Sleeping with your pet can kill you.....

Katherine - posted on 01/25/2011 ( 24 moms have responded )




A very disturbing study for pet-lovers is being published in the CDC journal next month that says your dog or cat can make you sick with lethal diseases if you let them into your bed. Even more so if you kiss your dog, or let your cat lick you. Or all three. (Which, really, come on now, you know that's not sanitary.)

In fact, snuggling up to your dog can give you MRSA, as it did one couple who kept getting the potentially deadly, and decidedly unpleasant, infection before the dog cuddling was found to blame.

Even though it's rare, the veterinary scientists behind this study realize more and more people are sleeping with their pets, so they wanted to ring the alarm that some people can get seriously ill by close contact with their dogs. And cats are even worse.

For example, a 9-year-old boy in Arizona got the plague from sleeping with his cat, who was flea-infested. Fleas being one of the most common carriers of disease, and fleas loving dogs and cats. Cat scratch disease is also more dangerous in children, and yes, it's a very real infection that attacks the lymph nodes. Your cat can even give it to you by walking across the counters if you then prepare food before cleaning the counter thoroughly. I know. Gross.

Communicable diseases are especially dangerous for children or people with immune problems, and those individuals are more likely to contract a disease from a pet than a healthy adult. Even more important for disease prevention is to take your pet to regular check-ups and keep him flea-free.

Are you creeped out yet? Even though my dog gets a monthly flea treatment, guess what dog isn't getting into my bed tonight? Sorry, Eli, it's back to the dog bed until I can prove you won't be spreading the plague to the humans in the household.

Will you still let your dog or cat sleep in your bed after reading this?


Amanda - posted on 01/25/2011




First off if your pet is infested with fleas, your house is also infested with fleas, so it doesnt matter if they are in your bed or not.

Second - MRSA is not easily transmitted through normal contact - it is usually contracted through bites or scratches. Take measures to prevent dog/cat bites, wash your hands frequently and keep your dog/cat healthy. If you do get bitten or scratched by an animal, seek medical attention right away. *Added note most dogs/cats actually get MRSA from their owner first, and then it keeps transmitting back and forth between owner and pet*

Though I dont allow our dog to sleep with us, so it doesnt really matter what the article says to me, but it does irk me that they would suggest a child got the plague from sleeping with a cat, when in truth the house is full of fleas, and he could of gotten bitten while watching tv.

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Alissa - posted on 05/04/2013




Attn: Sharon grey
As filthy as you say "these people" are so are you. I don't care what you think or say. I know that even with regular visits to the Dr. And daily showering with any and all skin conditions investigated (you seasoned sleuth) as well as ur dental hygiene being amazing... If you licked your own stink hole ur husband wouldn't let u sleep in the bed. Quit calling people filthy it's rude.

Barb - posted on 01/27/2011




I decided to make homemade dog beds for our dogs. Sewed together some fleece, stuffed it with cedar chips, old socks, old pillow stuffing, and sewed it shut. Dogs wouldn't go near it. They just bowed down in front of it and barked at it. Two days later it was in pieces on the back porch. One dog laying on an old sock, the other on some pieces of pillow stuffing.

Now they just lay on an old wool blanket, unchewed and shared nicely. no complaints.

Fricken critters.

Lady Heather - posted on 01/26/2011




I'd like my dogs to move to a real bed in the guest room. Not so much out of love for them (although they are pretty swell), but because I'm allergic. That's the main reason why I don't have the animals in the bed with me. The cats used to sleep on the bed. The dogs sleep on their beds in our room. But the allergy keeps getting worse. :(

I'd have to be on my deathbed with allergies to not have pets though. Even then, I'd still probably have a cat. hehe. The allergies sure concern me a lot more than MRSA.

Sharon - posted on 01/26/2011




I'm working on getting a REAL bed for her. I'm thinking a full size will be good. My husband looks like he wants to vomit. he can kiss my ass.

Sharon - posted on 01/26/2011




You know? These people are filthy.

Their pets are filthy.

My pets see a vet regularly. They get bathed regularly. Any skin condition is investigated. Dental too.

Our cats sleep with us. never so much as an extra sniffle.

You reap what you sow. If you're a filthy disgusting person who schleps about in a flea infested pigsty, you'll wake up with fleas and a disease.

yeah I read this article last week and my cats still sleep in my bed and my dog still sleeps in her raised dog bed next to mine (same height as my bed).

yeah they're staying.

Shauna - posted on 01/26/2011




Eh i used to try and keep the dog and cat off of our furniture... untill i realized whats the point while im gone or at work they do it anyways... SO whatever .. my pets rule the home. My dog has come in handy to cleaning up messes on the floor like the cats puke or the baby throwing all his food on the floor, so thats nice. And usualy he eats his own shit outside so i dont even have to pick that up... neat. I do not kiss my pets. the cat east his butthole, and the dog eats the cats butthole.... gross.

EDIT TO ADD: My cat sleeps with us under the covers. If i dont let him he will stare at me with the creepiest face ever untill i lift up the covers for hiim to join us... id rather just let him join us than hear him bitch all night.

And the dog ... eh the dog has his own couch, and if we get up too early the dog will litteraly cover himself up untill hes ready to get up

to say our animals are spoiled is an understatement.

