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Do You Let Your Pet Sleep in Your Bed?

Pets are part of the family, but does that mean they should be able to sleep in your bed? While some people may not have a problem with it, others get slightly grossed out by the thought.

There's good reason. Letting your pet sleep in your bed can worsen your allergies, since they'll be shedding pet dander and dust mites, not to mention the fact that they can track dirt and bacteria into your bed. And then there's the problem of fleas. Summer is prime-time flea season, and if you aren't careful, your cat or dog can introduce those little pests into your bedroom before you know it.

I have to admit, though, that I let my cat sleep at the foot of my bed, although I am having second thoughts about whether I should. What about you; do you let your pets sleep with you?

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redtaby redtaby 6 years
Have you or anyone ever even thought about investigating what we leave behind when we sleep? We are not so innocent and sanitary creatures ourselves either. We shed our hair as well and our skin is in a constant state of change and we leave dead skin cells wherever we go. Think about that for a second or two. How about that seat on the bus that feels nicely warm in the winter. It is also left with someone's sheddings at least some not to mention whatever leftovers for possible cold or any surface germs. The airborne kind can not be helped and do not stay in any one place of course. I am not a nurse or anything related, I have a compromised immune system and my dogs are the least of my worries. Hope I have not scared anyone and I have had dogs in my bed even while married at times. I did say at times because I do think that couples do need plenty of alone time from ALL children no matter if they have 2 or four or 100 legs. Hope everyone has a great week, the rest of it and may God bless and keep you and yours safe.
Keetan Keetan 6 years
We had a very smart pooch. Her name was Samantha. We called her Sam. Mom did not like the pets on the sheets, and I think Sam was listening. One day we found Sam on my brother's bed. He had not made his bed that morning. Sam got up on the bed and scootched the blankets up to the pillow with her paws. She then proceeded to lay her head down on the pillow and fall asleep. We found her that way, and called for Mom to take a look. Mom felt that if Sam could figure out how to cover the sheets, then she was welcome on the beds. She said that she made a better bed than we did! Yep...Sam was listening.
rustywood rustywood 6 years
people you know you dont tell your child they cant sleep in your bed because they are ill so how can you tell your pet no to being in your bed they are family as well so how can you deal with telling them they are to be out side in the cold how would youlike being out side in the cold at night for the people that put the dogs or cats out side at night should be put out at night in the col and rain and not be able to get back in were its warm.
k-jamison k-jamison 6 years
Both our cat and our dog sleep in the bed.As far as dander I wipe them down once a week with allerpet. As for fleas,I use advantage. To be honest, when I am vacationing away from them I can hardly sleep without the purring of my cat on my pillow! As for germs,well, I figure we have just as many as them.we are family. And like the other people said,just try to keep a cat out of your bed.......LOL
rustywood rustywood 6 years
i have a dog and a cat they both sleep in my bed and i wouldn't have it any other way they are family as well as my children are just because they have 4 legs it doesn't mean that i love them any less
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
It would be awkward to have a fish tank in bed with me :).
smart-blonde smart-blonde 6 years
My cats don't sleep in my bed. They allow me use of their bed. Cats will sleep where they want to, anyway.
Jenny-Sugar Jenny-Sugar 6 years
My goldendoodle doesn't shed, but even if he did, I'd let him in my bed. He only stays for 5 minutes and then hops into his own bed. He likes to sprawl out.
bingbingboom bingbingboom 6 years
I used to not allow our cat sleep on the bed, but it was a losing battle. Now she literally takes over our pillows.
finzup finzup 6 years
Both our dogs sleep on the bed -- not bothered by it in the least. Both our dogs have hair and not fur so shedding is not very much of a problem. They're both on frontline plus for fleas/ticks etc. When they come inside, if they are wet or muddy, I dry them with a towel. Our comforter has a duvet cover that we can easily take off and wash if it gets some dirt on it.
testadura67 testadura67 6 years
One of the best parts of having a great dane was having a pet you could spoon. But I'd only let him in the bed for a week or so after a bath. Beyond that, he'd get too dirty from the yard to let in.
bunnyhole bunnyhole 6 years
I love sleeping with my Chihuahua in bed! Wouldn't be the same without her :)
kclulu kclulu 6 years
I love my dogs but I would never let them sleep in the same bed with me. I have a lab and a cattledog mix - both of them shed a tremendous amount of fur and I have a slight pet dander allergy so I wouldn't be able to breathe. Aside from that I wouldn't have any bed space with those two and my husband and I all in one bed! They are inside when I am home but at night they sleep outside on their own beds.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 6 years
Do I let my pets sleep in my bed? Do I have a choice? No. I have two cats. They sleep where they want. Usually they sleep right next to my pillow or on top of my headboard directly above my head. I vacuum my bed everyday to be rid of their fur and mine.
ClassicalTorture ClassicalTorture 6 years
People who are bothered by it shouldn't have pets.
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