Do your cats FRAP?

@GardenGerty (98023)
United States
July 5, 2008 3:04pm CST
I learned this term from a really neat program on Discovery channel, about ten years ago. Frapping= Frequent Random Activity Patterns. For instance, my newest kitty, Leo Tomson frapped all morning. He galloped from the back of the house, to the front, then back again. Leaping over things, jumping on things. All cats seem to frap some. It is just the younger ones do it more often.Tell me about your cats.
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
5 Jul 08
So that's what it's called! Our cats are constantly frapping in that case. None of ours are very old, although the 1 and 2 year olds are much calmer than the 2 month olds. The babies aren't even walking yet so they don't frap at all...they do crawl and yawn though! Except in the hot parts of the afternoon there's almost always at least one cat frapping, so we have lots of activity up here!
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@GardenGerty (98023)
• United States
5 Jul 08
It sounds like you have a large population. Just wait til those babies join the party.
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
5 Jul 08
LOL...yes our population exploded this year...well it started last year so we are looking for people who want some cats! We had 2 last spring (on male on purpose, one female stray), those two turned produced 5 more (4 males, 1 female), one more male got added by a friend that couldn't keep him at her house, then this year each of the 2 females had 4 kittens (only 1 male in each batch!) So yes, the population is huge and needs to be weeded out. Luckily we are out in the country and they are all outside cats...we need to keep some to keep away mice and other rodents and what not but we can't get all 8 females fixed by next spring and we definitely do not want to wind up with 30-40 more kittens next year!
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
6 Jul 08
hi GardenGerty I think most cats frap at one time or another, my black cat I had a long time back would race around the room, jump up on top of furniture, leap from one thing to another, and then just as suddenlyh stop, turn, around and go to sleep lol My mom used to say she was having a catfit, and I guess thats as good a way to describe it as any. lol.
@GardenGerty (98023)
• United States
6 Jul 08
Catfit, sounds good to me.
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@Polly1 (12649)
• United States
6 Jul 08
I have 5 cats, 3 grown and 2 kittens. They eat like pigs and poop like elephants. If the 2 little ones don't quit pooping on my carpet I am going to make some cat soup and feed it to the dog.
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@GardenGerty (98023)
• United States
6 Jul 08
The joys of cat ownership.
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@drannhh (15206)
• United States
5 Jul 08
Although the only kitties I have are the ones I draw, such as little Borracho, I will be sure to see that they put in their frapping time, because that is just so "cat"--frapping is such a cute word, too. Just so they don't knock over my frappe!
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@GardenGerty (98023)
• United States
6 Jul 08
Be very sure they do not knock it over, It would be awful to have kitties sticky from frappe frapping all over the page.
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• Canada
5 Jul 08
Both of my cats frap and they are 10 and 15. Sometimes only one will do it and other times they do it together and it looks like they are chasing each other. It's cute to watch and call them psycho kitties when they race around like that.
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@GardenGerty (98023)
• United States
5 Jul 08
Psycho kitties is a good description.
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• United States
5 Jul 08
Yes Gerty, In fact I was just say a devil had betwixted our cat Anikin last night, he had been sitting just idle when all of a sudden he started jumping about bucking like some wild crazed rabbit, he ran into my sons room across the bed onto the desk then came sliding back out to the living room just to lay down again... God only knows what gets into him sometimes.
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@GardenGerty (98023)
• United States
5 Jul 08
This is why we constantly have paper avalanches. Hubby piles paper, cat clears papers.
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• United States
5 Jul 08
If this is only for cats then one of my dogs has a serious problems as he does this a lot.
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@GardenGerty (98023)
• United States
5 Jul 08
I figure chihuahuas have their own unique lifestyle. I agree though that dogs do this as well.
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@snowy22315 (45494)
• United States
5 Jul 08
My cat always does this after his visits his litter pan. he runs into the living room scratches the rug and runs around meowing. He also sometimes gets wild at night and runs back and forth in the living room. He is a crazy kitty at times.
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@GardenGerty (98023)
• United States
5 Jul 08
Makes a lot of noise in the dark. You might think there are burglars.
