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My cat tries to cover her food after she eats. Why does she do this?

The first point to make is that not all domestic cats do this and those that do it don’t do it all the time. In fact, in my experience, it is not that usual. But if a cat has eaten enough he or she may try and bury the remaining food. This is caching food for another day and hiding it from ‘competitors’ so that they can’t find it. At least that is the intention.

Cat eats. Image by birgl from Pixabay

It is entirely instinctive and inherited from the domestic cat’s wild cat ancestor, the North African wildcat. It is so completely ingrained that it has not been lost over about 10,000 years of domestication but it is a feline behavioral trait that is probably gradually fading away.

Obviously it serves no purpose for the domestic cat in a nice home but that isn’t the point as it is, as mentioned, instinctive and not a rational decision based on the pertaining circumstances.

This behaviour, therefore, does not mean that your cat dislikes the food but that he or she is full up if she has already eaten some of it. It is completely normal.

Below are some links to articles on the topic of domestic cat food which may interest you.

Why do domestic cats sometimes use their paws to eat and drink?

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Domestic cat paws around her food bowl. The insight it provides.

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Are house cats scavengers?

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Why do cats eat food from the center of their bowl and leave the food at the edges?

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Can cats get eating disorders?

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Managing the domestic cat’s feeding process to improve their quality of life

This is a summary of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) advice on how to feed domestic cats. The ...
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Cute cat uses paw to taste test unfamiliar food

This adorable Scottish Fold uses a lot of common sense in taste testing unfamiliar food on a spoon by (a) ...
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