When Do Kittens Calm Down?

when do kittens calm down

Look, here's the deal:

Your hyperactive kitten is running circles around your sanity, am I right? 🐱

Constantly zipping around, tearing up your furniture, and leaving you frazzled.

But let me ask you this, how much longer can you handle this chaos?

In this I Care for Cats guide, I'll reveal when kittens finally calm down and spill the secrets to soothing their wild spirits.

It's time to regain your peace of mind.

Let's dig in!

At What Age Do Kittens Calm Down?

When do kittens calm down?

Here's what you need to know:

  1. Around 10 weeks, kittens start getting active.
  2. This energy streak continues for over six months.
  3. They become less clumsy as their coordination improves.
  4. By 12-18 months, they transition into adulthood.
  5. However, they may still show moments of playfulness during this time.
  6. Most cats typically calm down around 3-4 years old.
  7. Neutering can help in calming them down too.
  8. Kittens reach full maturity at 2 years old.
  9. Activity levels and aging vary throughout a cat's lifespan.
  10. In their first year, cats age rapidly.
  11. Kittens sleep up to 20 hours every day.
  12. From ages 3 to 10, cats remain relatively calm yet active.
  13. When they hit 11 years old, they become seniors and slow down.
  14. If you prefer low-energy companions, adopting older cats is recommended.

Each cat is unique, so the timeline for calming down differs.

If your kitten remains energetic for longer, no need to fret!

At What Age Do Kittens Calm Down?
Kittens usually chill out around 8 to 12 months, but every cat's got its own groove. Keep 'em calm with toys that require participation, set aside time for play, and create spots where they can climb up high.

They are simply growing physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Just shower them with love, playtime, and a little extra patience. 😺

But wait, there's more to consider when it comes to soothing a hyper kitten!

Environmental factors play a significant role in their behavior, and understanding their emotional well-being is key to ensuring their in essence health.

So let's take a closer look at some important factors and tips for maintaining a calm and contented feline companion...

Reasons for Hyperactivity Beyond Age

There are many reasons for hyperactivity in kittens beyond age.

Here are 10 possible factors to consider:

  1. Environmental factors, such as lack of space or stimulation.
  2. Emotional well-being plays a crucial role in a cat's overall health.
  3. Disturbance during deep sleep can cause irritation.
  4. Early weaning may contribute to hyperactivity.
  5. Heredity can be a factor in hyperactive behavior.
  6. Lack of stimulation and interactive play can lead to hyperactivity.
  7. Consulting a veterinarian can help identify and treat concerning behaviors.
  8. Providing a tall and sturdy cat tree allows for climbing and muscle development.
  9. Spaying and neutering reduce sexual behaviors and protect against diseases.
  10. Sudden shifts in behavior should be examined by a vet.

Bringing a new kitten home requires preparations and responsibilities.

And finally, if you're wondering about the incessant movements kittens make before they are born and the reasons behind them, I have just the article for you.

Find out everything you need to know about this topic in my blog post Do Kittens Move a Lot Before Birth.

It's a must-read for anyone curious, concerned, or hopeful about their kitten's movements in the womb.

What Makes Cats Hyper?

A cat can become hyperactive if it lacks mental and physical stimulation, while low-activity kittens tend to be more peaceful and safe.

What Makes Cats Hyper?
Kittens and babies, like you, have endless energy. It's because their brains are growing fast, so they need to play all the time. To calm your frantic kitten, give them fun toys, play together, and hang out with them.

Having a calm and worry-free experience with your furry friend requires providing them with adequate mental and physical stimulation.

By engaging in activities that challenge their minds and bodies, you can ensure a balanced energy level in your cat. Keep their environment enriched with toys, scratching posts, and interactive playtime.

This way, both you and your feline companion can enjoy a more relaxed and harmonious coexistence.

Methods to Soothe an Energetic Kitten

Regular playtime with interactive toys

If you have a super energetic kitten, give them lots of playtime with interactive toys.

They need to burn off all that extra energy and this is a fun way to do it.

By playing with them, you're not only helping them get rid of their energy but also preventing them from acting crazy.

Toys that mimic prey are the best, your little furball will love chasing and pouncing on them.

Just make sure to avoid using laser pointers as they can frustrate your kitty.

Stick with toys they can physically interact with instead.

Creating a comfortable environment

To calm down a hyperactive kitten, create a comfy space for them. Let them have a cozy bed or blanket where they can relax and feel safe.

How to Calm Down a Hyper Kitten?
To chill out a crazy kitty, give 'em different play things. Switch 'em up so they don't get bored. Get creative with stuff that feels and sounds cool – like balls that go crinkle or feathers! And hey, remember, playtime isn't just about running around – mess with their brain by hiding treats in puzzle toys.

Provide hiding spots and areas where they can climb and observe everything around them.

Having another cat or pet at home can also be great, as cats are social animals and having a buddy to play and snuggle with will help ease their hyperactivity.

