Can my Cat Sleep in Bed with me?

Can my Cat Sleep in Bed with me?

Having pets around you is a great idea. Cat lovers are deeply affiliated with their pets and most of the time they consider them as a part of the family. While every cat is different, there are a few things that every cat shows. For example, sneaking into your heart with their furry cuteness, making you feel loved and what not.

t also adds sleeping with you in your bed at night.

This is not true for all cats but a majority of them really likes to sleep with their owners. Many people are fine with them this way. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that around 50% of all pet owners in the USA allow their pets to sleep in their bed.

Now, this fact has positive and negative things with it.

Like it gives both the cat and the owner a sense of security, emotionally and physically. It reduces stress and makes you feel relaxed. But don’t ignore that cats are not always calm; they may interrupt sleep or bring a number of health problems to your life.

Also, don’t forget that cats are nocturnal animals. They don’t sleep at night and they may interrupt the best sleeping hours of their owner. Or the owner has to wake up every other hour due to any activity by his cat.

That’s why sleeping with a cat may affect a person’s typical wake-sleep patterns.

Sometimes cats like to play with their owner. This play may also involve scratching or even biting the human body, around or under the covers. Additionally, there are problems e.g. allergy to cat dander, uncontrolled fleas or others.

If there is an infant in the house, the owner must take extra care. Cats sometimes like to cozy up with babies. But the experts believe this is not a wise idea to leave your cat with your baby. It is not safe for the cat to sleep with the baby because there is a risk that they may suffocate them by sleeping on the baby’s chest.

If the cat is suddenly frightened, the baby may get scratches or bite. This is one of the most common ways that the cat can transmit diseases to a baby.

Another issue is the cat sharing bed with any other animal besides humans. Some of them don’t care much about it but a few of them take it as a threat and may create unwanted trouble in your house. When your cat is sharing your bed, it also promotes dominance within the pet. They feel like it’s their territory and they may be annoyed to see any other person here.

Many cats prefer being in outdoors whereas other may live a duel indoor-outdoor life. Both can bring different threats. The outdoor cats are more exposed to diseases and infections and there are high chances for them to bring them all inside. These include prey, worms, mites, fleas, ticks, mosquitos, and other insects. The outdoor cats are also carriers to a huge number of disease-causing microbes.

During the summer, when insects are active, it is recommended to check your cat every other day. Look for any insect manifestation on your cat’s fur and skin. This is good for the feline as well as human health.

No matter what your health status is, the following are a few things to check in your pet cat. Don’t turn away when your furry baby is showing any sign of diseases such as rashes, sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea, hair loss or any other.

Take your cat to a good vet and make sure that they are given proper treatment. Whether they’re indoor or outdoor cats, make sure that you are taking good care of them. Enjoy the happy moments with your cat but be aware of the health risks that your cat may bring to your bed.

 

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The author is a Medical Microbiologist and a healthcare writer. She is a post-graduate of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. She covers all content on health and wellness including weight loss, nutrition, and general health.

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