Kittens are pretty much one of the most adorable things in the world. As a matter of fact, they’re charming, sweet, and very engaging. But like many first-time pet owners out there, we often ponder about one thing. When do they actually start to calm down and begin to mature?
When Do Kittens Calm Down?
Kittens typically calm down or begin to lose their hyperactive energy levels when they have reached anywhere between 8 to twelve months of age.
Usually, a kitten starts to exhibit activeness around their 10th week and this can continue up until its first birthday. However, other cats often mature before their first year.
Your Kitten’s Energy and What to Expect
Kittens at the age of 2 months are normally active but do not have enough muscle coordination to climb up the furniture around the house. They frequently stumble and run awkwardly at this period of time.
At 11 weeks, they start to show improved balance and locomotive skills. It is usually at this time that they start to play with their parents and other siblings, climbing through curtains, jumping up and down on the couch or literally running all day long.
They’ll start tracking anything that catches their eye including laser beams and insects. It’s at this phase that they begin to show voyeurism that includes chasing smaller animals. Cats, by nature, are predators and learn the thrill of the hunt by exploring and indulging their inquisitiveness.
The Phase of Endless Kitten Energy
Cats that have reached 3 months of age are in what experts call “The Phase of Endless Energy.” It’s at this time that they eat non-stop and really run amok 24 hours a day. It’s a season where you’ll see a lot of damaged furniture and rolls of torn tissue paper.
However, cats eventually grow out of it and calm down within a period between 8 to 12 months. There is, nonetheless, an exception to other felines that remain hyperactive even though they’ve reached maturity.
Why is My Cat Still Hyper?
In some cases, cats can manifest hyperactive traits directly from their enthusiastic parents. Or they might just be naturally perky because of some environmental determinants. Felines are at their most active state during the night, typically around the midnight hours.
As previously stated, each kitten is born with a unique personality. Some cats may outgrow their hyper-activeness while others start to calm down.
Ways to Calm a Kitten Down
We know that kittens are adorable especially when they’re up to their dainty antics, but they also need to rest. Having them run amok the whole house wouldn’t help your sleep, it’s like having a new born baby, the difference is yours is a furry little critter.
There certified ways to calm them down and all it takes is a little bit of luck and patience. You can’t babysit your kitten 24/7, so consider these steps to calm your kitty down.
1. Bring Another Kitty to the Fold
This might sound weird but kittens behave well when they are around one another. This case might especially be true when you bring in an older less active cat in the house.
Usually, a kitten mimics each others behavior and they do well with one another compared to being alone in a household.
2. Let Your Cat Tire Itself out by Playing
Although it sounds counter-intuitive, kittens normally calm down if they’ve spent much of their energy playing. For starters, you can hold frequent play sessions that imitate hunting, at the end of the day it helps disperse hyperactivity in so many levels.
If you have a fishing rod around, you can tie a toy at the end (but make sure to get the hooks out) and pretend that it is its prey. You can amp this up by changing the pace of the chase and letting your cat go around different obstacles to improve their overall balance.
3. Make Your Kitty Work for Food
It might sound harsh, but in reality, having your cat work for its food has plenty of benefits. As a foremost fact, it teaches them to wait rather than be spoiled by expecting that their food is always in the bowl.
If your kitty loves to eat dry food, the best way to give it is by having the meal inside treat balls. Not only does it promote healthy exercise, it also zaps out all the excess energy most kittens have.
Kittens: Furry Balls of Endless Activity
Cats by nature are one of the most curious creatures in the world. So it’s common to have a hyperactive kitty going about the whole house, running, climbing, and jumping all over the furniture.
The important thing is to keep your kitty engaged, a bored cat usually becomes mischievous and keeping them calm would certainly be a chore. Just keep it simple and as always, having a partner at home (whether another cat or an older dog) would always reap wonders!
Related: Complete Kitten Care