Just be sure to introduce them slowly and properly.

Building a strong bond through daily play sessions

Finally, the key to calming down your high-energy furry friend is building a strong bond with them.

Dedicate some time every day for play sessions where you engage them in fun and interactive activities.

This will not only help them release their excess energy but also provide mental and physical stimulation.

Keep a variety of toys and puzzles handy to keep things interesting and prevent boredom. Managing hyperactivity requires patience and consistency.

With regular playtime, a comfy environment, and a strong bond, you can help your hyperactive kitten become calmer and create a happy and peaceful home.

Why Is My Kitten So Hyper at Night?

Kittens are crazy, especially at night.

It's just their nature as early-morning and late-evening animals. And during their teenage phase, which lasts from about 4 to 9 months old, they kick it up a notch.

Ever wonder why your kitten goes bananas when the sun sets?

Here are a few possible explanations for their non-stop energy:

  1. They're hardwired to be most active when dusk and dawn roll around - that's just how they roll.
  2. Sleeping all day fuels their nighttime zoomies. Those frequent naps leave them revved up and ready to play come bedtime.
  3. The night brings out their inner adventurer. Darkness triggers their curiosity, leading to wild explorations throughout the house.
  4. Cats are natural-born hunters, and darkness brings out their predatory instincts. It's like a switch flips in their tiny brains.
  5. Plus, if you're awake at night, your kitten will likely jump at the chance to get some attention and playtime with you.

Knowing why your kitten goes into overdrive at night will help you give them the mental and physical stimulation they need during the day.

That way, they'll hopefully settle down for some decent shut-eye at night.

How to Tell if a Cat Is Hyper/Angry?

How to Tell if a Cat Is Hyper/Angry?
As you nurture kittens, their craziness fades away bit by bit. At about four to six months old, they begin to mellow out. To help a lively little furball settle down, offer heaps of exciting playthings, make time for play sessions, and carve out a cozy, peaceful haven just for them to unwind and find solace.

If you wanna figure out whether your cat is hyped up or pissed off, here's what to look for:

  1. Watch for a flickering tail.
  2. Notice if their ears are flattened.
  3. Pay attention to dilated pupils.
  4. Be cautious if they start hissing or growling.
  5. Be wary of their raised hackles.
  6. Keep an eye on that swishing tail.
  7. Take notice if their back is arched.
  8. Careful if they start scratching or biting.
  9. When they stare at you intensely.
  10. Look out for sudden pouncing or lunging.

To deal with a hyper or angry cat without losing any fingers, remember these:

  1. Approach them calmly and not from behind.
  2. Don't go crazy rubbing their fur too hard.
  3. Make sure each cat has their own territory.
  4. Know what annoys them and avoid it.
  5. If things get heated, stay calm and step in slowly.
  6. Give them space to cool off alone.
  7. Use food as a distraction and peace offering.
  8. Soothe them with gentle pets and playtime.

Cats can get riled up for all sorts of reasons, so read their cues and respond accordingly.

Tips to Soothe and Settle Your Kitten

Key Takeaways:

  1. Kittens typically calm down and show more of their personality between 8-12 months old.
  2. The most hyper stage for kittens is around 6 months, but their activity levels gradually decrease as they get older.
  3. Some cats may exhibit assertive behaviors or marking territory during their teenage phase (6 months to a year old), but this phase passes by 9 months or older.
  4. Each cat is unique, so the timeline for when they calm down may vary.
  5. Aging and activity levels in cats can vary throughout their lifespan.
  6. Kittens show signs of activity around the 10th week and may remain active until their first birthday.
  7. Kittens sleep up to 20 hours a day and reach full maturity at 2 years old.
  8. Cats remain relatively calm but active from 3-10 years old, and become less active at 11 years old.
  9. Cats go through a rapid aging process in their first year, so they start calming down around 6 months of age.
  10. Cats become fully weaned and start developing hunting instincts between 3-6 months old.
  11. Neutering can have a calming effect on cats.
  12. Providing a tall and sturdy cat tree allows cats to engage in climbing activities that develop hunting skills and muscle strength.
  13. Sudden shifts in behavior should be examined by a veterinarian.
  14. Regular playtime helps release pent-up energy and provides mental and physical stimulation.
  15. Keeping cats entertained with interactive toys and structures can prevent boredom and mischief.

And that wraps up today's article.

If you wish to read more of my useful articles, I recommend you check out some of these: How to Train a Stray Cat to Use a Litter Box, How Do Cats Clean Themselves After Pooping, How to Keep Cats From Pooping in House Plants, and Do Kittens Bite When Teething

Talk soon,

-Sarah Davis

Sarah Davis

Howdy howdy, I'm Sarah Davis, and I'm all about cats – that's right, those mysterious, independent furballs we adore. So welcome to my blog "I Care for Cats", where I dish out the real talk on cat food, health, training, behavior, and so much more. My goal? To help your feline friends live their best nine lives.