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Should you Sleep with your cat?

Cute little girl sleeping on sofa with fluffy cat

I sleep with my human every night, but at a recent doctors appointment, my mom’s doctor told her I was bad for her health. How rude! This doc says I spark her allergies and asthma. Mom has had reactions to animal dander, mold and pollen since she was a teen, but got allergy shots for many years to help her deal with it.

Why you shouldn’t sleep with your cat

This doctor was actually the third allergist she’s had in 20 years who has told her to not sleep with her cats. Being an educated scholarly feline, I’m not going to dispute the facts behind their advice. I believe in transparency, so here’s the scientific evidence the medical community thinks you should not sleep with your cat:

  • You could get the bubonic plague: According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) from 1977 to 1998 there were 23 cases of the disease caused by the family cat. Some people even died.
  • You could get ringworm: If I were infected with a fungus like ringworm, its spores are on my coat. When I cuddle up next to you, I can give you ringworm.
  • You could get scratched by your cat while you are sleeping. That’s very true. I get overstimulated and sometimes pounce on my mom when she’s in a deep sleep. I can’t help it! It’s fun.
Whisker Fabulous' Farley Waddlesworth in bed with his dog sister Josie
My dog sister Josie and I both sleep with Mommy in our heated beds which are on her bed.

If you still want to sleep with your cat….

If you still want to sleep with your cat, there are things you can do to make things better. You should wash all your bedding in hot water weekly, especially the comforter your cat lays on.

I get brushed every two weeks. Mom wants to get rid of my excess pet hair and we both sleep year round with an air purifier that has a HEPA filter. HEPA technology is the best to capture pet hair, dander and odors. There are many brands out there that are great, just make sure you’re diligent about replacing the filter or it will do no good.

This is the air purifier I use. Available at

If you decide you should not have your cat in bed with you, good luck on making that transition. I personally would be meowing at the door all night to make my human feel as guilty as possible. But that’s just me. I am extremely demanding. If my mom had any willpower I probably would stop. But I know she’ll cave. LOL

If you have a severe case of cat allergies, please know that while your feline wants to be with you and may feel sad going not being with you, many eventually adjust and are just fine. It just takes discipline on the part of the human.

Allergies are also a common reason cats are turned into animal shelters. My advice is that you always try to re-home it yourself so you can determine if the owner will be right for your kitty. Many animal shelters in the United States have too many cats and not enough homes. In some parts of the country that means healthy adoptable kitties are put to sleep each year simply because there are not enough adopters.

Sleeping with your pets is a personal decision. Your health should always come first. If you aren’t healthy, how will you take care of your cat? Your health is just as important as your cat’s. Do what’s best for both of you.

FTC Disclosure: This post contains an Amazon affiliate link.  Whisker Fabulous will get a small commission if you make a purchase. Farley is very picky, so he will never recommend anything that he or his human don’t use themselves.


  1. Jim

    What cat do you know that sleeps all night or even at all during the night? Ours is playing all night long most of the time.

    • Mary Tan

      Hi Jim! Good point! Cats are nocturnal so many do play all night. I tend to sleep for a little bit then roam around and then go back to bed… so I am a pretty good kitty for not waking my human up. I would suggest you put out “quiet” enrichment in a room far away from your bedroom such as little mice or balls that make no noise? Perhaps that will keep them quieter? Of course, when it comes to hunger… all bets are off for keeping a cat from waking you up. Thanks for reading! Farley Waddlesworth

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