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Q: How long does it take?

November 8, 2008 | By Sarah J. | 14 answers | Expired: 1971 days ago

Sarah J.

My cats are almost 2 years old and they are still in there kitten phase. How long does it usually take before they finally calm down or will they ever.
I had them both fixed and that seemed to help a little but they still tear everything up and won't let us sleep at night.
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Kelly
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Nov 22, 2008

There is no cut-off point for when a cat stops kittenish behavior. As a rescuer of cats, I encourage it as long as possible. The more active & playful the cat is, the healthier & happier they are. I'd much rather have them tearing through the house chasing each other than laying around waiting for their next meal. I have them ranging in age from 1 to 14 & even the 14yo still has her moments, although fewer & farther between than they used to be. Seeing her decline makes me long for her rambunctious days. If they are keeping you awake at night, shut them out of the bedrooms & let them play in the rest of the house to their heart's content. Also, play with them in the evenings using interactive toys to help them expend some of their energy. Cats really do need to spend time with their people & they will gain so much from this interaction, as will you. Above all, enjoy the playful nature of your cats & celebrate their health & activity. They are beautiful babies!

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Colleen H.
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Nov 21, 2008

It totally depends on the cat. My four-year-olds still go through spurts of running like maniacs through the house. Of course this is followed by a nice cat nap.

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Lindsey  B.
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Nov 14, 2008

I have found that the golden age for cats to "calm down" is 3. Having multiple cats definitely keeps older cats more active because they enjoy chasing each other around-while it's great for them to get exercise, it may keep you up at night.

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Giselle R.
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Nov 12, 2008

kittens love to play as they grow they become more serious the best advice i can do buy them some toys they can entertain with or but the cartoons on the tv they love listening to that.

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Martha P.
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Nov 09, 2008

Welcome to having a teenager! Cats, while technically are kittens until age 1, can still show signs well beyound. Between the ages of 2 and 3, is the "teenage" phase for cats.

Also, I think part of this the cat's breed and personality; some are going to be more active than others. Some of my cats "calmed" down at around 2 or 3 but I've seen some that really don't and it's thier personality.

A kitten I raised, who's now three, is still running around reaking terror on the household. He litterly runs up the banister or finds another way to get into trouble. But hey, that's who he is an his owners love that about him.

Enzo, my youngest (he's 3 or 4) will get the rest of my crew going at a moment's notice. Part of the fun of owning them is watching all of them interact and play. Normally, it's a quiet day when someone isn't chasing someone else around the house!

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Gracie6351
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Nov 09, 2008

My cat Sunny is 8 years old he started calming down around three. i found that one of the best ways to keep him calm at night was to spend a lot of time playing with him and interacting with him after I got home from work at night.

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VKiggins
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Nov 09, 2008

I know that more then 1 cat is good for the cats but you have to wonder if it keeps them busier and in more trouble!

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Carrie T.
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Nov 09, 2008

Even though my eeyore was fixed when he was 6 months, he is still wild at the age of 4. I even see my 10 year at Kitty running wild throughout the house from time to time.

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Dawn B.
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Nov 08, 2008

Cats are usually self sufficient, keep in mind until they are about 3 they are still teenagers and like human teenagers act up more than older kids and cats! Keep them as busy as you can during the day and maybe close them out of your bedroom at night in order to get more sleep.

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Wendie
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Nov 08, 2008

My cats were both total holy terrors until they were about 2.5 years old. It was nearly like clockwork. I too wondered when they were ever going to stop raising heck every moment of the day and next thing you knew, they were lap kitties who enjoyed occasional play. It will happen, don't worry!

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