A question about cat nut time

United States
January 10, 2007 1:07pm CST
Why does a cat,that is sleeping soundly, suddenly jump up, run around the house in top gear, and then go back to sleep? I rate all responses. Thank you.
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• United States
27 Jan 07
All of the cats I've ever had going back to when I was a kid have experienced that. I always called it the "cat crazies". I found an article which explains it a little better, it can be found here http://www.pandecats.com/x/midnight-crazies.htm. My interpretation of it has been that they get a burst of energy that they need to get rid of and that's how they do it. Silver (one of my 5 cats and he's at least 12 or older) can have them last sometimes for a good 15 minutes before he tires out. I've tried tiring them out by playing with them but that never works. Hope the article explains it a little better.
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@14missy (3185)
• Australia
29 Jan 07
I just posted that our pet bunny does this too. I think you might be on to something thare...
• United States
29 Jan 07
I saw that and answered it. Funny. Maybe the bunny's can kitties are crossed somehow. Hehhehe. :)
• United States
11 Jan 07
When you have a bad dream, don't you ever jump up out of bed and have to turn on a light or maybe look in the closet to see if something is in there? Heck when I have watched a spooky movie I have even looked under the bed! Bad dreams can be sooo real and traumatic at times and any living thing that sleeps dreams. It is just part of the sleeping stages. Some of us dream more than others, but we all dream.
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• United States
11 Jan 07
Hhaha, I guess you are right. But why?
• United States
18 Jan 07
I do.
@stonehr (818)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
29 Jan 07
A cat have ability to feel negative energy radiation.. You probably saw that Your cat has own place(s) for sleeping. A cat will sleep only at places with negative energy radiation..Your cat felt something and tried to runaway in short time..
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• United States
30 Jan 07
Oh, I see. Thank you.
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@14missy (3185)
• Australia
29 Jan 07
I haven't got a cat at the moment but we have a dwarf bunny that has nut attacks! She will be sitting quietly and then start kicking her legs and running around in circles for a minute. What is that? Bizarre..
• United States
29 Jan 07
Hahha, that is so cute.
• United States
27 Jan 07
Two nights ago I came home and my cat looked at me - howled - ran to the living room - smacked one of her balls across the room and under the catch - ran around the whole room - stopped- chased her tail in a circle a gazillion times -stopped - ran across the tile and slid - ran up the steps - howled - ran down the steps again - and then I snatched her up. Her tail was puffed up to three times the usual thickness (I think it's funny when the cats tail is all poofy).
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• United States
29 Jan 07
They usually poof up when they get scared, as it makes them appear bigger. Thank you for sharing with me.
• United States
23 Jan 07
Hi Margie...the reason why cats do this has to do with their instinctual ability to be on the constant alert for predators which is why cats generally are light sleepers (i.e. catnap). Therefore, when there's danger or something that piques their attention...they're off and about.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
Oh really? They are great creatures, aren't they? Thanks for your input dear.
@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
11 Jan 07
my 5 month old kitten does this all the time. i live in a trailer so all the rooms are in a row basically, so she will be sleeping on my bed , jump up run out into the kitchen through the living room into my son's room and back again a couple times, play with a couple toys and then lay back down, she drives me nuts.
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• United States
11 Jan 07
Hhaha, wonder why they do that.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
10 Jan 07
I too would like to know. Out of my three cats only two do that. The one that doesnt she is a bit overweight maybe thats why she doesnt jump around. But maybe she should.
• United States
10 Jan 07
My cat is fat, and she is nuts. She has so much energy, she should be thin.
• United States
10 Jan 07
My tabby Romeo, he hasn't ever done this that I can recall, but I have a cats in the past that have done similar things. Call me silly if you wish, but I think it may be a spiritual thing -- I think animals are on a different spiritual plane sometimes then we are and they can be more sensitive to things then humans at times. If my dog is uncomfortable, aggressive or agitated around strangers for no apparent rhyme or reason, I am cautious about them and I would 8 out of 10 times my dogs instincts are correct!
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• United States
10 Jan 07
Best response and 5 rating again. Thank you for taking the time to respond.
• Netherlands
10 Jan 07
I didn't notice my cats doing that aswell. They have there playing hour though. They jump around the room and flying from and up the stairs. After a whilt they quit and go to sleep. I call it their playing hour. They have to loose some energy I think.
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• United States
10 Jan 07
You are lucky. Thanks.
• United States
10 Jan 07
Our older cat doesn't exhibit this behavior since we got the kitten. I think she is trying to set a good example. Itty, the kitten will go bonkers right around bedtime. She was chasing her tail last night. She jumped on the rocking chair, chased her tail. Jumped down to the floor, dared her tail to move, and pounced at it. She always knows when it is time for bed. She run for the bedroom as if there was a raging fire behind her. Once the door is shut, she settles in the dip of my waist and purrs softly until she is asleep.
• United States
10 Jan 07
Hehehhe, but why do they do that?
@Trace86 (5034)
• United States
10 Jan 07
I have often wondered the same thing! My kittygirl will be sound asleep on the end of the bed and suddenly she'll be off like a shot. She meows like a crazy woman and races from end to end of the house. Last night, I was walking to the bathroom and she raced past me, up the lazyboy and took a flying leap off the top and landed in the hallway. She was really flying high above my head. It was almost like she had a seizure or got stuck by an electric shock.
• United States
10 Jan 07
They are something, aren't they? But, why do they do that? + rating so far.
@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
23 Jan 07
My cat is almost 11 years old and he still does this. He'll wake up out of a very sound sleep and dash off somewhere (usually to a window) at top speed with that "blood curdling meow" (cat owners will know what that one sounds like) for no apparent reason. I've gone to the window to look out and never see what he thinks he sees. I wonder if his hearing is actually so acute that he hears something that awakens him and that he can't resist checking out or if it's something he's dreaming. I would probably tend to think that it has something to do with the way they dream. Just like when a person has a bad dream or a vivid dream and awakens feeling as if the situation was real. Maybe cats do the same thing but take it a step further and act on the dream...
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@magikrose (5424)
• United States
23 Jan 07
Hmmm, intresting. I have 2 kittens who do it and honestly I think it is the factthat while sleepingthey are energizing there "batteries" and sometimes they get too much "juice" that they have to just go, go ,go. Imagine haveing 2 doing it at the same time. LOL
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
2 Feb 07
Once in a while my cats will do that. They just shift into high gear and scurry around for a few minutes. Then afterwards they go lay down as if nothing happened. I have never been able to figure out a cat's behavior. Nut time is a good name for it.
@123bart (303)
23 Jan 07
I know quite a lot about cats but this is the first I hear of one behaving this way. Give it some catnip! lol.
@abhi07 (186)
• India
10 Jan 07
i think its all about a bad dream they dream abt every dog having its day. :)
@ajay043 (779)
• India
10 Jan 07
i have got lot of cats and i have never seen any cat doing like that...