Have you ever wondered if cats dream? Perhaps you’ve noticed your cat moving while asleep and it made you consider the possibility. Just like humans (and dogs) cats dream while they sleep. Since cats sleep 13-16 hours per day on average you should be able to spot your cat dreaming if you know what to look for.
There are two types of sleep, REM sleep and Non-REM sleep. REM stands for Rapid Eye Movement. The most “active” dreaming will usually occur during REM sleep. REM dreams are more in-depth, almost like a story (instead of brief dream fragments.)
Since our cats can’t talk, they can’t tell us what they dream about. But I have always imagined cats dream about playing, hunting, exploring, eating, being a kitten, or perhaps even fighting another animal. Imagine the variety of your own dreams and how they incorporate different aspects of your life. I have always imagined my cat’s dreams to be similar.
Sometimes my cats sleep with their eyes partially open or somewhat lidded by one of their inner eyelids. When this happens you can really see the rapid eye movement occur because their eyes are actually darting around beneath the lids while they sleep. It can even be a little unsettling, but it is natural and happens when you sleep as well! My cats have also kicked their feet as though they are running, twitched their whiskers and tails, and made lip smacking sounds.
I enjoy watching my cats while they dream. It’s a lot of fun to try to guess what they are dreaming about. Ask your family members how they imagine your cat’s dreams!
Jennifer Kean is a writer and pet-lover who owns two rescue kittens (lifetime cat owner too!) and has a 40 gallon fish tank!