If your cat is suddenly hyper, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about them.

So, why is my cat suddenly hyper? Likely reasons why your cat is suddenly hyper are that your cat is naturally hyper in the early morning and late evening since it would be its natural hunting time, a change in your cat’s diet or because it has become more comfortable around you.

There are a number of possible causes and it might be due to a combination of them. However, there are some things you can consider to help figure out the main cause and there are some things you can do about it.

Why is my cat suddenly hyper?

Below are a number of possible reasons why your cat has been doing it and what would make each of them more likely.

A change in your cat’s diet

It could also be the case that there is an issue with your cat’s diet. It could be the case that it is not getting the right nutrients in its diet, it is eating too much, not enough or that it is eating things that it should not be. An issue with its diet would be more likely if it has started acting hyper since a change in its diet and if it acts hyper when it eats certain foods.

It would help to make sure that you have been feeding it correctly, that no one else has been feeding it and that it does not have access to things it should not be eating. 

Your cat is more comfortable around you

It could also be the case that your cat has become more comfortable around you and your cat is not acting in a way that is natural. This would be more likely if you have not owned your cat for long and if it has stopped doing things such as hiding as well.

Nature

In the wild, cats are often nocturnal animals. This means they are most active at night, unlike humans, who are generally active during the day. Even though your kitty might spend a lot of his time sleeping or lounging around during the day, his internal “clock” tells him when to be active, and night is the prime time for him to be on the prowl. If your cat becomes hyper during the night or early morning, the cause is likely to be that your cat naturally has more energy at those times.

Allergies

The cause could also be that it has had a reaction to something that it has interacted with and it is being hyper due to frustration. This would be more likely if your cat has started acting hyper since sniffing things that it shouldn’t have been or interacting with something else that it should not have been. In this case, it would be best to take it to a vet. 

Separation anxiety

If your cat becomes hyper when it cannot be in the same part of the house as you, a part of the cause could be separation anxiety. This would be more likely if your cat cries and is noisy until you let it stay with you then it becomes calmer.

Fear

It might also be the case that something has been causing it to become fearful. This would be more likely if it does it more at certain times such as when there are fireworks, sirens or construction works outside.

Things to consider

Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main cause.

What else happened when your cat first started being hyper

It would help to consider what else happened when your cat first started being hyper since it could be the case that an event occurred that caused your cat to start. For example, if your cat started doing it after you had only owned it for a few weeks, it might be the case that your cat has actually become more comfortable around you.

The timing of when your cat is hyper

If there is a certain time that your cat tends to be hyper, it would also help to consider the timing. For example, if your cat is hyper in the early morning or evening, it would be more likely to be due to your cat naturally having more energy at those times.

What to do about my cat being hyper?

Below are some things you can do about the behavior.

Ensure your cat has been getting the right diet

It could be the case that an issue with its diet has been causing the behavior. It would help to ensure that it has been eating the right foods and that it has been eating the correct amount of food. It would also help to ensure that no one else has been feeding it without telling you.

Give your cat distractions

It could also help to give your cat things to be distracted by such as toys or a scratch pad so that your cat is less likely to bother you when it is full of energy.

Let it do it

If your cat has not been annoying you, another option would be to simply allow your cat to continue doing it.

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I created and currently run Kitty Cat Tips, the website that you can go to when you have questions about your cat's behavior. It's my hope that you find Kitty Cat Tips to be a helpful resource. It is also my hope that it will help you to improve your relationship with your cat. You can read more about me and my website here.