Ask Dr. Richards

May 2006 Issue

Ask Dr. Richards: 05/06

When our one-year-old female cat enters rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, she begins twitching and suddenly throws herself several feet backward. Sometimes she growls while asleep and then thrashes wildly; she acts as if she is dreaming but she reacts violently. She chews, claws and acts as if she’s being attacked, and she also passes urine during most of these sleep episodes. She’s difficult to arouse, but once awake, she appears normal. Her laboratory test…

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