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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-23-2004, 03:32 AM Thread Starter
 
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When do cats start to mellow down?

my kitten is all sleep eat and play

when do they start mellowing down into just sleep and eat (and some play)?
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-23-2004, 04:33 AM
 
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Envy is five months old and still acts like a kitten
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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-23-2004, 06:01 AM
 
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tyson started being more mellow around 6 months, but he was neutered at about 3 months old. then again, he's a tabby cat, and definitely has his "Garfield" lazy traits

tyra still acts like a kitten, but she's probably got some siamese in her, and supposedly, they tend to be more active.

they're both about 11 months old, so i'm going to assume with young cats, it all depends on their personality & breed/mix.
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-23-2004, 08:00 AM
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I am interested in hearing opinions on this topic. Our two guys will be 2 in August, and they haven't showed any signs of mellowing out. I am disappointed (in a sense) because I was hoping to get at least 1 lap cat. I think they are still so active because they are happy and healthy and spoiled rotten. They are *Heinz 57* strays that were born in our backyard to a feral mama cat. I think they are mostly tabby with a mix of *maybe* Abysinnian thrown in, (just based on how they behave)...............but would still call them DSH.

I hope they mellow out someday, but we still love em as they are. They are really good boys for the most part..............when they want to be.
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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-23-2004, 09:18 AM
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I'd say, oh...about 12. Even now Sabby gets that crazy look in his eyes right before he goes tearing through the apartment. He'll be 15 in August.
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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-23-2004, 12:54 PM
 
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Generally it happens at about a year. This varies widely. Some cats never calm down. Some cats settle down earlier.

I have one that is an eternal kitten. For a while I thought she was actually settling down and mellowing...turns out she had some dental problems. Poor thing. After having SEVEN teeth removed in an emergency dental procedure she went back to her old kitten self.

It's pretty rare that they'll settle down much at all before 8 months. They usually get worse (because they are smarter and stronger) and wreak more havoc before it gets better.

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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-23-2004, 05:39 PM
 
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Well, Gaylord is almost 3 and he is still absolutely CRAZY
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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-23-2004, 06:27 PM
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most cats I think start to calm to calm down when reaching the 10 month mark. Altho like many others have said they still have their crazy sprees. Pebbles is the most miserable cat ever who doesnt play. She is 14 years old, she still has her nutter sprees where she runs around the house like a maniac, the kittens look at her in shock because she is the miserble grumpy one!
The others still have their moments when they be nutters, they are 11 months old now. In the last couple of months they have definatly clamed down A LOT
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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-23-2004, 06:56 PM
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Never.
Seriously, Velvet has certainly mellowed out over the years. She is now 10 and has occasional spurts of running around and yowling. If I recall correctly it was shortly after she turned a year old that the high-energy kitten behavior became less and less.
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-23-2004, 08:16 PM
 
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Stix calmed down after his 9 month birthday. He used to bite people for no reason and practically run up the walls like he had rabies. I do think that me having him neutered around 6 months and getting him a playmate (Kota) had something to do with it though. She is his punching bag now. But she fights back...and wins.
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