Psycho Kitty

on April 8, 2013 in Misc

My cat has what I call “Psycho Kitty” moments.  And I’ve never read about the phenomenon in any novel.

See, most of the time Kelly Kel is a typical middle-aged cat:  she can’t be bothered with vigorous play and spends her time sleeping or ambling around.  Bored coolness is her game.

Yet almost every night when my place is peaceful, this calm cat will suddenly TEAR OUT OF THE BEDROOM LIKE A FREAKING MANIAC and RIP THROUGH the living room and under the Parson’s bench and over the Thai pillows on the floor and up onto the top of the ratty old armchair dubbed the cat’s chair where she SCRATCHES THE HELL OUT OF THE STUFFING and then she LEAPS OFF and bounds away back into the darkness of the bedroom…

…And a minute later she plods slowly back into the living room and looks around as if bored again.

Maybe it’s a cat’s version of bipolar disorder.  Or momentary devil possession.

Trouble is, my former kitty (Squeaky, R.I.P.) had the same bizarro habit. I’ve also seen some dogs in their PK moments.  That means it will suddenly start CHASING ITS TAIL or JUMP UP and RUN AROUND THE HOUSE OR YARD in a frantic and gleeful chase of an imaginary SQUIRREL SQUIRREL SQUIRREL or because it’s so FREAKING HAPPY TO SEE YOU even if you only went out to the grocery store.  It’s like this burst of pure, uninhibited animal emotion that’s pretty harmless and funny and seems to act like a safety valve.  The kind of safety valve that maybe some of us humans could use.

So here’s the thing about PK and books…

I can’t think of any fiction where the Psycho Kitty phenomenon occurs.  There are descriptions all over the Internet and funny photos, but no crazy cats popping up in novels.  For dogs, there’s Stephen King’s Cujo, which I haven’t read, but I know the St. Bernard in it is just flat-out psychotic and not in a cute way.

Non-fiction about dogs can describe PK – think of the bestseller Marley and Me in which the namesake pooch has wild PK moments over and over, and readers loved that book so much they bought approximately 200 million copies.  But a true story about a cat that suddenly goes apeshit in a funny way?  Doesn’t seem to exist in short stories or books.

So now I’m starting to wonder… I know I’m not the only person who’s had cats afflicted with Psycho Kitty, but what if there’s something about me that can repeatedly drive a feline over a mental cliff like a lemming on a bungee cord?  What if I happen to be a magnet for crazy animals?

Please tell me you have bizarro pet moments too…

16 Responses to “Psycho Kitty”

  1. I vote for possession.
    Sounds like you need a psycho kitty in your next story.

  2. Helena says:

    Alex — Maybe if I sprinkle holy water on my kitty….

  3. Hart Johnson says:

    Oh, Cali has many psycho kitty moments… She hunts us, you see. But I do hear you on those bursts of energy. And I’ve had much calmer cats that also have them. Possession was also how I described it.

  4. My mom used to raise show cats. We had about 18 at one time. Most of them display this behavior..just getting super active and energetic at night. It’s pretty common among cats and having lived with them all my life, it doesn’t strike me as odd but as normal.

  5. Helena says:

    Michael — 18 cats? Your mom must have been emptying litter boxes a couple times a day. Did the cats ever sync up together in their psycho moments? That would have been something to see.

  6. Helena says:

    Cali — Maybe that’s just it – my cat is too lazy to hunt, so when she goes psycho it’s really like having a devil cat.

  7. Our Siamese used to do this same thing. She added flying up and down the stairs to her routine. It’s fun to watch!

  8. Helena says:

    Carol – It’s like they want to burn off a thousand calories in three minutes!

  9. Nas says:

    Hi Carol,

    Haha! Crazy cats rule! But while reaidng it does bring a smile to our faces!


  10. Helena says:

    Nas – And they know they rule, which is scary.

  11. Ben says:

    I have never owned a dog or a cat, but many of my friends do, and I have seen that occur many many times. My hypothesis is that since cats and dogs can hear sound waves out of our hearing range, maybe they heard a sudden loud sound that startled them – and we’re none the wiser. That, or they’re possessed. ;) Take your pick.

  12. Helena says:

    Ben – They’re possessed. Or your hypothesis is correct (and clever)

    I guess the problem is I grew up around dogs and for whatever reason wasn’t around cats much at all until I had them as pets. I’m no longer freaked out by them, but puzzled.

  13. Ciara Knight says:

    We have a cat that sees daed people. He goes in the corner and cries. He also talks to things that aren’t there. He’s not right in the head, but a sweet kitty.

  14. Helena says:

    Ciara – Ah, poor sweet crazy kitty. Maybe he sees dead cats.

  15. Old Kitty says:

    Awwwww hooorah for PK moments!! Kelly Kel sounds utterly gorgeous too! Little Gumtree has psyhco moments but then I put it down to his youth! LOL!! Charlie only has psycho moments when Gumtree strays too close to him! LOL! Take care

  16. Helena says:

    Old Kitty – Kelly Kel is middle-aged, not young like Gumtree, but I guess she still feels frisky now and then. Or just crazy.