The old man of the cat world looking positively ancient gives his thoughts on cat digging and scratching in the litter box. Domestic cats do create hierarchies. There are dominant and subordinate domestic cats when they live in groups such as in feral cat colonies. This is what guides me in answering the query as to why cats mess around digging and scratching (covering) in the litter tray. A cat’s scent is her identity. Burying faeces is erasing identity which prevents a challenge taking place by a subordinate cat towards a dominant cat.
Jackson Galaxy calls it a Mojo mystery. But I don’t think it is a mystery (unless I am wrong of course which is possible of course). This feline behaviour is about covering faeces which must be about suppressing scent unless we conclude that it is about personal hygiene but I don’t go for that answer.
I just felt like doing a video. It is deliberately of low image quality because it has to be less than 8mb to allow WordPress to run it. If it is bigger I have to upload to YouTube and embed it and I don’t want to do that.
Please share your thoughts on this aspect of feline litter box behaviour. Jane calls them diggers and coverers. I agree, it varies tremendously. The variation comes from how the cat feels about herself in their relationship with their owner and/or other cats.
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