One of our cats, god bless his little soul, tends to wig out when he’s got to poop. His pupils get wide, he runs around and meows at the walls, jumps into the box and back out, runs around a bit more, jumps back in the box, has his stinky little bowel movement, runs away as fast as possible, caroms off a wall or two, returns to the box (or, occasionally, hides under a desk) to finish pooping, then scampers off as though the devil were trying to clip his back claws. On a particularly amusing day, he’ll try to run through a closed wooden door as a finale.
We’re used to it. We’ve had him for over a decade. He’s always been like this. We asked our vet about it early in the cat’s life, and the vet said it was not unusual cat behavior. I’m not expecting him to change.
But I’m really starting to wonder about the evolutionary advantages of being unable to poop without attracting the attention of every living creature within a quarter mile radius. At the very least, it seems like this behavior would end up in a lot of cats braining themselves on a tree trunk.
So. Why does my cat, and apparently other cats, go a little psycho when it’s time for a bowel movement? Anyone have a clue?