90's and 100's guess what. They ate eggs from the farm killed their own pigs, cows, and chickens ate real butter and also drank raw milk. It's time the people getting billions of our tax payer monies to look into these matters needs to stop.

  • Yahoo articles = Jokes
    01/09/2016 11:39am

    Like all articles in Yahoo this makes no sense at all. Perhaps the writer should consult with some of the people in the comment section next time if he wants to write a knowledgeable article.

    The only problem I have when in comes to letting my two labs sleep in my bed is ROOM. I always end up with my butt hanging over the edge of the bed while they are stretched out in the center.

  • Sleeping with your dog
    01/19/2016 01:35pm

    I have slept with all of my dogs for close to 40 years. This is not nonsense but it really only applies to people who are immunocompromised.
    There are fewer germs in a dog's mouth than a human's.
    I know my dog's health and condition as well as I knew my child's when he was growing up.

  • SLEEPING WITH PETS
    01/29/2016 09:46am

    I have no issue with sleeping with pets except for the dog hair. My yorkie is 11 years old and has been sleeping in a crate since he was a puppy. He goes to bed at 8:30 and wakes up at 7:00 (he never gets up at night to dirty), he NEVER sleeps in our bed. My issue is with a "hairy bed" If dogs shed, it gets all over the covers, pillows, etc and I don't think thats healthy to humans. Im wondering how often owners change their sheets? Do you have any allergy issues? Just curious.

  • There is a solution!
    02/08/2016 01:58pm

    thats why i love my new SidePaws bed!

  • Love my cats
    02/23/2016 10:25am

    I have had cat's most of my life and love them. If I ever need to go anywhere for a couple of days it's OK with a cat. Just leave them plenty of dry food, water and a large litter box. Try that with a dog. I had two cats for over 10 years and had to put them both down in the same year with health conditions and they were like my kids (I don't have any of those type of animals) One of my cat's would always jump on my bed at night and come up to my covers by my neck and start pawing at them until I would lift them up and she would go under them and turn around several times and then fall asleep. It was so refreshing to have her next to me purring all the time like a motor boat. After I lost here I waited for a few years before getting another one and the one I have now is a male but he has the exact traits that the female one had and he reminds me so much of her. I got him from a animal hospital and he was the only one there and almost did not get him but when they look at you and meow I could not resist taking him right away. That's why I hate to go to the animal shelter because if I could have 10 cats in my apartment I would take all of them from the shelter.

  • It changed our lives...
    05/02/2016 07:02pm

    I started letting my new siamese kitten sleep with me ever since bringing her home. She sleeps beside me with her head on the pillow...as she grew older, we slept in the "spoon" position...soon, we were madly in love and inseparable...since its illegal in America to marry an animal, we went to the People's Republic of California and were married 8 years ago...we are so happy...since Target relaxed its restroom rules, she can go to the Men's Room with me when she needs to tinkle...its so adorable...we took a Cruz last year...oh, well, you know what I mean...I suggest letting your pet sleep with you - it might lead to great happiness...gives new meaning to the name "Meow Mix!"

  • It's a risk!
    05/08/2016 04:15pm

    No matter how well you care for your pet, nothing is a 100%, you are taking a risk but I choose to take the risk, at least for now!


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