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Does it slow down after 1 year?

post #1 of 15
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My cats are nearing the 1 year old mark, which is apparently when they are considered "adult". So...I was wondering if they should eventually calm down a bit anytime soon. They have destroyed many parts of my apartment, including much carpeting....so I'm waiting for that day haha :-)
post #2 of 15
Gee, donno, but I heard a cat is not an adult until about 15 months, guess it depends on the breed. I asked by wife when we decided to get a cat whether she wanted an adult or a kitten, reminding her of what we would have to put up with with a kitten. We both decided on the kitten, and yes, we have a lot of destroyed things in our house too, but I keep reminding her that this was only to be expected. In some ways, we never want our kitten to become a full grown, adult cat but we can also appreciate what you are asking about at the same time. I think it just takes longer for some kittens to become cats, in fact, some people would rather they remain kittens forever. Good luck with your kittens, perhaps they are just a mirror of the person they own! Perhaps they just want to remain youngsters like we all do. --Persi
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Originally Posted by lvancourt View Post
Gee, donno, but I heard a cat is not an adult until about 15 months, guess it depends on the breed. I asked by wife when we decided to get a cat whether she wanted an adult or a kitten, reminding her of what we would have to put up with with a kitten. We both decided on the kitten, and yes, we have a lot of destroyed things in our house too, but I keep reminding her that this was only to be expected. In some ways, we never want our kitten to become a full grown, adult cat but we can also appreciate what you are asking about at the same time. I think it just takes longer for some kittens to become cats, in fact, some people would rather they remain kittens forever. Good luck with your kittens, perhaps they are just a mirror of the person they own! Perhaps they just want to remain youngsters like we all do. --Persi
haha I know exactly what you mean. Like I would love for them to stay smaller and be playful forever....I just want my carpet back!
post #4 of 15
Ari is almost 18months old and still acting like a kitten! Keeps us and Topaz young.
post #5 of 15
Harley turned 1 in June, and he's still very much a kitten, and I wouldn't have it any other way!
post #6 of 15
Due to my experience they behave like Gremlins untill they are around two years old. After that they can still be playful but they normally not rip the wallpaper of the walls anymore.
post #7 of 15
I guess it depends on the cat - some slow down and lose their kittenish ways at round about that age while others stay kittenish for years. Mosi is almost 8 months and he does seem to have calmed down in the past month, although his calm is still what most cats would consider hyper. Lets just say I won't be taking the childproof locks off the kitchen cupboards just yet! Jaffa (9 years old) didn't calm down much when he reached one and he's still a nutter, but he has gradually slowed down over the years. Last night, however, you'd have been hard to choose between him and Mosi as to who was the kitten - Jaffa can definitely still "do" kitten!
post #8 of 15
I've got a 2-year-old male, Peter, that still has the same nickname as when I adopted him as a kitten - Crazy Man! He's slowed down a little, but not much!
post #9 of 15
Duke is 4, Sibohan is 5 and they both still act like kitts most of the time. Although they are trained enough that they sleep when I sleep and stay off the counter. But no, cats never truely grow up.
post #10 of 15
I agree that it depends on the cat. Phenom was clam before we got the new kitten and now she is more of a kitten than ever. But she does like to sleep when we sleep and Phantom drives her crazy with the playing at night!
post #11 of 15
Depends on the cat. Sometimes my 15 yr old rex still gets playful attacks. He's slowed down a lot, but even at 10 yrs old he still acted and raced around like a kitten
post #12 of 15
Definitely depends on the cat. My 12 year old doesn't play at ALL. She's totally laid back. Some cats stay kittens forever, some stop after a year, some it takes a few years.
post #13 of 15
Depends on the cat, for sure. Fawn is 5, and when she grows up she wants to be a kitten ( line borrowed from her Daddy); Cindy, her littermate, is (mostly) a laid back adult. Go figure!
post #14 of 15
Spike, at three years old, is still definitely a kitten (in more ways than just the activity level ) and shows absolutely no sign of slowing down, ever. Oz, on the other hand, has always been laidback (read: lazy ), but can get riled up with the right motivation (eg he's high on catnip, Spike is bored and wants to plaaaaay, or there's a full moon that night). My parents' cat was never particularly rambunctious, but even at 18 years old she's still not entirely convinced she isn't a kitten -- when the mood strikes her she races around as if she's possessed (we think she's trying to convince us that she is, in fact, only about four years old).
post #15 of 15
I sometimes wonder when my girls will mature. . .they're only 4 months old, though.
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