As any cat owner knows, our cats sleep a lot! Yet, when our cats are taking one of their many cat naps, we often wonder if they are dreaming of chasing mice, their best bowl of food or just in a deep sleep. Research shows that cats do, in fact dream. Not every cat nap has a dream; however, their overnight long term sleep most certainly does. And cats, not unlike their pet parents, might not understand why or how this works, but just accept it as normal routine.
Cat sleep stages
The first phase of a cat’s sleep is called light slow wave sleep. During this phase our kitties are not fully relaxed and are easily roused. You say their name and they wake up easily and/or can feel any type of movement. Next is the deep slow wave sleep when our cats becomes progressively more limp and harder to rouse. Finally, there is paradoxical or rapid eye movement (REM) sleep in which the brain becomes extremely active once more, as if the cat is awake, and yet the body is profoundly relaxed.
The second phase of sleep is the REM phase
This REM sleep is sometimes referred to as the sleep of the body. Certainly the mind is getting no rest. It is at this most-difficult-to-wake stage of sleep that dreaming occurs. People who are awakened from REM sleep have reported that they have been dreaming. The fact that the body's muscles are relaxed does not mean that occasional movements cannot occur and it is quite common to see cats twitching or contracting their toes during REM sleep, as if they are experiencing some mental chase. This is when we think our cats do dream.
Cats sleep patterns are very much like our own. They spend about nine to ten hours a day asleep, mostly at night and during this time their sleep cycles shift.
You can tell when your cat is in the deep sleep and might be dreaming
When REM sleep arrives, the brain is the most active and this when you might see some movement in your cat and twitching of his or limbs. What has been researched to happen is that a cat’s serotonin neurons supply muscles that control large anti-gravity muscles and not those that control episodic behavior and fine movements, such as muscles that control eye position and movement of the limbs or paws.
A catnap is when our cats are in a light wave sleep and the cat's mind is blank at this time. This represents the resting of the mind (as we humans can take 5 minute ‘cat naps’)" during which there is no dreaming. This is similar to when we fall asleep in a chair and the brain is resting, but dreaming doesn’t occur.
Although they sleep mainly at night, cats are most active at dawn and dusk when their prey would normally be most active, with periods of snoozing and sleeping in between times of peak activity. And, if our cats become totally relaxed, with their eyes darting back and forth, it is likely they are dreaming. So, really, our kitties might sleep a lot more than we do, but their sleeping patterns are very similar to us humans.
If your dog is fast asleep and you see him or her twitching or slashing around, it could very well be that your dog is having a nightmare or bad dream. There have been many studies done to see if dogs actually do dream and it apparently seems that is the case. Of course, we can’t ask them so it is hard to know for certain. However, if your dog does dream, he or she could be having a nightmare or just a bad dream.
Why do dogs have bad dreams?
As mentioned above, no one can really know what goes on inside the mind of a dog. It is also not known why nightmares occur. In humans, nightmares can be associated with a traumatic experience. It is therefore possible for an abused dog to have nightmares. Or maybe your dog has just had a bad encounter that he only remembers when sleeping.
If your dog is prone to bad dreams, below are some tips to help you and your dog deal with it:
Don’t wake your dog up
If you notice your dog dreaming and possibly having a nightmare with twitching eyelids, paws flailing, yelping or whimpering, it's probably best to let your dog continue to sleep--since deep rest is important--plus, waking him may cause confusion.
However, if your dog does wake up on his or her own, soothe your dog’s fear by talking in a soft voice to wake him or her up.Do not touch him because you could be putting yourself in a dangerous situation. Dogs that are woken up mid-nightmare have been known to growl and bite.
Give your dog his favorite to your blanket
You can try giving your dog his favorite toy and put it next to him as he sleeps. This will give him a calm feeling when resting and could help him dream happily. It works for infant children, so it could only help our canine companions as well. Even a shirt with your scent on it can be helpful to soother your dog.
If you think your dog seems too distressed, call out his name
If you're worried that your dog is having a seizure or your dog seems too distressed, then call out his or her name. It's best not to touch a sleeping dog since they may snap or bite as a reflex. If it is a seizure, you will probably be able to tell right away. And if isn’t as seizure, you'll know when you try to wake your dog. You'll be able to wake your dog if it is a dream, but not if it's a seizure.
