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Old 03-02-2020, 11:26 PM   #1
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Neurotic cats?



Does anyone experience neurotic cats, as pets? Out of nowhere, the past week or so my female calico has been prowling around the house looking up at flying bugs that may or may not exist, chasing them around the house, meowing loudly and racing about.
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Old 03-02-2020, 11:38 PM   #2
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I've always been a dog person - never had a cat but I've always heard that behavior referred to when a cat was in heat.... no?
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Old 03-02-2020, 11:40 PM   #3
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Had cats have that time each day where they get their large eye pupils on and run around the house to get off energy but that not what you are describing.
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Old 03-02-2020, 11:49 PM   #4
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I've always been a dog person - never had a cat but I've always heard that behavior referred to when a cat was in heat.... no?
This cat is only maybe 4 months old. And was fixed "out of the box" at adoption.

I like both.
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I've mostly always had both dogs and cats but I don't really pretend to understand either of them. Cats, especially, are weird.

What little I do know, I mostly got from watching that Jackson Galaxy dude and his "My Cat From Hell" show. Very informative, although I can't recall anything that would benefit this situation.
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Old 03-03-2020, 12:20 PM   #6
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Some cats do get into silly fits of just acting goofy and playful sometimes, even at imaginary targets. Probably just entertaining themselves. Even our almost 16-year-old still gets into it now and then. Though his brother was more laid back and didn't do it as much, so it may be a personality thing.

And a youngster at only four months? Oh, nothing odd there. Might just be bored and feeling in an excitable mood, so maybe play with her more to help give her a real target to take that energy out on? If you have the toys (feathers or whatnot) on the stick I bet she'd be one that would get to jumping wildly in the air after it like ours when he was younger.

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Sounds like your house is haunted. Possibly by ghost bugs. Or demons. It's really 666 of one and half dozen of the other.
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Does anyone experience neurotic cats, as pets? Out of nowhere, the past week or so my female calico has been prowling around the house looking up at flying bugs that may or may not exist, chasing them around the house, meowing loudly and racing about.
My cats behave like this. Because for starters, they bore easily and two, they're siblings. For them, wrassling and chasing each other throughout the house is about as common as them grooming each other and sleeping in the same area.

Also, we have been getting a lot of crane flies at this time of the year, so there's plenty of those that try to get indoors.
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Speaking of neurotic... Anyone ever have one of those cats that licks plastic bags?

None of our prior cats did that, but the present one and his now deceased bother both had a thing for it and often shooed away from it over the years. Never even mattered what kind of plastic (grocery, trash bag, the occasional Ziploc or plastic wrapper), they were all fair game.
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Maybe crazy cat behavior like this somehow ties to the whole "crazy catnip" phrase? I've never really understood that one... like.... is catnip a drug for cats that makes them a little loony for a while?

Seriously, I've never understood it. This would be a good Google-fu topic...
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Maybe crazy cat behavior like this somehow ties to the whole "crazy catnip" phrase? I've never really understood that one... like.... is catnip a drug for cats that makes them a little loony for a while?
It's a real thing. They just sniff it and eat it and get wacky. Seems to affect every cat differently. But these cats haven't been exposed to catnip since the first week I got them months ago.
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Supposedly the scent is a stimulant, but acts as a sedative if ingested.

Kittens generally won't react to it though, so exposing them to is probably just wasting your money anyhow. Can take them up to six months to developed the sensitivity to it if they'll have the trait.


With or without it though, cats can just be crazy animals; maybe more-so than some first time owners expect if they assume cats are just lazy animals who sleep all the time.
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Supposedly the scent is a stimulant, but acts as a sedative if ingested.

Kittens generally won't react to it though, so exposing them to is probably just wasting your money anyhow. Can take them up to six months to developed the sensitivity to it if they'll have the trait.


With or without it though, cats can just be crazy animals; maybe more-so than some first time owners expect if they assume cats are just lazy animals who sleep all the time.
LMAO! Druggin' our cats..... hahaaha OMG
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definitely ghosts...get a priest over pronto!
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Old 03-16-2020, 01:24 AM   #15
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It's definitely continuing. And just the calico. If I just kind of grab her and get her comfortable she'll sort of forget about the craziness in the air and go to sleep or go into lovey mode, but if left to her own devices she goes into Ghost Hunters mode.

I think she DOES see stuff, though. But silly stuff. Like maybe a tiny, old spider web in a corner swaying in a change of air. Things like that.
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At four months, she's just about entering her "teenage" stage, and probably going bonkers because she has the instincts of a growing feline teen, but not the corresponding urges. Add to that the energy and curiosity of a developing kitty, and you have a recipe for what can seem like a demonic possession case. As long as she's not damaging anything or hurting other animals in her excitement, it's fine. She is too young yet for catnip, but some interactive or self-play toys are certainly a good idea.
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Sounds like your house is haunted. Possibly by ghost bugs. Or demons. It's really 666 of one and half dozen of the other.
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