It’s impossible to spend 10-minutes on the internet without being confronted with a heartwarming video of a cat or dog in full zoomie mode. It’s one thing to passively watch this reckless behavior on your screen, but having it play out in your home or at the dog park is another thing entirely.
It can lead to injuries, it can signify an underlying medical condition, and it can also be a perfectly normal behavior pattern of a healthy pet. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at zoomies. What are they, what causes them, how should you handle them, and when are the zoomies a cause for concern? We’ll answer all of those questions and more, right now!
What Are Zoomies?
You may have never heard the term zoomies before today, but you’ve no doubt encountered them at some point in your life. Zoomies are the not-so-technical term for spontaneous surges of energy in a dog or cat. Veterinarians refer to these periods of activity as Frenetic Random Activity Periods (FRAPs) but we call them zoomies because it’s just more fun that way.
The particulars of these “periods of frenetic random activity” can vary widely from pet to pet. Some pets run in circles, some dart back and forth, some pounce on anything and everything, and some scratch and chew and roll around. When it comes to zoomies it doesn’t exactly matter what they do, just that they experience sporadic, frantic, and unprompted periods of excess energy.