Crazy Kitten Syndrome

Are the symptoms of Crazy Kitten Syndrome (CKS) happening in your home? Read on to find out.

By Tom Schreck | Posted: Thu Mar 8 00:00:00 PST 2001

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Lucky's feelings seem hurt when Wheezy refuses to play the role of public transportation. Wheezy must remember what it was like to go through CKS because he seldom stays angry for long. Instead, he simply struts away like a hibernating bear that just had his winter nap shortened by two months. Wheezy is displaying maturity, Dr. Mebalz said.

"Older cats will often demonstrate sympathy for the CKS kitten and not retaliate. We are not sure if this is because of maturity or simply the sedating effect of Wheezy eating 6,000 calories a day and sleeping in excess of 23 hours per day," he said.

Symptom No. 3: Annoying Adult Cats (Part B)
Elvis, our 8-year-old cat, let Lucky know from the start he would not tolerate his ride-upons or having his tail used as a speed bag in a boxercise program. Taking on the role of mentor, Elvis taught Lucky two important lessons within the first half-hour of introductions:

1. Lucky, repeat after me, Elvis' tail is not a toy.
2. Always keep your left paw slightly higher to successfully block Elvis' powerful right hook.

Despite some minor negative feedback from annoyed older cats, Lucky and other CKS kittens seem to enjoy themselves most of the time.

This area has been the center of Dr. Mebalz's research in the past decade.

"We've hooked up brain electrodes to measure the quantity of pleasure waves in CKS kittens while they are actively annoying larger, older cats. All our data points to the same conclusion they love it! More than anything else," he said.

Symptom No. 4: CKS Wind Sprints
Without cause, CKS kittens gleefully break into full-fledged wind sprints throughout the day. Several theories exist to explain this unusual phenomenon. But only one offers a long-range explanation.

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Linda    Moline, IL

12/28/2009 6:48:53 PM

Has anyone out there ever had a Cornish Rex kitten?
Now, there's a case of CKS! We think it's not a cat at all, but more like and organ grinder's monkey!

Gloria    Holmdel, NJ

8/12/2009 4:10:59 PM

I have a kitten that bites until I bleed. Does anyone know at what age that this crazy syndrome ends?

elisa    detroit, MI

1/19/2009 12:01:10 PM

They are what they are...Its like having a child. My kitten is nuts, but her mother is not. My cat fetches and on the way attacks anything that gives it the willies. And then she is ok. A.D.D cat Im ok with that she makes me laugh.Oh and making my bed if fun she has to slide between the bottom sheet and top. Untill she feels like snaking through to attack a sock or somthing else she finds offensive.

Liz    Lafayette, LA

9/18/2008 1:26:29 PM

hahahahahahaha! I took in a stray about a month ago that is about 11 weeks old now and since I already having two 6 year old cats - I can totatlly relate!! He attacks them, their surroundings, my feet and legs in bed and basically just about anything during that hallucination time and then curls up in my lap and falls to sleep instantly in some weird head-hanging-up-side-down position.. it's funny and cute and tiresome and aggravating at 6am, but I wouldn't trade him for the world... lol

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