More Pets Sleeping in Bed With Their Owners,
Veterinary Pet Insurance Survey Shows
Recent Poll Indicates That Pets Have Moved
'From the Backyard to the Bedroom'  

       If you find yourself cuddling up with your furry friends each night when you go to bed, you're not alone.
      In a recent survey of Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) policyholders and other pet owners who visited, 56 percent of those who responded said their pet sleeps right next to them each night.
     The latest opinion poll was delivered to VPI policyholders through its newsletter, The Retriever, and was also accessible on the company Web site,
      Of the nearly 8,000 respondents, 21 percent said their pet sleeps in a pet bed, 18 percent claimed their pet sleeps at the foot of the bed, and 5 percent of pets sleep on the couch. A paltry 1 percent of polled pet owners said their pet sleeps outside.
      "Our pets have made a definitive move from the barnyard, to the backyard, to the bedroom," said Dr. Carol McConnell, director of veterinary services for VPI. "With the human-animal bond stronger than ever, more pet owners are taking care of their pets like they would a family member. Our pets are spending more time indoors with the entire family, and now they share the comforts of a soft mattress with the family, too."
     The VPI poll results are in accordance with other similar surveys of pet owners. In a survey of cat owners on, 47 percent of respondents said their cat sleeps with them each night.
     And on -- a Web community of dog lovers who share stories, pictures and advice with other like-minded pet owners -- one "pooch parent" asked the community where their pets sleep at night. In more than 20 Web pages of responses, the answers varied: Sadie Lady sleeps on the bed with "Mom and Dad," Storm nods off on a "big, poofy blanket" on the floor, and Maggie sleeps under the bed, where it's cooler.
     About Veterinary Pet Insurance
     Veterinary Pet Insurance Co./DVM Insurance Agency is the nation's oldest and largest pet health insurance company. Providing pet owners with peace of mind since 1982, the company is committed to being the trusted choice of America's pet lovers and an advocate of pet health education. VPI Pet Insurance plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for thousands of medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Optional Vaccination & Routine Care Coverage is also available.
     Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Policies are underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and in all other states by National Casualty Company, an A+15 rated company in Madison, Wisconsin. For more information about VPI Pet Insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit

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