Cats are mysterious creatures, which is one of the things we humans love best about them. And, being humans, we like to have mysteries solved.
One of the most mysterious things we've long wondered about is why some cats make a mad dash away from the litter box after pooping, as if fleeing a crime scene. (Or, as The Dodo puts it, "[W]hen cats LOSE THEIR SH*T, figuratively, after losing their sh*t, literally.")
No two experts have the same answer. In our own house, we've noticed that a cat is likelier to bolt from a litter box when one of the other cats "stalks" her while she's using it. Litter boxes are often kept in out-of-the-way nooks—purrfect hunting ground for a mischief-making kitty looking to corner one of his fur-sibs.
The Nest posits that a cat's frantic run after pooping is a way to distance herself from the smell in an instinctive effort to throw predators off the scent (as it were). Even though most house-cats will never face house-cat predators, the instinct remains from wilder days.
Any truly odd litter box behavior should be treated as a sign of a possible health issue and discussed with your vet. Some vets say that a frantic run after pooping can be a sign of discomfort stemming from food allergies or even an infection.
Of course, as we all know (although probably wouldn't admit publicly) going to the bathroom often just feels good. So maybe this behavior in cats is what it looks like—a sign of pure euphoria.
Whatever the reason, we human slaves will keep doing what we do best—smiling at our cats' antics and cleaning up after them. Although some of our cats (like Homer the Blind Wonder Cat himself, back in the day), have this covered for us.
For your extra viewing pleasure, here's a video of a cat running at top speed!
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