I think it’s pretty safe to say that a lot of people like company. I know that that’s a broad statement, and that there are lots of people who prefer the company of only themselves. So maybe I shouldn’t have made that broad opening statement at all … but I’ve typed it, and now it’s out there, so there we go. Now, out of those people who like company generally, as in, they prefer it when someone else is around, or just in the same house, or the same room, even if they’re not even really chatting, I believe that there is a large group who also enjoy sharing a bed with someone, or … something.

First of all, when I say share a bed with, I mean literally, physically just share a bed with. Just have a snuggle buddy, someone to cuddle up to, a personal heater. I think that, at least out of the people I know, most would agree that it’s nice to have another body in there with you. Now, that said, there are downfalls to sharing a bed with a person. Maybe they snore. Maybe they hog all the covers, and you wake up in the middle of the night freezing, only to look over and find your bed-buddy, snug as a bug in a rig, under all the blankets.

Or maybe he or she is a super cuddly type, which seems super great until you find yourself smothered right to the edge of the bed in the middle of the night, in danger of being pushed off into the oblivion. These are all concerns one may have when sharing a bed with another person. And, frankly, they’re all valid concerns. Sometimes, sleeping with people can be the worst, because they are, in fact, people, and that means that you can’t really just shove them off the bed or pick them up and move them somewhere more convenient (I mean, most of the time).

So, still want something warm to snuggle and make you feel loved, but don’t want to have to deal with a human? Maybe you don’t have a human to share your bed right now? Allow me to suggest an animal! That’s right! Pretty much all the good stuff of sharing a bed with a person, except when an animal annoys you in the middle of the night, you have every right to kindly suggest that maybe that animal move to the floor. Because you are a human.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some pitfalls to sleeping with certain animals, just like there are pitfalls to sleeping with certain humans. But some great things about having an animal to snug is that you don’t have to do anything to get them into bed to snuggle, there’s no romantic attachment, the bed is still, in every way, yours, and you don’t really have to make compromises, and, also, their love is unconditional, so they’ll always be there for you. I would say that’s worth putting up with a little bit of fur.