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Do you let your cat sleep in your bed with you at night?

post #1 of 303
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Does your cat sleep with you at night?


Do you like it or dislike it?


Do you believe what some doctors say is true, that sleeping with your pet can lead to health problems?


Where does your cat sleep in your bed?


Why do you think cats do this?


FYI, All of my cats sleep in my bed  =)

post #2 of 303

There was a long thread about this not long ago:


Most people do let their cats sleep with them :nod:

post #3 of 303

Yes, I generally have 2-3 of my 5 cats on my bed with me at night (1 is with my daughter, 1 is with my sons, and one of the other three may or may not be on the bed).


I personally (purrs-onally) like it ... the purring helps me go to sleep.


"sleeping with your pet can lead to health problems?" .... I don't believe it at all.  They help me get a better night's sleep.


Circe sleeps snugged up against me.  I am usually a side-sleeper, and she's generally next to my chest.  My knees are usually bent and Autumn sleeps in the corner that is made by the backs of my knees.  Cozy sleeps around the foot of the bed if she's there at all.


Why do they do it?  Because they can. :catguy:

post #4 of 303
Most definitely. Anywhere between one and three (out of five) sleep with me. Oliver is always with me at some point, usually up near the crook of my arm next to my body, or laying across my chest/stomach. Oscar is either next to him or near my feet. Same for Pea-Pea.

Sara usually has various spots she sleeps, generally on the floor though. Maple sleeps on her chair in my room. Yes, HER chair. Either that, or the body heat reflecting pad we have the the couch in the living room.

I don't think it's unhealthy to have them there, not at all!
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Yes my baby sleeps with me, right on my neck or right above my head.
And no, at this point in her life I do not love it 😂
She's a baby kitty and that means every two hours is play time, aka wake mommy up and bite her fingers and pounce on her head.
When she's older, I'm sure it'll be a lovely thing 😂
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My older cat snuggles next to my head in the morning just before the alarm goes off.  My baby Lucy sleeps with me either on one arm or behind my back.  I wake up sometimes and feel for her.  Occasionally she doesn't register my touch and I fear I rolled over her and crushed her - which of course I didn't.  


One of my cats years ago would sleep behind my knees and if I rolled over she would climb over my legs as I rolled to position herself behind my knees - only on the new side.


I found through the years that they sleep with me more so in the colder months if my apartment was cool than in the hotter months.  It always made sense to me that they appreciate the warmth of my body, as I do theirs.


What's the sense in having a cat if he/she doesn't sleep with you?

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I would let him, but Mingo doesn't like to. He's there in the morning to wake me up by curling up near my face and purring. Those are a few moments to treasure every day.

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Yes!  Atticus and Thirteen have always slept on my bed.  I have two small dog beds on top of my bed and they've slept in those since they were tiny kittens.  In fact, after I brush my teeth at night I look at Atticus and Thirteen and say, "Go get in your cat bed!  Let's go get in our cat beds!" And they both practically pounce on my bed!  Of course . . . they know their bedtime treats are coming so that might be their true motivation.  Once they get on my bed they get their nighttime treats.  Then they each get in a dog bed (or sometimes they sleep in the same bed) and start grooming.  Once they're through grooming it's lights out. They will get up a few times during the night but by the time my alarm goes off in the morning they're back on my bed, looking at me all bleary-eyed and sleepy.  


I would REALLY be upset if they stopped sleeping in my bed.  I love waking up at night, reaching over to nuzzle a sleepy kitty's head and then hearing and feeling the ensuing purr . . . purr . . . purr. . . .


There's nothing more comforting and relaxing.

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Ours do not sleep with us  DH is allergic; so the bed is a cat-free zone.  I fall asleep on the couch most evenings with Mooch on top of me and Noodles is often on the back of the couch.  


Growing up my cats always slept with me.  As a teen it was just habit to wake to the noise of the cats wanting in and out of my room and I'd let them in and out a couple times a night.  Now; that would irritate me to no end! :lol3:  Plus I've gotten used to not having to be careful of them in the bed when I move.  

