Posted: 25 October, 2016
by Dan The Internut
Science Works Out What Your Pet Is Probably Dreaming About
Turns out, the results aren't all that surprising.
Harvard psychologists have conducted research on the likely things that dogs and cats are dreaming of when they're asleep, and the results may not surprise you, depending on which side of the pet fence you lean towards.
Turns out, your dog is most likely to be dreaming of you, their owner, whilst cats are more likely to be dreaming of catching mice.
Dr Deirdre Barrett, a clinical and evolutionary psychologist at Harvard Medical School, deduced that dogs, like humans, dream of things that have happened to them throughout their days. She concluded that because generally, you're the most prominent feature in their day-to-day life, you're most likely to be the subject of their dreams.
Dr Barrett also suggested that since dogs are generally extremely attached to their human owners, it's likely your dog is dreaming of your face, your smell and of pleasing or annoying you.
Cats, on the other hand, are more likely to be dreaming of catching rodents. As Dr Barrett suggests, "...cats lay quietly through the other stages of sleep, and when REM began, they leapt up, stalked, pounced, arched their backs and hissed.
They looked like they were hunting mice in their dreams."
Either way, we'll take the research on face value... although we have no idea what this famous internet dog was dreaming of ;)