A survey done by the American Pet Products Association revealed that some 62 percent of American cat owners share their beds with their feline pals.
Benefits of Having a Cat
Cat provides not only friendship but also companionship. Nestling with your cat in your bed can be very comforting. There were studies to show that having a cat tends to lower blood pressure. This, in turn, reduces the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease.
However, sleeping under the same cover as your cat isn’t right for all cat owners. If you are asthmatic or allergic to cat fur, it’s best not to let your cat sleep in your bedroom. All the more, on your bed.
Also, some cats may like to hop on and off the bed, or meowing away most of the time. In some cases, they may hog the cover, and disturbing your sleep, it’s best to keep the bed to yourself.
Mayo Clinic Study on Sleep Disturbances Due to Cats
Mayo Clinic has conducted a recent study and found that over half of their patients who came for consultations at its sleep clinic were pet owners whose sleep was disturbed by their pets. Based on the study, it was found that 41% of the sleep-deprived pet owners disclosed that the disturbances were due to their pets sharing their bed, while 58% disclosed that it was due to their respective cat sleep in the same room which caused problems as a result of pet owners’ snoring and other interruptions.
You’ll feel lethargic the next morning if you didn’t get enough sleep the night before. This slows down your reflexes and issues such as losing focus arises. As a result, you’ll be unable to make a fast decision during an emergency. This is a major contribution to automobile accidents.
If you feel that it’s high time to decide that your bedroom is a no cat sleep zone, doing so will need a great deal of effort — it’s known that cats dislike giving up their territory — but it can be done.
How to Help Your Cat Adapt without Sharing Your Bed
There is one good way to help your cat adapt to spending the night without sharing your bed. That is to give your cat something else to do at night using a cat puzzle feeder.
Cats are nocturnal, so try keeping them occupied with a puzzle feeder for cats. Alternatively, put up a cat tree or a window perch over-looking an outdoor light. This way, they can while away the night hours looking at insects buzzing around.
If you feel that your cat is meowing away at night because she is hungry, consider buying an automatic cat feeder.
Please bear in mind that when you change the routine of your cat, it’s necessary to stick with it. It may take quite some time for your feline pal to get used to the new routine — and will stop meowing and scratching outside your bedroom door — but when your cat finds that such behavior won’t be rewarded, it will just go elsewhere to spend the nights.