When it comes to lights out, hands
up if the pitter-patter of four paws followed by a sudden
dead-weight at the end of the bed is part of your sleep routine?
You're not alone… It's estimated that just over half of dog owners
allow their pets to sleep in their bed with them - and a
recent study
found that those who sleep
with a pet in the room feel more safe and secure, having a better
night's rest. 

pet in bed

While never recommended for
children, the experts' consensus is that - providing your pet is
well-groomed, has preventative flea and tick treatment, no
behavioural issues and receives regular veterinary care - the risks
around co-sleeping are low versus the rewards of warmth, comfort
and a strengthened bond. 

So this National Pet Month, here's five
recommendations on how you can protect your investment in your bed,
and maintain high hygiene and comfort levels for you and your
four-legged friends!

Super-size your mattress: The more
space you have to get comfortable, the greater the enjoyment factor
of co-sleeping with your pet. Depending on the size of your dog or
cat, seriously consider upgrading from a standard UK double
mattress (measuring 135 cm x 190 cm (4' 6" x 6' 3")) to a standard
UK king, which measures 150 cm x 200 cm (5' 0" x 6' 6"). For really
big dogs, a 180 cm x 200 cm (6' 0" x 6' 6") super-king is a must
(unless you particularly enjoy the sensation of deadened limbs or
being confined to the outer edge of your

Protect your mattress investment:
Just like human toddlers, even well-trained pets can be prone to
the odd episode of bed wetting, and all those bodies can make for a
pretty sweaty sleep experience. Choose a good quality mattress
protector with breathable 100 percent polyurethane, which absorbs
heat for a cooling sleep surface and effectively prevents moisture from flowing through your sheet into
your mattress. 

Machine-washable duvets: To keep
your bedding fresh and free from unpleasant doggy or cat odours,
opt for machine-washable duvets and pillows that are tested for
durability. Breathable fillings allow moisture vapour to be
transmitted through the material - keeping your bedding cool, fresh
and hygienic for a renewing, reenergising sleep. Wash your bedding
regularly, with two rinse cycles to eliminate any residual

Colour co-ordinate: If you have a
fluffy white Persian cat, please step away from black bedding.
Likewise, brilliant whites are a no-no for animals with darker fur
and grubby paws. Try to camouflage your bedding with your animal's
coat to keep the visibility of stray hairs to a minimum. Think
about texture. Tightly woven cotton, crisp linens and silky
microfibres all resist and repel hair, whereas velvets, jersey
knits and flannels attract them with a vengeance. Granny's
100-year-old hand-crocheted lace throw… you'll want to store that
in your ottoman or divan base - away from flexing

Keep your pet's options open: As
cute as the idea is to share your bed with your pet, don't leave
that as the only option. Providing a safe, warm and comfortable bed
in another room ensures that your pet comes to you at bedtime as a
matter of choice rather than

Why not give your pet the ultimate
pamper experience with a Silentnight pet bed? Find out more
information here: https://www.silentnight.co.uk/accessories/pet-beds/

Guest Blog Credit: www.landofbeds.co.uk/silentnight