Tuesday, November 28, 2023


Do one or more of your pets sleep in bed with you at night?

Many pet owners allow their pets to sleep in bed with them at night. Come on, you know it’s hard to turn down that begging face!

Is sleeping with your pets a good thing? A bad thing? Is it healthy? If you missed the recent article on this topic from our RV Pet Vet, Karel Carnohan, DVM, read it here. In it, she explains the benefits and risks of sleeping with a pet.

If you let more than one pet sleep with you, please leave a comment after you vote and tell us how many. We’re curious!

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MevetS (@guest_187645)
1 year ago

At home ….
Our Siamese cat : During winter, almost always. In summer she’s a free agent, she decides. She doesn’t go on the road with us.
Our Heinz 57 Mutt : He’s more then content to sleep in his crate, which is always open. In the RV, he used to sleep on the bed and was thrilled. That was when he was less then a year old and took up about 1/3 the bed (if he was lengthwise). Now that he’s 72 lbs? Doubtful if he would be allowed on the bed. There would be no room for barely anyone else. He liked to sleep across the narrow or the long side of the bed. He’s pretty flexible when it comes to where he sleeps. As long as there is a mattress under him, he’s comfortable.

ReneeG (@guest_187551)
1 year ago

Our two Rat Terriers sleep with us. One under the blankets and one on top, depending on how cold she gets!

Prism (@guest_187530)
1 year ago

We full time with a Siamese cat who sheds all the time. My husband doesn’t like cat hair in our bed so no, the cat isn’t allowed in the bedroom. He doesn’t even try to get in the bedroom any more but at night, we still close the bedroom door just in case.

Gary (@guest_187450)
1 year ago

All of our dogs have always slept with us at home or in the RV.

Barbara (@guest_185597)
1 year ago

Our Hershey is almost 11 years old (a 16 lb Shih Tzu) and in our bed is where he sleeps and I would not trade that time for anything

Gary Kaiser (@guest_185465)
1 year ago

Three pugs and they’re not that small.

Rhonda (@guest_185354)
1 year ago

Three small dogs

Bill (@guest_185344)
1 year ago

Our oldest daughter used to have a gray tabby that slept curled up on her face. When she left that cat came to sleep on our bed.

Jeff Craig (@guest_185252)
1 year ago

Never at home – but in our RV, we can’t keep the cats off the bed once we doze off.

Robert J Leblanc (@guest_185247)
1 year ago

I have just 1 furbaby now, a 10 YO daschound. Even though she has her own bed for day naps, the foot of the bed under the blanket is for her night time sleepy sleeps. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

Denise (@guest_185245)
1 year ago

I have ( 4)bulldogs and ( 2) Boston Terrier’s and (1) South African Boreboel which is a mastiff . 5 of them are very large dogs except the 2 Boston’s. All my bulldogs and Boreboel love their kennels at night. Their kennels are 16 sq feet in size each. The two Boston’s Miss Pickles and Gizmo sleep with me in a queen size bed and I have a custom ramp made for them to get on and off the bed. Lol, they are bed hogs and are very spoiled as are all of them. Yes they sleep inside and have heat and AC . We have a large home and my offgrid place definitely has alot of space.. They also have a breezeway barn for outside when they are outside to protect them from the elements..

Dexter (@guest_185248)
1 year ago
Reply to  Denise

This has nothing to do with an RV. That’s a brick and mortar and the “other” is off grid with plenty of space. And a breezeway bard? Answer the question that was asked.

RV Staff
1 year ago
Reply to  Dexter

Hi, Dexter. I think Denise did answer the question. Nowhere in the description or the question itself did we specify sleeping in an RV. She told us which ones sleep with her and then expanded her answer to explain where the rest of them sleep. I thought it was interesting to hear about them. Have a good night. 🙂 –Diane

Last edited 1 year ago by RV Staff
Goldie (@guest_185242)
1 year ago

Two right now…used to be four…hoping to one day have three again. Love having them cuddle at night.

pauline (@guest_185241)
1 year ago

Imo, people who have dogs that are left outdoors all the time, dogs that are referred to as “just a dog” and/or don’t obedience train and work with their dogs daily, shouldn’t be allowed the privilege to own one. Let alone the love and loyalty dogs have for their people. My dog is everything to me. If my dog doesn’t like you I probably won’t either and if he doesn’t there is a darn good reason. I trust him more than most people. Absolutely, he sleeps on/in the bed. Under the covers and usually has his head on a pillow. He weighs 70 lbs. A Pitbull terrier. He approves this message.

