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October 30, 2023 3 min read

 

The age-old debate of whether to allow your beloved furry friend, be it a dog or a cat, to share your bed is one that many pet owners grapple with. On one hand, it's undeniably comforting to have your furry friend cuddled up beside you at night. On the other hand, concerns about hygiene, allergies, and sleep disturbances often come into play. 

 

At Valmori, we'll look into the pros and cons of allowing your pet to sleep on your bed to help you make an informed decision.

 

Pros of Allowing Your Pet on Your Bed

 

  1. Emotional Bonding: Sharing your bed with your pet can strengthen your bond. The physical closeness fosters a sense of intimacy, trust, and companionship that can benefit you and your pet.

  1. Stress Relief: The presence of a pet reduces stress and anxiety levels. Having them close by while you sleep can provide a calming effect, helping you to relax and fall asleep more easily.

  1. Warmth and Comfort: Pets are naturally warm creatures, and their body heat can provide a cosy and comfortable environment for you to sleep in, especially during colder months.

  1. Security: Many people find comfort in having their pets nearby for a sense of security. Dogs, in particular, have protective instincts and can provide an added layer of protection, especially for those living alone.

 

Cons of Allowing Your Pet on Your Bed

 

  1. Hygiene Concerns: Pets can track dirt, allergens, and potentially harmful substances into your bed. This can risk your health, especially if you suffer from allergies or asthma.

  1. Sleep Disruption: While pets are wonderful companions, they can also be disruptive sleep partners. They may toss, turn, snore, or wake you up for attention during the night.

  1. Behavioural Issues: Allowing your pet on your bed might blur the boundaries between owner and pet. This can lead to behavioural issues, mainly if your pet exhibits dominant or territorial behaviour.

  1. Potential for Allergies: If you or someone in your household suffers from pet allergies, allowing them on the bed can exacerbate symptoms and lead to discomfort.

 

Finding a Compromise

 

If you're torn between the pros and cons, consider looking for a compromise that works for both you and your pet:

 

  1. Designate a Pet Bed: Provide your pet with a comfortable bed nearby. This way, they still have a designated space to sleep while remaining close to you.

  1. Regular Grooming: Regular grooming and cleaning can help minimise the risk of hygiene-related issues. Brushing your pet and keeping their paws clean can reduce the dirt and allergens they bring into the bed. You can also select antibacterial mattresses like Valmori's, as they have layers that inhibit the growth of microorganisms.

  1. Consult a Vet: If you're concerned about allergies or behavioural issues, consult your veterinarian. They can provide sound advice and solutions to address specific concerns.

  1. Trial Period: Consider trying out different sleeping arrangements for a trial period to see what works best for both you and your pet.

 

You can also select mattresses with motion isolation and antibacterial layers, such as those from Valmori Home Collection. In that way, you don't have to worry too much about sleep disturbance and allergens.

 

Other than that, you can also add an extra protective layer like the Valmori Gel Foam Topper. This gel layer is a more practical and lightweight choice. Plus, it's easier to clean in case your beloved pet accidentally takes a leak.

 

Ultimately, the decision of whether to allow your pet on your bed is a personal one. It's essential to weigh the emotional benefits of closeness against potential hygiene and sleep disruption issues. By finding a compromise that suits you and your furry friend, you can enjoy the best of both worlds – a strong bond with your pet and a good night's sleep.