questionswhere do your pets sleep?

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The cats sleep where they want. The dogs each have beds on the bedroom floor, and access to the hallway so they can wander out if out room gets too warm. The dogs may get moved to hallway outside our bedroom if we reproduce (a human child) and need to keep a crib in our room for a few of months. The pets share the mudroom, and are crated when we are away from the house. The caged critters sleep in their cages, chickens in their chicken houses. Or on top of their houses, depending on weather.

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I bought a king size bed hoping to get a little more space for myself. But the rules that govern beds & pets proved true once again:

1) The smaller the dog or cat, the more space they take up.
2) The larger the bed, the more space they will take for themselves (even the really small ones.)

Good thing I love them :)

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@thunderthighs: And for those of you with larger dogs that like to sleep on the bed, there's a cheap option. Back when I had a king bed and shared with the Great Danes, as they got older I would go to garage sales or second hand stores and buy sturdy low coffee tables. I'd screw & glue a doormat to the top for traction and it made an excellent step-up for arthritic giant breed dogs. If I couldn't find a table the right height I'd get a taller one and just chop down the legs.

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I have a twin day bed and a 135lb Great Dane, so he sleeps on a ginormous Cesar Milan bolster bed with the thin bottom padded by a thick Costco bed. My cat sleeps between my feet at the foot of my bed. I'm allergic and she is perfect, During waking hours the cat lays on the arm of the sofa and the dog occupies the other half of it. So if I am sitting up watching tv there's room for us all, but I can't stretch out on the sofa without displacing everyone.

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My cat sleeps on the corner of the bed but sometimes she likes to sleep on the part of pillow above my head.
Edit: I forgot to add she also likes the boxes from woot. I dont know what you guys do differently but its kitty approved in my house.

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@okham: No, that's just what I call her to other people. Regarding her thoughts on coffee, she will sit just outside the kitchen (she's not allowed in there) and wait while the coffeemaker runs. The price of this cooperation about staying out of the kitchen is that I will hold the prepared mug up to her so she can sniff.

She was born locally, so her habit for doing this is not entirely unreasonable.

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@inkycatz: Your cat's name is Intern? Does she get you coffee? All mine do is try to knock it out of my hand while I'm drinking.

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The Intern sleeps wherever she likes+, and after a few months (she is a suspicious and wary cat) finally started curling up with me at night.

+ For example, my lap during the day when I am not working at the office.

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My two cats get too playful for me to handle them being in bed with us, pawing and scratching at legs under the covers. So when it's bedtime, they get kicked out of the bedroom. They're allowed on any furniture and on the bed during the day.

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We've got a Smooth Collie that has his doggie cave under our bed and an Australian Kelpie who sleeps on either the floor or one of the couches.

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@tippypaws: Sorry to hear. It's always hard when we lose them, no matter how long they were with us.

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My two dogs (and foster puppy) sleep in crates in our bedroom. They love bedtime and wait anxiously to be put in their crates at night because they get a special cookie that they only get at bedtime.

Our cat used to sleep with me, either curled up next to me or laying on my chest. We kept each other warm. It took several nearly sleepless weeks before I learned how to sleep without her when she passed away in November.

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Two elderly mini-poodles who sleep more or less where they want during the day: three sets of dog beds around the house, a people bed, the couch, the floor, wherever. We have a double bed, which is great for cozy sleeping for two people but not so good at all with dogs whose weight seems to increase from 15 lbs to 50 lbs when they sleep, and the female snores so loudly we can hear her throughout the house. At night, therefore, they sleep in their own beds in the kitchen, secured behind a child's safety gate, unless we're having thunderstorms, in which case they're in bed with us.

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We have a couple of designated spots for both our dogs, which are either dog-beds (pads) or folded comforters. Each dog moves around and crashes on them pretty interchangeably, except their 'personal' spots in the living room.

We don't allow the dog to sleep in our bedroom or in our bed. I don't mind it (when we're camping or whatnot) but we didn't want to encourage them bedding down on every 'human' bed in the house when we're not home.

