Is sleeping with your pet a good or bad thing?

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  1. tritrain profile image70
    tritrainposted 13 years ago

    I sometimes sleep with my big dog in my bed.

    What do you think about pets in one's bed?

    1. profile image0
      BRIAN SLATERposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      You should never let any animal near your bed. Letting your dog sleep with you is madness on your part. Can't you find a woman to share your bed instead?

      1. tritrain profile image70
        tritrainposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Yes.  She brings her dog in too.

        It's very crowded sometimes.  wink

    2. Zainejaz profile image61
      Zainejazposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      If you suffer from allergies, it's not a good idea to let your dog sleep in your bed. Dogs track in dirt as well as pollen and grass. Your bedroom should be pet free to avoid any allergic reactions.

      If you suffer from insomnia, having your dog on your bed could make it worse. Tossing and turning could agitate your dog and prolong your ability to fall asleep. Some dogs get up and move throughout the night, which could prevent you from getting a restful, uninterrupted sleep. Other dogs snore.

      Dogs pick up fleas and other parasites such as tapeworms. Fungal infections of the skin (known as Ringworm) can be an issue for humans. Ringworm was once thought to be caused by a worm, but it's not; it's a fungus which affects the skin, commonly producing round, red spots on the skin.

    3. Wayne Tully profile image64
      Wayne Tullyposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Hahaha you're sick lol!

      Being serious! it is bad, you may get hairs everywhere and choke or something, very unhygienic!

    4. sarclair profile image79
      sarclairposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      If you are a single person, it cannot be bad for you. Research has been conducted to prove that animals are good for you. They can help your blood pressure, and heart rate, to name a couple.

  2. Bill Manning profile image67
    Bill Manningposted 13 years ago

    I have heard it can be unhealthy. It depends on the cleanness of the animal I think. I sleep with my indoor cat who is very clean and no fleas.

    However I'm not sure if I would sleep with any animal that goes outside as they get fleas and other unknown pest and viruses.

    But then again we do that with other animals too,,,,, humans. smile

    1. tritrain profile image70
      tritrainposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Great point!  Who knows where that husband has been!

    2. GrantGMcgowan profile image61
      GrantGMcgowanposted 13 years agoin reply to this


  3. Misha profile image63
    Mishaposted 13 years ago

    Sleeping with goats sounds like fun big_smile

    1. tritrain profile image70
      tritrainposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah, but goats will eat ANYTHING!


  4. Uninvited Writer profile image79
    Uninvited Writerposted 13 years ago

    My cat sleeps with me. I have no choice. If I lock him out of the bedroom he doesn't let me get any sleep. He is an indoor cat.

  5. tritrain profile image70
    tritrainposted 13 years ago

    Being that I live vicariously through my dog, and he looks so happy to sleep on the bed, I let him (for my own happiness).

  6. Hugh Williamson profile image76
    Hugh Williamsonposted 13 years ago

    I was going to try sleeping with the dog but I couldn't find a pet crate that was big enough.

  7. profile image0
    ryankettposted 13 years ago

    Our pug sleeps with us, we use frontline though. She goes in a crate when we want private time.

    I quite like it really, shes like a hot water bottle, and there is something therapuetic about being woken by a dog with its tongue in your ear. Especially when the missus is in a bit of a mood because she has to go to work lol

  8. DIYweddingplanner profile image76
    DIYweddingplannerposted 13 years ago

    I sleep every night with a horribly spoiled yorktese.  She only weighs six pounds, so I hardly know she's there.  But believe me, if I didn't pick her up and put her in, I'd hear about it!

  9. SomewayOuttaHere profile image61
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 13 years ago

    ...i find this question humorous....anyway...if i'm by myself - sure the cat (he's gone now to the kitty litter box in the sky)can sleep on the bed with me...butttt....when i was married - no, no animals allowed in bed with me period...and it was funny how  the cat seemed to know when it was okay to sleep on the bed with me....there was a pecking order! ..and it bothered me when the cat would take up a dominating position sometimes (he'd try to sleep above me (around my head somewhere) - so i'd make sure he knew where his place was in 'the pack' -  at the end of the bed.... lol

  10. TinaTango profile image70
    TinaTangoposted 13 years ago

    I let my dog sleep with me in bed, other wise he is crying like crazy in his crate.   I spoil my little bear....

  11. truthfornow profile image70
    truthfornowposted 13 years ago

    My cat sleeps with me.  She is in and out of the bed all night long.  But, if I banned her from the bed, she would meow like crazy.

  12. tritrain profile image70
    tritrainposted 13 years ago

    It's funny how our pets assume that they should be in our beds.

    ...Maybe the beds are really theirs...

