Saturday, April 2, 2011

Let Sleeping Dogs (and Cats) Lie

By Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett

A recent news article told of the dangers of sleeping with pets. Danger as in--it can kill you.  You can read about it here.  Still, I don't suppose that changed many people's sleeping habits.  It didn't change ours.

Just about every night, there are five of us in bed.  Me, Mr. L, and three of our four cats.  (Believe me, if they got along better, we'd have all four of them with us.)  This wasn't my idea . . . but, marriage is all about compromise, right?

Fred Holding Court II Mr. L's boy Chester is a snuggler.  He snuggles up to his best friend and that's it for the night.  He doesn't usually move.  Betsy likes to plunk in between us.  Fred likes to sit on or sleep on pillows, so he has his own at the bottom of the bed.  (He likes to sleep in, too.  We'll be up for quite some time while he languishes in bed. (Hey, he's got a tough life chasing other cats and getting into trouble on a regular basis.))

The worst thing is having that thirty pounds of cat in the middle of the bed.  It means that  Mr. L and I are relegated to the far edges with no covers.  Hey, the calendar might say it's spring, but it's still darn cold at night.

So, do your pets sleep with you?

23 comments:

  1. when our english bulldog buster klump was still alive, before we got our platform bed, he slept with us. he would be right along our backs in the middle. warm snuggly and snoring to beat the band. when we got our platform bed he got afraid of the height and would no longer be comfortable. once in a while he would but not often and not during the night. i miss him

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  2. ABSOLUTELY! At night when we turn off the TV in the living room, this is the signal for last call outside and then the dogs run to the bed for lights out. And even though we have a king, the 2 boys cuddle up next to my husband and I. (The female Chin stays aloof at the foot of the bed.)

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  3. my 30 pound cockapoo(Sadie) sleeps at the foot of the bed and the 15 pound shizacockapoo (phoebe) sleeps up against my back under the covers. If I move during the night she growls at me. Sadie has taken it upon herself to remind me that since we have to get up early during the week, we need to go to bed early. She will pace from the living room to the bedroom until I get up and go to bed. Phoebe will just go in and plunk down in the middle of the bed if she's tired and then it's really hard to get in bed.

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  4. That article didn't change anything in our house. Gregory still likes to snuggle in between us using one of us as a pillow. If there isn't room for him, he will stand on our bodies until we move over to give him room! And he's a big boy so it hurts. lol

    I think this article will only make a difference to the people who aren't truly cat people or dog people. :)

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  5. Yes, my kitties sleep with me, the colder it is, the more kitties in bed, it seems. I turn down the thermostat at night because I don't need it!!!

    Remember the band "Three Dog Night"? I think it took its name from the number of dogs sleeping on the bed depending on how cold it was!!!

    Shirley in Baltimore

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  6. We've shared our bed with lots of furry family members over the years but at the moment we only have one old girl (of the canine varity) and getting on and off our bed is just too much trouble for her - even with my help - so she prefers her own bed and it's just my hubby and me in ours.

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  7. We have a 30 lb. French bulldog and he has to snuggle up tight to me, & I mean tight. He has to slide down my back to get in close enough. He adds the accompaniment to my husband's snores.

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  8. Absolutely. Who could pass up the opportunity of sleeping with 103 pounds of Golden Retriever? Fortunately, Clue has learned the meaning of "MOVE" and retreats to her corner of the bed on command...otherwise I'd be sleeping on the floor.

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  9. When our cat was alive, she always slept with us... well, actually, one
    Christmas when we had run out of fuel (heated the house with an oil stove, that was the heat & hot water gone right there), my husband & I, our three children and the cat all slept in the same bed, and it was only a double-size! She was 21 when she died of injuries from a dog attack, and that night we both felt her jump up on the bed! With her injuries she couldn't do that and yet earlier in the day she had somehow managed to get up there, I have no idea how. I miss her so much, she's never been replaced.

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  10. When I had two Great Danes years ago, they both slept with us in a double bed! If it stormed day or night, they both tried to get under the bed - sorry no room. What a commotion they caused. After them, I got a small dog from the pound; much easier sleeping with her.

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  11. Oddly enough, my husband and I have 3 cats that share our bed in much the same way as yours. We have Margherita, who picks out a place beside me for the entire night. Bacardi who sleeps on a folded blanket at the foot of the bed. Finally, Sambuca (the largest of the 3) who insists on taking the space in between my husband and me. We don't mind it since the are indoor cats only, and take regular trips to the vet. We don't believe in indoor/outdoor cats, and would have to rethink the bed scenario if they spent any time outdoors.

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  12. Of course my cats sleep with me! I have four and three of them usually follow me to bed and snuggle. The fourth one only joins occasionally. They keep me nice and warm at night when it's cold.

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  13. When I was growing up, they did--once in a while. Mostly they chose my parents to sleep with. These days we only have Max the fish--and there's no way that tank is coming to bed with us.

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  14. I am very happy my parrot sleeps on his cage. My little dog slept with me, till he got too old to walk the stairs. Then I got him a nice warm doggie bed.

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  15. Both my boys sleep with me. Panzer on the pillow at the foot of the bed and Pagan Eddy under the covers next to my back. I don't need an electric blanket with those two around!

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  16. One cat almost always sleeps with us and some nights both do. Sneakers will meow and meow when he wants to go to bed to get me to lay down with him.

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  17. Juliet, an 8 lb cat used to like to sleep between my legs but she would never move, used to have to shake the covers and lift her off. Now I shut my door. Most nights Kayla the 12 lb one will scratch to come in during the middle of the night and then sleep next to me but if I move, she leaves. The 17 year old male prefers the chairs/couches in the living room.

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  18. We have five cats with four of the five spending time in our bed sometime during the night. Abby and Harley will sleep on top of me, no matter what position I am in at the time. Eli sleeps under the covers as close to me as he can get and Chloe sleeps between our pillows. Now Madison will jump in bed, sniff everyone and than take off. I hate covers because I end up sweating from all the cat heat but I wouldn't trade it for anything.

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  19. We have one cat that sleeps with us, one cat that sleeps with our daughter and a dog that occasionally sleeps with us. Reading the article did not change our sleeping habits.

    I also wanted to say thank you to the cozy chicks for the post cards and bookmarks I received in the mail today. I loved them. I am a bookmark and post card collector. So it was nice to have them to add to my collection as well as to look at and use while I read my cozies.

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  20. One of my cats prefers to sleep on her fur blanket at the foot of the bed, although she will occasinally slip under the covers for awhile before moving to her spot. However, her brother likes to snuggle under the covers next to me. When he was sick recently and needed more sleep, I found myself laying there - with my arm hurting from being in one place too long - but I didn't want to move and distrub him. What we do for our "kids"!

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  21. My mother had a little dog that slept with her. One afternoon she was telling a friend about how all she had to do is say "bedtime" and the dog (Topsy) would head to the bedroom. Topsy was asleep on the couch when my mom said that to her friend, and she sleepily slid off the couch and headed to the bedroom, thinking it was bedtime. It was really funny to watch.

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  22. He looks like my Sox. And he is my sleeping buddy. Most of the time. I usually don't let the other guy, Velcro, sleep with me.. he Kneads to much and too painfully LOL.
    They are both big cats.. over 14 pounds each.

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  23. My cats always cuddles with us. I can't sleep when we go away because I miss them!

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