To share or not to share is the question asked by most pet parents. Co-sleeping can seem like such an idyllic part of pet parenting, that is until it’s not. Ask any new pet parent and they’ll tell you the sleep deprivation struggle is real!
Coping with a distinct drop, in sleep quantity and quality as a parent can be very challenging. But we’re not here to crush dreams (pardon the pun). In fact, you can still have the bond without sacrificing the snooze.
All babies are different, whether pups, peeps or kittens one things for sure co-sleeping is mutually beneficial and calming for all, but. Yep, sorry there’s always a but! If not established with set boundaries and defined space for all, you could be disrupting their sleep as much as they’re disrupting yours.
If lockdown taught us anything it was that people turn to pets for comfort. Not surprising really given that the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention found having a pet could lower a person’s blood pressure, cholesterol, loneliness and stress levels. Additionally, with the right training companion pets often make great therapy animals. The answer then to the juggle struggle: Balance!
Tips to a Better Night’s Sleep
Here's ten simple tips for pet parents wanting to get the perfect co-sleeping balance.
- Establish a routine
- Create a separate area close to your bed for them to sleep in.
- For every place that you snooze get them their own bed so that they can cosy up along side you, without either of you disrupting the other.
- Use positive reinforcement techniques when they’re in their bed.
- Soothers are great for teething pups, who may wake in the night due to the discomfort.
- Remember it is normal for them to wake during the night especially in those first few months of settling in. So, before lights out give them time and space to get up, stretch and resettle. But remember not all pets are night sleepers!
- Check them regularly for fleas with a flea comb.
- Keep their nails trimmed.
- Vacuum frequently.
- Keep a log; monitor your pet’s behaviour and speak to your vet about any concerns you may have.
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