Bonnie - posted on 01/26/2011




Majority of animals love to be kissed and snuggled with. If you wouldn't let them, what is that telling your pet? Some animals live for cuddles and attention and they have feelings as well. It's how they show their love.

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Doesn't creep me out. I've had cats sharing my bed since I was 2 yrs old. Maggie Moo will curl up at my feet tonight and she can stay there. The only time she gets kicked out of bed is when she starts rubbing against my head at some ungodly hour looking for attention.

Barb - posted on 01/26/2011




Meh, Really? you mean the same mouth my dogs lick their dick with isn't acceptable to be licking my lips with? say it isn't so!

The dogs sleep on the back porch and the cats aren't allowed on the furniture or the counters. I worry more about when i wake up and the one cat is sitting my bedroom door way eyeballing my throat.. it's an eerie feeling that she might need more food. Sure she looks cute and innocent, but i've seen what she does to mice, it's not pretty.

Lady Heather - posted on 01/26/2011




We don't have fleas where I live. So that makes me feel a little better. I don't let them sleep in my bed though. My daughter does cuddle the dogs a ton. I don't know. I find it hard to worry about this given that I've grown up with animals and spent my baby and toddlerhood climbing all over a dog. It just seems like low on the list of concerns when I've never heard of it happening before.

Sarah - posted on 01/26/2011




I heard this story on the news last night & thought it was pretty dumb. Hell, I've had animals...cats & dogs since I was born (I'm 26) and not once have I gotten the plague or MRSA or any other strange disease. I had better chance of coming into contact with MRSA when I worked at the hospital. In my opinion, what's worse than the *rare* possibility that you MIGHT get a disease from your pet, is all that dang hair they shed everywhere. Now THAT'S the problem in my house. Yuck.

Laura - posted on 01/26/2011




Well the only time our dog has slept in my bed is when my husband is not home. I will wake up in the middle of the night and there he is in Curt's spot(he misses daddy).

As for the study they said it's rare but does happen. Yup, it's also rare that people get hit by a bus when they walk across the street but people still walk across the street. It's just another thing that trying to make us live in fear.

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Yes, our dog is kenneled at night. Our cat sleeps with us or on one of couches. We never allow our cat on the counter but it is a habit to clean/sanitize it before & after cooking or preparing food. (should be done reguardless of pets or not.) We have slip covers on both couches. With that said it is easy to wash bedding and covers at least once a week or more if visibly dirty. Yes, animals are disease ridden as well as being able to transfer it to us humans. However, the risk is drastically reduced if you are a clean person. (obsessive clean as some would consider it.) Just imagine having to eat off of anything in your house and if it isn't clean enough for you to do that then it isn't clean. (oh and trying to clean your carpets are great but DON'T EVER try eating off of them. Even after 6mos. to a year you can get almost as many germs, bacteria, and diseases as with a cat or dog in the house. IMHO

Katherine - posted on 01/26/2011




I just thought it was interesting...I mean people sleep with their pets all the time right? Now all of the sudden its taboo? I was expecting a lot of, "That's a crock." answers.

Jane - posted on 01/25/2011




Well, I have three basset hounds. I live at 8000 feet above sea level so fleas don't live at this altitude so we don't have to worry about that. I love my dogs immensely BUT they don't even sleep in our room, never mind our bed. They have a wonderful comfy setup in the laundry room with big cushy pillows where they sleep each night.

Mary - posted on 01/25/2011




It's funny....I read this article a few days ago. It did make me think about it.

Truth is, I've been sleeping with an animal in my bed since I was child. First, it was the 100lb lab I grew up with (in a twin bed). He was replaced in college by my cat, who slept with me for all 17 years of his life. Currently, my one dog, Charlie, sleeps in our bed every night. The second one starts our on his dog bed, but usually sneaks in somewhere in the wee hours of the morning. So, in all of my 40 years on this earth, all but about 7 of those years has seen some furry critter in my bed. Amazingly enough, I have yet to contract anything from them.

I will say this...the summer I was 13, we did have an issue with fleas in the sister and I spent our summer days at the barn, riding. There was a huge flea infestation among the barn's jack russell terriers (the owners bred them, and since they are great rat catchers, they had free run of the barn). Turns out we brought them home with us; WE gave my family fleas!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 01/25/2011




Any ding dong that doesn't treat for fleas.....well....if I say what I want to, I will yup, I will be sleeping with my flea free cat tonight, i won't lose sleep over cqt hing the plague, or cat scratch fever.

Johnny - posted on 01/25/2011




I don't let the cats on our bed. That doesn't stop them from hopping up on my desk in front of my computer and sticking her ass in my face though. I'm not too worried about fleas, they are indoor cats and we've had them for 6 years, no fleas or worms or other issues like that. Cat ass though, I can do without!

Minnie - posted on 01/25/2011




I don't let my cats into our bedroom because they tear madly about the room using our heads as springboards. I seriously fear for my life...or maybe losing an eyeball.

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I don't let my cats sleep in the bed anyhow, even before I saw this on the news. They always used to think it was cool to plop down on my pillow and I'm sorry, but I'm not smushin' my face down into or sleeping on anything my cat's ass touched. Ew.

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