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Sex in front of your pet? Well it’s certainly a unique take on ‘doggy-style’. But is it what either you or the significant animal in your life really need?
Anne Sexton, 25 Oct 2012
That would make me uncomfortable too. But, luckily, most animals don’t share this cat’s kinky cross-species tastes. In fact it seems that certain pets would rather be anywhere else than in the presence of humans mating.
“The cat always runs out the room. I’m not sure if I should feel insulted,” said Helen.
“I’m not bothered by it,” said Aiden. “Although I had a dog who would leave the room every time.”
Daithi has two cats neither of which seems keen to watch. “Sex is fun, but it ain’t pretty,” he joked.
While most of my respondents were unconcerned about an animal audience, others, like Sean, preferred strict privacy.
“I don’t care that the pet won’t mind: I mind!” exclaimed Beth.
James agreed. “It would kind of freak me out! The dogs get confused about who is alpha. They also get too curious. The last thing you want is a dog sticking its nose somewhere.”
There are practical considerations too.
“As long as they’re not trying to catch my feet or dangly bits,” Daiti said, “they’re welcome to stay or go as they choose.”
Ah yes, dangly bits! I don’t have those, so that’s not a worry for me. However, my partner does and I certainly wouldn’t blame him for being concerned about them – after all, animals have teeth and claws.
When my ex-boyfriend got a puppy, it seemed to think that sex was some kind of rough and tumble game – which I suppose it is – but didn’t see why he should be excluded. He jumped all over the bed and began biting our legs.
Nor was he happy at having his master’s attention directed elsewhere. After we’d finished he crawled in between us making après sex cuddles impossible. But I love dogs and dogs love me, so after a couple of days he settled down, waiting patiently on the floor until we were ready to fall asleep. Then, much to my ex’s chagrin, the dog curled happily up next to my belly.
Teeth genuinely are a worry: my friend Ray’s new puppy thought that Ray had a lovely bone and decided to chomp down on it. Not enough to draw blood luckily, but he was in pain for several days afterwards.