What Happens When Spring Fever Attacks Your Kid and Cat Household


The snow has finally melted and everything is turning green! Yay! After that seemingly endless winter, I know I’m doing cartwheels for sunny, 70-degree days. Well, I’m not actually doing cartwheels, although if I did, it’d be a good laugh for all of us … and probably a jacked-up back for me. Let’s just say I’m doing cartwheels in my mind, which is less funny but far safer.

At my house, it seems like as soon as we can open the windows and let the glorious springtime breeze wash away winter’s stagnancy, everyone starts feeling restless and a little goofy — people and cats alike. Well, it’s official: Spring fever has definitely infected our entire house. And so we ride out the infection until summer makes her grand entrance, which in Minnesota, will happen around the 4th of July.

When my kids were younger, they had loads of energy to burn. Those of you with small children know all about the crazy-making days of being cooped up when it’s too cold to go outdoors. When spring hits, it’s like those pressurized little bodies finally explode with all the pent up energy from the previous months. They can’t spend enough hours outside, and we adults send a silent thank you to the powers that be for allowing us to remain fairly sane through yet another winter.

My cats are equally affected. An open window is a cat magnet. I can just see the joy on their faces as they sniff the fresh air and sun themselves in the afternoons. Saffy loves her harness and enjoys spending time outside when the weather is nice. I swear she’d be a kick-ass beast if she were born in the middle of a forest. She may be low on the totem pole inside, but outside, she’s the reigning goddess of the wild. She has paws of lightening and loves to swat at outdoor bugs and chase leaves.

The other two, who think they’re all high and mighty, are the ones who hate the harness and are scaredy cats when I take them outside. Saffy just looks at them through the window, sending them a feline message of “who’s cool now, suckers?” Yes, Spring fever hits Saffy especially hard.

Springtime makes both my kids and cats antsy and kind of feisty. Children only have a handful of weeks before the end of the school year, and they just can’t seem to sit still. They’re excited, making fun plans with friends, sometimes letting school work slide. It’s like the season hypnotizes them into losing concentration.

Maybe I just notice it more this time of year, but my cats seem to romp and wrestle more often. Like the kids, they just can’t sit still and constantly want to play. And there are more critters to watch from the window! Squirrels, rabbits and chipmunks drive my kitties completely nuts. I’m sure that helps bring out their feisty nature and induces a few romps.

Well, spring isn’t going anywhere for a little while, so we have some time before our fever breaks. I guess what we can do in the meantime is try to wrangle and channel our kids’ wild energy, letting them cut loose outside, while still completing that pesky math homework … at least for a few more weeks. And our cats? Well, I know I’m just planning on watching them act crazy — it’s best entertainment any time of year!

Are your kids and cats overcome with spring fever? Tell us about it in the comments!

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About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (originated right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in a comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.

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