How do you calm a hyperactive kitten?

When a kitten is a real ball of nerves, it can quickly become unbearable for those around her. And that's not the normal 15 minutes of craziness in these pets. The hyperactive kitten never stops, day and night. But this hyperactivity, which is often due to weaning too early in kittens separated from their mother too early, must be taken care of without delay to prevent the animal from becoming aggressive once adult. Here are the best solutions to calm your hyperactive kitten.

Keeping your hyperactive kitten as busy as possible
It is through play that we can channel the energy of our little cat who has hyperactivity. Of course, the owner must have enough free time each day to take care of his pet. Play is the best way to stimulate him. But beware, each session should not be too long, because the kitten can't stay concentrated for very long. As soon as he seems to get angry, or when he becomes aggressive, he should be left alone, even if it means playing with him later, when he is ready to be stimulated again.

The hyperactive kitten must also be able to keep himself busy when his master is absent, that is to say when he is alone at home for long hours. To do this, it is essential to reserve a room in which you have :

  • Different toys that the kitten particularly likes like magic balls, the animated furry mouse, some stuffed animals, hanging feathers...,
  • A cat tree made up of several trays and a trunk (made of rope or wood) so that the animal has the possibility to make its claws on it but also to settle down high up because it likes to look out of the window,
  • A scratching post full of catnip,
  • A carpet or a basket so he can settle down for even a few minutes...

Of course, don't forget to leave litter, a bowl of fresh water and a bowl of kibble at your disposal.

Give him the opportunity to hunt
The cat, although domesticated, retains its hunting instinct. However, the fact that they no longer hunt causes frustration that can lead to hyperactivity. It is therefore very important to give the cat the opportunity to get out. It's very easy when you have a garden where the kitten can lurk at leisure behind a flowerpot, in a flowerbed or under the hedge to watch for a bird, a field mouse or to run after lizards and butterflies.

Hunting should be a cat's main activity because it is essential to his balance. It allows the young cat to build itself, participates amply in its development and limits many behavioural problems. If you don't have a garden, you can make up for this lack by making a pseudo hunting trail in the apartment with cubes, a tunnel, cardboard boxes, small animated toys that you can buy in pet stores.

Have your hyperactive kitten spayed or neutered as soon as possible.
Sterilisation gives very good results in hyperactive cats because of the hormonal changes it causes. Neutered cats are much calmer than other cats since they no longer have any sexual interest. It should also be noted that it is highly recommended for cats in general because it represents a means of protection in terms of feline health.

It is possible to have a young female cat neutered as early as 6 months of age and a male kitten neutered between 6 and 8 months of age. Do not hesitate to discuss this subject with the practitioner during a consultation.

Since hyperactivity in kittens is generally a behavioral disorder, it may be necessary to consult a behavioral veterinarian. This professional can, for a more or less long period of time, prescribe a treatment to calm the animal, and this can give good results. The kitten has a good chance of stabilizing itself if, at the same time, its owner takes the time to reassure it, to perfect an incomplete education and to firmly set limits, always in a consistent manner, so that its little companion understands them and can assimilate them.