Spokane cat owners have all watched their little darlings sleep. They have observed the felines sweet, delicate movements with paws, legs, whisker-twitches or even murmur, growl, purr or chatter a bit in the course of their slumber. It is very probable that they are reliving an experience they have gone through in their limitless imagination in the world of dreaming.
Yes, cats certainly do dream. There is scientific evidence that feline’s brain can put together dreams during sleep. In humans, there are five stages of sleep where the fifth stage, REM (rapid eye movement) is where dreams take place. Likewise, cats have two types of sleep – REM and non-REM (deep sleep). Cats generally stay in REM sleep for about 30 percent of their napping time. The brain wave patterns displayed by a sleeping kitty are analogous to that in humans. However, humans only spend about 20 percent of their sleep time in REM stage– with the exception of human babies who have 80 percent of their sleep in REM.
During REM stage, cats show an assortment of body movements that point to the fact that they are dreaming. Cats dream of events that they have experienced previously. As they siesta, they twitch their whiskers and tail, extend-retract their claws, curl up their lip, and have been known to start having delightful touches of murmuring, growling, purring or chattering. Just like humans, cats’ brain gives off a matter to stop them from vibrantly acting out the tales in their dream. However, it does not stop them from showing tell-tale clues of them reliving a situation or enacting an unreal story.
Chattering in felines is a signal of frustration when they spot a prey but are unable to reach it. Our cat may unveil that moment in his/her dream by lifting the upper lip to expose their “biters”, having alternating chattering while swishing his/her tail side to side. If a cat is dreaming about pillaging and pouncing on prey, the tail may swish, whiskers waggle, eyes move abruptly behind their closed eyelids. The series of dreams cats can come about are boundless.
In the non-REM stage, cats are in deep catnap. This simply means their body starts repairing itself where the energy level is being revived, immune system reinforced and muscles and bones restored ed. Cats as a rule sleep for roughly 16 hours per day, so you should be able to catch them dreaming quite easily. With all the promptings you monitor from their fine body movements, you may be able to interpret what their dream is about.