June 2007 Issue

Unhappy Bedfellows?

How to maintain a close relationship with Kitty and get a good night's sleep.

Nothing is more appealing to many feline-loving people than snuggling up with a favorite cat companion, whether it be while watching television, reading a book or even catching some Zs. "A lot of people really enjoy sleeping with a cat as long as the person does not have allergies or medical conditions that would make getting a scratch potentially dangerous," says Ellen Lindell, VMD, a board-certified veterinary behaviorist who operates a private behavior specialty practice and is a monthly columnist for CatWatch. "Aggressive cats should be kept out of the bedroom, but if the cat behaves normally, there is no harm in sleeping with her."

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