I have always assumed that my cats are dreaming when they fidget and mumble in their sleep, but, are they? Do animals dream? And if so, how are their dreams similar to or different from ours?
MICHAEL: Kathryn, animals dream, just as human beings do. They reproduce events that they have experienced, however, whereas human beings can take experience of the senses and extrapolate it into fantasy, probability, wishful thinking, etc. For instance, a cat may replay a favorite game in sleep and go through the physical motions just as it would in waking. A human being might start to reproduce a favorite experience but then take it on to an entirely different conclusion. This is not possible with animals. They have no imagination. Things are very concrete with them.
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