December 1, 2020
Why Do Cats Like To Roll Around?
For more than half of the day, you can find your cat in a sleeping state. Their love for sleep might make you wonder, do cats have dreams like humans do? If so, what do cats dream about?
For a long time, researchers have been analyzing animals’ sleep to find a possibility of them dreaming during this time. A study published on Elife about hippocampal – an area of the brain used for learning and memory, indicates that rats can stimulate this part during their sleep.
Cats also experience this stage when they sleep. Their hippocampal activities during this time also resembles those of humans. Like how we sleeptalk or shuffle around in our blanket, cats might twitch and turn regularly during REM. This is because actions that the brain recreates will be the most vivid at this moment.
Like how they act during the day, cats can display actions such as purring, snoring or pretending to chase something. A few cats even show behavior such as sleepwalking, but this may indicate brain injuries in cats.
You’re wondering if they ever dream about you, right? Of course, you – as an owner – is one of their most memorable encounters. They may have dreams about playing with you, being petted by you and such. Dreams are inconsistent for sure, but they will dream about you at least a few times in their life.
his can be caused by undesirable emotions they might be having. Their brain reflects those feelings during dreamtime much alike to how it reflects the daily activities. If your cat is stressed, sick or have aggression issues, they are more likely to have nightmares. They might even dream of you mistreating them, and them running away from you even when it’s just imaginary.
Even if dreams don’t usually affect how a cat acts during the day, as owners we still wish for them to have a healthy mental state all the time. Like how we may have better sleep using different methods.
Play with them during the day to tire them out, thus easier to sleep well. They will bring these positive, fun events into their dreams as well.
As long as you create a calming and secure environment for your cat, they will only dream of a nice memory.