SIMON COWELL, Gemma Atkinson and Ruth Langsford all do it . . . share a bed with their pets, that is.
And they are in good company. A Paws & Claws survey found up to 30 per cent of us sleep alongside our pets every night. But of those, almost two thirds admitted it had led to problems in their human relationship.
A Paws & Claws survey found up to 30 per cent of us sleep alongside our pets[/caption]
One respondent even said kipping with their pooch had led to divorce.
Our love affair with pets is at an all-time high.
The survey revealed that many people have a bedtime routine with their animals, from giving them a treat to tucking them up in bed.
And 49 per cent said they even give their pet a kiss and a cuddle every night before they go to sleep.
Simon Cowell likes the pet factor when it comes to sleeping arrangements[/caption]
Our survey, conducted by pet product specialist Rosewood, asked 1,050 owners about their sleeping habits.
Twenty per cent said they would never let their pets sleep on the bed with them and their partner because they would not get a good night’s sleep. And 65 per cent said their pets snored, 32 per cent broke wind, 49 per cent whimpered and 18 per cent barked during the night.
One respondent admitted that they watch YouTube videos in bed with their dog, to get them relaxed and ready for sleep.
One respondent said of their partner: “He likes to sleep with the dog, I don’t. Sometimes he sleeps in the spare room just so he can sleep with the dog.”
“Some pets won’t sleep anywhere else in the house unless they have an item of their owner’s clothing to snuggle up with.”
But Bev Panter, Rosewood’s marketing director, warned people not to sleep in the same bed as their pet because of the associated health risks.
STAR OF THE WEEK: ZISSOU THE CAT
IT’S been plain sailing for Zissou the cat after being found in a drain in the Dominican Republic last summer, just a few weeks old.
Teachers Jonathon Howe, 34, from Stroud, Gloucs, and his wife Kach, 30, rescued him after seeing him up for adoption on Facebook.
They have been sailing around the world together for six years, visiting 100 countries, and they welcomed Zissou on board with their other cat Captain Ahab, who they picked up from the Florida Keys SPCA two years ago.
Kach told Paws & Claws: “We nursed him back to health. He had some skin problems, fleas and ear mites.
“He loves life on the boat – the deck, mast and rigging are like a giant playground.
“Captain Ahab loves Zissou so much. The two are never far apart.”
Pet vet: Sean McCormack
Vet Sean McCormack is here to answer your pet questions[/caption]
SEAN McCORMACK, head vet at tailored food firm tails.com, is on a mission to help the nation’s pets.
LOUIS MAYERS, 33, from Manchester, has a miniature schnauzer called Dusty, eight. She has not been neutered because Louis was advised against it. But now people say she should be “done” because she may be more prone to cancer.
Sean says: “She’s certainly not too old and it’s a great time to consider neutering – or spaying, as we say for a female dog.
“An anaesthetic now for a routine spay is much safer than waiting until she has a problem that requires surgery. We’d recommend neutering to prevent a potentially fatal womb infection called a pyometra, the risk of which increases each time she has a season, and to reduce the risk of mammary or breast cancer, among other types. There are no health benefits to leaving an eight-year-old female “entire”. A spay is a very safe and routine procedure.”
ANGELA HARRIS, 47, from Dumfries, says: “My cat Sophie is adorable in every way. A big purring fluffy ball of fun. But on a weekly basis she brings in her latest kill.
Last week we found a half-dead frog in the kitchen. We have had mice she’s not quite got to grips with too. What can we do?”
Sean says: “It’s in a cat’s nature to hunt, unfortunately, so it can be hard to control.
“Try keeping Sophie indoors at least at night and early morning when most wildlife is active. Attach two bells on her collar side by side to alert wildlife to her presence, as cats often learn how to stalk silently with a single bell.
“Redirecting her hunting instincts into chase, catch and pounce games and toys indoors may help exercise this drive of hers. There are many accessories available like fishing rod toys, spinners, puzzle games and laser pointers.
“Finally, make sure her worming and flea treatment is up to date as rodents in particular can transmit several parasites.”
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