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Cat Dreams - Can We Interpret Them?

Anyone who has had a cat around for any length of time knows that cats do dream.  Their whiskers and paws twitch away - some even sleepwalk.  Part of the fun of having a sleepy cat is wondering what on earth they are dreaming about.

Some studies are bold enough to suggest that they know.  By studying the movements animals make, they think that cats are doing the things in their dreams that they normally do during waking hours.   Those paw twitches may be swatting at string, kneading a soft blanket, or running after prey; the whiskers are sensing some phantom scent or taste that exists only in their dreams.   

The hippocampus is the part of the brain involved in dreaming.  Cats, dogs, and humans all have similar features in this part of the brain.  Maybe it's not so far-fetched to think we can imagine what a cat is dreaming of, after all. 

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