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Discussion in 'Cat Training and Behaviour' started by Lucyh, May 6, 2011.


  1. Lucyh

    Lucyh PetForums Member

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    Hello,

    One of my cats has started scratching the floor next to his food bowl, sometimes moving the bowl and then scratching as if he's trying to dig a hole in the floor :confused:

    I'm not sure if it's connected to when I give him something he doesn't like, I think sometimes it's when he hasn't eaten much but he seems to be doing it more often so I'm not sure if that's it.

    Any ideas what he's trying to do or say??
     
  2. lymorelynn

    lymorelynn UN Peacekeeper in training
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    It's very common for cats to try and cover their food and I believe it is to hide it from other animals which in the wild would try to steal it.
    Mind you I agree that it seems to be a reaction to something they don't like.
    'Mum, why have you given me this? It tastes like poo so I'm going to treat it like poo!' :D
     
  3. Lucyh

    Lucyh PetForums Member

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    :) That's what i thought he could be saying!

    I hope he stops, he's going to ruin my floor! :p
     
  4. crumbles

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    My cats do this after they've had enough food, I always think they're saying -that's enough for now, save the rest for later. They also do it if we leave our food lying around, one of my cats very kindly covered my piece of toast with the mail the other day!
     
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  6. Lucyh

    Lucyh PetForums Member

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    Yes I'll probably get a mat, just wondered what he was doing! Sounds like it's common enough though...
     
  7. Abster21

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    Ours are spoilt - the girl does this most days but the boy wolfs his down (maybe the girl is trying to hide it from him!)

    Anyway, as they eat on a laminate floor, I've got a flat cardboard box underneath them so they don' get cold, then newspaper to catch any flying food / water (good for scraping too), then a plastic mat!
     
  8. honeysmummy

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    Mine do it all of the time..i was puzzled at first but its normal..;)
     
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