Why your cat does the bathroom bolt
HAVE you noticed a sudden burst of energy from your cat soon after her morning ablutions? Have you almost been tripped over by a wideeyed cat bolting from his bathroom?
Why is it that some cats seem to become transiently possessed after depositing a number two in the litter tray?
It’s a phenomenon familiar to most cat owners and it has a name: poo-phoria.
The term was coined by human gastroenterologist Dr Anish Sheth to describe the feeling of relief, even elation, on the passing of a large stool. Apparently this can stimulate the vagus nerve, resulting in a feeling of exhilaration.
Animal physiologist Erin Willis used the term to explain the dramatic, occasionally alarming poststool behaviour change in our feline friends.
Although we can’t verify this directly with cats, it makes perfect sense.
Which brings me to this