They don't seem to mind in the least.

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We have two toy poodles, both of which sleep on my parents bed (thankfully!)
I used to love the thought of them sleeping in mine, but they have a couple times when my parents are out of town, and they wake me up quite a bit, so nevermind XD

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@lparsons42: We do plants for our deceased critters as well, but dogwood is good.

I'm not sure what the rules are here (probably ok, as we're out a bit), but we have them cremated.

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I have two blue tick hounds and they both sleep in the bed with me. At the start of the night they are both at the foot of the bed. By morning they are up next to me on the passenger side or lying across the bed and I'm in a fetal position.

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I have a black lab mix shelter dog, looks like a mini lab, she cuddles for a little while, likes to get her belly rubbed then heads to the foot of the bed. However, when I am taking care of my mom's dogs, her mini poodle has to sleep curled up on your shoulder and her standard poodle thinks she is tiny too and loves to sleep as close to me as she can get, even if it's on top of me. I am constantly trying to push them over so I don't fall off my queen bed, which I have done.

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I can also add that where we live we can get away with burying our deceased dog in the back yard without having to worry about getting in trouble over it. After burying her we decided we wanted to memorialize her by planting a tree over where we buried her. We chose ... a dogwood (of course).

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@thunderthighs: Wow, canine karma as well. You're quite the good critter parent :)

We don't need them for the dog, but have ramps and stepsools set up for our agin ( and lazy) cats.

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Our dog sleeps a couple feet underground. We had to have her put down last summer and decided we aren't ready for another one yet.

Before I met my wife, the dog was hers and slept in the bed with her. Dog plus the two of us didn't work well, so the dog subsequently slept next to the bed after that. She would sometimes sneak up onto the bed when I wasn't around, until she got old enough that she couldn't make the jump. Then she slept on the couch for some time, until she got really old and started sleeping on the floor.

She was 15+ years old when we had her put down. We like to think she had a good run of it.

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My dobie choses to sleep in a crate, fortunately for me!

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Girl cat sleeps in the exact center of the bed and sort of molds me around herself. Boy cat prefers to sleep alone in random places, but will crawl in with me for brief periods if he wants to snuggle or make a blanket fort. Sometimes he decides that 3 AM is the perfect time to launch a sneak attack on his sister, which means I wake up to find that my tummy or butt is now a kitty combat zone, and it's necessary to lock them both in the bathroom until they can settle their differences like rational beasts.

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I am single and Black Lab sleeps on my feet, the other two take the rest of the bed. At least I have something to cuddle.

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FWIW to those with small dogs: I also have a ramp for my dachshund/corgi mix to use getting on and off the bed. It looks kinda like this one. but with a solid rail on the outside. Mine was made by a guy I found on the Internet but I think he's out of business now.

I have it running along the end of my bed so it doesn't take up much room.

I highly recommend ramps for the small doggies.

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My cats basically sleep where they want.

They were trained from early on that they don't wake me up for food, though they know the sound of my alarm clock and will wait by my bed to see if I hit the snooze or actually get out of bed. If I get up, the don't like it when I stop in the bathroom on the way to the kitchen.

Sammy (~13 lb male) will sleep on my bed with me if I am reading. He jumps off when I turn out the light. I usually find him on the couch or the cat tree.

Diva (~7 lb female) prefers the radiators, either on top or just in front, at least in the winter. She also likes the back of the couch when the radiators are not warm.

In the summer, they both prefer the basement.

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Rottie and Lab mix on bed with me. Used to let the cats but their claws making a bed on my stomach in the middle of the night ended that. They take over the bed when I wake up. Of course, now that I think about it, the cats' claws may be less of a nuisance than the dogs' gases. Oh, well.

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My two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels were going to sleep in their crates, not on my bed, no way...OK...but it does get crowded on my single bed with the two of them and me and my pillows and books. I'm sure they'd be glad to have it all to themselves. They definitely do not like it when I bring the computer to bed. One tries to bury it with the covers every time.

