Do Cats Dream?

One remarkable thing about cats is that they spend 16-20 hours a day sleeping or napping. This is a habit that they have inherited from their ancestors who survived the hostile conditions in the wild by sleeping during the day and prey hunting at night.

Several studies on the sleeping habits and sleeping patterns of cats were conducted to try to establish if cats do dream. Results show that while sleeping, cats also go through a phase of rapid eye movement (REM), the same phase where dreaming occurs in people. These findings have led many experts to believe that there is a high probability that cats do dream.

Unlike some breeds of dogs that snore loudly while sleeping, cats are noiseless sleepers. Cats don’t have a loose soft palate that is present in dogs that’s why they don’t snore or breathe heavily when asleep. For more information, give your vet a call.


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