Sleep Facts About Your Pets

18 Sleep Facts About Your Pets

Posted By Ayren Jackson-Cannady on Apr 10, 2019

There’s no denying it: We are pet people. A whopping 68 percent of U.S. households (about 85 million families) own a pet. Within that group, 60 percent have dogs, 47 percent have cats, 15 percent have fish, and 8 percent have birds, according to recent statistics. So it’s no surprise that we’re making a big deal about National Pet Day by sharing these sleep facts about our fave furry, feathered, fishy friends. Enjoy!

Puppy

About Dogs

1. Sleep Fact: Dogs might make better bedmates than humans

Debating on letting your furball cuddle up in your bed? Based on research, dogs are the least disruptive bed partners compared to humans and cats. Source

2. Sleep Fact: Dogs dream

We don’t know what he’s dreaming about (running through fields of daisies?), but researchers at MIT reviewed brain scans and discovered that dogs have complex dreams like we do. Source

3. Sleep Fact: Dogs spend half their lives sleeping

Being a dog must be exhausting. According to the National Sleep Foundation, it’s totally normal for dogs to spend 50 percent of their day asleep and another 30 percent resting. Source

4. Sleep Fact: Most dogs curl up in a ball when they sleep

It’s a natural instinct for dogs to curl up in a fur ball when they lie down to stay warm and protect their bellies and vital organs from predators. And it’s so darn cute! Source

5. Sleep Fact: Dogs that nap during the day can be less stressed

If Fido conks out mid-day don’t wake him. A 2016 study of shelter pups found that napping during the day helped improve behavior and symptoms of stress. Source

Kitten

About Cats

6. Sleep Fact: Some cats snore

That’s not a chainsaw you hear coming from the cat tree! While snoring is more prevalent in certain breeds, like Persians and Himalayans, any cat can snore, if he’s resting in a position that obstructs his airway. Source

7. Sleep Fact: Any sound or smell could wake up a cat

Although cats experience sleep cycles, like humans, including REM sleep, their sense of smell and sounds remains on high alert as part of their predatory instinct. Source

8. Sleep Fact: Cats prefer human beds to cat beds

A survey by the American Pet Products Association found that 62 percent of cats cozy up with their adult owners at night, and another 13 percent sleep with kids. Source

9. Sleep Fact: Kitties are most active at sunrise and sunset

Cats have the most energy in the early morning and late afternoon. They fill the time in between with several “cat naps.” This is a sleep schedule we can co-sign! Source

Bird

About Birds

10. Sleep Fact: Parakeets sleep while standing

How do they avoid falling off the perch as they snooze? They have a tendon in their legs that locks in place. Source

11. Sleep Fact: Parakeets sleep on one leg

This balancing act has reason behind it: Parakeets alternate tucking one leg into their bodies to help limit heat loss from their legs, which are featherless. Source

12. Sleep Fact: Some birds sleep as they fly

You’ve heard of sleep-walking, but probably not sleep-flying. Researchers measured the brain activity of frigatebirds (a large, wild kind of bird) and found that they sleep in flight! Source

13. Sleep Fact: Birds sing in their sleep

Humans aren’t the only ones dreaming about being on American Idol. Since birds dream, as humans do, researchers believe the singing could reinforce memories of songs to communicate and attract mates. Source

Fishes

About Fish

14. Sleep Fact: Fish sleep with their eyes open

Goldie doesn’t have eyelids, so she can’t shut her eyes to sleep. Source

15. Sleep Fact: Fish keep moving while they sleep

In order to maintain proper oxygen levels, many fish keep moving when they’re snoozing. Source

16. Sleep Fact: Parrot fish make their own sleeping bags out of mucus

Hold your gag reflex: Parrot fish secrete mucus that surrounds its body, creating a cocoon-like sleeping bag to protect it from predators. 🤢Source

17. Sleep Fact: Goldfish change colors when they sleep

Don’t be alarmed if your goldfish’s color seems to fade; it’s a sign that he’s getting his zzzs. Turn off the tank light to help him get optimal rest. Source

18. Sleep Fact: Fish are picky sleepers

Once your fish are asleep, don’t make sudden movements, feed them, or turn on the aquarium light. Nemo does best with a relaxed sleeping environment. We can totally relate. Source

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