Is this a familiar scene at your house? Well it is at mine 🙂 YES Beijo is in the bed with me and my husband… it would feel foreign to me if he wasn’t. Before some of you get all worked up let me say sleeping with your pets IS NOT for everyone, but…. if you have a pet that’s well groomed (clean) absent of parasites and a compatible personality to you it’s well worth the try.
There are a couple of rules to go by before you do this. First as I mentioned you should start with your pet being clean and groomed (a good wipe down if they have been outside will usually do the trick). You don’t want anything drug inside from outdoors (this is where having an indoor pet like Beijo is an advantage I know where he’s been. Plus I’ve trained him to sleep all night… YES cats can be trained to sleep all night :).
Second make sure your pet is healthy with no worms or parasites that can be transferred to you and your family. Then third make sure you like to share. Pets although for the most part are average to small in size are BED HOGS! I know Beijo starts off sleeping vertically next to me then tries to switch horizontally… no biggie I just turn him around.
Fourthly I always train my animals to sleep through the night. One of the main gripes with pet owners is that when they sleep with their pets they wake them up being obnoxious etc.
To avoid this make sure everybody has gone to the bathroom so all bladders are empty before going into bed and also I give Beijo a little food before bedtime. Just enough to cause the blood to go to his tummy so he’s drowsy and in the mood to sleep.
The benefits of your pet or pets sleeping with you far out weigh the minuses of why they shouldn’t. For starters nothing bonds beings closer than sleeping together. Picture it you’re all snuggled in your positions next to each other in total comfort. You feel loved, safe and secure it’s a way better sleeping aid than any pill any day.
Plus it has been proven scientifically to lower your blood pressure and even out your heartbeat similar to relaxation therapy, so it’s a GREAT STRESS RELIEVER and everybody could use that.
I love when Beijo begins to purr the noise vibrates right through to my heart and I immediately begin to relax and breathe deeply. His long body and soft fur are spooned into me and before I know it I’ve sunken down to a very, very restful sleep. Occasionally he will snore but I find it adorable. Little coos and whistles make me smile… it’s home.
On the pets side of this usually they are spoiled rotten after you do this so caution don’t start it if you’re not going to continue doing it. Once a pet feels the comfort of the bed and sleeping with you there’s no going back…. really can you blame them?
If you cannot wrap your head around this idea of pets being in the bed it’s okay no judgement here 🙂 maybe try a soft pliable pet bed on top of the bed. For a lot of pets this is just as good and pets feel included in all the snuggle therapy just as well.
Or if you just can’t put them in the bed try to at least have their bed in the bedroom. A great trick here is to come down to their level and snuggle on their bed with them. They’ll love it and bond closely with you because you’ve created a snuggle party on their bed.
In the end what pets want is to bond closely with you and nothing does that better than sharing. Whether that be food, time, affection, beds etc. But I must be honest here nothing bonds as quickly as sharing your bed and sleeping together 🙂