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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:41 am 
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Ok so I've searched the forum to find more information on the zombies but I can't see much except that people keep mentioning it. My kittens have started going nuts and running around the kitchen at high speed, jumping from tree to windowsill to couch.. Play fighting and just expelling an incredible amount of energy. It's all very amusing but does anyone know why they do this or of its a lifelong thing or just a kitten phase? They tend to do it right after meal in the morning and at night before we go to bed and although I don't mind.. I can see my BF freaking out a bit.. He sent me a message the other day worried because he though they'd gone crazy.. It's actually pretty funny to watch. But I'd simply like more information so I can understand how they think and if it's a case of supplying them with more toys or attention or if it's something that will continue regardless.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:31 am 
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Ellie1987 wrote:
Ok so I've searched the forum to find more information on the zombies but I can't see much except that people keep mentioning it. My kittens have started going nuts and running around the kitchen at high speed, jumping from tree to windowsill to couch.. Play fighting and just expelling an incredible amount of energy. It's all very amusing but does anyone know why they do this or of its a lifelong thing or just a kitten phase? They tend to do it right after meal in the morning and at night before we go to bed and although I don't mind.. I can see my BF freaking out a bit.. He sent me a message the other day worried because he though they'd gone crazy.. It's actually pretty funny to watch. But I'd simply like more information so I can understand how they think and if it's a case of supplying them with more toys or attention or if it's something that will continue regardless.

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Heh, so I think a little perspective is needed...

Bengals seem to have a really high prey-drive, and an amazing amount of energy and athleticism. So especially the young ones have this huge need to chase, pounce, ambush etc., basically all the stuff that they'd be doing to hunt prey, defend territory etc. Plus when they are kittens, they are "in training" to learn all those skills, build up their muscles and reflexes and strength and all that. For bengal owners with only 1 young bengal this can become a big challenge, because it's up to them to stimulate them in those activities. A pile of toys on the ground really doesn't help, because it really doesn't satisfy that need very well (those hunting instincts seem to really kick in when something is fleeing from them for example, and they quickly lose interest in things that don't try to escape). When that need isn't met, that's when they get loud, and upset, and destructive, and can develop behavior issues, like peeing outside the litterbox, or redirected aggression type problems.

So having two compatible bengals, that enjoy each others company and have "the zooms" together is an awesome thing! It often totally satisfies their play needs, plus it's fun to watch.

So when they do that, you should rejoice, because:

1) they are happy
2) their play needs are being (mostly) met
3) it seems to be a really good indication that their nutritional needs are being met and that they are in good health
4) it's also a sign that they are confident in their surroundings
5) you are seeing a behavior which seems to be sort of a signature behavior of bengals, and only someone with 2 is likely to see.
6) this is precisely why many people get two bengals!

So the zooms are a really really positive thing imo. They do that a little less every year, but it doesn't necessarily end when they become adults.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 3:21 pm 
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Oh yes, the zoomies!!! They are running off excess energy! Mine does it at times and literally flies over my head. Bengals have a ton of energy and not a lot of room to use it up if they are indoor cats. Even on our daily walks, Raiden isn't running (unless he spots a jogger with a dog). Play time, he sits in the middle of the bedroom and I do all the running around him (he's such a backwards cat). You have two of them who will get the zoomies together -- look out!!!

I hope you are enjoying the forum and the members here are giving you some quality advice!!!


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:28 pm 
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Ahh good to know! I do play with them a lot and they are both very playful even if Kira is less cuddly..
But I just find it very funny that it's the same tim every day and they go absolutely bonkers!

Sherry I'm finding the website invaluable.. Anytime they do something I'm unsure of I'm coming onto here and searching for information. It's been brilliant so far and I'm naturally a worrier so this has put my mind to rest about lots of things. Thanks for all your assistance!


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:43 pm 
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My 2 have the zoomies or crazies as I call it quite a lot especially after a visit to the litter box, Magic will whizz off at a thousand paces straight from the litter tray sometimes accidentally leaving a small nugget on the floor, Pearl will then be in hot pursuit.

They sometimes sound like a herd of elephants running from downstairs to upstairs bouncing off all the beds and window sills then back downstairs, this goes on for some time until they both collapse and Pearl is usually panting.

They run up the cat tree so fast it shakes and Pearl runs up the 4 foot scratching post and sits on the top.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:18 am 
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Ahh the thunder of kitten hooves. :-)

The zoomies are ace - as said, it is a sign that they are happy and healthy and full of engergy.

I was pointing out to my two yesterday that they had been really lazy, then they started with the zooms at 23:00. :rolleyes: This morning they zoomed out of their rooom and all over the apartment until it was time for me to go to work like they desperately needed to make up for yesterday.


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