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Health & Fit: Two thirds of pet owners sleep with them

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According to a study by a British flea brand, two thirds of dog and cat owners would sleep with them ... and would love it.

Where do your pets sleep? In the living room or even in the garage? If so, you are a minority among owners of felines and other canines. Indeed, according to a study by the British flea brand, ItchPet, and relayed by The Mirror, two-thirds of parents of cats and dogs would sleep with their hairy beast. This reflex would be reassuring for 27% of respondents and would help them to feel less alone. 37% would simply like the heat produced by the furry bodies of their pets.

For Peter Neville , a specialized behaviorist, sharing the bed with our pets would be part of our common life and testify to the strength of the bond that unites us with our cat or our dog. "For us, the main element of this relationship is comfort, pleasure, touch, shared warmth and an increased sense of security. Especially for many dog ​​owners." A reflex of the animal which would take place in the bed - conjugal or not - in a completely significant way. "When they choose their sleeping position, our pets seek to maintain and strengthen their close protective bond with us, rather than by the mere desire to control us or monopolize a territory, developed the specialist. regard them as mothers, throughout their lives, when they snuggle up. " Dogs, even if they act as guards and hunters during the day, would still find comfort and security near their owner at night.

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If you want to decipher the behavior of your pet. These are the different positions that the brand has listed for its study ... and their meaning. A real kamasutra.

# 1 The Sneak : Your pet is positioned near your head, to feel your heart beat and to feel you breathe. He aspires to become a pillow thief ... or sleep on what seems to be soft for your head.

# 2 The Octopus : When you wake up, your pet has taken up all the space and you find yourself on the edge of the bed. Like an octopus spreading its tentacles.

# 3 The Donut Divider : You can see very well what position it is. That of the cat (or of the small dog) which curls up between or on your two legs and prevents you completely from moving. In this way, he protects himself from outside noise, which promotes a heavy sleep ... only for him.

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# 4 The Pillow Bandit : Reserved for animals that lie on your pillow and appropriate it.

# 5 The Cuddle Bug : It’s when your pet comes to rest along your chest, sometimes under your arms, for a purring hug. Ideal for feeling your heart beating, feeling your breath and being reassured.

# 6 The Knee Nuzzle : We all know this position very well, since it is the one where your pet lies down at your knees, between your thighs and your calves, when you are in the fetal position. She’s the one who wakes us up in the middle of the night because our buttocks are hot. No ... literally.

# 7 The Faithful : You sleep peacefully while you sleep while your pet rests at your feet, at the end of the bed.

# 8 The Wall : Yes, it is when your pet comes to intrude and lies down between you and your partner, thus forming a wall.

# 9 The Under-Cover Lover : Instead of lying on the cover, your pet prefers to slip under it to be warm and above all, to curl up in your pheromones and your smell. It is reassuring for him and the dark can help him sleep.

# 10 The Super-Hero : These are the cats and dogs that lie by your side, on your stomach, one paw in front. Like Superman.

Do you want to know which position is most common? According to the study, it is 32% "The Faithful". And note that more than half of the respondents consider it more pleasant to sleep with their pet ... than with their partner. Friendly.


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