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Why Does My Cat Go Crazy Before Pooping? (Horrified?)

If your cat is going crazy before pooping you may be wondering why this is happeing and if you should be concerned…

Why Does My Cat Go Crazy Before Pooping?

If you notice your cat going crazy or energized before pooping, there are two possible reasons for it, either vagus nerve stimulation or an underlying medical problem. The former is a momentarily existing stimulation caused by the bowel movement. Or, the latter, which could be an issue like an intestinal problem.

So, now you know. But, should you be concerned about this? How can you prevent this? Why do some cats cry while pooping diarea? Keep reading for these answers, and much more…

The 2 Main Reasons Cats go crazy before pooping

Why does my cat go crazy before pooping?

A crazy-looking cat with its mouth and teeth showing.

Earlier I briefly explained some of the reasons why this happens, but here is some more detail on this:

01. Vagus Nerve Stimulation

Just like humans, cats also have a vagus nerve in their brains. Now, this nerve is what causes the feelings of excitement and exhilaration in both human and cat species.

Surprisingly, the vagus nerve is stimulated due to bowel movement. Hence, if there’s even slight bowel movement before pooping and after pooping, your cat is bound to feel exhilarated and excited. This phenomenon is also known as ‘poo-phoria’ and it occurs in both cats and humans too!

02. Underlying Medical Problem

Many cat owners also suspect another reason for a cat going crazy before pooping. It could be an underlying medical problem.

Keep in mind that if your cat runs away from the poop box even before it has started pooping, then it may be anxious. It is because your cat may not want to poop due to intestinal pain or other medical reasons.

So, if you feel like your cat is straining while trying to poop and is acting crazy, then you should take them to a vet.

Should You Be Concerned If Your Cat Is Going Crazy Before Pooping?

Someties you should be concerned if your cat is going crazy before pooping, But, it depends on how your cat is acting. If it is simply playing around before pooping, then it might not be an issue. However, if you notice that it’s straining too much and looks in pain, then you should consult a veterinary doctor for sure.

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Moreover, you also need to note that the feelings of excitement and craziness after pooping could be normal due to vagus nerve stimulation. But, if your cat is acting too crazy simply before pooping instead of actually pooping, then it could be a sign of an underlying medical problem.

How Can You Prevent Your Cat Going Crazy Before Pooping?

There are some ways that may help in preventing your cat from going crazy right before pooping such as repositioning the litter tray and talking to them peacefully instead of shouting.

So, keep in mind the below things:

01. Visit a Vet to Confirm It’s Not A Health Problem

Before you try anything, you should always consult a vet and get your cat checked. Again, if you notice that your cat is having a strained expression or is hurting somehow before pooping, then you should definitely take it to the veterinarian. It could be a constipation issue, infection, or inflammation.

But, if you feel like your cat’s just happy and running about, you may try the below ways to calm them down.

02. Keep the Litter Tray Near to the Cat and Keep It Clean

Sometimes, your cat may want to poop but the litter tray isn’t in its sight. Due to this reason, she may act crazy. So, to eliminate this crazy episode, consider keeping the litter tray in the eyesight of the cat.

Once it sees the litter tray, it may go to poop instead of running and jumping around. Also, make sure it is clean and doesn’t repel the cat.

03. Don’t Scold or Shout At Your Cat

If you’re trying to pacify your cat, never scold or shout at them. Scolding or shouting can scare them and cause them to overreact even more. Hence, they’ll act even worse.

Instead, try to talk to them quietly and nicely. Again, don’t touch them or pick them up either as they might scratch you too. Once you talk to them peacefully, they may come around!

Is It Important to Keep the Litter Tray Clean Before Your Cat Poops?

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Yes, it is extremely important to keep the litter tray clean before your cat poops in it. It is because cats are known for being extremely clean animals. Hence, a dirty litter tray can definitely put them off.

So, if you don’t clean the litter tray, your little cat won’t poop in it. This can make the cat run around like crazy if it wants to poop. Additionally, it can also cause problems like kidney and urinary problems if your cat holds back her poop repeatedly due to cleanliness issues.

Why Does My Kitten Cry When He Goes to the Bathroom?

If you notice that your kitten is crying or making a low-pitched sound that sounds painful while it is in its litter box, then it is an underlying medical condition.  As cats cannot communicate like humans, you can make it out from their tone that they’re in pain.

Hence, if your kitty is crying when he goes to the bathroom, he could be in pain too which can be caused due to medical conditions such as:

  • Urinary Tract Infections or UTIs
  • Cystitis
  • Intestinal blockage
  • Worms

Some of the common symptoms that you may find in all the above conditions may include straining or excessive urination, blood in urine, urination in random spots, etc. So, it is best to consult a veterinarian.

Why Is My Cat Crying When Pooping Diarrhea?

Diarrhea is a common problem in many cats. However, for some cats, it isn’t very serious as for the others, it could be. So, if your cat is crying when pooping diarrhea, chances are that it must be in severe pain.

So, if you notice that your cat is running around and playing after a few diarrhea-like stools, you may not have anything to worry about. On the other hand, you should definitely be concerned if your cat looks pale, sick, and is crying when pooping in the case of diarrhea.

In the latter situation, it is better to call up a vet and get the suggested treatment for your little cat.

Could a Cat Go Crazy if You Do Not Provide a Suitable Litter Tray?

Yes, it is highly possible that your cat may go crazy if they don’t find a suitable litter tray for pooping. As you may already know, cats hate to be around dirty and unorganized spaces. So, even if you make a litter box out of newspaper, or something else that’s not proper, your cat may not poop in it.

Instead, your cat may go crazy trying to find a suitable place to poop due to the unavailability of a proper poop tray.

How Can You Tell If Your Cat’s Poop Is Unhealthy?

Any kind of cat poop that looks different than the usual may be unhealthy. You should especially check for the below signs to know whether the poop is unhealthy or not:

  • Poop that is too hard is often painful as your cat will have difficulty while pooping it.
  • Dark or blackish-colored poop often indicated the presence of blood in stools. In this case, contact a vet immediately.
  • Liquid poop that indicates diarrhea may cause dehydration in cats.
  • Strained pooping and small hard balls of poop repeatedly indicate an obstruction or even a neurological issue in some cases

So, always make sure that your cat’s poop looks soft (not liquid-like), is of a medium-brown color, and is of the correct size and shape.

What Are Cat Zoomies?

You may have noticed that your cat is inactive at one moment and the next, it is running around like crazy. Well, this episode of sudden exhilaration and excitement in cats is known as cat zoomies.  Cat zoomies could be because of multiple reasons like their sleeping habit, bathroom problems, or even their will to hunt around.

Why Would a Cat Run and Then Poop?

If your cat runs around and then poops, then it may be an underlying problem that could be causing it, like constipation or diarrhea.  You can wait for a few days to see whether it was a one-time thing or if it is a consistent problem. If it is consistent, then consider meeting up with a veterinarian and ask them regarding this problem.

However, your cat may simply be having cat zoomies too if it doesn’t seem in any pain while pooping or after pooping.

Lindsey Browlingdon