do you think cat has dream while she is sleeping?
June 16, 2008 9:26am CST
sometimes, when my sheilla is sleeping, i watch her and she seems has dream in her sleeping. i know its ridiculous but i see sometimes her mouth moving slowly as like she drinks milk while she was kitten or moving her paws slowly with message movement. i just wonder if she has dream as like we have dream in our sleeping. what do you think?
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30 Jul 08
that is really ridiculous! and truly a cute scene to watch. but i don't think cats do dream, i just don't heard any of such explanations. but if ever they do, this would make me think what are the things they are dreaming of. i wish i know a lot about cats so i could find out myself if indeed it really happens, but i don't have cats at home so for now, i could not really tell.
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18 Jun 08
I definitely think cats dream. Mine do at least. I sometimes watch my cats as they sleep because they look so peaceful. I do notice the small sounds and motions they make every now and then. I have a feeling they are dreaming about the recent happenings of the day. I imagine my cat is chasing a bird, or perhaps dreaming about playing with one of their toys, or anything that would inspire them to move slightly or make a sound. I am sure their dreams are not as complex as ours, but they must be seeing and hearing "something" while they are asleep. I sometimes wonder if they have "bad" dreams. Perhaps they have memories of being scolded or having a frightening experience and they relive that in our dreams, just like we do. If only I could get into my cats head for one day! I've always wondered if cats (or any animals for that matter) can dream about "imaginary" situation as we humans do. For example, I wonder if they ever have bizarre dreams where they imagine they are a human, or a dream where they have piles and piles of cat treats in front of them. I am sure there are scientific findings based on questions like these. It's interesting to think about. :)
17 Jun 08
i don't own a pet but in the office we have 2 dogs and they are both cute while sleeping that i can't help but watch them , oftentimes i hear them murmur and bark a little, my lady boss told me that they are dreaming, i believe her since she really knows her dogs afterall. so i believe that cat also dreams.
17 Jun 08
hi plumwish, I think animals do have dreams when they are sleeping. :P someone I know mentioned about similar behavior of her dog back then, she said that her dog might dream about eating his favorite foods because her dog was chewing as he slept. LOL.
16 Jun 08
Yes animals do dream when they sleep, I think they do more miles in their sleep than they do in the day. I used to love it when mine dreamed I would stand and watch them for ages. My dog used to be the best she would be running in her sleep, and sniffing and sometimes she would cry in her sleep and do soft little barks. This would then wake her up and she would think she had heard another dog!
16 Jun 08
Hi plumwish07, I honestly cannot understand why people ask would ask such a question. Of course sleeping animals have dreams! Humans are animals, and they have dreams when they sleep, so why would one suppose that other animals don't have dreams when they are sleeping? IMO asking if we think animals dream is a bit like asking if we think people under voting age have dreams. While dreaming appears to be a feature of the sleeping state, the truth is that NO-ONE even really understands just what sleep is or why we seem to need it! So IMO it is quite strange to be wondering if the "sleep" that other species have is somehow different to the "sleep" that humans have. Sleep is sleep, and dreams are part of that state, whatever it actually is. And anyone who has observed a sleeping dog or cat will sooner or later see the animal acting out whatever dreams it is having while asleep. They will often move as though running or doing some other activity while asleep, in the same way as humans will during an animated dreaming experience. Animals aren't all that different from humans - nor are humans all that different from animals.