Do Cats Dream?

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Of course, no one is out to prey on your favorite feline. Although a kitten may be up all night pouncing on your toes, you can encourage less irritating sleep behavior. Feed your cat during the day, and refrain from giving food at night, no matter how much it might soothe your pet. Moreover, be sure to give your cat lots of attention when you’re awake. Cats are social creatures. They can adapt to seek out that kind of activity when they can get it, which means that they’ll stay awake for snuggles when they see you moving around and start sleeping when you sleep, too.

How Much Sleep Is Necessary?

The Harvard Business Review explains that sleep is necessary for the body to function at its best. The body rejuvenates itself during deep sleep. This doesn’t mean that the deep sleep stage is the most important, though. Cats that spend more time in one stage or another can be crabby and confused during the day. Cats should get about 10 to 18 hours of sleep a day.

What if your cat is up all night? Felines go through cycles of activity, feeding, grooming, and sleeping. If you can set up one last play session and offer a snack shortly before bed, your kitty will likely start snoozing afterward.

Encourage Cat Naps

Give your cat the chance to get some good, uninterrupted sleep. It’s tempting to want to reach in and rub his warm belly when he’s curled up. He’ll eventually wake up purring, but he might have needed the rest. Don’t try to wake a dreaming cat. REM is an important sleep stage. Give your cat a warm, dark place where he can snooze without interruption. Cats love to snuggle into cozy little areas. You can play and snuggle as much as you want as soon as he’s done counting sheep… or mice.



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