why does my cat like to sleep on my bed
Do you let your cat into your bedroom at night? Sleeping with your feline friend isnt unusual in the United States. According to a recent survey of pet owners by the American Pet Products Association,
sleep with their adult owners, and another 13 percent of cats sleep with children. Its a great idea, right? Cats are wonderfully therapeutic; they can help calm nerves, and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. However, that doesnt mean you should allow your cat into your bedroom. Here are five really good reasons to never share your covers with your kitty. 1. Cats Disturb Your Sleep The last time I let my cat Sargent Pepper into my bedroom, she decided at 3 am that it was time to get up and have fun. First she jumped on and off the bed a few times, then she poked at my hair, and finally she stuck her paw against my mouth. A study released by the found that 10 percent of sleep-deprived pet owners said the disturbances in their sleep come from letting their pets share the bed. And isn t just a people problem. The study also found that 21 percent of sleep clinic patients had snoring dogs and seven percent had snoring cats. 2. Cats Are Nocturnal; Humans Are Not The problem is that cats are nocturnal, mostly because they spend much of the time sleeping all day. Humans, however, are not.
Enough said. Cats just like to be active all night long: theres the for example, and the endless meow. Then theres the human mattress: cats just deciding to sleep on your chest, or on your stomach. And the Look what I caught game can take a strange turn in the middle of the night. My friend Ellen was woken at 2 am last week by her kitty bringing her a paint brush, and thrusting it towards her. Huh? What was the kitty trying to tell her? 3. Cats Make Your Asthma and Allergies Worse Over eight percent of adults, along with nine percent of children, suffer from ; if you re one of those people, bringing a cat into the bedroom will only make you suffer more. If you have asthma or allergies, you re better off with no cat presence, but maybe you already have a feline friend, or your kids have fallen in love with an adorable kitten? If the cat has to stay, limit your exposure to the kitty and restrict her to certain sections of your home. Above all, keep the cat out of your bedroom at all times. Instead, install a high-efficiency particulate arrestance (HEPA) filter in your sleeping area to clear the air and give your nose a few hours a day to recover. 4. Cats May Pass on Infectious Diseases Emerging Infectious Diseases, in conjunction with the CDC, released an article called These are diseases that animals can spread to people.
In this article they give a few scary examples, including a young boy who got plague after having his flea-infested cat sleep with him. Approximately 60 percent of all human pathogens could have been : rabies, ringworm, hookworms, toxoplasmosis, roundworm, giardia, even bubonic plague. Ugh! Who wants to risk getting any of those? 5. What About Sex? Can having a cat in your bedroom interfere with your sex life? I don t know about you, but for me the idea of sexual intimacy while my cat is on the bed, or even in the bedroom, creeps me out. However, not all cat lovers agree with me. , love and marriage experts who wrote Golden Anniversaries: The Seven Secrets of Successful Marriage, report that many of their successful couples have pets and many sleep in the same room as those pets. But when it comes to being intimate, Some put them outside the bedroom because they dont want them to watch,. Some give them a treat to distract them. Some dont mind if the pet stays on the bed. So it all works out as long as you both agree on how you feel about your cat being in your bedroom. Of course, just because you dont allow your cat into your bedroom doesnt mean she wont object. Almost every morning, around 5:30 am, I am woken by a loud thumping and scratching on the bedroom door, Sargent Pepper s way of informing us that she is wide awake and ready for breakfast.
What do you think? Do you let your kitty friend into your bedroom? Photo Credit: thinkstock Martha Adams has been a rodeo rider, zookeeper, veterinary technician and medical transcriptionist/editor. She traveled Europe, Saudi Arabia and Africa. She was a contestant on Jeopardy and has published articles in Llamas magazine and on the Internet. Adams holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. Have you ever wondered if your cat loves you? Cats express love for their owners in a number of ways. While some of these may be a bit obvious, other tokens of their affection have some hidden meaning behind them and you may have overlooked them not even realizing. 1. Your cat brings you their БpresentsБ Not for the faint of heart, when your cat brings you their kill it is actually meant as a present even though it s a present you won t want to touch with your bare hands. Cats are natural hunters, so when they bring you these gifts they are trying to show you what they can БofferБ you. Think of it as a love token, even if the sight of a dead bird/rodent makes you squeal.
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