Is it Bad to Sleep with my Cat?

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. September 13, 2016
Is it Bad to Sleep with my Cat?

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Despite the common belief that cats are independent animals, those of you who have one will know that they're sweet animals that like to spend time with their carers.

If you're unsure as to whether or not sleeping with your cat is a good idea, this AnimalWised article will try to answer your questions in the best possible way, by providing various viewpoints which allow you to make up your own mind.

Is it bad to sleep with your cat? What do you think? Share your experiences at end of the post!

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Is it healthy to sleep with your cat?

Firstly, you need to work out your cat's habits. Below we'll explain why it's so important to consider your cat's lifestyle and the places it visits on a regular basis before deciding whether it can sleep in your bed:

  • If your cat spends a lot of time in the street, we suggest that you don't sleep with it. Besides being susceptible to suffering a flea infestation, for example, it can also develop a wide range of infections and diseases if it decides to hunt animals or eat spoiled food.
  • On the other hand, if your cat stays at home all day it is less likely to suffer from illnesses. However, diseases such as toxoplasmosis can affect it without you realizing.

If your cat never leaves your home, you can think about letting it sleep with you. However, we recommend that you read the following points carefully to make sure that it's healthy and completely disease-free:

  • Going to the vet and getting your cat vaccinated are the best ways to rule out any possible diseases. The expert will inspect your feline to rule out the presence of internal and external parasites.
  • Regularly bathing your cat is essential to make sure its coat doesn't get dirty or contaminated. Despite the fact that cats are very clean animals, you might be bringing small toxins, oils or debris into the house (on the bottom of your shoes, for example) which can remain there for a long time.
  • Household hygiene is as crucial as your cat's personal hygiene in ensuring that everything is kept in line. It makes no sense to regularly bathe your animal if the floor is dirty.
  • It goes without saying that you shouldn't sleep with your cat if you're allergic to cat hair.
Is it Bad to Sleep with my Cat? - Is it healthy to sleep with your cat?

Things to take into account

If you've decided to start sleeping with your cat, you should keep a few things in mind. Especially for the first few times, it's possible that you'll be woken up when the cat gets up. This is normal until you both get used to each other's company and sleeping together.

You should take into account that you could unintentionally crush it if you've got a tendency to roll around in your sleep.

Remember that regularly brushing your cat will become very important, since this will prevent the accumulation of hair in your bed.

Is it Bad to Sleep with my Cat? - Things to take into account

Benefits of sleeping with your cat

Besides hugely strengthening your relationship, the trust between you and your cat will also notably improve. It's in a cat's nature to enjoy sleeping with members of their own species, but in their absence they will love to snuggle up with you.

Besides strengthening the bond between you, sleeping with a cat will also help you both to relax. The feeling of company, warmth and relaxation is very beneficial for both parties.

You'll sleep easier and happier. It's true! The sound of a purring cat will help you to relax, which is why your dreams will be more pleasant and you'll feel happy. Waking up next to your cat is one of the best parts of the day. Starting the morning next to your best friend and sharing a moment of mutual affection is truly positive and comforting.

Is it Bad to Sleep with my Cat? - Benefits of sleeping with your cat

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My cat is 15 and he always sleeps with me, he often stairs me out when its bedtime and he snuggles up to me when I do go to it
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