Why your cat does the bath­room bolt

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

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

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