According to the American Association of Pet Products , the habit of pets share a bed with their owners is not unusual. According to a recent survey, nearly half of pet dogs sleep in the same bed as their owners. The survey found that 62% of small dogs, 41% of medium-sized dogs and 32% of large dogs sleep in the bed of their owners. The same survey found that 62% of cats sleep in the bed of adults and 13% in the beds of children.
In Brazil, we believe that the figures are not very different.
Share a bed is an old habit that goes back the process of canine evolution and its relationship with man. If once they slept together as protection and, especially, to protect themselves from the cold, today this habit has psychological and behavioral factors important for both species.
The owner of the bed is in the canine world the highest rung in the hierarchy of the pack and why it is so desired and can be allowed, becoming a trophy conquered and that will hardly want to leave.
As for cats represent a natural extension of its territory as well as being very cozy.
It is healthy to sleep with pets?
Separate answers to some frequently asked questions. Check out:
1 – Animals can sleep with their owners? This habit is bad?
From a psychological point of view, it may even help people in relation to self-esteem and security. However, share a bed with a pet can disrupt the quality of sleep, especially for people who have mild sleep and sleeping difficulties, as will always be worried about not hurt or bother your pet. Married people who share the same bed may have at that habit, a subject of discussion, especially if the habit is not consensus. Another problem encountered is when there are more than one dog in the house, because that would imply several animals in the same bed and possibly less space and more territorial dispute.
2 – What diseases can be transmitted?
From the point of view of health and hygiene, it can be a habit not approved by most health professionals. For allergic or asthmatic people, this habit is completely contraindicated. In fact, the animal should not share even the same room with their owner. With regard to diseases, it is believed that in vaccinated animals and adequate control of parasites (mites, fleas, ticks and lice), and intestinal worms (giardia, toxoplasmosis to cats, hookworms and other intestinal worms), there is greater risk to share a sofa, your lap, or even other parts of the house.
3 – How to avoid the risk of disease transmission?
regular vaccination, regular visits to the veterinarian, parasite control (endo- and ectoparasites), regular bathing, keep trimmed by, daily brushing of the teeth and wash the paws after walks should be measures adopted in such cases.
4 – In what situations habit is contraindicated?
We do not recommend this habit known for allergy sufferers, the elderly and / or immunocompromised, children and especially with babies. We can not forget that the beautiful and graceful puppy will one day be adulthood and, in the case of large breeds, will be literally great to share the same space. In addition, older animals may not have adequate control of urine and faeces and, since they were used to share a bed, it can become a big problem in old age.
5 – The habit can cause exaggerated attachment to the owner of the animal or other psychological problem?
Yes. Once allowed to share a bed with the owner, the dog shall be considered accepted by the leader of the pack and in the case of dominant dogs or aggressive, it may prove to be a problem with the owner, others family and other animals in the house. Too often the dominant dog does not let someone else get closer to its owner bed and often protects the site with barks and bites. From then on, you can become a big problem to put this dog to sleep in another place the same with cats: if placed out of bed they were accustomed to sleep, can develop behavior change aggressively habits, destruction of environment (especially cats) and demarcation of territory.
6 – What are the consequences for the little animal?
The pet will love sleeping in the same bed and the owner will feel literally the “owner of the bed.” If you are unable to maintain this privilege, their behavior may become aggressive or depressed, start self-mutilation, territory demarcation among others.
7 – What should be the care at bedtime so you both have a good night’s sleep?
Our recommendation is that each has its own bed and divide the sofa or other times of day and convivial. Should they share the same bed, it must be large and spacious and each must have your blanket for not disturb the sleep of others.