If you’ve ever lived with cats, you’ve also experienced the zoomies. Even I get them, and I’m pretty much the most placid cat you’ll ever meet.
The term is self-explanatory, but to recap: zoomies are when a cat has a sudden, unexplained burst of energy and races around the room, over furniture, and (figuratively or literally) flies through the air. This lasts for a minute or two, and then just as suddenly it’s over.
Zoomies can happen at any time of day, but most often at dusk or dawn. You may notice it most when it happens late at night because that’s when it will wake you from a sound sleep.
If you’ve ever wondered what causes these crazy bursts of energy, I have some answers for you! Check out the five fast facts below.
- There is actually a technical term for zoomies: Frenetic Random Activity Periods. Now you know why everyone just calls them the zoomies.
- Usually, zoomies are just a momentary release of pent up energy. Cats sleep a lot during the day, especially if their humans are away from home for hours at work. Zoomies are an efficient and fun way to get a needed energy release.
Cats are natural sprinters, so zoomies just come naturally. Domestic cats stalk their prey and save up all their energy for the attack. They are not marathon runners that outlast their targets. When a cat needs to release pent up energy, zoomies just make sense.
- Yes, you actually can lessen the frequency of zoomies. If your cat is knocking things over in their mad dash, or keeping you up at night, chances are they need more activity during the rest of the day. So give it to them! A couple of 10 minute energetic play sessions every day will go far in giving your cat a way to expend energy. Think hunting-type toys like fishing pole and wand toys, and think like prey when you play. Play with them as vigorously as they want, and this will help a lot.
- Zoomies can indicate a medical problem. This isn’t common, but it does happen. If your cat’s zoomies are accompanied by loud meowing, weight loss, overgrooming or biting themselves, or any other unusual behavior, talk to your vet. These zoomies could have medical reasons, such as hyperthyroidism, diabetes, some sort of pain, or a reaction to something they’ve ingested.
- And finally, yes, there is a reason cats get the zoomies sometimes after they poop. There’s something called the vagus nerve, which runs from the brainstem to the colon in both cats and humans. And a good poop can trigger it, sending a jolt of euphoria through your cat’s system. Thus, the zoomies. At least that’s the latest theory. Nobody knows for sure why we cats do this.
I hope you learned a little more about zoomies and cats! If you did, let me know in the comments.
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