Cats Protection Inverurie
Cats Protection Inverurie & Alford

A recent Cats Protection survey amongst cat-owners aged 20 - 40 has revealed that 44% of respondents enjoy a better night's sleep with their cat on their bed rather than with their partner in their bed.

Twenty-six per cent of men, and 51% of women who took part in the survey, reported their cat's superior "bed-ability", with the principle reason for this phenomenon relating to good old-fashioned security.
"Those who said they enjoyed a better night's sleep with their cat said they felt safer and more comforted with their feline on their bed," said Judy Bernstein, Head of Promotions at Cats Protection.

    The survey of single and attached working cat-owners, aged 20 - 40, has revealed several other benefits of cat co-sleeping for men and women, including:
  • Enhancement of personal bed space (i.e. cat takes up less space than a partner).
  • Purring pleasures (23% of respondents enjoy the sound of purring at bed-time).
  • A lack of harassment at sleep-time (although perhaps not at morning feeding time).
  • Considerable relief from a partner's snoring noise (for women only)

The research also found that cat-owners can be a lot more tolerant and accepting of their felines than they are of their partners.
The survey found that there were a number of behaviours that respondents would happily accept in their cats, but not in a partner.

These included:
Having bad breath. - 56% of men and 67% of women would accept their cat's bad breath but not their partner's.
Expectation of being fed twice a day, every day - 45% of men and 69% of women thought this OK behaviour for a cat but not for a partner.
Making a mess. - 58% of respondents thought it would be OK if, for example, their cat made a mess of their clothes but would not appreciate their partner doing likewise.
Taking up a lot of the bed covers. - Over half of respondents (55%) appeared willing to risk getting cold in bed for the sake of their cat's comfort, but would not feel the same if their partner took a disproportionate amount of the covers.

In fact, many people appear to prefer their felines altogether.

The survey found that 48% of respondents (37% of men and 52% of women) thought their cat was a better companion than their current or last partner, with more people in the 30-and-under age group feeling this way.
There were a number of reasons given for a cat providing better company than a partner, including:

  • Puss provided constant companionship (22% of men, 38% of women).
  • A lack of conflict with feline friends (11% of men and 31% of women).
  • The cat was fun to be around (11% of men and 30% of women).
  • Feline friend was non-critical and non-judgmental (15% of men and 27% of women).
  • Puss was more loving (15% of men and 27% of women).

It all goes to prove that cats really do offer their stressed owners a range of 'health and happiness' benefits.

Ninety per cent of respondents (85% of men and 92% of women) said their cat had increased their ability to relax and de-stress after work, whilst 51% of respondents (48% of men and 52% of women) thought their cat had given them a more positive outlook on life.

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Partners of cat loving women need to beware!

It's not all rosy amongst the cat-owning population though, particularly for single men.

Fifty per cent of single male respondents reported that their cat had caused them to have conflict with someone close to them.

Potential partners of cat-loving men need to be aware as, according to the research, the most popular method of solving conflict was to get rid of the person perceived as causing trouble!