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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Samuel is tearing around the house, running into things, knocking things over.
He hasn't been into the catnip. His fur is all standing up and he's obviously agitated. I've been trying to distract him with his favorite toys, but he's not interested and keeps tearing around.

Its been a good hour.
Soon I need to vaccuum the rug and I'm afraid it might push him over the edge.


Is there such a thing as temporary kitty insanity? I'm really kind of worried, he's generally really sleepy during the day.
post #2 of 22
Poor baby sounds scared!!
When we take Zissou out on walks and a car comes by sometimes she gets scared like that. Try comforting him like you would a kid who's had a nightmare, if your cat likes cuddling. We have to pick her up and put her under our jacket and then she calms down a bit. Also, putting her under a blanket, which sounds cruel but calms her down considerably when she is scared.
Make sure there aren't any signs of illness at all too. (pee/poo normal, etc)
Zissou actually held my hand while I wrote this, so hopefully I've helped!
post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 
awwww.
I've got him on my lap right now, and he's his usual cuddly self. Who knows how long it will last though. I'm trying to cover his face a little without stressing him out, I guess cats relax in the dark?

I wonder what could be freaking him out?
post #4 of 22
He might have seen a strange cat or dog outside, that'll make them go strange for a while! Excepting mine tend to growl and want to go out and shoo it off, but everyone's different.
post #5 of 22
Is a storm on the horizon? I wouldn't be shocked if you were going to get some drastic weather soon.

Well, I checked your forcast out, and you are getting a bit of snow tonight.... i dunno
post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by zak&rocky
Is a storm on the horizon? I wouldn't be shocked if you were going to get some drastic weather soon.

Well, I checked your forcast out, and you are getting a bit of snow tonight.... i dunno

that makes sense, we haven't had snow in awhile.

now he's passed out under the couch. I think he wore himself out!
post #7 of 22
I know this will sound weird, but for Twitch, that is normal. She races around the house, crashing into things, with all of her hair standing up on a daily basis. She never did this until she got "healthy" & Lily joined her. Now, both of them do it.
post #8 of 22
You have to wonder what's going on in their heads when they act like that! Ariel and Nala tear around here all the time and I look at them and ask "what the heck are you going through?!"
post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 
haha. that makes me feel better. I was worried it was a sign of some horrible dementia that would turn his brain to goo or something.

it was definitely cute until he knocked over the glass I was drinking from all over my lap.
post #10 of 22
This will sound really bizzar but some people believe that cats can sence ghosts. Our old cat was madly in love with my husbands father. he use to rile her up when he would play with her. After he died every once and a while she would act like someone was playing with her the way he use to. It would last about an hour and then she was normal. We still think he tries to talk to us through our stereo and every once and a while the cat will act up right after we hear the noises.
post #11 of 22
veryday Abi has a time during the early evening when she acts that way. It's wildly amusing and its almost as though she is TRYING to freak herself out. Then she stops and walks around placidly like her regular self. I wouldn't worry. I just chalk it up to catness.
post #12 of 22
I swear my house has spirits that live here with us. We live in a 100 year old house, and there has been some very odd happenings with no explanation.

Sometimes my cats start twitching and racing through the house like there is something unseen messing with them........
post #13 of 22
My cats have always acted like that when a snow or thunder storm was approaching. I guess cats (and probably other animals) are more intuned to things like that than people are. I wouldn't be surprised at all if they were "channeling" spirits either.

Of course, they could just be in a playful mood, too.
post #14 of 22
sandy often races all over the place, probably about once a day. we have a small apartment, so we just figure she's trying to get her exercise by galloping from one end of the place to the other.
post #15 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by KarmasMom
This will sound really bizzar but some people believe that cats can sence ghosts. Our old cat was madly in love with my husbands father. he use to rile her up when he would play with her. After he died every once and a while she would act like someone was playing with her the way he use to. It would last about an hour and then she was normal. We still think he tries to talk to us through our stereo and every once and a while the cat will act up right after we hear the noises.
I've often thought that, when they react to things we can't see, it doesn't mean there isn't something there that they can see.

The other day Swanie was just hanging around by the garage door when all of a sudden all his fur stood up and he walked really funny over by the chair. When he got there, he leaped in the air, all 4 feet leaving the ground at the same time. I have to admit I laughed like crazy at the poor scared little dude, never saw a cat outside of a cartoon that leaped up in the air like that. I have no idea what spooked him, he calmed down pretty quickly.
post #16 of 22
You know, we've been having a lot of like 20 degree temperature differences between days and we've had rain, snow, t-storms and sunshine all in the past week. I'm sure the barometer is just all over the place.

THis week, my cats have been destroying my house, and even acting a little more aggressive with me one minute, and then passed out in my lap purring the next.

Maybe it's a weather thing?
post #17 of 22
My cats always do that. A few times, they actually had been in the nip (did you know that they can chew through the plastic containers from PetSmart? They can), but most of the time, they just want to play chase. When I just had one cat, the cat still wanted to play chase, so Meow played chase with herself. The downstairs of my parents' house is pretty open, and she actually ran in circles... Kichen, living room, den, entry way, dining room, kichen... it was pretty amusing.
post #18 of 22
I was going to suggest weather. My cats are pretty mellow, but when it snows they start tearing around (at least the 2 younger ones do). And we can tell at least a day in advance of a storm when the horses are just being huge brats - all of them!
post #19 of 22
sounds like he was just having his little play time. Our 2 boys do that at least twice a day. One of them chases shadows, reflections, anything that makes a mark where it shouldn't be. He lies on the floor at my feet every evening waiting for me to move so he can jump on my shadow. The other one goes nuts, as I said twice a day. Runs as fast as he can from room to room, up down all over. It's just energy.
post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 
I think it was the weather.
That day we got rain. We haven't had any interesting weather since, and Sam hasn't gone crazy again.

However, monday will bring either rain or snow.. so we'll see if he does it again!
post #21 of 22
He probably won't - just to throw you off!
post #22 of 22
I call that behavior "The Wall Of Death." It is amazing to watch.
I think that our cats store up energy and that is their way of releasing it.

If humans did it, they might feel less stressed out.
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