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You probably know this look too well: While you get ready for bed in the evening and slip between the blankets, you get this longing look. Your four-legged friend would love to share your bed, warm to you at night, be close to you. Sigh. "Come on, come here." And zap, you already have a hairy bed neighbour. But is that a good idea?

The debate about whether cats and dogs should sleep with us in bed has been going on for decades - and yet no definitive answer has been found. A lot speaks for it, a lot against it. From a purely scientific point of view, there is only one answer, and that is: No, you shouldn't let your pet sleep in a bed.

Maybe you look very indignant now. And of course, there are also good reasons for doing exactly the opposite and cuddling with your four-legged friend at night - because sharing a bed does not strengthen your bond as much. As a result, you both develop great trust in each other and gain a feeling of security. But if you leave all these emotional reasons aside, it can be said quite clearly that the arguments against the animal in bed weigh significantly more.

In concrete terms: You can read on the next page why you shouldn't let your pet sleep in your bed!

Of course, it is a wonderful feeling to have your four-legged friend close by even at night. But unfortunately, there is a lot that speaks against it - and not just health reasons.

Those affected are well aware that allergy sufferers and asthmatics should rather not let their pets go to bed - because the few non-irritant / non-irritant hours are urgently needed in such health cases. But not only on them can the animal in bed have a negative effect.

Dogs, in particular, are susceptible to fleas, mites, ticks, worms and the like, as they (ideally) spend several hours a day in the fresh air and are unfortunately not as clean as cats. And at night, when you're close together, all of these parasites can spread to you and your bed - and sometimes they're so small that you can't see them with the naked eye.

Also, bed-sharing affects your sleep. It has been scientifically proven that many sleep problems come from having a four-legged friend lying in bed. So if you suffer from insomnia anyway, you should be a little selfish and banish your pet from bed (on a trial basis). Relationships can also suffer from an animal in bed if this prevents cuddling by lying between the partners. 

How to successfully keep a dog or a cat out of bed is what you can read on the next page!

Once you have decided to refuse your animal to sleep in your bed, your health will thank you - but your animal will be less so at first.

You have to be prepared for this: At first, it won't be easy to change your four-legged friend's sleeping habits, especially if he has been sleeping in your bed for years. However, it is not impossible.

You have to set clear boundaries for cats because they don't go for half measures. As radical as it sounds: If a cat isn't supposed to sleep in a bed, it shouldn't be allowed to enter the bedroom. Because cats are not the most obedient animals, and if you "forbid" them to share your bed, sooner or later they will ignore this command - at the latest when you have fallen asleep. Therefore, you should set up your kitten a cosy sleeping corner in another room and "distract" her as much as possible, for example by placing the cosy scratching post near the window, allowing her to relax from the exciting out-of-the-window- To let the stare lull you to sleep.


You can train dogs more easily by making getting out of bed a kind of game: when you call them off the bed, reward them with a treat. They are not petted on the bed, only on the floor or in the dog bed. The water trick is suitable for very stubborn dogs: every time he jumps into bed, he is splashed with a little water. Quiet will soon return - and everyone can enjoy their deep sleep separately!

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