Do Your Pets Sleep With You?

An article in WebMD reported on a recent survey of pet owners by the American Pet Products Association. It turns out that “nearly half of dogs sleep in their owner’s beds. The survey found that 62% of small dogs, 41% of medium-sized dogs and 32% of large dogs sleep with their owners. The survey also found that 62% of cats sleep with their adult owners, and another 13% of cats sleep with children.”

Even though my dogs are part of my family and some people call me a crazy pet parent, I have to admit that my dogs were never invited in my bed, until recently. It all changed when I adopted Gina. Maybe it’s because she’s the smallest dog I’ve had in many years, but she is allowed in my bed by invitation only. Truth be told, the more I invite her, the more I want to have her sleep with me. I love the warmth in the winter, and the comfort of her cuddles all year round.

It started with just the occasional nap together and now has grown into almost any night she stands at the end of the bed, staring at me with big, brown eyes. Other nights she chooses to sleep downstairs in her dog bed, next to Sanchez. I’ve tried to entice Sanchez into my bed. But, even when I pay him (with treats) he doesn’t stay in my bed. He’s never been the affectionate type.

My sister’s family recently adopted their first dog, Stella. From the picture (on the left), you can tell that she just loves to sleep with my 16 year old niece. This is a far cry from the shelter floor she slept on for over four months before she was adopted.

Do your pets sleep with you? If so, what are some of the benefits? Do the human family members in your household ridicule you for inviting your furry family into your bed? Thanks for sharing your stories in a comment and taking our poll below.

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Confessions of a Crazy Pet Parent

401 comments

Igor P.
Past Member 10 months ago

I would say I sleep with him...lol

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen10 months ago

Thank you

Robert Marshall
Robert Marshall10 months ago

Both my Shi'Tzu's used to sleep in the bed with us. Now only the male, but he has since he was little. The female has started sleeping in the pet bed in recent months.

Charles Edwards
Charles Edwards10 months ago

Six rescued abuse and abandonment surviving canines and one similarly saved feline share their bed with me (if I carefully position them just so, to ultimately insinuate myself in the space reserved by my body pillow): Nothing more comforting that to reach out during the night and reassuringly caress a loved one while listening to their relaxed breathing.. receiving a contented sigh of appreciation in return...
Keeps the winter utility bills at minimum, too!
They are SUCH a comfort, even when they occasionally "travel/migrate" during the night: Sometimes, I awaken after sensing a face close to mine, asking to be readmitted under the covers, to once again snuggle close and drift off, pressed close against me for reassurance.

Stephen Phillips
Stephen Phillips10 months ago

Six rescued abuse and abandonment surviving canines and one similarly saved feline share their bed with me (if I carefully position them just so, to ultimately insinuate myself in the space reserved by my body pillow): Nothing more comforting that to reach out during the night and reassuringly caress a loved one while listening to their relaxed breathing.. receiving a contented sigh of appreciation in return...
Keeps the winter utility bills at minimum, too!
They are SUCH a comfort, even when they occasionally "travel/migrate" during the night: Sometimes, I awaken after sensing a face close to mine, asking to be readmitted under the covers, to once again snuggle close and drift off, pressed close against me for reassurance.

Joni M.
Joni M10 months ago

I have always had my pets (cats and dogs) sleep with me. My parents never rejected. Now in my 60's I still have my dog sleep with me. We have this morning routine...when he see's me stir and awakening, he moves right next to me for snuggles. It's the most wonderful thing. I thing this is good for both pet and human.

Marguerite C.
Marguerite C10 months ago

I have 6 cats that sleep with me, I cannot sleep unless I have some sleeping on the bed. On the o occasion there is none I wake up.

Ahmed R.
Ahmed R10 months ago

My cats always like to get into bed with me. Sometimes under the covers but mostly on top of me. I've also noticed that they have the odd custom to sleep in the middle of the bed leaving me with just the edge.

Melania Padilla
Melania Padillaabout a year ago

Yes :)

Raymen D.
Past Member 2 years ago

Keep the balls rolling!! Nice posts you have given for us. Large dog beds