It’s a quiet night and you watch TV or read at the end of a stressful day at work. All of a sudden your cat is racing around the room as if chasing after an imaginary prey, running back and forth and sometimes even running over you! Your normally calm cat then spends the next few minutes running around with tail hairs on end (bottlebrush tail, as I call it), often referred to as “zoomies”, until suddenly she stops like running out of gas.
Connected: What are cat zoomies? And why do cats get the zoomies?
This type of overactivity in cats can be weird – unless it happens all the time. Then things can get frustrating and even accidentally destroyed if your cat starts to knock things over while running around. So what exactly was causing this whole cat drama?
Under Stimulated = Hyperactive
Some breeds of cats are naturally very active and require both physical and mental stimulation throughout the day. Bengals, Sphynx, and Siamese are just a few of the breeds that are naturally high-energy and hyperactive. These cats need a lot of play time with their human as well as self-playing toys when they are at home alone. Truly any breed of cats left alone with no toys or stimulating things to do while their humans are at work can get hyperactive quickly once their humans get home.
Our house cats often need and demand active attention from their caretakers. When you get home at the end of your work day, your bored cat may decide that this is the perfect time to zoom around and harness its pent-up energy by doing a mock hunt. Cats need this play activity just as much as you need cuddling time with them.
How to calm a hyperactive cat
Do not worry! There are many ways to calm the overactive kitten that you can enjoy too! Here are three ideas you can try with your cats:
1) Playtime: Use a toy that your cat can hunt and / or fetch to mimic its natural hunting skills. This works best when play time is close to feeding time and your cat has the illusion of catching their meal.
2) Puzzle Toys: When you put hard food or treats into a puzzle toy that he has to maneuver to get nourishment, the brain and body will stay active.
3) Window bass: Cats love window bass so that they can watch the world outside. If you add a bird house, your cat will sit by the window for hours dreaming of catching a bird.