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Cats and their wild five minutes: what's behind it?


Is your cat crazy too? Or at least once a day? The so-called wild five minutes of a cat allow one to assume that something is wrong. But the opposite is the case. Here you can find out what the wild five minutes are all about, which many cats regularly turn into plush rockets stung by the tarantula. If things go crazy, don't worry - Shutterstock / Andrey Tairov

It usually happens out of nowhere and ends as suddenly as it started: The wild five minutes in cats can really scare the owner. The good news: it's normal and your cat is almost certainly not crazy.

This is what the wild five minutes of a cat can look like

Your cat lies peacefully on the scratching post and looks at her kindly. A second later, a wild fur ball races through your legs, flies over the sofa with your ears on, looks at you from the windowsill with a confused face and maws passionately. It goes on, your cat hisses across the room with ruffled fur, the tail is pointed straight up like a bottle brush.

And then it's over again. This or something similar, many cat owners around the world watch the wild five minutes of their kitty every day. Incidentally, behavior often starts after visiting the litter box.

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"Crazy" behavior is not a cause for concern

Of course, the legitimate question is whether a cat's wild five minutes is normal. The answer is yes. In the eyes of many experts, it is even a sign that your fur nose is doing well and is comfortable with you. The "crazy time" serves to release pent-up energies, release adrenaline and thus become more balanced again. You can help her by keeping your cat from boredom with varied games, a beautiful scratching post and occasional pats, and by making sure that she is busy enough.

A cat that feels bad, however, usually does not show a crazy five minutes, but rather looks unusually reserved and listless. Only when a velvet paw knows its way around your own four walls and feels safe does it dare to go mad. So don't worry if it gets hectic for a few minutes again, but be happy that your kitty is showing off so boisterously. And besides, the hustle and bustle is sometimes very funny to look at.

In the following video you can see what the wild five minutes of Simon's Cat look like. Simon Tofield, the inventor of the famous YouTube cartoon cat, explains with the help of a cat behavior expert what the "crazy" kitty is all about.


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