10 Signs You Have a Bipolar Cat

If you have a cat that is fine one minute and angry or depressed the next, you may have a bipolar cat. This is not as common as people believe. Bipolar in humans is classified as an imbalance of chemicals in the brain causing short-tempered emotions. A typical cat is normally spontaneous when it comes to emotion and play so is often confused with real signs of bipolar. To know the difference between normal cat behavior and a true bipolar complex, you must closely observe your cat’s behavior. Here are 10 of the most common signs of a bipolar cat.

Signs of a Bipolar Cat

  • Aggression With Toys – When you play with your cat, they become angry and hiss or snarl at the toy. Their joy is masked with uneasiness and aggression.
  • Aggression With Food – They are easily agitated when you do not feed them when they want. This can be followed by destructive behavior to get your attention.
  • Aggression With Petting – No particular spot triggers this, but rather, random bouts of anger when you are petting them. They will be happy with you one moment and become very mad at you the next.
  • Excessive Jealousy – Mild bouts of jealousy are normal with most cats, but it becomes an issue when they physically and verbally show this.
  • Abnormal Sleeping Pattern – Most cats sleep at the same times throughout the day. A Bipolar cat will sleep only some nights or some mornings. They always change when and where they sleep.
  • Over Stimulation After Eating – It is normal for a cat to play after a meal, but with a Bipolar cat, they typically go INSANE after eating. Running around, destroying furniture, hissing at toys or objects, etc.
  • Bouts of Sadness/Depression – Your cat will be sad or “down in the dumps” randomly throughout the week. This doesn’t last long and seems to happen after they were very angry, or very excited.
  • Loving to Angry to Loving – One minute your cat is very loving, the next they look like they want to kill you. A few minutes pass, and they are loving and content again. This happens without any action on your part.
  • Poor Litter Box Behavior – Your cat may go in and out the box just recovering old waste. They will kick the litter out the box aggressively and sometimes even hiss or growl while using the box. You may even notice faeces or urine outside of the box.
  • Varying Emotions With Other Pets – You will see your cat joyfully playing with another cat or even your dog, then the next minute, they want to fight them. The other pet did nothing aggressive nor did they show signs of dominance.

Keep in mind, it is common for cats to change their minds or change their emotions often. You have to really pay attention to the degree they actually change. Passive changes, even ones with anger, are often observed as normal cat behavior. There is almost always an underlining cause as to why your cat’s switch flipped. With a Bipolar cat, the reason or cause is not easily identifiable or in extreme cases, non-existent.

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Do you have a bipolar cat? Share your experiences in the comments!

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Linda
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Linda

I have a male cat. He’s a one man cat and only allows me near him, but out of the blue he will swipe me with his paw when I’m petting him. I’ve got to know when he’s about to do it now by the look on his face. He also hates my partner when he walks into the room. He cowers and hisses at him or runs out the house, but if he sits down, the cat then starts rubbing him coz he wants food. Everything has to be on the cats terms. He constantly hunts and stalks my other cat and attacks him for no reason. He spends hours sitting by the cat flap waiting for him or other cats to fight with. I have tried feliway and feliway friends with no success.

Courtney
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Courtney

Loling at all these people thinking their cat is bipolar. I have an all white, dual colored eyes, male. When he was younger he used to randomly become vicious at us biting our ankles and would get poofy and very angry out of nowhere. We never figured out a reason as to why this was happening. Our friend said to get another cat so we did. Now he gets randomly angry at our other cat who just loves his big bro and gets to the point where the other cat is yelling because white cat is biting and kicking so hard. If we intervene he turns his aggression on us. But mind you they cuddle and play normal all the time. He also is very aggressive with toys on and off. He kicks and rolls in his litter sometimes. Just today I had to intervene with the cats and one… Read more »

Kevin
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Kevin

I have been dealing with this for a while now — and it’s really becoming frustrating. The ups and downs have become so unpredictable. A few examples. For the last two days, my kitty, a male, has been hiding almost all the time. On occasion, he will come out, and when he does, he will play with me, nudge, let me pet him for a long period of time. Then, out of nowhere, he will take a sniff of my hand (turned upside down) and run and hide and not come out for hours again. He goes from being a most affectionate cat — to angry and frightened in a matter of seconds. I don’t do anything differently in scenarios when he’s happy or ticked. No routines have changed. No change of furniture … none of the things that I have read that can cause a cat anxiety. He only… Read more »

Tazza
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Tazza

Hello I am having problems with my one cat. I got him and his sister over 2 years ago as kittens and they were very shy bit super sweet. I’ve been noticing over the last year that the mail has been acting crazy every time someone new visit my house. It’s so hard to figure out because his sister will be perfectly fine let the new person pet her whatever then he gets upset abd then they both and hissing and I have to put them in another room. And the male he doesn’t just Grill in his he makes his horrible screaming noise like he’s being attacked even when it’s just me trying to pick him up because he’s growing at a new person. I feel like we’ve failed as cat parents cuz he acts like a Farrel cat when I have company. I feel like I don’t know… Read more »

Jay
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Jay

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Michael C.
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Michael C.

Hello, I need help with my KittyG. She is Approximately 4 years old, Tortise shell Female. Youngest of my Three cats , she has always showed dominance over the others. She too would become tired of me petting her, then scratch me. Most of the Time she would show me affection on her own time,but as of late, she has secluded herself outside, doesn’t come when I call her,acts very skiddish, goes one way and then another,and doesn’t have much of an appetite. This had happened one time before, where she just disappeared, which was very strange as she is a Homebody. What can I do ?Thanks.