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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-28-2009, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Do cats enter R.E.M. sleep like humans? I swear,they have the right idea! A series of catnaps seems more refreshing than a 'night's sleep'.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-28-2009, 08:11 PM
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Cats do have REM sleep. I have seen kitties "run" in their sleep, and have comforted kitties who cried out in fear during bad dreams. If you sleep snuggled next to a cat, and watch them closely when they are very deeply asleep, you'll see their eyes move when they dream. They also often meow softly, too, or "chatter".
I think intelligent species dream, as an emergent characteristic of being intelligent.
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Cleo talks in her sleep and sometimes wakes herself up doing that!

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Cleo talks in her sleep and sometimes wakes herself up doing that!
That's very cute!
Sometimes Arianwen will wake with a start, and look around, like she's making sure she's not in the bad place of her dream. When she sees she's safe, she'll start purring loudly, put her hand on me, and snuggle more against me.
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"If I don't nap 9 times a day,I won't have energy for my main snooze!"-Cat,RED DWARF
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With my cat it should be called REEM (Rapid Eye and Ear Movement).

My cat also had nightmares when we first adopted her, but I havenít seen that in a while.
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My cat Casper is normally very shy and gentle, a real sweet cat. He has never bitten or clawed any of us. About a year ago he was sleeping with my mother in law. She says he suddenly started to growl and then attacked her arm badly enough to draw blood. When he woke up he came to his senses and has never done anything like that since. I can't even imagine what he was dreaming about.

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Casper must have had night terrors that time, Sue.
Arianwen has more good dreams than bad, I think. She "acts out" her bad dreams more than her good dreams.
She mostly just smiles a lot during her REM sleep.
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What's interesting is that when a cat's napping,and you make noise,they'll open one eye,then conk out again. When Percy was a kitten,one day,he was sleeping on an easy chair. I had a rubber ball,and I started bouncing it,saying "Percy! Wanna play? Wanna play? Wanna playplayplay?!" Eyes still closed he shooed me away with one paw. "Mew."
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I think kitties don't usually sleep as deeply as we do, unless they feel totally safe and secure. That's part of the function of a cat colony. Some can get the deep sleep they need, while the 'guard kitties' stay partly awake. I read somewhere that kitties are able to sleep with only half of their brain at a time, if they feel the need to be aware of their surroundings.
There, that is another one of cats' amazing talents.
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