Can dogs/cats have nightmares?

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  1. TheShinyMac macrumors 6502a

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    Lately I have noticed my Beagle sort of twitching,moving, in his sleep. I know nothing is wrong with him b/c he never shows those actions when he is awake. So is it possible for him to be having nightmares? If so, what could they be about?
     
  2. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

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    I assume when my kittty sleeps like this, this happily, he dreams of murder.
    I guess your beagle, if having nightmares, is dreaming of you moving far far away and never coming home. That would make any dog sad.
     

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  3. TheShinyMac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm. Sure, we'll go with that.
     
  5. ddiogyn macrumors member

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    He does have a rather preoccupied, anxious look about him. Has there been a change in home situation or routine lately that could be stressing him?

    Conversely my kitty is very good at slapping/pawing me awake when i mumble in my sleep.
     
  6. andalusia macrumors 68030

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    Lots of dogs (not sure about cats) twitch in their sleep. Mine does, we generally just assume in his dream he's chasing a cat or a rabbit or something. In fact I've seen one dog twitch so badly in his sleep he breaks out into full blown running and his legs flail everywhere, still sleeping. It's natural ^_^
     
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    Yes, cats can have nightmares. Mine woke up from one while sleeping next to me one night. It must have been a bad one, because he took off and left a huge gash down my arm with his back claws.
     
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    Probably something like coming to their senses after a long chase, noting the unfamiliar surroundings, and attempting to find their way home. Not unlike certain higher primates.
     
  10. dejo Moderator

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    Quite normal in my dogs. And I think this could just be from dreaming, not necessarily nightmares. Heck, my dogs twitch and growl at some point almost every single day while sleeping.
     
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