Cats And Their Mad Half Hours

By Ruth aka Kattaddorra

There is rarely a dull moment in a house with cats. Do anyone else’s cats have mad half hours?

I often wonder why they are called that as it doesn’t even take our Walter 5 minutes to wreck our living room, he goes so crazy sometimes that poor Jozef just runs for cover.

The covers and cushions on the furniture fly as he jumps from couch to armchair, the rug gets bundled up, the scratching boards get upended, the toy box tipped over and mice and balls scattered all over.

Cats And Their Mad Half Hours

Cats And Their Mad Half Hours. Collage by Ruth aka Kattaddorra.

It’s even more fun for our cats since they discovered tissue paper is wonderful to hide toys under, then to spring on them and bite holes and make bits of paper fly.

The man in the shop where we buy it must wonder what we do with so much lol. It amuses me how cats suddenly lose interest in something (unless they are watching a mouse or a bird of course when they can sit for hours). Walter creates chaos then strolls off and leaves us to tidy up.

Jozef doesn’t often play alone like Walter does, he likes us to play with him, all of the games on here: Simple games with cats are fun.

But he has his funny little ways too, he can’t bear to see a used saucer uncovered, even if there is only one tiny bit of food left on it he will cover it with anything in reach. So now when we feed him we put down a square of kitchen roll and he works until this tarpaulin is placed neatly over the saucer. If he discovers Walter’s saucer he will use anything to cover that too.

So you can imagine if anyone is coming visiting how we have to zoom around and make the place look tidy again lol but anyone who doesn’t like cats isn’t welcome anyway.

It’s rare that our boyz play together and it usually ends in tears if they do, they are such a pair of ruffians, but how dull our lives would be without our feline friends, wouldn’t they!

Ruth aka Kattaddorra

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Cats And Their Mad Half Hours — 17 Comments

  1. The only time I was the victim of a cat’s mad half hour was when I had brother and sister as youngsters. They would tear the place up together. But since then it hasn’t happened much if at all. This might be because I have an older cat (about 12) and he is a single cat.

    It may also be that you produce wrapping paper etc. and get them charged up for a spot of madness. I’d bet Marc’s brood enjoy some mad spells.

    Cats tend to copy their humans. If you’re a bit sedate and work at a computer managing a website 😉 the general tone becomes passive and quiet. So Charlie follows suit. That seems to be a factor.

    Cardi was very subdued and that could have been due to living with a very old lady.

  2. Ah Michael you might have hit the nail on the head there, my dear sister Ruth aka Kattaddorra is prone to funny moments herself :-)so maybe Walter gets the idea from her. Having said all that the dear litle soul is sitting calmly in my computer chair while I am sitting on a hard kitchen chair(Walter I mean, not Ruth) looking most sensible and not in the least crazy. He says it was a set-up.

    • Well, that is a good thing. It is certainly good for cats. A bit of activity from the human element in the household gets the cat juices flowing. Cats need that sort of thing, I believe. Good for the soul.

  3. Cats do love that tissue paper. My sister sews, and patterns for sewing are printed on it. You pin the pattern onto the fabric and cut it out. My sister used to run the school’s drama program where I taught music. She went way above and beyond, sewing elaborate costumes for the kids. Her cat Kobe, younger then, absolutely loved to help. As soon as she would set out fabric and patterns on the living room floor, Kobe would come leaping into the middle of it all, causing the light tissue patterns to fly everywhere. How she ever got any costumes sewn with him helping, I don’t know.

  4. There’s plenty of madness in my flat every day. Two cats less than a year old and one a bit older who has always loved to play really alot. They all have their particularly crazy moments where they make an unbelievable mess. Lilly loves mats on the floor. She’ll go crazy bunnykicking them and scrunching them up, bed covers too. Molly loves to run incredibly fast from room to room. She always happens to shoot rightpast my legs when i am walking from one room to another. And then she will dissapear into one of the cat tunnels for a minute before shooting back out to another room. Gigi has a favourite catnip mouse which she is crazy about literally. She gets out of breath batting it around as if its a dead mouse. I am glad they do this, although worried they might hurt themselves sometimes. Molly goes nuts on the cat tree and will fall off it and stuff – grabbing on further down. I believe this is healthy for all cats. I’d be worried if they didn’t go bonkers. Gigi and Molly also chase eachother alot and fight as kittens do, they are a month apart in age and grew up together so almost like sisters really.
    A mad half hours is exactly what it is.

    lol – “Hurricane Walter” – that’s very funny 🙂

  5. I have faced this scenario in my house, the cats playing havoc with paper magazines kept on my coffee-table shelf.Matahari, has this habit of tearing paper to shreds whenever she gets an opportunity, hence i cover the magazine shelf with cloth.This behaviour has occured more than twice indicating a strange fascination towards paper by my female cat Matahari.

  6. We go thru this EVERY night. Usually sometime between 1am-2:30am. I’ve named this game Ambush where the cats hide and pounch on each other. They run and jump on the feeding bar then the cat table then the back of each couch. I always cover my head if I see Furby flying at me because he doesn’t bother to put his claws in. Cujo joins in every game. Its scary to watch a small dog make 4 ft jumps from furniture and counters to the floor. He’s always either right in front of or right behind the cats. We have insurance on him because he’s terrifying to watch sometimes. The cats love to make him crash into walls.

  7. Oh Ruth and Barbara I love your boys,Walter looks so naughty lol
    Yes my cats have their mad half hours,so much so that the kids and dogs take cover like your Josef,they’re like a herd of elephants,great fun.
    BTW Micheal is that a peekaboo cat I see upside down on that stool under the chair?
    Oh I so want a chair like that.

  8. it used to sound like a horse race when Tiggy and gabby chased each other around the room but they’re a bit old for it now the young ones play hide and seek which is so funny to watch as his tail always shows lol!!

  9. My 3 cats have their mad half hour and we run for cover because Ozzie takes the lead and at a stone in weight he sounds like an elephant! Alfie normally starts when he calls the other 2 he has this high pitched cry which means its play time! He sounds like a Peacock! The other 2 prick their ears up then thats it off they go! Up the stairs back down, around the chair back up the stairs its a wonder we have a house left at the end of it! Oh yes I forgot to say they jump over us and run across the back of the settee while we’re on it! All good fun few shed claws embedded in the carpet lol but I wouldn’t have it any other way! 🙂

  10. My little female cat, Morgana, is 13 years old and still runs around in madness every evening. As soon as it looks like I’m getting ready for bed or mention bedtime she goes crazy running full throttle, leaping over furniture, knocking thing over, climbing to the top of her cat tree (floor to ceiling cat tree) and leaping off onto the couch. All the while meowing loudly for me to join in the fun! She just developed this new game of catch where I throw a small ball to her, she batts it back at me and I have to try to catch it:) I have learned to prepare for bedtime early so that she gets all this energy out before I want to sleep. I’m grateful that she gives me a laugh and a chance to destress from the day so that I can sleep peacefully.

  11. how cool just found this page. Jasmin doing alot of this laterly. She certainily has alot of energy. Jasmin and ozzie been having heaps of fun just play fighiting and running up and down the hallway. im so happy they get alot as was so worried in the early days they wouldnt get along now they are like best of friends. 🙂

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