Eighty percent of cats and dogs sleep in their owners’ bedrooms, according to research by a Northampton vet.
And 58 percent of people would rather snuggle up to their pet at night than a partner, the study by White Cross Vets has found.
Hundreds of pet owners across the veterinary group’s 14 UK practices, including Northampton, to study the sleeping habits of the nation’s pets.
The results revealed that, of the pets that spend the night in the bedroom, a quarter sleep under the duvet, more than half sleep on top of the bed and the remaining quarter sleep in a pet bed, in the bedroom.
After the bedroom, the next most common places for a pet to sleep include the kitchen and hall, with eight per cent each, while just two per cent sleep in a utility room. Less than one percent sleep outside.
In addition, 17 percent of people report that their pets regularly disrupt their sleep with 47 percent of those surveyed saying it happens occasionally.
Nishi Jani, clinic director, of White Cross Vets in Northampton, said: “We completely appreciate how valuable a pet can be to a household, but we were surprised that so many spend every night in their owner’s bedroom. The fact that well over half of people would rather snuggle up to their pet than their partner is also very revealing about how much affection people have for their pets.
“Although lots of our respondents reported having a disturbed nights sleep from time to time due to their pets, there can also be benefits for both pets and their owners who share a bedroom. Often pets will sleep better if they are close to their owners and lots of people on their own are likely to feel safer if they have a dog beside them at night.”
Nishi adds: “However, anyone considering whether to let their pet share their bedroom needs to think carefully about it because once a pet has enjoyed the comforts of a duvet and pocket sprung mattress, it can be difficult to get them to go back to their own bed. In this instance, lots of pets will show signs of frustration, often making lots of noise at night and possibly being destructive.”