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Our Weimeranar sleeps in his kennel in our bedroom, we leave the door open. Though if he cold noses me one more time in the morning, I may have to kill him.

Our pet rats stay in the office.

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2 cats, both rescues. The older one sometime sleeps in a cat-bed in another room, sometimes under my bed, and sometimes on my bed (usually directly on top of my torso). The younger cat nearly always sleeps on the bed with me, usually curled up around my feet/legs. He will also occasionally get under the covers (very weird for a cat!). I can tell how cold it is by how many cats are in the bed and what position.

My mom has 2 cats, and they are definitely the insomnia-causing type. One always sleeps with her, but wakes her up all the time by moving and being heavy. The other cat sometimes tries to come on the bed, but the dominant cat usually fights to push her off - hence leading to more insomnia!

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I sleep happily and cozily with my kitty Mowgli. There's something amazing about finding that a cat who could be anywhere wants to be curled up with me.

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I'm currently sharing a twin-bed with a friend and 2 cats. My cat sleeps in the little nook behind my legs, hers sleeps just in front of her belly.

We're a cuddly bunch.

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I like when pets are allowed on the furniture- they keep my spot warm or cuddle when watching TV. We try to call our dog on the bed at night, but it lasts all of five seconds. If it is one or the other of us, she'll sleep in the missing one's spot. She has space issues.

Usually, I find her sprawled out on the guest bed at night.

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My cat sleeps on top of my keyboard.
Never understood why....

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I am priveleged to sleep on the community queen sized dog bed occupied by several pugs.

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I prefer my pets to sleep in my bed. I think I actually sleep more comfortably when my little kitty is curled up next to me.

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I've got a cute little rescue cat. Well, notso little anymore.
She doesn't like being touched- unless it's 3am and her ears need a rub- 10 seconds max.
She likes sleeping on my stomach. As long as I don't try to pet her, or for long, she curls up; otherwise she'll leave and hide. I wake up (on my back) in the position I fell to sleep in, so it's not a problem for me to have her.

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@thunderthighs: You get extra feline karma points. They last 9 times as long.

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@okham: When I was married, we had 2 dogs (one was 55 lbs, other 25lbs) and 2 cats sleeping with us. Cats knew to sleep with him and I couldn't take their bathing nudges while trying to sleep.

This cat is son's from his dad's house. His dad passed away this summer so now he's my inherited cat. Sigh. Since the cat has lost one person, the other cat, and been displaced, I'm cutting him some slack.

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my cats change their minds now and then but lately the pattern is the chunky cat sleeps in his circular cat condo nook, snug as a bug. the other one always ends up laying ON my feet on the bed. he loves feet and i think the heated blanket doesn't hurt either

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@thunderthighs: Our dog was raised by the cats since we brought him home from the shelter at 3 weeks old, so he basically thinks he's a cat. Sharing our bed space isn't a problem for them, except for the 80+ pounds of critter added in with us. Next bed will be a California king.

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@ohcheri: So, you have furniture that you get to use? That's madness!

I fully admit to spoiling the crap out of our critters, but am not averse to making them relocate. As for insomnia, that comes on its own...can't blame the critters for that. Once they settle, they are fluffy space-heaters.

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All my dogs were outside dogs, so they slept wherever they wanted. I haven't had one in years, though.

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I'm single but have a king-size bed. My smallish dog (25lbs) sleeps on one half of the bed and me on the other. The recently inherited cat has just started sleeping on the bed too and is usually attached to my back or legs on the far side from the dog. Cat & Dog don't particularly like each other yet.

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The dog is not allowed on the bed (or any other furniture)...unless we're traveling. She knows when she goes to a hotel she's allowed on the bed and that's the first place she lands when we check in.

The cat sleeps on my husband's side of the bed because he knows he gets the boot if he tries to encroach on my space :-)

I've heard that pets are one of the leading causes of insomnia so you have to decide on your priorities, your comfort or the fur-kid's comfort.