Many cat lovers cannot imagine denying them access to their beds at night. However, experts think it's not a good idea to co-sleep with this particular animal and here's why:
1. It can disrupt human sleep
Cats can sleep about fifteen hours a day ... but precisely during the day. This animal's sleep cycle is not synchro to that of humans.
A kitty that has slept all day may be in great shape at two in the morning! It could then start jumping around and running all over the place.
In addition, a cat can snore, scratch or demand the attention of its human while trying to sleep.
This can leave said human drowsy and lethargic the next day. According to a Mayo Clinic study that looked at sleep disturbances, 20% of patients who sleep with their cats see their sleep disturbed.
2. It can create hygiene concerns
Cat claws can carry litter crumbs everywhere that can end up in the bed.
Although a rubber mat placed near the litter bin can reduce the number of impurities carried, it is impossible to remove 100% of the debris in the bed unless it is completely forbidden to kitty.
3. It can increase asthma and allergies
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 30% of the population has allergic reactions to cats and dogs. It should be noted that allergies to cats are twice as common as allergies to dogs. Doctors recommend taking the cat out of the house if someone is allergic. However, it is possible to significantly reduce allergies and asthma attacks by blocking the cat's bedroom access and getting a good HEPA filter.
4. It is dangerous for young children
The old legend that cats suck in children's lives while they sleep is unfounded, but it is not a good idea to let a cat sleep in a nursery. Small cats love the comfort of cribs, but the animal could accidentally suffocate a sleeping baby. It is not worth the risk!
5. It is difficult to expel a cat from a bed
Cats love their little habits and hate a change in their routine.
So, if you get the cat used to sleeping in bed and decide not to do it anymore, it may react strongly to its loss of territory and adopt destructive behaviors. For example, scratching furniture and urinating on it. If ever this is done, it is suggested that a cat tree and toys be made available to the cat to distract his attention.
6. It increases the risk of parasites and fungi
Some parasites carried by cats in a bed can be harmful to health.
Thus, fleas can bite sleepers and cause them to itch badly.
Cheyletiae can also jump on humans and cause serious irritation.
Another example is the roundworm and hookworm, intestinal parasites that colonize cats and are transmitted through contact with feline fecal matter and can make humans sick.
7. It puts at risk of bacterial infections
Sleeping with a cat exposes yourself to its secretions and excretions. The risk of contamination is fairly minimal, but children, people with immunosuppression or the elderly are more vulnerable to it.
Annually in North America alone, nearly 30,000 people contract cat scratch disease, a bacterial infection that can be fatal in people with weakened immune systems.
This disease is transmitted by a scratch or bite from an infected cat. It causes swelling of the lymph nodes, fever, fatigue, muscle pain, among others.
This disease does not usually affect long-term health, but can remain in the human body for several months after the initial infection.
You can also get salmonellosis.
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