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Should dogs and cats sleep on your bed?

In many homes, the "pets on the bed" debate is long over -- and the pets won.

By Vetstreet Mar 12, 2013 8:04PM

By Gina Spadafori

Proof can be found in the marketplace, where accessories abound to help dogs and cats get onto the bed -- and keep the bedding cleaner.

The trend isn't for everyone, however. Letting cats and dogs sleep in the bed has been suggested as one of many reasons why people have problems getting a good night's sleep.

Photo: Should pets sleep on your bed/ / DreamstimeIf you have insomnia, you might consider getting your pet his own comfy bed and keeping yours for yourself. If you have allergies, or your pet has behavior problems, a no-pet bedroom is also recommended.

Otherwise, why not share?

I've always kept an eye out for sales on relatively inexpensive, washable cotton quilts to throw over the top of the bedding. I also use rubber-backed fuzzy bath mats on top of the quilts when older pets get leaky.

For high beds and older pets, there's even an easier way up: A number of manufacturers make pet-sized sets of steps to help aging or small animals get onto the bed or couch.

Pet retailers have a wide selection to match your budget and décor.

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Photo: Dog sleeping on bed / Dreamstime

377Comments
Mar 29, 2013 12:39AM
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My dog  never starts and argument with me or retaliates or ignores me! She never ignores my texts, goes out without me knowing or sleeps with anyone else unless I let her! And best of all, she is always there when I need her!
Mar 26, 2013 10:30PM
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My dog Mukluks sleeps in her igloo out in her enclosed 6 ft. high wall which is also contains another brick wall.  When it is very hot weather, she sleeps on our (my husband and my) couch in our livingroom.  She is not allowed on our bed - period.  She is a Siberian Husky.
Mar 26, 2013 8:11PM
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If I get up to pee I lose my spot. My Great Dane will stretch out and take the whole bed!

Mar 26, 2013 8:08PM
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Pet owners are oblivious to good sense when they talk about their pets. They say "my pet is clean," but the pet spends the day licking its butt and rolling in dirt.  Its called denial.
Mar 26, 2013 7:36PM
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My baby Tabby  Chloe is 12 1/2 years old and she sleeps on my husbands back every night and always has !!!!! When I am sick ( Cancer and chemo about twice a year) she sleeps on my hip and yes in the winter after we get up she crawls under the quilt. During the day she has had a fascination with our printer laying on top of it looking out the window so we found an old fuzzy soft bath mat and put it up there mostly so her hair wouldn't get all in the printer cracks but she loves it and spends even more time up there now then she did before we put it on there for her. Lovin our Baby!!!!
Mar 26, 2013 7:24PM
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stupid argument, is YOUR choice, i do what i want in my house you do the same (shrug)...useless article
Mar 26, 2013 7:08PM
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how about no pets - i've been just fine without one for many many years - can't stand it when i go to a house that has that "dog smell"  - and yeah - there are a lot of nasty and dirty humans but just don't put them on your bed then.  Tired of making me others look like a bad guy just because i don't want to sleep with animals.  I think that's gross.
Mar 26, 2013 6:45PM
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That was the article? Seriously? That was a paragraph.
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