Picture the scene: Its a Sunday morning, there’s a slice of sunshine peeking through the curtains on the bed (you’re laying-in), its quiet and peaceful, except for your boyfriend who is heavily breathing next to you.
Sounds about right; when suddenly…
You hear a tiny little squealing coming from the hamster cage, its not just once – it continues.
Peaceful lay-in ruined.
I jumped to my feet, making sure to “accidently” elbow the sleeping boyfriend in the process, and rushed to the cage fearing a hamster-homicide scene (I watch too much CSI…) and what did I see?
I saw a peacefully still hamster, squealing like a little piglet in his sleep. What the fu..!?
This sparked the thought, was he dreaming?
Was he having a nightmare?
Or was this just a hammy version of “heavy breathing”
(who am I kidding – its called SNORING!)
I woke him up just to be sure he wasn’t suffocating or something… As soon as I stroked him in his bed he woke up and the squealing stopped. He just looked at my hand with blurry eyes and an annoyed ‘dude, come onnnnnn!‘ expression on his face.
I’ve heard of dogs dreaming, even cats! But never hamsters…
So to the pet owners out there: Do hamsters have nightmares?
My conclusion of this event, is yes they do. Just like humans, they have parts of the brain that keep activated at night. This is even more so for hamsters as there is the primal instinct of predators when they sleep so they have to be alert pretty quickly when they need to be!
The main thing to know is, if your hamster has squeaked or made funny noises in their sleep like mine, its usually nothing and they are dreaming of pussy-cats eating their tails or something. Its not a sign of distress and almost all hamsters do it at some point in their lives so dont fret!
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