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Yes. Some nights they don't, and I miss them!

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Luna sleeps on my bed, usually at the foot but sometimes on my pillow and sometimes I curl around her. When I'm not in my bed, she naps right in the middle. She's an ESA, so her sleeping with me is actually a huge part of her job. If she's purring against my chest, I can always sleep. It helps especially when I'm anxious. Plus, studies have shown that having pets (especially cats) can improve overall health. I've never actually heard that letting pets sleep on your bed might not be good for you.
Luna naps occasionally on the little bed she has, but seeing her on it is always a surprise.

I think that as much as cats like to pretend they dont care, they like to be close to us. Also, why not sleep in the bigger, more comfortable bed? I know I'd pick a queen bed over a camp mattress if i lived in a room with both.
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My three cats s;ep n bed wih my boy tiger avitar like to sleep under the covers next to me i find myself surrounded by my cat at night some times i can't move my boy likes to cudle under the blankets and i would miss him if e was not there

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I dont, but not because I don't want them to. I have 2 fish tanks in my room (one 125 gallon and one 10 gallon) and both are open-top, meaning they don't have lids.

One of my cats likes to sneak into my room, jump up on the corner of my 125 gallon tank and sit on top of the tank lights. He then decides it's fun to lean down over the water and basically dip both his front paws in it all the way up to his shoulders, and then sit back up and begin rubbing the water all over himself. He doesn't care about catching the fish, he just wants to take a bath in the tank!!! So I can't trust him in my room without supervision.

My other two cats are fine with the fish tanks and don't bother them at all, but they do walk all over me if I let them sleep in my room (they are 10 and 11 pounds). They also come up and lick or nip my face/nose and it drives me nuts! And when they're not walking all over me, the majority of the time they can never stay in the same spot on the bed for more than a half hour without moving around again.

If they would just pick a spot I would probably let them sleep in here more. Haha.
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One loves to go under the bed to spoon and is a perfect portable heater in the winter. The other one would sit on top of my legs. I have woken up in awkward positions because both were so spread out that I had to contort myself to fit in between the nooks and crannies. 


The one on my legs is usually so sleepy that he would just stay plopped on me regardless if I move around. 

post #15 of 303
I do not let my cat sleep with me. He lets me sleep in the bed.
Usually sleeps curled up next to HIS pillow, but if I am late getting to bed, he sleeps curled up on my pillow.
As for health reasons. I have had several surgeries. I have been advised that before and after surgery to have clean sheets,blankets and sleep wear. And to not sleep with pets. I am sure this is just a cleanliness issue. (Needless to say, Buddy ignores the surgeon.)
post #16 of 303
At anytime 2-3 of my cats are on the bed. One snuggles my husbands feet after laying on my stomach. Second one is a bed hog and cuddles my front or back depending on how I lay. Third ends up between my legs near my knees or behing my knees while on my side. Maybe a health concern as I don't always sleep well being crowded but I would sleep worse not having them! Lol
post #17 of 303

On more than one occasion, I have rolled over in bed, half asleep, to discover that I'm laying on a lump in the blankets.  After a few moments of semi-conscious pondering, I realize that blanket-lumps aren't furry!


Strangely enough, Casper seems rather nonplussed about the whole thing.  :catguy:


Most often, I find him sleeping between my feet.  I'm okay with that.


He will sleep ON his girl-human.  He'll walk around her, in bed, sniff her face then find a cozy spot and take residence.  She's mostly okay with that so long as he doesn't make too much fuss.  Otherwise, he'll get brushed off by a half-dozing girl-human.


We don't mind cats in bed or on the furniture as long as they understand that humans come first.

If the cat is on the furniture when a human wants to use it, we just pat the cat, gently, on the bum until he gets "annoyed" enough to leave.  If that doesn't work he gets gently picked up and put on the floor.  No scolding or anything.  Just straightforward, "Time to get down, Kitty..." and a "pat-pat-pat."


