I recently read an article that asked, "Is it Smart to Sleep with Your Pets?" The conclusion the author came to seems to be "no".
While I agree with one commenter who stated that the article seemed like a not-so-thinly veiled advertisement for pet beds, I was somewhat surprised (and amused) at how offended about 95% of the commentators were.
Ok, and I admit, I was a little grossed out too.
We're not cat people, so I really don't have an informed opinion about that. We have 4 dogs, and they sleep in their own beds.
This is why:
1) We wash the dogs once a week. We clean their beds once a week. Even so, the amount of dirt and crap they track into the beds is not something I want to be rolling around in.
2) Hair/fur/hitchhikers. On the sheets, on the pillow, in my mouth. No. Absolutely no.
3) True story. A friend I knew in my younger days had this happen to her. While sleeping over at a boyfriend's house, they woke up in the night and decided to get frisky. With her on top. Sometime in the middle of all of it, she felt a cold nose up her crack, and then a long wet tongue.
Apparently boyfriend's Great Dane heard the commotion and innocently wanted to check out the fun and games. Which of course sent my friend screaming off into the night.
...AND HAS SKEEVED THE HECK OUT OF ME FOR ALL TIME!!
I don't want a third party in my bed, much less my room if we decide to be spontaneous. Yeck.
Here are some of the comments from the article and my response:
"Their unconditional love is worth every slobber and paw in the face."
I slobber enough on my own, and Hubby has been known to inadvertently slap me around in his sleep. Any additional "unconditional love" like that and I'll never get a wink in.
"No greater thing than to feel you dog next to you at night, petting her and finding your hubby's hand there as well."
I don't want anything between me and my man when we're finally alone together at night. Except maybe a pillow when he's been eating burritos.
"I'm with you, been sleeping with dogs and cats some 50 years and can't imagine sleeping alone. If a significant other can't deal with that then they are not very significant."
So you're "alone" when you're sleeping with your significant other? Would you feel less lonely if he slept in a squirrel suit or licked his own balls in bed?
"I will ask my husband to sleep in another room, but NOT my dogs or cats for that matter!"
The great Karmac sees a divorce lawyer in your future.
"I have eight cats and seven sleep with me on a queen sized bed."
They don't do it because they love you. They're just waiting for you to die in your sleep so they can eat you.
So my friends, do you furbie or not? Waiting for the rocks to be thrown! LOL