National Pet Month: Should your child sleep with a pet in their room?

Posted on 02/05/2019 by Room to Grow
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National Pet Month: Should your child sleep with a pet in their room?

National Pet Month takes place from 1st April 2019 to 6th May 2019. It is hosted by the charity of the same name whose key aims are; to promote responsible pet ownership, make people aware of the mutual benefits of living with pets, increase public awareness of the role of pet care specialists and to raise awareness of the value of working and assistance companion animals. During National Pet Month thousands of people across the UK will be celebrating life with their pets by spreading the word about responsible pet ownership and raising money for their favourite UK pet charity.

As it is national pet month, it seems like the perfect opportunity to discuss a topic which often has parents across the globe divided. Should children sleep with a pet in their room? It has been reported that up to 79% of pet owners allow pets to share beds with their human family members. By pet, we mean any pet from a dog to a hamster. If you are one of those parents debating whether you should allow your child to have a pet in their room, we’ve put together a list of the pro’s and con’s, so you can make an informed decision.

Child lays on bed next to a cat

Pro’s

Con’s

When it comes down to it, the choice is personal and dependant on the situation, the pet and the child. There are a few things you can do to optimise the environment for both the pet and the child. Beds such as cabin beds and high sleeper beds are great if your child wants to sleep with their pet in their room as it provides extra space for their cage or bed, whilst making it less likely they will jump onto the bed.

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