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Kittens 'digging' around their food

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Tig'N'Soot, May 28, 2010.


  1. Tig'N'Soot

    Tig'N'Soot PetForums Member

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    One of my three 15 week old kittens Thomas has a habit of digging around his food bowl after he has eaten. A bit like how they dig around their litter tray after they have used it. I just noticed the other two have started copying him.

    Has anyone else ever witnessed this in kittens?

    Is it something they will eventually grow out of?

    Are they trying to bury their food?
     
  2. katie200

    katie200 PetForums VIP

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    my smokey used to put his paws in his food and water bowl when he was a kitten i think he was testing how deap his food was he grow out
    of putting hi paws in his food but still in his water bowl its kinda cute im sure your kitten will grow out of it
     
  3. gskinner123

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    All mine do this... by which I mean every litter I've ever bred will do it. To be honest, I'm not 100% sure but I *think* it's a natural, instinctive behaviour to try to cover up leftover food so that the smell doesn't attract other predators. My adult cats do it too; one will even go as far as trying to push/scrape any nearby objects over the plate.

    Particularly notice that kittens will do it if I've dared put down what they consider to be cheap rubbish.
     
  4. lymorelynn

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    I believe it is to cover up left over food to stop it being eaten by others or to hide it from predators which might find the cats. Kittens do seem to do it more than adults but I have had adults that do it too.
    I don't think it's a comment on the food you put out but I'm half inclined to believe that it is sometimes :lol:
     
  5. Tje

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    I always thought when cats did the scraping digging thing after they’d finished eating, it was their way of burying what’s left over for later. But I also like the sound of the burying it so prey can’t locate them.
     
  6. Tiggertots

    Tiggertots PetForums Senior

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    My Simba constantly does this, i'm worried he's going to dig a hole in my cupboard and floor :lol: He's did it from a kitten and has never grown out of it.
     
  7. Tig'N'Soot

    Tig'N'Soot PetForums Member

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    Thank you for your interesting replies. I will stop worrying immediately. Sounds perfectly logical now the reasons why they do it have been explained. :)
     
  8. mummiesofRio

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    Rio still does this although not as often as when he was little. We noticed that he did it when we introduced a new food that he wasn't particularly impressed with (we had to do a LOT of experimentation in the first few months because he was really poorly & would go on & off food like no-one's business) & now does it occassionally if we give him something new like a treat or new brand of biscuits etc. It made us laugh the first few times, we were like "oh,you're scratching you're food like it's poop....charming!!" :lol:
     
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