  13. Pearldiver profile image67
    Pearldiverposted 13 years ago

    I'm sure that you have all found out how extremely sociable Fleas are and I suggest you look at your butt in the mirror and try to see if that ring thingy.... is or isn't a ring worm! yikes big_smile

  14. lyndre profile image60
    lyndreposted 13 years ago

    I saw a video a few years back called Animal farm.

    Those girls slept with a lot of pets lol

  15. NateSean profile image66
    NateSeanposted 13 years ago

    I slept with my ant farm when I was in the third grade. The result...wasn't say the least

    1. Pearldiver profile image67
      Pearldiverposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Hell I Hope they weren't Leaf Cutter Ants............. Have you still got a Wobbly Bit? yikes

      1. NateSean profile image66
        NateSeanposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        It's actually much worse. They were bullet ants. And it wasn't actually an ant farm. The Department of Agriculture was on me for years after that incident.

        All my fleshy bits are fine though. I will have a hard time explaining the scar though... wink

  16. optimus grimlock profile image60
    optimus grimlockposted 13 years ago

    My dodg sleeps next to me and the wife all the time!!! It's like shes taking over lol

  17. kirstenblog profile image78
    kirstenblogposted 13 years ago

    When I was a kid we had what we called 3 dog nights, because we let all 3 dogs climb in bed with us simply because it was so darned cold!

    1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image61
      SomewayOuttaHereposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      ...that's funny - 3 dog nights!

      1. kirstenblog profile image78
        kirstenblogposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        We used to get ruddy cold! No central heating, a wood cook stove to heat the house and a bad winter could be dangerous cold. There were nights when we sealed off half the house and slept in the living room simply because the bedrooms couldn't be kept warm enough. I kinda miss those days actually, electricity cut and us all in the living room sharing warmth, my mom would play piano to get me off to sleep. It was actually kinda nice smile

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      BRIAN SLATERposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Bet you've still got the scars to prove it smile

      1. kirstenblog profile image78
        kirstenblogposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Na, not really, my dogs were soppy old muts, tongues licking your face off luckily does not leave scars (if it did I would be in trouble!). Not sure how well the blankets took their paws and such but I supposed if they were under the blankets it would have been worse! lol

  18. drbj profile image78
    drbjposted 13 years ago

    Sleeping with your pet is not only a bad thing but a dangerous thing ... if your pet is an elephant. Especially an elephant that sleep walks. I always say: "An elephant that walks in its sleep, Is not a pet that you want to keep!"

    1. tritrain profile image70
      tritrainposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Although, I swear my dog seems like an elephant in the bed.  He's like an 800 lbs gorilla, except he's about 60 lbs.

  19. C.S.Alexis profile image83
    C.S.Alexisposted 13 years ago

    We have two dogs in a king size bed. They do not get on any of our other furniture so I am good with it. Both dogs are between 60-70lbs, and I do not worry over intruders. The boys are serious about guarding the territory.

  20. To Start Again profile image70
    To Start Againposted 13 years ago

    contrary to what the dog might prefer, the 65 pound Boxer sleeps on a pillow on the floor. The cat, who is an indoor cat and thinks she has free run of the house, does climb up there from time to time but she doesn't stick around long. I have heard you can get ringworm from pets sleeping in the bed and then there is also the flea/parasite/debris from outdoor pets that could be a problem...

    So I guess its to each his own smile It doesn't matter to me who (or what) any of ya'll sleep with big_smile

  21. SandyMcCollum profile image64
    SandyMcCollumposted 13 years ago

    I can't keep the cats out or they'll keep us up all night trying to get in. But my dog, my best buddy Harley slept on the bed with us after we found out he had stage 4 bone cancer. He could have slept anywhere he wanted. Three weeks since he went Home, I'm still sad. He was almost 13.

    1. mabmiles profile image59
      mabmilesposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Not bad to sleep with your pets, sometimes our pet are go sleep with you with out your permission its make happy big_smile

  22. knolyourself profile image59
    knolyourselfposted 13 years ago
  23. LeeWalls profile image61
    LeeWallsposted 13 years ago

    That's not a good thing. For starters dogs step in dirt and grass and cats use their litter box with that dust and small rocks; imagine their paws touching the rest. Knowing all of that do you want them in your clean bed?

  24. Mighty Mom profile image77
    Mighty Momposted 13 years ago

    Sleeping with my kitties is one of the supreme joys of life!

  25. Disturbia profile image60
    Disturbiaposted 13 years ago

    I have two little yorkies and they sleep in my daughter's room, but NOT ON THE BED!  They each have their own dog bed and that is where they sleep.  I just don't think it's healthy for the dogs to be on the bed.  They play in the yard, go for walks along the road with my kids... who knows what's in their coats and on their feet.  I also insist that hands are washed after petty and playing with the dogs and I don't let them up on the furniture either.  They have crates, dog beds, sheep skins, and any number of dog appropriate places to sit, lay, and sleep.  They don't mind, they know the rules, and they get it.  They are dogs, not people.


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