Causes of Your Cat's Crazy Behavior and How to Stop It

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A cat acting out could race about the house or have a nocturnal jolt of energy that is accompanied by a cacophony of meows. While a "crazy" cat might be fascinating to watch, the activity can also turn destructive, increasing the risk of someone getting bitten and the cat accidentally knocking objects over. The cat may just be following its nocturnal or predatory inclination, in which case you may take measures to assist it and reduce the chance of mayhem or physical injury, or the erratic behavior might also be an indication that something is really wrong with their health.

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Why Do Cats Act Crazy?

All cats, regardless of breed, occasionally behave as though they are being pursued on a racetrack by running across a room and yowling furiously. They gaze everywhere as they dart about ever-faster before stopping abruptly in their tracks.

When it occurs at night, this bizarre behavior is frequently referred to as "midnight crazy." Your cat could jump on your bed and paw at your feet, elbows, hair, or face to get you to participate in the fun, or it might engage in crazy behavior to amuse itself. This bizarre and occasionally entertaining behavior has a variety of causes.

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Predatory Instinct

Domestic cats still have some of their original instincts as predators. Sometimes, a cat that appears to be acting irrationally may really be engaging in hunting behavior, combat skills, or escape routes.

Even if a house cat doesn't have to go hunting for food, it still has to release its pent-up energy, which may manifest as bizarre behavior. Cats are naturally prone to grabbing, chasing, and jumping, therefore toys like catnip mice, laser pointers, food puzzles, and feather wands stimulate this behavior. Your cat needs this exercise more than ever if it doesn't spend much time outside.

Nocturnal Instinct

The fact that some cats are nocturnal and become more active at night may be another explanation for your cat's bizarre behavior. Cats that don't get enough exercise during the day may exhibit particularly bizarre behavior.

Many household cats stay indoors by themselves throughout the day while their owners are at work. The cat may be highly energetic and eager to play when its owner gets home in the evening. The cat could act erratically if it doesn't have a way to release all of its energy. Particularly spirited are kittens.

Senility

If you have an elderly cat, it may be acting strangely as a result of senility or cognitive impairment. A pet's brain may begin to work differently as it matures, leading to unusual behavior that doesn't make sense.

Fleas

When a cat has fleas, it may occasionally act erratically and appear as though something is biting it irregularly. Your cat can be overly sensitive to flea bites or just have an itch it can't get to, especially when meowing is involved.

If you think your cat may have fleas, treat your entire household's furry members with a prescription-only flea-killing and prevention treatment made especially for cats. Additionally, you should see your veterinarian to find out whether your pet has any flea-related allergies or secondary skin illnesses that need to be treated. Additionally, you'll need to treat the surroundings by vacuuming, washing laundry, and, if your vet advises it, using flea bombs or area sprays. Your cat should cease acting in this manner after the fleas are gone.

Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome (FHS)

Feline hyperesthesia syndrome (FHS) is a rare condition that most frequently affects senior cats and for which there is no known cure.

Discuss the possibility of FHS with your veterinarian if you notice that:

  • The skin on your cat's back appears to be rippling while it's running about.
  • Your cat frequently bites at its back above its tail, even after you've properly treated it for fleas.
  • Petting at the base of your cat's tail or back triggers it to groom, scratch, or bite the area excessively and then run around the house crazily.

Next Steps

Sometimes it's hard to pinpoint exactly what made your cat suddenly become a bit crazy. Cats, in general, are difficult to understand! Many individuals are aware of fundamental canine vocalizations and mannerisms, but many are unable to identify basic feline habits.

Dogs' expressive looks and body language are quite simple to decipher. In order to communicate their feelings to others, they wag their tails, make various sounds, and frequently obediently carry out simple instructions. On the other side, cats are typically recognized for their aloofness and ambiguous emotional responses. But there's a growing consensus that cats can express themselves just as well as dogs can. The issue is that people frequently misinterpret or fail to recognize the messages that cats are attempting to convey.

Learn to Read Your Cat

Meows and from cats can signify a variety of things depending on the circumstance. Your cat is truly attempting to communicate with you with each purr, yowl, or even blink. Finding out what it is saying is difficult.

According to experts, there is something to be gained from these communication efforts. For instance, becoming adept at reading your cat's body language might help you develop a closer relationship with it and make it easier for you to respond to its demands.

Since each cat is unique, the easiest place to start is by just watching your cat. Make a mental note of the circumstances and surroundings at the time the "crazy" conduct happens. Pay attention to your cat's most recent actions, body language, vocalizations, and the time of day. Was your cat simply grooming, eating, or scratching its back? Your cat may have given a fun meow before rushing into the adjacent room.

You'll probably start to put together the circumstances that set off your cat's crazy with time and careful observation. This will make it easier for you to know what is typical for your cat and when any unexpected behavior could be a sign of a health problem that needs to be looked into by your veterinarian.

If you suspect your pet is sick, call your vet immediately. For health-related questions, always consult your veterinarian, as they have examined your pet, know the pet's health history, and can make the best recommendations for your pet.

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