Have you ever wondered why your cat turns into an Olympic sprinter after using the litter box? You’re not alone. Many cats get “the zoomies” after pooping, and while scientists have many theories, there is no hard science yet as to what makes cats feel the need to run after making a deposit in the litter box. Here are some of the leading theories behind this crazy behavior.
#1 – It’s a survival instinct
It’s thought that cats in the wild might want to get as far away from their poop as fast as possible so that a predator can’t trace the poop back to its source.
#2 – They might be in pain
It’s possible that your cat could have an inflamed colon, an anal fissure, or another medical condition that actually makes it painful to poop. If your cat screeches after pooping or his poop zoomies are a new behavior, you might want to get him checked out by a vet to rule out a medical issue.