5 Reasons You Should Not Share Your Bed With Your Cat
Many of us love allowing our cats to sleep in bed with us. They provide warmth, company and someone to share all those films with on your day off. However, it is worth asking yourself the following question: ‘should I let my cat sleep in my bed?’ There are a couple of reasons why some people may find it better not to sleep in bed with their cats. So, let’s take a look at them.
Reason 1: Sleeping with your cat can raise your risk of infection
Of course, we engage with our cats on a daily basis by stroking them and maybe letting them lick our faces in gratitude after a tasty treat. However, sleeping with a cat puts us in close quarters with them for a much longer period of time and this can raise our risk of catching any bugs that they may be carrying in their mouths or stomachs. From parasitic infections to fleas to salmonella – there are several things that we can catch as a result of sleeping with our cats.
This consideration is most important for people who have compromised or weakened immune systems. This could be due to a long term condition such as cancer, or it could simply be due to the fact that you are suffering from a bout of bad flu and feeling generally susceptible to bugs. In cases like these, it is a good idea to give your kitty a comfy basket to sleep in instead of your bed!
Reason 2: Cats make your asthma and allergies worse!
Even if you do not have a weakened immune system and do not catch parasitic infections from your cat. However another thing to bear in mind is allergies. if you suffer from this condition, it is worth remembering that if your cat goes outside they can bring pollen indoors on their fur – and if you have hay fever, this is the last thing that you want floating around your bedroom. You can install a HEPA filter in your sleeping area to clear the air and give your nose a few hours a day to recover as well.
Reason 3: Cats can disturb your sleep
If your cat purrs or snores during the night, that can keep you up too! Cats often treadle (or ‘knead’ your bedclothes or your arm with their claws) when they are happy, and this is guaranteed to wake you up. Chances are, your kitty will love the warmth and companionship of being in bed with you and they will purr and knead as they relax before jumping up after just a few hours to race around the room and jump onto your face when you are just dropping off to sleep.
Reason 4: Cats are nocturnal, you are not!
Cats are what is known as ‘crepuscular’ beings. Crepuscular means that, though not strictly nocturnal, they wake up at night and in the early morning, and sleep a little at night and a lot during the day. As a result, if you let your cat sleep on your bed, you can expect it to be wide awake and raring to go when you are trying to get your forty winks. particularly when they are running around at 2am during the ‘witching hour’.
Reason 5: What about your spouse?
What about your husband or wife? Do they want the kitty in the bedroom and how do they feel about it? Will it have an impact on your marriage or relationship, not everyone likes to have a kitten in every part of their life.
What can I do?
We get it: sleeping in bed with your cat is so tempting! If you are healthy and well rested, you could always keep it for weekends. Have a good night’s sleep on Friday night, then invite your cat to come and share a lie in with you as you read the morning news. This is what our morning routine looks like every day! We make sure they are kept out of the bedroom at night and they get let in the morning for cuddles, snuggles and belly rubs. Just be prepared for a 6am wake up call with the cat scratching at the door wanting to be let in!
What do you do at your house? Do you let the cat in the bedroom?