4 Ways to Calm Your Hyperactive Pet Cat

  • October 03, 2013
  • By Dr Mark Perissinotto
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Around the home, cats with too much energy can scare guests, hurt themselves or get in trouble around the house. If you happen to have an overly energetic pet cat, there are a few things you can do to help their energy become expended in positive ways.

As part of their everyday functioning, kittens and cats that are healthy normally display energetic, playful behaviour. On the other hand most pet owners would agree that cats that begin chasing invisible mice, bouncing off the walls or attacking your furniture stop being adorable very soon.

This often happens when cats have an excess of energy and are bored or lonely. They are unable to climb real trees or chase real mice so they develop coping habits to help themselves become entertained. Knowing what to do if this behaviour is something you see in your cat will go a long way in keeping your cat calm and your house in order.

Food Hunt

There are toys available for cats that are meant to hold dry cat food. These are great for making your pet 'work for her food.' If she is truly hungry, she will work very hard to get the food from the toy and will usually succeed. This will help use up her energy and tire her out by the end of the day. 

Cat Trees

A few different cat trees or even just one cat tree for your cat to play on is one great way to help your hyper cat calm down.  If you notice that your pet cat happens to love looking out the windows, you can position your cat tree near one so that your cat can entertain herself by watching what is going on outdoors. Climbing upwards and downwards the cat tree will help tire your cat out and at the same time will give her something to do.

Toys for Hyper Cats

To tire out your pet cat, you might want to buy her some toys to play with. Look for toys that she can bat at, jump up on or chase around. These are great methods of using up some of her energy in positive ways.

Get a Friend

It is a good idea to get your hyper cat has a friend she can play with. Finding another cat to play games with and run around the house with all day with bring your cat's energy level down a notch or two. When you tire your cat out during the day, your cat sleeps better at night as well.


Know more about the author: Mark Perissinotto has been a practicing veterinarian for over 20 years, 14 years of which he was the owner and principal of a busy multi-vet mixed animal hospital. One of the two co-founders of Vet Shop Australia, graduated from the University of Queensland with Bachelor of Veterinary Science and one of the best retailer of pet supplies Australia.

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