High energy cats can be a big problem; many feline trouble makers pounce on their sleeping owners making them cranky and tired.
- Channel your cat’s exuberance into vigorous play at bedtime using feathers-on-a-stick, laser pointer on the wall, or fetch the bottle cap.
- When both of you are pooped it’s lights out as you park that hellion in her crate in another room.
Suddenly overactive older cats are a different story.
- Feline AIDS, feline infectious peritonitis, and brain disorders can cause temporary manic behavior.
- Severe itching from allergies, infections, or skin crawling from behavioral stress can also make a cat run around like mad.
- A sudden stab of pain causes cats to frantically take off.
- Hyperthyroidism, caused by thyroid tumors, can also cause a senior cat to act young again.
- These are serious problems that require medical attention.
All cats need outlets for their energy.
- Bones with bits of raw meat attached, rawhides, a kitty herb garden, even raw vegetables can keep cats occupied.
- They do best with a variety of toys that are rotated daily to prevent boredom.
Here a few good methods to raise your chances of feline tranquility in your home.
- Add a floor to ceiling cat-scratching post with carpeted enclosures.
- Get a fish tank and install window-mounted birdhouses and feeders. (One-way mirrors protect the birds’ sanity).
- Don’t add any more cats. They become stressed when “crowded”-just like we do.
- If you already have multiple cats rotate them into solitary living arrangements in your home to give them regular alone time.
- Put your cats in individual carrier crates at night. They are instinctively den living creatures anyway.
- Stop rewarding bad behavior by paying attention to them when they act out. They love this game because you keep playing it.
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