Sleeping With Pets Not Always A Great Idea
When my cat Alice was alive I looked forward to her joining me in bed at night, especially during the cold winter months when she would supply an extra layer of warmth. According to WebMD an overwhelming majority of pet owners allow their pets to share a bed with them. However there are health related downsides to the practice that you might want to consider.
A study published by the Centers for Disease Control tracked people who had close contact with their dogs and cats, either sleeping next to their pet or allowing their animal to lick and kiss them.
In rare instances, some caught illnesses like the plague, rabies, antibiotic-resistant infections; meningitis; and cat-scratch fever. Others picked up ringworm and intestinal parasites.
Of course keeping your pet free of disease causing fleas and regular veterinary health checkups minimize the possibility of catching anything from Fido or Mr. Whiskers so balance the threat with the comfort gained from cuddling and come to your own conclusion. I know if my Alice were still alive I would never ever turn her away.