Ask Alice: Crazy Dancer

Dr. Alice,

My cat is about 14 years old and has always been the easiest gal to take care of because she has never been sick. Lately, she will do what I call crazy dances. She’ll just start vocalizing and running around like her feet on fire for about 10 minutes and then she’ll stop. She seems fine otherwise, I mean she is eating and drinking maybe even more than usual. It’s not like she seems sick, but she does seem a little ‘off.’ What are your thoughts?


Dear Crazy Dancer,

First, congratulations on the age of your older pet. Unfortunately, as everyone ages, a lot of our systems can go out of whack or just wear out. Like ligaments and eventually an organ or two. There are some hormone imbalances that also happen with age, and that may account for your dancer’s behavior. A lot of older cats have thyroid glands on over drive. And thankfully, there is medication that can help a lot of these geriatric issues. So, set up a medical appointment for your kitty. Even if they find nothing, the money will be well spent knowing there isn’t anything going on.


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Dr. Alice has spent her life embracing and advocating the animal human bond through her work as a traditional and a public health veterinarian, a writer, and vlogger on dogsenjoylife. Some people love expensive vacations and shopping but all Dr. Alice needs is time with her pets.

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