Millions of pet owners like to sleep with their furry pals – as they feel safer

The Sun 3 weeks ago

MILLIONS of pet owners let their four-legged friends sleep in bed with them – because it makes them feel safer.

A study of 2,000 cat and dog owners found two thirds will snuggle up with their pet at night with three in 10 of those liking the feeling of security they get from having them there.

Millions of pet owners sleep with their pets in their beds[/caption]

More than a quarter (27 per cent) said lying next to their cat or dog helps them feel less alone, and 37 per cent like the warmth from their pets’ furry bodies.

The research, by pet wellbeing specialists Itchpet.com, also revealed the 10 most common sleeping positions, which include ‘The Sneak’, where your pet inches further and further up the bed, ‘The Donut Divider’, when your furry friend curls up and settles between your legs, and ‘The Pillow Bandit’, where your beloved four-footed family member takes over the pillow.

Leading animal behaviourist, Professor Peter Neville, said: “What’s clear is that sharing the bed with our pets is a normal part of our lives together and testament to the strength of the increasingly co-dependent bond between us and our cats and dogs.

“For us, the main element of that bedroom relationship is based on comfort, enjoyment, touch, shared warmth and increased feelings of security for many dog owners especially.

“And while cats and dogs benefit in similar ways, cats regard us as mother figures throughout their lives when in close contact with us; predators outdoors, but forever ‘kittens’ when they cuddle up.

“Dogs, however, are more like 11-year-old humans in their social behaviour, often acting independently as guarders and hunters, but who all still find comfort and security close up with a parent figure or two when it’s time to sleep.

“This ‘regressive’ behaviour to be a youngster every night also means that they are quite tolerant of our nocturnal shiftings.

“When choosing their sleeping positions, our pets are broadly seeking to maintain and enhance their close protecting bond with us, rather than any desire to control us or monopolise territory.

“But they do cleverly learn to use their appeal and warm benefits they bring to us to train us to meet their individual night-time needs and desires and to shift our sleeping habits to accommodate theirs.”

The study found one in five pet owners said their furry friend opts for ‘The Knee Nuzzle’ sleeping technique, resting in the bend of their leg overnight.

But the most common was ‘The Faithful’, adopted by 32 per cent of pets who sleep at the foot of the bed by their owner’s feet.

And more than one in 10 refer to their pet’s sleeping position as ‘The Wall’ – getting in between them and their partner.

It also emerged 41 per cent are happy to admit they get by in harmony, and that their pet is a ‘considerate bed-sharer’.

More than half even think their pet is easier to share a bed with than their human partner.

However, it’s not always easy as one in 10 pet owners have been bitten by a flea in bed.

And 40 per cent admit they only treat their pet for parasites when they have fleas, as opposed to taking preventative measures once a month, which is the veterinary recommendation.

Leading vet, Zoë Costigan, added: “While there are lots of perceived benefits to co-sleeping with our pets, such as feelings of calm, a sense of security and countering anxiety, it’s important to sleep healthily with our pets.

“Unwanted bed-guests are never a pleasure.

“So, if you suddenly find clusters of itchy red bites – often around your legs or ankles – there’s a chance your bed is also being shared by a flea too.

“Treating fleas can be a real headache, especially if they’ve made their way into your bed.”

There are a variety of ways pets can share their owner’s beds – with the ‘cuddle bug’ demonstrated here[/caption]

Pets can take over various spots in their human’s beds[/caption]

Many will plonk themselves in the middle of the bed as they nestle into their owner’s legs[/caption]

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