When critters – dogs, kittens, babies – are little, watching them sleep is one of the most precious sights. And when they’re this cute, the temptation to pet and tickle and hug them is just so great, it’s amazing that people had enough self-control to let them snooze and just take a picture instead!
Just take a look at this lot below. These pets, it seems, are able to sleep just about anywhere. And as cute as they look, I must say, they’ve put me in a rather sleepy mood too… if only I could find a way to get comfortable in this chair. Enjoy 🙂
1. As long as I’m close to your heart.
2. A hedgehog. Somewhere.
3. Nothing like a nap in the car.
4. Wake me up when the cooking starts.
5. The perfect head support.
6. Nothing like the smell of feet.
7. Time for a cat stretch nap.
8. Watch me sleep instead.
9. Ohh, I’m just too sleepy to bother.
10. Straight over the edge.
11. Too tired to take another step.
12. A mug can be just as comfy.13. The perfect size.
The following tips can make sleeping with your dog safe and enjoyable for both of you.
Make sure your pet is houseʙʀᴏᴋᴇn.
Young puppies may not have the bladder control to avoid wetting the bed, and some breeds may be too small to get down from the bed on their own. Both situations can lead to ᴀᴄᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛs that ʀᴜɪɴ your bedspread, sheets and mattress. Even with houseʙʀᴏᴋᴇn pets, make sure they “do their business” at night before getting into your bed.
Have regular pet checkups.
Before allowing any pet to sleep in your bed, have a licensed veterinarian examine them to ensure they don’t have any ᴅɪsᴇᴀsᴇs. After your pet receives a clean bill of health, schedule routine checkups once or twice a year as a preventative measure. Also, make sure your pet has all the required ᴠᴀᴄᴄɪɴations, and keep them up to date. If your pet shows any signs of ɪʟʟɴᴇss or ᴅɪsᴇᴀsᴇ, contact your vet immediately.
Keep your pet clean.
Bathe and groom your pet on a regular basis, especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors. If necessary, use veterinary-approved products to protect against fleas, ticks and other parasites. Once the pet is sleeping with you, practice good hygiene to prevent the transmission of germs. This includes washing your hands with soap if you contact your pet’s saliva, and immediately changing and disɪɴfᴇᴄᴛing the bedding after any doggie “ᴀᴄᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛs.”
Stay in command.
To ensure your pet understands it is your bed, never let them jump up on the bed without being invited. To maintain a position of dominance, experts suggest making the dog stay on the floor for 10 minutes before inviting them up onto the bed. Also, don’t allow your dog to eat in bed, as this sends the ᴡʀᴏɴɢ message about what the bed is for. If your pet misbehaves of exhiʙɪᴛs dominant behavior, send them off the bed to sleep somewhere else.
Use a latex mattress.
Even if you keep your pets clean and well groomed, you will still end up with a certain amount of animal dander in the bed. A latex mattress offers anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, as well as being resistant to dust mites, mold, mildew and other common ᴀʟʟᴇʀɢens. Wash your sheets at least once a week, if not more often.
Sleeping together can be a bonding experience for you and your pet. Just remember to keep it clean and safe so you can both enjoy a good night’s sleep.