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BY: The Daily Cat experts
It is very common for cats to be active in the early morning. Cats are naturally crepuscular, which means they are the most active at dawn and dusk. In the wild, their ancestors would hunt at these times to catch their prey off guard.
While frisky behavior can be normal, it may also be a symptom of certain health conditions, such as hyperthyroidism. I’ve had a few cats over the years that have suffered from this condition. It can cause them to “meow” more frequently and loudly, act hyper and lose weight, among other noticeable signs. While the chances are that Smokey is healthy and having a good time in the morning, make an appointment with your veterinarian to rule out any medical problems -- especially if Smokey previously exhibited more sedentary behavior.
If your cat is OK and if you have the time, the ASPCA recommends playing with your cat before feedings. This mimics what happens in the wild, with the “hunting” happening before the feast. Smokey will probably work off his energy, enjoy his meal, groom himself and then nap until his body cycles into the playful mode again.
Cats reach full skeletal development when they are this old: