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    In UK, pets becoming 'preferred' bedfellows

    NewsUK Dog NewsMonday 04 June 2012
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    They are already man's best friend. Now, it seems, dogs are our bedfellows too. More than half of Britons let their pet sleep on their bed, according to a new study, while almost three-quarters allow their animals to share the bedroom at least.

    Such is the nation's devotion to four-legged friends that one in three people admit they would rather share their bed with a pet than with their partner.

    But the research - conveniently commissioned by a home furnishing retailer to coincide with its launch of life-size pet dummies that allow shoppers to test whether a mattress is big enough for them and their pet - shows that sleeping with animals is affecting people's ability to get a good night's rest. Pets wake up 71% of owners with their snoring, twitching and nocturnal wriggling.

    More than two-thirds of the 2,000 people surveyed last month complained that their animal takes up too much space. As a result, 39% have booted their partner - rather than the offending beast - out of bed.

    Cats edge out dogs as the most popular bedfellow, but 4% of those questioned claimed they would be happy to sleep with a rat, and 4% with a reptile. Animal-lovers from Wales are the most likely to allow pets to sleep with them. Half of Britons let their animals share their bed.

    Julia Jones-Collins , 26, an advertising manager, and her husband David, 28, let their cats Peggy and Billy sleep on their bed, even though they make David sneeze and give him itchy eyes. "When David bought Peggy for me for a present, we didn't realize he was allergic to cats," said Julia Jones-Collins , who uses mattress and pillow protectors to reduce the impact of the cats' fur.

    In response to the sleeping arrangements , Ikea, which commissioned the research, has created in-store models of pets so customers can ensure a new mattress will accommodate them and their pet. But Elaine Pendlebury, senior vet at the PDSA veterinary charity, does not recommend sleeping with a pet, warning that animals can carry diseases transferable to humans.

    Source: The Times of India

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