We have always been known as a nation of dog lovers and latest research has proved this to be more than true. According to a new study, more than half of Britons let their cats and dogs sleep on their beds, while almost three quarters allow their animals to sleep in the master bedroom.
Even more unbelievable (or perhaps not to some of you!) is the fact that one in three of us would actually prefer to sleep with our furry friend than with our partners.
The research, which was conducted by home furnishing store, Ikea, did, however, reveal that it was far from purr-fect practice to allow pets to sleep on the bed with their owners. It can cause some problems when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. According to the study, pets wake up 71% of their owners with their twitching, dreaming, snoring and wriggling. However, no matter how dog-tired they are, it seems that owners would rather kick their partners out of the bed to allow the pet more room to sleep! You could say it’s reigning cats and dogs!
However, despite the cute idea of sharing your bed with your pet, you should ‘paws’ for thought before doing so. Senior vet at the PDSA veterinary charity, Elaine Pendlebury, does not recommend sleeping with your beloved animal. She warns that animals can carry diseases that can be transferred to humans – stomach upsets and ringworm for example – and stresses that dogs and cats need to know their place in a household. And that, said Elaine, is certainly not on your bed!