Jack B. (@guest_187539)
1 year ago
Reply to  pauline

Couldn’t agree more. Hate to see dogs treated like farm animals.

Dave Hoffman (@guest_185233)
1 year ago

Our Cocker spaniel likes the middle half of the bed, leaving 1/4 each for me and the DW. At home in the King size bed it isn’t too bad, but the Queen bed is a little tight.

Darla VanAlphen (@guest_185232)
1 year ago

I have had 5 poodles over 55 years and only had a bed issue with one. She loved her kennel in house and went in on her own at 9 pm sharp every night for 14 years. Unfortunately” grandma” babysat once and felt sorry for her. That was all she wrote…once she got a taste of bed there was no going back. She lived to 17 so 3 years were a power struggle ❤️❤️❤️🐩🐩🐩

Roy Davis (@guest_185231)
1 year ago

That’s where the expression a ” 3 dog night” originated from. It meant that it was so cold you needed 3 dogs in bed with you to keep warm.

Louise (@guest_185227)
1 year ago

I have three Corgis and a ramp for them to get on the bed in the RV. I love it when we are all sandwiched in together…very cozy!

Debbie (@guest_185223)
1 year ago

Yes, but only at home. We have two 13-year-old cats, and don’t take them on the road. It isn’t their idea of fun.

Lindalee (@guest_185253)
1 year ago
Reply to  Debbie

Hi, Debbie,

I’m just curious what you do with your cats while you travel. Are your travels just a day or two or do you go for longer periods?

I’m asking because I have a dog (sleeps with my roommate) and three cats (one 16 yo cat sleeps with me the other 16yo sleeps in my recliner in the living room and the baby 4 yo sleeps on the rug in front of the sliding glass door). The dog is easy, she goes! As you said traveling is NOT a cat thing but, what do I do with the cats?

Thanks, Debbie! Great traveling to you!

Mary Hazel (@guest_187504)
1 year ago
Reply to  Lindalee

My 2 kitties actually love to go rving! Learned this when one needed RX during a planned trip. I have a very small toyota RV and already traveled with my 2 big dogs but amazingly easy adding cats. I’m currently installing a cabinet that will hold their litter and food secure from dogs. They seem to really enjoy new views and smells. They are also not escape artists and if anything avoid door. Crazy!

Mary Hazel (@guest_187507)
1 year ago
Reply to  Mary Hazel

And kitties often sleep with me in overhead but dogs stay below. Before kitties joined party I had sitters check in on them at home

Julie (@guest_185222)
1 year ago

Our two fur kids are happy to sleep in their in own beds unless there’s thunder. Then our little 10 lb Pom mix will yelp to come up and get under the covers. Thank goodness our 60 lb shepherd mix doesn’t have a similar need.

Diane M (@guest_185220)
1 year ago

The very idea of a pet in my bed grosses me out. I don’t even let them in my house. I like my dog and cats, but they are pets, not children.

Last edited 1 year ago by Diane M
Don Capellani (@guest_185224)
1 year ago
Reply to  Diane M

You shouldn’t have a pet. Do you tie them to a tree. Doesn’t sound like your pets

Roger V (@guest_185235)
1 year ago
Reply to  Don Capellani

Ever heard of being a landowner? Many of us are. Some have large acreage. Some with large, fenced in areas. We don’t all live in apartments, condos and HOA subdivisions. Nothing wrong with treating dogs like dogs, and yes, they are still pets.

Patty (@guest_185244)
1 year ago
Reply to  Diane M

I guess they don’t travel with you either? Ours are called “ fur kids” and they are definitely part or our life and travels. I feel very sorry for your animals and hope you don’t get any more in the future. It’s against the law in most states to leave them outside without shelter.

Linda (@guest_185251)
1 year ago
Reply to  Diane M

Pets are living beings and should be part of the family. You do not deserve a pet. Please find them loving homes and stick to a pet rock. You have no empathy.

Clayton glissman (@guest_186065)
1 year ago
Reply to  Diane M

Remember that GOD created them and us. GOD definitely wants us to take good care of all his creation. You mistreat your pet and you have made GOD ALMIGHTY very unhappy with your attitude towards his creation

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