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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-13-2012, 01:59 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Penguin_Dreams View Post
Completely based on absolutely nothing, my own thought is that people smell different when they sleep. I've woken up numerous times to find my girl standing by, ready to start sniffing my eyes. (As far as I can tell, she waits until I'm awake, but then again, how would I know if I'm asleep?) Cats have a gland there that secrets a pheromone, maybe humans do too and cats can detect it and maybe it smells different during sleep phases.
Yes, it's based on very little. I was just waking up so my memory of what I thought/was thinking is slight. I just threw it out for discussion. I had thought of contacting a sleep lab to see if they had any information about the behaviour of people as they wake. Missy does sniff my eyes at times, however, tonight I just had to lie down for a quick nap; Missy was fast (?) asleep in the front room, but as soon as had I stretched out on my back she was on the bed and sitting on me. Someone mentioned squeaky bedsprings.

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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-13-2012, 07:54 AM
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I always wondered how they know too. My Siamese, Quincy always seems to know the moment I wake up and comes close looking for pets. He doesn't seem to want me to get up. He is just content to curl up close for cuddles.

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