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?

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