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If you’re a cat lover, then you’ve probably heard about, or witnessed, cat zoomies. Cat zoomies, technically known as Frenetic Random Activity Periods or FRAPs, happen when we cats get a sudden burst of energy that then causes us to barrel into rooms, bolt under tables, or dash up and down stairs like furry little nutjobs. Humans find it both weird and extremely hilarious—they even capture it on video (not that I ever look weird or ridiculous).
So, despite how crazy we look when we get the zoomies, it’s actually pretty normal and usually, nothing to worry about. Kittens and young cats tend to experience more zoomies compared to older cats because they generally have more energy, though these random energy spurts can strike cats of any age.
Reasons For Cat Zoomies
Cat zoomies are one way for us cats to burn off pent up energy, especially if we don’t have anything to keep us occupied.
You may have noticed that every time you come home, your cat becomes very excited, sometimes a little too much. This is because they have so much energy stored from staying indoors all day, with nothing interesting to do.
If you own a cat, always make sure they have plenty of toys to play with. Interactive puzzle toys are the most ideal because they keep cats engaged and help their mind stay sharp and alert.
We may be adorable and fluffy, but we’re incredible hunters with amazing senses of smell.
Another thing that may cause your cat to run around your house like a madman is the scent of prey animals, like mice. Mice give off a very distinct smell that we cats can smell from a mile away. So, the presence of mice in the area can easily trigger our instinct to hunt and possibly, cause us to go nuts trying to find and catch it.
Ugh, pesky fleas! One of our absolute worst enemies.
Fleas are incredibly, annoying little parasites and can easily cause anyone to go crazy. If you notice your cat scratching incessantly and acting very twitchy all the time, they may have fleas.
If you suspect that your cat has fleas, talk to your vet immediately so they can guide you through choosing the right flea medication for your cat. Fleas will not only compromise your cat’s health, but can also infect human members of the household with various diseases. So, it’s best to proceed with treatment right away.
While it’s pretty obvious that your cat will go crazy if you spray them with cat nip, if you have cat nip toys laying around then your cat is liable to go crazy at any point.
However cat’s will only be affected by cat nip every 20 minutes, we can’t just be sprayed continually to make us run around forever!
If you don’t think that any of the above is causing your cat to experience energy spikes, then one possible medical reason is hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism mostly affect senior cats and causes them to become overactive. Affected cats will have trouble sleeping and have a voracious appetite.
Cat zoomies are usually a completely normal and fun way for us cats to get rid of excess energy. But, if various behavioral changes accompany your cat’s occasional zoomies, then it’s probably time to get them checked. It’s always better to be cautious than to regret not doing anything when you had the chance.