Do you allow your pets in the bedroom at night?

Those of you who read my blog know we recently got a cat!

She was my birthday present from the OH and she’s the best cat in the world (though I know everyone says that about their pets).

My number one rule was that she would never sleep in our bed, it was out of bounds.

This lasted two weeks.

When I was emailed by fitted bedroom specialists DM Design about the issue, I knew I had to write a post to see what others thought. DM Design have analysed the arguments for pets in the bedroom, and against. Here’s what they found.

 

The case for pets in the bedroom

The Mayo Sleep Clinic, a leading clinic based in the US, carried out a study. They surveyed 150 patients, of which 50% owned at least one pet. The researchers found that over half of those with animals allowed them to sleep in their bed.

Those who did allow their pets to sleep in their bed felt safer, more secure and more relaxed. Only 20% complained that their pets kept them awake.

Lois Krahn, the author of the study, commented: ‘Many pet owners view companion animals as family members that they wish to incorporate into as many aspects of their life as possible. Because humans spend considerable time sleeping, a pet owner’s desire to have animals close at night is understandable.”

 

The case against pets in the bedroom

Although the Mayo Clinic is in favour of pets in the bedroom, it believes that people who already struggle to sleep should kick their pets out as it only makes sleep quality worse.

John Shepard, the medical director of the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders Center, advised: “Every patient has to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of sleeping with pets and make a personal decision about the sleeping arrangements in the household. Some people are very attached to their pets and will tolerate poorer sleep in order to be near them at night.”

Picture of grey cat stretching on white bedsheets

I’ll be honest, our cat does occasionally keep us up. Not really during the night, but more from 6am onwards. She wakes up at dawn because it’s her natural hunting instinct. It’s not that she does anything annoying that wakes us up, she just wanders around the house and the bedroom which causes us to stir. I always go back to sleep, so I don’t find it an issue.

People might also be worried from a hygiene point of view. Our cat is an indoor cat, so never gets dirty or has a chance of bringing in fleas. She doesn’t shed much hair (at the moment, though I’ll retract that statement in Spring) so cat hair isn’t an issue either.

We change our bedding often enough that the cat hair doesn’t build up too much. Occasionally she plays, and there’ve been times when I’ve woken up in the morning with her toys on the bed too.

When we first got her, we kept her locked in the spare room, but that kept us up more. She would howl and scratch at the door, so much that it would wake us up. It’s a more peaceful night to have her in our bed. And, really, is there anything better than going to sleep with a cat on your tummy? I don’t think so.

 

What are your thoughts. Pets in the bedroom, or not at all?

Review: Supakit Cat and Dog Collars

Are you considering Supakit cat and dog collars for your pet? You should be!

We’ve just got a new cat, Lily, a couple of weeks ago (as you’ll know if you follow me on Twitter due to all the cat spam), and she’s really become part of the family very quickly. We’ve been debating getting her a collar for a while but hadn’t got around to it. Then Supakit got in touch about their Supakit cat and dog collars.

The Packaging

On first glance, the box is small, neat and will fit through most standard letter boxes. I picked a red collar for Lily, who’s 6, and it arrived really quickly.

Inside the box, there is a small booklet about how to look after your collar, how to fit it, how to remove the bell, and how to provide feedback. There is also a business card that tells you how to share your new collar on Twitter and how you could win ‘Supakit of the Month’!

Supakit packaging and leaflets

The Collar

The collar is such good quality. At first, I thought £17-21 for a collar was quite a lot, but it’s real leather and really sturdy so I actually can’t argue about the price. The collar won’t come off easily which is good as cats are mischievous and get in all sorts of nooks and crannies. Lily is an indoor cat, so there’s less chance of her losing it, but an outdoor cat wanders and collars can become snagged.

The catch comes apart by pulling firmly. This is designed so that if your cat gets the collar stuck on a branch, they can pull away and the collar will come off, rescuing your cat. This is an excellent safety feature.

lily cat on the sofa with her supakit collar

The collar has a bell that’s removable if your cat isn’t sure of the noise. With Lily as a rescue cat, we don’t know about her history, or if she’s used to wearing a collar. We weren’t too sure how she would react to it. It turns out that she doesn’t mind the bell at all. Indoor cats don’t really need collars, but we love the bell. We can hear where she is and if she’s being mischievous. I could hear her bell upstairs somewhere, and went to check on her. She was only on the bathroom windowsill eating my plant! So the bell comes in useful.

The collar can be adjusted quite a lot depending on the size of your cat. Supakit cat and dog collars also come for puppies and kittens, and these are a bit cheaper. Lily’s quite a small cat, but the collar fits her perfectly and doesn’t seem to annoy her at all.

Leili and Kevin founded Supakit after their own cats kept destroying their collars, and taking them off. They wanted to design one that was comfortable, and they have absolutely achieved that.

What she thought of it

As you can tell, she’s very comfortable with her new collar!

lily cat asleep on the sofa

At first, she was trying to wriggle backwards out of it and was trying to remove the bell. I really didn’t think she’d settle into it, but within ten minutes she’d left it alone and it doesn’t bother her at all!

I love being able to hear where she is, and if she’s being mischievous.

lily cat on the sofa in her red collar

I’d recommend to anyone with a cat or dog!

 

*This post is in collaboration with Supakit. All opinions are my own.

We’re Getting a Cat!

So, as you know, we’ve recently undergone a rather large house renovation project on our first home, and now we’re getting a cat to start to our family.

We’ve always wanted a cat, but I was never quite sure it would ever happen. Getting a cat is a huge responsibility but, as cheesy as it sounds, our house feels empty without one.

The biggest problem is that we’ve got new everything: flooring, skirting boards, sofas, etc. Basically, all things that cats love to scratch. We’ve thought really hard about this decision, but both know that it’s right.

So I’ve done my research. How do you need to prepare when you’re getting a cat?

Start from the second you pick them up

We’re getting our little bundle from a rescue centre. Luckily, they get him/her neutered, chipped, dewormed and whatever else, so we don’t have to worry about that. But you do need to think ahead for the car ride home. It’s dangerous to hold a cat, or leave them in the back seat, so buy a cat carrier for when you pick it up. Pad it out with a blanket to make it feel nice and cosy too.

Make sure you’ve organised a small corner of a room for their arrival

Your cat will be scared and nervous the first day you get them home. Instead of giving them the run of the whole house, your cat needs to get comfortable in one spot, before venturing further. Place everything—bed, litter tray, food, water, toys—in one half or corner of a room. As your cat becomes more curious, they’ll slowly begin to explore different rooms and become more confident too.

Feed them little and often

I’ve taken 7 days off for when we’re getting a cat. I need this time to bond with it, let it get settled, and feed him/her when they need food. Kittens need around 4-5 meals a day, but when they reach 6 months this drops to 2 meals a day.

Top Tip: make sure their diet contains 30% protein

When I do go back to work, I’ll be nipping home in my lunch break everyday to feed him/her. Luckily, my work is less than a 10 minute drive from home, so this won’t be an issue. And who doesn’t want kitty playtime during their lunch break?!

I’m sure you’ll all be spammed with kitty pictures when he or she does arrive, but for now, this one will have to do:

 

getting a cat