Questions tagged [sleep]

For questions about sleeping patterns or needs of a pet. Any sleep issues, what may or may not be healthy. To be used with the relevant species tag, such as `dog`

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Cat having chronic tremors

My cat has been having tremors since he was a kitten. He is currently 14 years old, so apparently, he is able to survive this situation. However, I still would like to improve his condition any way I ...
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Why do dogs dream, but some cats apparently do not? [closed]

Dogs obviously dream in their sleep, but with cats it is more ambiguous. I have heard some people say they see their cat dreaming with paws twitching and so forth. However, I have had a fair number of ...
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Why do cats sometimes sleep in plant pots?

My grandparent’s cats slept in their plant pot when it had nothing in, they only did it often in summer. I wonder why they would want their pelts to be dirty with grit and dirt and weeds.
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How much sleep is too much for my bird?

I have a 22 year old peach fronted conure. I noticed over the last couple weeks that she has been taking more naps during the day. She seems otherwise normal. She has been molting since July/August. ...
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Cat involuntarily scratching face at night

One of our cats is extremely human focused. He sleeps with us every single night. He has a pillow between the one of my wife and mine. He also has a bit of an unfortunate quirk of stretching when ...
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Is my cat morally evil?

When my cat is napping and I go to pet her, she is fine with it. But if she is sleeping because she is tired and I wake up her, she makes noises to make me understand that she doesn't like what is ...
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Girlfriend's chihuahua very aggressive with me at night while being already awake

My girlfriend's chihuahua is generally very protective with his uneaten food, or when he has a bone to play with; which is fine as long as he doesn't bite for it (and he doesn't, he just growls). He ...
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Cat has started drooling while sleeping?

I adopted a new kitten and I found out that she have tapeworms so I gave her a dewormer? I noticed that she started drooling while sleeping and the smell isn't good. So is it normal to drool while ...
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How much play time does a 5-month old kitten need? [duplicate]

First time posting here, and Furry is my first pet ever. Furry joined us when he was 1-month old. Last month we decided that he was being too annoying at night so we set up an environment for him in ...
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How to get cat to stop howling at my door during the night?

About 6 months ago I had to stop letting my cats into my room because one pees everywhere on everything when I leave my door open, and the other (understandably) can’t hold his bladder all night. So I ...
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Is it harmful to leave my bird uncovered at night?

My pet bird has her cage covered at night. If I am going on vacation, my best option is to have a friend check on her every day. This means she would be left uncovered since it would be a lot to ask ...
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Is it bad for the cat's health if I keep prodding my cat to play when she wants to rest or sleep?

At times I am so deeply engaged in a play session, that even when the cat wants to stop and rest I keep prodding her for a while. Also sometimes when I feel too bored and my cat is sleeping, I wake ...
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Dog with red eye because sleeps with eye opened (photo)

I adopted an old boxer that sleeps with one eye a little open. This part of the eye is red and I think is because it get dry. Is there any nutrient or solution so he close his eye while he sleeps? ...
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How do I make a cat fall asleep?

Does anybody know how to make a cat go to sleep? I have to take her on a long drive and I want her to sleep so she doesn't get too stressed. I tried using the calming spray but it doesn't work on her. ...
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My kitten is constantly sleeping or shutting the eyes. Is the kitten alright?

I just got a three month old kitten three days ago. She is very cuddly and purrs every once in a while. The first day we brought her home she mostly slept but played a little bit. The next day she ...
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Why can my cat not sleep anywhere else other than my mother's lap?

My cat has this strange behavior which I think is extremely rare among cats. Her favorite sleeping place is by burying deep inside my mother's lap. If my mother is not there, she sleeps either on my ...
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Sleeping cats in the bedroom

Are cats that sleep with their owners at night in the bedroom a good idea? What are the pro's and cons? I am not looking for anecdotes, but more health related. Aka, can it harm the owner or the pet, ...
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Trying to get a good night's sleep with an overly affectionate cat

TL;DR I would like tips on getting my cat settled into a routine of not sleeping in the bedroom, given that we have just moved house. History We have a 9 year old neutered female rescue cat who we ...
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My cat tried to tuck me in bed. What does it mean?

My cat, Morris, wanted to spend time with me in my room alone. I took in 5 cats from his family, including him, in the house. They would have been feral cats otherwise. Only 2 of them love to ...
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Is it safe to let my cat sleep completely covered in blanket where oxygen supply becomes very low?

In this winter my cat's favorite sleeping place is under my blanket. Even when I am not present she likes to sleep there. Since she is unable to lift the blanket herself to get inside I need to lift ...
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Cat won't let me sleep at night

My girlfriend's cat will not let me get a full night of sleep. I already have to work around our party-to-the-night neighbors and the get-up-early-with-high-heels neighbors; so this is really annoying....
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Pulling my cat back to bed

My cat has troubles at night. She doesn't go to bed easily. Sometimes I carry her to her bed, and she tries to run off. I then pick her up again and bring her back, at which point she tries to run off ...
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How many hours should a cat sleep to be healthy? What are the effects of less and more sleep? Is it same for feral cats?

Cats sleep often. But how many hours of average sleep per day is healthy for a cat? If a cat sleeps less than that required, then what are the side effects? Also if a cat sleeps more than that ...
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My cat is not sleeping at night since I switched to a night shift job

I recently took up a night shift job. Since then my cat is behaving strangely. My cat is used to sleeping on my bed by my side. I use her as side pillow. But since I took the job, my mother says she ...
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Is me staying up all night bad for my dog?

