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See the Wild Cat in Domestic Cat Eating Habits — 7 Comments

  1. My 11yr. old cat “Theo” shows her distaste by doing this scratching habit around her feed bowl; if she dislikes the smell ?
    Sometimes, she will do this after finishing her “special made for cats digestion” -cat milk.ps-cats do not digest regular milk easily.Pss-and NEVER give a cat any almond milk; because they are allergic to nuts .

    She will also scratch at a dish if she disapproves of where I’ve placed it !!!

  2. My guess is that about 70% of the cats in my world cover or try to cover their food if they haven’t finished it. But, there are only a few that aren’t some degree of feral.

    Covering is most common with my colony ferals, but it also happens with a lot of the outdoor and indoor/outdoor ones. About 1/2 of my indoor cats try to cover although there is nothing to cover with unless they drag a kitchen towel down or (Oh, Lord!) pull the tablecloth off and use them. After most every feeding, there is a massive scratching of the kitchen floor going on. I have not much choice except to pick up all of the feeders.

    At least with the colony ferals, I believe that they cover mostly to hide and mask the smell of the food so it’s not found and stolen.

    • Dee, it is interesting to add some percentages to this. Very useful. Thanks. Charlie never did it and I don’t recall Binnie doing it. Too domesticated.

      Perhaps we can use this behaviour as a test as to how domesticated a cat is?

  3. My 5 year old tomcat “Matata” displays all the predatory instincts of the “Big Wild Cats” including ferocity and territorial possessiveness.Sometimes i give him chicken bones to strengthen his teeth which he drags to his favourite corner in the house and munches quietly.Reminds me of the leopards that drag their “Kill” onto a tree or a safe place from other predators.

  4. Interesting. Yes, I do think that cats bury their food because it’s not at their liking at that time, and they may want to eat it later. However I don’t think the eating outside of a bowl has got anything to do with the dragging off of prey. It’s more that most foodbowls are not wide enough for the whiskers to fit. Cat’s whiskers are very sensitive and the sensation of having to dig into a bowl may be disturbing during eating.
    Of course there will also be learning involved. If a cat once has learned that eating outside the bowl is more pleasurable, it will continue to do so.
    Just my 2 cents on this.

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