If your dog is urinating or defecating after a particularly disturbing dream, you should go to see your bet immediately. Dogs will typically lose control of their function to eliminate appropriately after a seizure. Night terrors and seizures can sometimes look very similar.
Write down the frequency of the bad dreams and videotape your pup
If your dog's sleeping behavior seems unusual and he or she has continual nightmares, keep a diary or account of when the dreams occur, what your dog ate and how long before going to sleep, and what noises, if any, were going on in the house. This information may be valuable to a vet (or pet behavior specialist) in determining the cause.
It is also very helpful if you can take a video of your dog’s episode and show it to your vet. If he is, in fact, having frequent nightmares, your vet might consider a natural anti-anxiety supplement like Composure or Calm Shen.
The Labraoodle is a very popular dog that is adorable, great with children and as the name suggests, a mix of a Poodle and a Labrador Retriever. The Labradoodle is a playful breed, but they might be a little too excitable for young children as they could accidentally knock them down. Due to their high energy, they need some nice long walks or about 30 minutes of exercise per day.
The traits of the Labradoodle
The Labradoodle has three different coat types; depending on which coat yours has, you can expect her to be a non- to average shedder. Usually the Labradoodle doesn't shed excessively, but the thicker the coat, the more your Labradoole wills shed. A Labradoodle needs one or two brushings per week, as well as regular grooming that includes ear cleaning and nail clipping.
The personality of the Labradoodle
Labradoodles are intelligent and need to be mentally and physically stimulated. If they aren't, they can become destructive and hard to handle. This isn’t difficult to do just something to keep in mind. Play catch with your dog, take him or her on walks, teach your Labradoodle to do some tricks to keep her mind active.
The Labradoodle can be gentle, but she can also be joyful, showing her happiness through exuberant jumping and playing. She also tends to be easygoing, since the Labradoodle was bred not to be aggressive. As with any breed, some poorly bred ones aren't all that friendly, but a well-bred Labradoodle with a characteristic temperament is a true joy.
To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they're free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies, and that they have sound temperaments. Even better, if you can ADOPT A Labradoodle through a rescue group or adoption agency
The size of the Labradoodle
The Labradoodle comes in three size variations, depending on the size of the Poodle used for the first-generation breeding. The three sizes are Standard, Medium, and Miniature.
The Standard Labradoodle should be 22 to 24 inches in height for a male and 21 to 23 inches in height for a female, while both can range in weight from 50 to 65 pounds.
The Medium Labradoodle should be 18 to 20 inches high for a male and 17 to 19 inches high for a female, with both weighing from 30 to 45 pounds.
The average size for a Miniature Labradoodle is between 14 to 16 inches and 15 to 25 pounds.
The socialization of the Labradoodle
Like every dog, the Labradoodle needs early socialization and exposure to many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences when they are puppies. Socialization helps ensure that your Labradoodle puppy grows up to be a well-rounded dog. Bring your dog to the dog park, take him or her on walks and expose your Labradoodle to other people and pets.
As mentioned above, the Labradoodle are very sociable but each has his or her own temperament. So make sure to watch your pup and how he or she handles these situations. Some ease into social situations while others take time and effort.
We love our pets for so many reasons. Our pets are our four-legged children that provide us with unconditional love. They are usually the first faces to greet us at our door. Now, there’s even another reason to love our furry friends (or bring one into your home if you don’t have one)…they can help improve our mental health and ward off depression.
There have been numerous studies that have shown that pet ownership can actually help improve depression. Below are the top 8 reasons how our pets can help us remain happy.
1.Pets offer unconditional love and acceptance
If you are feeling down or not in the best of moods, our dogs and cats can sense it. They will provide us with warmth and love. They don’t judge us and don’t notice our moods. Even if you aren’t in the mood to talk, our pets are there for us and don’t even notice that we are in a mild funk.