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• Canada
5 Jul 08
Yup my cat fraps. We'll be sitting together on the bed, and I'll be petting him, and all of a sudden he'll leap up in the air, and start running circles around the apartment, for no good reason at all. He'll do that till he gets tired and then come back and join me o the bed again.
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@GardenGerty (98023)
• United States
5 Jul 08
This is so fun!! I can just imagine.
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• United States
11 Jul 08
Itty is definately a frapper. She will run from one end of the house to the other. Often times we are sitting on the sofa and/or chair and she will jump on or over us, land on the floor and back again. She tries to get the other 2 cats to join her, but they prefer to remain idle. Lotus will hiss at her and sometimes chase her, but not too often. Benta will hiss at her and give her a good swat. This calms her down for a minute or two. Benta rules the roost.
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• United States
11 Jul 08
Itty is aka Thunderfoot.
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@GardenGerty (98023)
• United States
11 Jul 08
I like both names they both sound frappish.
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• United States
11 Jul 08
She really is something else. What a little devil.
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
5 Jul 08
Hahaha, I haven't heard that term before, but it sure fits most cats! My one cat is 17 (almost 18) and she is the ultimate frap artist. Every night around the same time, she jumps up on my bed, races one end to the other, then makes pawing motions with her front feet at about 90 MPH (kind of like she's speed digging a hole or something.) Then when she's done with this insane little bit, she hops in a circle a few times and starts the racing thing again. What's hilarious is she is a huge cat (and I DO mean huge!) I've learned the hard way just to let her do it, and if I'm in bed, just lie there quietly and not interfere. I haven't a clue what she's thinking of when she does it, but it seems important to her that she repeats this ritual each and every night, and quite often at random times during the day. If I didn't know better I'd swear somebody put catnip on my bedspread or something lol. The other cat has his own little routine too, only with his, he lays on his back and thumps this cardboard storage box like he's kick-boxing. Again, it's 90 mph with the feet, and then when he gets done beating it up, he races around like some kind of nutzoid. Frapping...that's a good word for it.
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@GardenGerty (98023)
• United States
6 Jul 08
Does it make you wonder if she is developing kitty alzheimers?
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
6 Jul 08
Hehehe, kitty alzheimers lol. Nope, hadn't thought of that, I do think she's just a cukoo kitty She's a mitten toed cat, all 4 paws have all those extra toes and it looks like she's got gloves on. She's definitely weird and a good source for laughter for me. Outside of the hysterical behaviour, they're both well-behaved and never get on counters or anything. I could leave a plate of food on my desk and they'd never even check it out. Hmmmmmmm, maybe they just have cabin fever or are just going stir-crazy. (or maybe that should be 'purr crazy?) lol.
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@walijo2008 (4648)
• United States
6 Jul 08
Haha...thats funny. I don't have a cat, but I do have a dog that we call Frap...lol. That explains him very well, because he does frap around all the time. He's never still if we let him loose, he's all over the place.
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@GardenGerty (98023)
• United States
6 Jul 08
You are right it is very funny. Give him a puppy treat for me,
@raydene (9875)
• United States
11 Jul 08
Do the frap..frap..frapppp Sounds like a dance! I had heard it somewhere but didn't have a handle on the real meaning...thanks for the enlightment xoxoxoxoxxo
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
8 Jul 08
LOL well you learn something new every day I guess eh LOL My cats Frap regularly but until now I had no idea there was a term for it LOL.....Even my two older cranky cats are Frappers...not AS much as the two younger ones mind you but its funny none the less..
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
6 Jul 08
Hi GardenGerty I didnt know it had a name!LOL My one cat Molly Frapps alot. She is constantly on the go. And her sister just lays around and gets fatter every day.LOL
@GreenMoo (11842)
6 Jul 08
I never knew there was a proper term for it. We call it having a mad half hour. They go barrelling up and down the room, leaping on each other and growling and you think they can't stand the sight of each other. Ten minutes later they're both curled up exhausted on the bed! I guess they're just like little kids
• United States
6 Jul 08
My cats only FRAP when they are trying to tell me something. For instance, the big one and little one (which are the same breed) run through the house and up onto furniture when they have used the litter box and want me to go clean it out. That's their signal. The middle cat, female doesn't do that. Maybe it's dependent on the breed.