Domestic cats sometimes circle the food bowl as if scavenging prey in the wild

Domestic cats sometimes circle the food bowl as if scavenging prey in the wild. Photo: MikeB

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This is a snapshot that I took this morning at dawn when I fed my cat.

I put his food down and as is quite common for him, he circled the food bowl rather than approaching it directly despite being hungry.

His behaviour was very reminiscent of a wild cat approaching a carcass which he wanted to scavenge.

I can only describe it like that. This is because he was uncertain as to what he was approaching despite being fed commercial food out of a bowl for many years.

His instinct clicked in and he displayed some caution. When he got to the ball he smelled the food to double check that it was edible and safe to eat.

The whole process indicated an abundance of caution which is exactly the way he would behave as a North African wildcat.

What I was seeing was a bit of the wild in my kitchen.

And, yes, I do feed my cat on the kitchen counter. Some people will not like that. I find it highly convenient and I don’t have a problem with it. I am not risk-averse.