2. Pets can provide us with exercise
Both dogs and cats can get us off the couch and playing with them. Of course, walking a dog is great exercise and with exercising comes the endorphins which are mood elevators. However, don’t dismiss how playing catch with our cats or even laser tag provides some exercise and activity.
3. Pets give us a schedule and structure to our day
Having a daily schedule helps people with depression. A pet’s natural routine of waking you in the morning or wanting food or walks can help you stay on track.Sleeping until noon is no longer a possibility unless you want to spend an hour cleaning up the next day. Staying out all night needs some preparation and forethought.
4.Pets offer us companionship
Being depressed or down can isolate some individuals. It can make you pull back from your friends and loved ones. If you have a pet, you're never alone. That can really make a difference from walking into a lonely home or greeted by our furry friends at the door.
5.Pets provide social interactions
Having a pet can gently push you to get more social contact. You might chat with others while walking your dog at the park or waiting at the vet. Pets are natural icebreakers and other pet owners love to talk about their animals.
6.Touching our pets is soothing for our souls
Studies show that people feel better when they have physical contact with others. Pets offer something similar. There's something naturally soothing about petting a cat on your lap. Studies have shown that petting a dog can lower your heart rate too. The touch can actually stop certain regions of the brain from responding to threat clues. It’s not surprising that petting a dog or cat can lower blood pressure and heart rate and boost levels of serotonin and dopamine.
7.Pet owners are usually in better physical health
Research has found that owning a dog can lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormones, and boost levels of feel-good chemicals in the brain. Due to the increased activity and morning routines, pet owners tend to get sick less.
8.Pets can offer us a distraction
Pets are like enticing movies and books. They take us out of our heads and into another reality – one that only involves food, water and affection. It’s hard to keep thinking about what’s bothering us when a dog is breathing in your face or a cat is purring in your lap.
If you are looking to adopt a highly energetic and friendly cat, the Burmese Cat might just be the one for you. The Burmese cat is very intelligent and loves human companionship, so a Burmese is not a great fit for a home where he or she will be left alone all day. If there are no people around during the day, make sure your Burmese has the company of another pet. The Burmese Catis very sociable and gets along well with other cats and with dogs.
The Burmese are very curious cats
The Burmese is about as curious as cats come. Expect your kitty to explore your home thoroughly and know all of its nooks and crannies. He is playful and remains so into adulthood. Make sure to have interactive toys handy and teach him tricks that will allow him to show off for an audience. Besides sit, roll over, wave and come, a Burmese can learn to fetch a small toy or walk on a leash. Vet visits aren’t a panic as they love any type of adventure.
We are curious and sociable
The Burmese is a very social, interactive cat
A Burmese is a good choice if want a very sociable cat. This cat will want to be involved in everything you do, from reading the newspaper and working at the computer to watching television. He will, of course, sleep on the bed with you and may even snuggle under the covers. When you are sitting down, he will be in your lap or right next to you, waiting to be pet. If you have friends over, they will receive your cat’s full attention, and it is likely that he will win over even those who claim to dislike cats.
Caring for your Burmese Cat
The soft, short coat of the Burmese is easily cared for with weekly brushing or combing to remove dead hair and distribute skin oil. A bath is rarely necessary.
Keep the litter box spotlessly clean. Like all cats, Burmese are very particular about a clean place to do their business.
Coat and Grooming of the Burmese
The Burmese have a compact body with a rounded head; large, their eyes are usually gold or yellow and their medium-size ears are rounded at the tips and tilt slightly forward.
The coat of the Burmese s short and satiny. The traditional Burmese has a rich, warm brown, slightly lighter on the underbody while they have a leather nose and their paw pads are brown. A champagne-colored Burmese is a warm honey-beige shading to a pale gold-tan on the underside. Blue Burmese have a medium-blue coat with a slightly lighter belly. Nose leather and paw pads are slate gray. Platinum Burmese
are a pale silvery-gray with light fawn undertones and a slightly lighter color on the underbody. The nose leather and paw pads are a pretty lavender-pink.
The Burmese are great with children and other pets
The active and social Burmese is a great choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He will play fetch as well as any retriever, learns tricks easily and loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect. He lives peacefully with cats and dogs who respect his authority.