Is it Bad to Sleep With Your Cat?

Jade Augustine

Some cat owners are staunchly against allowing their cats to snooze alongside them at night, yet other cat owners couldn't bear to keep their cats outside their bedroom at night.

So should you let your cat sleep with you at night? There isn't a right or wrong answer to this, but you must consider the pros and cons before making your decision.

Cons of Co-Sleeping With Your Cat
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Pet Dander

If you have a cat, you already know that they can shed like crazy. This may not be a massive issue for you if you're on top of cleaning and washing your bed sheets regularly. Still, if you have allergies or sensitivity to pet dander, it might be wise to be mindful of this and make your bedroom a cat-free area so you don't risk an allergy attack.

Disrupted Sleep

While cats sleep about 12 to 16 hours a day, they don't always sleep precisely when you want them to. While some cats may be able to sleep most of the night, others might wake you up for playtime when you'd much rather be sleeping. Beyond playtime, cats might meow, scratch at things, or snore throughout the night. You won't necessarily know if any of these things will be a problem if you don't give it a trial run first to see how it goes, so don't be afraid to give it a shot - preferably on a night where you don't have to be up at a particular time.

Litter Box Debris

No matter how clean your home and cat are, cats will carry a little bit of the litter box on their paws and bring it to the bed if you let them sleep there.

Beyond litter box debris, if you let your cat outside at all, they can carry fleas or other unpleasant things from the outdoors. If the risk isn't worth it to you, you're better off keeping the kitty out of your bedroom while you sleep.

Pros of Sleeping With Your Cat
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It's Calming For You And Your Cat

Cats generally like sleeping with their trusted owners because they naturally have to be on guard against predators. While there probably aren't any predators in your home, your cat will likely feel a lot safer sleeping with a trusted friend. While you may not have the same security from predators that your cat feels, sleeping with a cat can be very calming for humans as well.

Having a pet helps fight loneliness, anxiety, and depression. It can be very beneficial to sleep with a cat rather than sleeping alone if you are prone to nightmares or poor mental health.

It Can Help You Fall Asleep

While cats can disrupt sleep at times, sleeping with a cat can promote healthy sleep cycles. If your cat prefers to sleep on you, either at your feet or on your upper body, it can feel similar to having a weighted blanket, promoting healthy sleep and decreasing the time it takes to fall asleep.

In addition, the sound of your cat purring or gently snoring can act as white noise, which can also help you drift off into dreamland faster than you would on your own.

It Can Help You Bond With Your Cat

Most of us are busy, and we might not have as much time to spend with our pets as we would like. If nighttime is the most extended amount of time you have to spend quality time with your cat, it can be beneficial to take advantage of this time to further the bond you have with your beloved kitty.

It's up to you to decide whether or not you want to cuddle with your kitty at night. There are pros and cons to everything, but it's important to be sure of your decision before you let your cat into your bedroom at night.

Cats are creatures of routine, and it can be hard to keep your kitty out of your room at night once they're used to the habit of sleeping there at night.

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Jade Augustine is a writer from Fort Collins, Colorado. She is passionate about cats, dogs, entertainment, vegan food, and traveling.

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