Our pet cats experience dreaming. That’s what researchers who looked into the matter have concluded.
Now that we know about this ability our pets possess, it’s a good idea to learn more about how to react when we see them in the middle of dreaming.
What do the seemingly random movements mean when your cat is sleeping? Should you wake your pet up if you think he/she is having a nightmare? Are cats capable of sleepwalking?
Find out the answers to those important questions by reading on.
Decoding the Random Movements
If you take the time to observe your pet cat who’s sleeping, you may notice that his/her legs may be twitching. In some cases, you may even notice their hairs start to stand even though they are sleeping soundly.
The twitching is no big deal. Even we are known to do that from time to time and it can be ignored.
Truthfully, you can also pay no mind to their standing up regardless of how unusual of a sight it is. According to The Happy Cat Site, your pet’s fur may start standing on end because they’re feeling threatened in their dream.
It’s a startling sight to behold for sure, but you don’t have to worry too much about it.
Concerns about Sleepwalking
According to Canidae, there are cats who may exhibit the behavior that we recognize as sleepwalking. Now, sleepwalking is concerning for two reasons.
First off, sleepwalking can be dangerous for cats that like to sleep in high places. You may have to wake them up or encourage them to sleep closer to the ground to prevent them from getting injured.
The other reason why it’s worth looking into your cat’s sleepwalking is because it could be a sign that he/she has sustained some brain damage. Make sure you schedule a visit to the vet the next time you see your cat sleepwalking.
How to Properly Wake Up a Cat
Waking your pet up when he/she is sleepwalking is a good idea, but you have to be careful about how you do that. Even gently nudging your cat awake may cause him/her to bite you. Cats will instinctively protect themselves and they may not be aware right away that you’re not a threat.
The best way to go about waking up a sleepwalking cat is to call on him/her. Calling out your pet’s name loudly should do the trick. Just be sure that you’re ready to grab him/her if he/she is about to fall.
Your cat may display odd behavior while sleeping, but most of the time, it is not something that should cause concern. If you want to be certain that your cat’s sleeping habits are nothing to worry about, bring him/her to the vet. Finding out why your cat sleeps the way he/she does will help the both of you rest better at night.
We at TAILored Cat Services are always eager to keep pets company. We will make sure to keep a close watch over them and keep them safe as they sleep. Reach out to us if you need a sitter by calling/texting 425-923-7791 or sending an email through our contact page.