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post #1 of 17
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A large male cat that is normally quite lazy (think of a very dumb Garfield) sometimes becomes manic after pooping. He becomes extremely excited and runs back and forth at speeds nobody who has seen him would think him capable of. Ears back and snarling he sprints across the room and throws himself against walls and furniture (think of Hobbes when Calvin gets home from school). This happens for a few seconds to a minute, after which he goes back to his usual routine of eating, sleeping, and pulling books off bookshelves until he is properly worshipped and fed.

I've heard other cat owners describe similar behavior, but have never found an explanation. Any ideas?
post #2 of 17
[quote=jwucd]A large male cat that is normally quite lazy (think of a very dumb Garfield) sometimes becomes manic after pooping. He becomes extremely excited and runs back and forth at speeds nobody who has seen him would think him capable of. Ears back and snarling he sprints across the room and throws himself against walls and furniture (think of Hobbes when Calvin gets home from school).

Well mine are indoor/outdoor BUT... since I've begun walking my
oldster out to poo (long story!)... he does something similar sometimes.
He'll drop a poo and then sprint like mad to a tree to do his nails, then
sprint on home!! (considering his age and arthritis.. well, he IS moving
pretty fast, LOL!)

I've only seen my male do this, not my female - so I think its like
a dominance... World here I am, I am top cat hear me poop!
post #3 of 17
Yes - they all enjoy their poop runs I think it's because they are a little lighter

Don't you run wild through the house like that?

I'm sorry. You don't have to answer that I simply could not resist picking on the new kid. Welcome!
post #4 of 17
You know how guys are always so proud of their....
post #5 of 17
I also think it's just because they feel better. Our cat just poops and then kind runs a little while, and then does the claw thing on the carpet.

They just feel great, and manly. Like wow, I just had a big poop, look what i can do too...!
post #6 of 17
Sometimes I wonder if they are trying to get away from the stink as fast as possible...

Whatever the reason, it's pretty funny stuff.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by lilleah878
Our cat just poops and then kind runs a little while, and then does the claw thing on the carpet
Harley does his claw thing on the wall next to his litter box, why do they do that anyways? I can't get him to stop scratching the wall either!
post #8 of 17
Both of my cats do this BEFORE doing the stinky!! It's so funny!

Stephanie
post #9 of 17
Dexter is a before the poop runner.
I pretend that he is running from his butt.
He hasn't quite figured out that he needs to leave a deposit in his litter box but he is aware that something is going on back there.
post #10 of 17
Peter does this too. He also spends forever in the litter box and then scratches like crazy. Must be a guy thing.
post #11 of 17
teehee...
I call this the "poop 'n run"!
PJ does it a lot more than Teddy, even though Teddy is much stinkier than PJ. PJ also does it when she pees. She tears through our apartment twice, then settles down.

I find it quite funny.
post #12 of 17
my female cat does this too- i call it "running away from the stink"
she also scratches the box like crazy sometimes.
delicate flower.
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by captiva
Yes - they all enjoy their poop runs I think it's because they are a little lighter

Don't you run wild through the house like that?

I'm sorry. You don't have to answer that I simply could not resist picking on the new kid. Welcome!
Sheesh Chris! You're supposted to be a mentor! What kind of example are you setting?!?

Twitch *must* scratch the box like she is burying something for about 6 hours after she actually buries her poo. She then persists to run around the house like an idiot colliding into walls. She must also go sharpen her toes. It makes no sense. Everytime she does it, she must run into(literally smack her face on) the same wall. She runs around like look at me, look at me, I POOPED!
post #14 of 17
Xena used to do that occaisionally. But Xena also had hard, hair filled poop so I just figured it was an "Oh thank god its finally out!" type of thing. In her case the hairball food has actually helped. I don't really know if its helped with the hairballs but she's getting much more normal poops finally. And I don't see her running around as much.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by semiferal
Sometimes I wonder if they are trying to get away from the stink as fast as possible...
.

My thoughts exactly....

My parents cat Gus has the stinkiest poops....and as soon as he is done he is gone up the stairs, before the smell waffes over to the rest of the house
post #16 of 17

My cat does all of the above.  It's especially annoying to hear her stampeding around the house in the middle of the night after a particularly aggressive defecation episode.  But hey, she's healthy, she's happy (albeit mildly disturbed), so I just think of it as her showing off. 

post #17 of 17
Peeing and pooping require focus, and when cats are doing it in the wild, they are exposing themselves to potential attacks. They'll run before pooping/peeing too. It's like they'll run to the secret place where they do it, then also run out of it to escape, to minimise these vulnerable moments.
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