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Does your cat sleep with you?

Friday, July 20, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

Cats can become very loyal to their owners and could provide lots of companionship and affection. Some owners including myself let their cats sleep with them. What are some advantages and disadvantages of this?  One advantage is that they provide comfort to their owners. My older cat, Mollie became very attached and wants to be with me all the time. She even sits with me while I write this blog. Sometimes it is not always advantageous to have your cat sleep with you. If you are being intimate with someone, you have to kick the cat out of bed. If the cat has been sleeping with you for a long time, he will wonder why he has to leave.

A cat can also lie in an awkward position making it uncomfortable for it’s owner. Mollie takes up lots of space and does sometimes make my sleep a bit uncomfortable but she’s used to sleeping in my bed so I always allow her. Some cats will scratch or bite if their owners try to move. Mollie doesn’t do that but she very gently touches my face with her claws when she wants me to get up and feed her. I can feel her claws and it’s amazing how gentle she is. Lots of cat owners would not like this. As you could see, I’ve spoiled my cats!

If you suddenly don’t allow your cat to sleep with you after she’s been doing it for a long time, expect your cat to cry, and continually try to get into bed with you. Cats also scratch and meow pitifully if they are suddenly barred from entering their owners’ bedroom.

Make your own decision but stick to it.

Remember, your pets count!

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