Do you think you have a crazy cat? or do you think you have a furious cat at home? In this article we will actually see what is called a hyperactive cat and understand what really can be done if your cat is always agitated.
With the increasing number of cats at home, the number of cases in which, according to the owner, the cat is particularly agitated, nervous, restless, too lively, even crazy and hysterical has increased.
This is often due to an overcrowding of cats in the home and / or an environment not suitable for the domestic cat.
But a speech is whether the cat is lively and another, completely different, if the cat in question is hyperactive.
Being “lively”, which we humans usually understand as being “physically active” in the cat is manifested by running, climbing and playing and indicates, especially in kittens, a state of general well-being.
On the other hand, being hyperactive is pathological. Indeed, the hypersensitivity-hyperactivity syndrome (HS-HA) is a real behavioral pathology.
The hyperactive cat is a cat that bites, scratches, jumps everywhere and, above all, never stands still as it is absent in it the motor self-control and the inhibition of the bite and the scratch.
The cause is generally due to the early detachment from the mother or before the 2 months from birth (about 60 days). Most of the time, this is compounded by the misbehavior of the owner who is unable to handle the situation correctly and effectively.
How to recognize a hyperactive cat
The hyperactive cat’s approach is violent: it hits various parts of the human body with bites and scratches, but with particular fury, the owner’s hands and feet; besides, it annoys and frightens the other conspecifics, the other cats that live with him.
Even the way a hyperactive cat eats is abnormal: it can ingest inedible things and the timing of ingestion is also altered.
There is also an imbalance in the regular biorhythm between sleep and waking: hyperactive cats do not distinguish day from night, but their activity alternates from complete frenzy to the phase of deep sleep. So there may be a hyperactive cat at night or day.
Living in a constant state of agitation, he is not able to memorize and metabolize his experiences. It does not distinguish between home areas and rest areas or activity areas.
Furthermore, the hyperactive cat does not express satisfying markings including the facial features on objects and / or furniture but it tends to continuously rub itself against its owner who is the main source of his continuous interest. This is also why hyperactive subjects often find themselves in considerable difficulty if left alone at home.
How to calm a hyperactive cat
If the most serious cases are treated with the use of psychotropic drugs prescribed by behaviorist veterinarians, it has been found that the use of natural sedatives such as satisfying pheromones (Feliway and Felifriend), individual Bach flower mixtures selected by Industry experts along with the proper behavior of the owners themselves can be of great help to calm a hyperactive cat.
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Obviously, intervening on a hyperactive kitten, therefore of a young age, is more likely to improve than an adult hyperactive cat.
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A great help is given by a stimulating environment suitable for the domestic cat that redirects the activity of the kitten and / or the hyperactive cat.
So, welcome are the shelves, placed on various levels, but also the climbers and scrapers of various sizes (on the internet there are a vast choice and variety and above all within reach of all budgets).
For its part, the owner must not stimulate more games with his hands and feet but stop the cat before it becomes aware and, instead, suddenly divert the motor activity to more suitable objects such as a teaspoon. This applies to both kittens and adult cats.
But prevention is always better than cure: therefore it is fundamental for the kitten’s well-being that it remains with the mother and her little brothers up to at least 2 months of age.
So as to be able to memorize and learn correctly the so-called “ethological punishments” that mother cat instinctively teaches her puppies so that they know how to inhibit their bite as well as having the correct management of the scratch and the motor self-control.
All this can also be carried out by the owner, if by necessity the kitten cannot be raised by the mother, and he himself must simulate the natural behavior of mother cat or separate two kittens when they fight, lightly shake the kitten taking it by the scruff, lightly tap on the nose and much more.
Definitely better if there were already adult cats in the house who can themselves become the “adoptive mother” making everything easier and more effective. As always, common sense must always guide us and avoid the fatal do-it-yourself: there are accredited professional figures who have the competence to adequately follow the individual case.
If you think you have a hyperactive cat in your home, but you are not sure, or your kitten has been separated from its mother too soon and you don’t know how to do it, you can write questions and experiences in the comments, and then we feel more depth. Good cohabitation with six legs !!!