I recently started night shift. To keep my sleep schedule, I usually stay up all night. Will me staying up affect my dogs sleep (or health in general) as well?
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My cat claws my face when snuggling and keeps waking me up

About 2 months ago I agreed to foster a feline leukemia positive cat because I love cats, own none (feline leukemia is highly contagious between cats so I was the perfect candidate for fostering since ...
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Light switches and pets

I've noticed that the cats I've had over the years don't seem to show any interest in the ambient light in a room. Say a room is quite dark. I turn on the light switch and it's now bright as day. I ...
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Why does my puppy like to put his face in my neck when he sleeps?

I've noticed that when I'm in bed my puppy will lay in my arms or next to me; and then all of a sudden he walks up on me lays on my shoulder, and puts his face in my neck and goes to sleep. I don't ...
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Dog restless at night in new crate

We've had our 15 month old Golden mix for over a year now. He's usually crated at night, and he's been sleeping well. He usually wakes up before us but doesn't make a peep till he sees us stirring - ...
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How to get a cat to sleep in a cat bed?

I bought a cat bed, basically a basket with mattress in it but my cat refuses to sleep in it. Instead, she sleeps under plants or on concrete. How do I get her to sleep on her bed?
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Should I do anything if I catch my cat sleeping on the floor?

I have two cats from one litter. One of them is visibly larger, more approachable and likes to lie down on the floor the second she gets the chance. Although she doesn't do that all the time. When her ...
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Dog keeps eating my cats medicated food

I have a new puppy and I am trying to train him not to eat the cat food. The cat has worms, so I take some fancy feast and put some liquid wormer in it. Because the cat is still spooked by the dog, I ...
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How do I get my dog to sleep longer?

My dog seems to be waking me up earlier and earlier in the morning to be let outside and fed. We used to be on a pretty good schedule. We'd get up at 5 a.m., I'd put him out, and get his breakfast ...
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Can dogs get sleep apnea?

My dog is currently sleeping with her head on my leg, and snoring quite blissfully. While I am certain that she doesn't have apnea (she only snores occasionally, and, as a 74 pound adult Labrador ...
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Do cats sleep with their eyes open?

I think my cat is sleeping (he's snoring and his paws/whiskers are twitching occasionally). I'm not sure if he's asleep because he has one eye open (the other is hidden). Can cats sleep with their ...
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Why do animals try to stay awake when they need sleep?

I found a video on YouTube of animals drifting off and trying to stay awake (by jerking their heads etc. like humans do). Why do they do this instead of just letting themselves fall asleep?
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Dog is crying and barking every morning since we moved in a new house

We recently moved from a condo to a newly built house. Ever since we moved in, our dog (10 months female spanador) wakes up in her cage every morning between 6h30 and 7h00 and cries, and even barks ...
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Is it a bad idea to make different-sized dogs sleep in different rooms?

As we are getting further into winter, the temperature gradient in my house (at night) has increased: the conservatory is cold, the kitchen is room-temperature, and the living room is warm (there are ...
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My cat shakes its legs when trying to sleep, why?

My cat is 3 months old, he's been with us for a month but lately I've observed that sometimes when he's trying to sleep or falling asleep he starts shaking like he's got cold, like shivers. I thought ...
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What could be causing my Basset Hound to stop sleeping through the entire night?

Our dog has been completely fine and content on a night, when he's just had the one walk and sleeps through the night almost always. However as of late, he has been getting up and wandering around ...
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Do Cats Sleep Better With The Light On Or Off At Night?

I know cats are nocturnal, but cats seem to sleep during the day and at night, so I'm really not sure ...
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Diurnal, crepuscular, nocturnal, matutinal, vespertine; what do these mean and how do they impact my pet's life?

A recent answer listed all of these and said the group a pet falls in could impact how they behave: diurnal, crepuscular, nocturnal, matutinal, vespertine. What do all of these mean and how do they ...
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Why does my puppy sleep so much?

I have a 15-week-old puppy. My baby is a purebred dachshund. She sleeps an awful lot. We'll take her for a walk (20-40 minutes), she will play for about 10 minutes, and then she is out like a light ...
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How To Reduce Dog Snoring

We have a 10 months old, very active Boston Terrier. He exercises everyday at least 30 minutes and it's not a problem to get him to sleep at night. The only issue we are having with him is that he ...
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How many hours a day is it normal for a cat to sleep?

My cat usually sleeps most of the day (I'm not exactly sure about the night). How many hours a day (approximately) is it normal for a cat to sleep?
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How do I deal with dogs in the bedroom?

I and my wife are adopting our room mate's dogs, but they "insist" on sleeping in the bed with us because that is how they lived with my room mate. This would not be much of a problem if I could ...
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Why do my cats twitch when they're sleeping?

When both of my cats sleep they start to twitch, all over their bodies. their paws/toes, ears, whiskers, tail, even their sides will all twitch as they sleep. It's cute because it looks like they're ...
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How common is it for cats to snore?

I've noticed lately that both of my adult, non-elderly cats tend to snore when sleeping. Usually they're sleeping on their sides or curled up when this happens. (I don't notice it in "meatloaf" ...
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Can bunny rabbits snore?

My rabbit makes a squeaking sound when she sleeps. Is this normal? Can rabbits snore?
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How to get my cat to stop being annoying at night?

My cats were always allowed in the bedroom. Lately, the youngest one, who is the least affectionate and the most adventurous and most-likely to get into trouble, has been waking us up every night. He ...