Haven't had a problem, yet.  :)

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We have no choice!  Although Sukie will not let us pick her up, she slept with us from the beginning.  However every morning at 5 o'clock my wife has had to get up and feed her!   Incidentally, her mother, who belongs to my daughter, does the same.

post #19 of 303
That will be in yes. When I go to bed, she comes running with me. I tend to wake up like this.


And sometimes, they are just waiting for us

post #20 of 303

Of course. All six of them. (And sometimes, but not often, The Beast will jump in, too.)

post #21 of 303
Originally Posted by Gareth View Post

That will be in yes. When I go to bed, she comes running with me. I tend to wake up like this.


And sometimes, they are just waiting for us

Awww that's so adorable!

post #22 of 303

My cat Jasmine sleeps with me every night. She sleeps right beside my face and likes to snuggle right in there. :9:

She helps me get to sleep at night. I don't believe that cat's can cause health problems. Unless you already have asthma or allergies to begin with.


Unfortunately Athena can't get up on the bed. She is too old and the bed too high. I doubt she would stay there anyways.


I wouldn't have it any other way.

post #23 of 303

My cats sleep anywhere they want. Sometimes it's on my bed, to include, on my pillow, beside my pillow, under the covers or at the foot. I never know where they will end up.

post #24 of 303

I'm actually amused by the concept of trying to tell a Burmese cat where it can and can't sleep.

post #25 of 303

9 days ago, as part of a question "Do you let your cat sleep in your bed with you at night?"  by Sparkymema, there was also the question: "Do you believe what some doctors say is true, that sleeping with your pet can lead to health problems?"


Answer: You certainly should believe this!


Apart from Fleas, there is Toxoplasmosis, Rabies in USA (Not in UK nor Australia and New Zealand), cat scratch disease, roundworm and ringworm!  Toxoplasmosis is not rare, the main symptoms are either none - or enlarged lymph nodes.  Pregnant women should NOT sleep with their cats, unless a feline blood test is negative, as toxoplasmosis can harm the baby if contracted in the early months.   


Cat scratch fever is due to an organism on the cat's claws, or saliva and causes a blister at the site of a prong or bite,  lymph nodes are enlarged and the patient is ill with fever.  It can be treated by antibiotics.


The worms are self explanatory....  There are other diseases available but they are rare.


NB.  Despite knowing all this, we do sleep with Sukie - as we have no choice!


With regards,


Edited by Geoffrey - 4/21/16 at 5:42pm
post #26 of 303

Every night for the past week Artie has decided to sleep on my pillows. I turn over, he is on my pillow. I get up and he is stretched out on the pillow next to me or above my head...crazy cat!

post #27 of 303

Mine can sleep wherever they want. Lately Lilith has been coming to bed with me at night. Henry usually sleeps on the twin bed in the cat room and as of a couple of days ago, Sophie has been sleeping in one of her cardboard box caves. 

post #28 of 303

What a cute picture. I only have one cat left and she sleeps with me. 

post #29 of 303
Originally Posted by Geoffrey View Post

9 days ago, as part of a question "Do you let your cat sleep in your bed with you at night?"  by Sparkymema, there was also the question: "Do you believe what some doctors say is true, that sleeping with your pet can lead to health problems?"


Answer: You certainly should believe this!

Besides all the things you mentioned, there have been studies which suggest that people who allow their cats or dogs to sleep with them don't get enough rest and can suffer the effects of sleep deprivation.

post #30 of 303
My cats are allowed to sleep in bed with me and my husband or in my kid's beds. Only one actually does.

Yes, I like it and wish they all did it. My 11/12 month old cats are up to shenanigans at night. They are too busy chasing each other around to actually sleep. They usually nap for large chunks throughout the day. My 5 year old cat has a soft hideaway cube that she's fiercely protective of so she sleeps in there. The kitten curls up with me though.

If cats sleeping with me is potentially bad for my health I could care less. So is coffee. So is junk food. I think there are far more "dangerous" things than curling up with my fur babies.
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