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Kitten Makes Digging Motion Near Food Bowl

post #1 of 14
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I recently adopted a 4 month old male kitten. I've noticed that he makes a digging or scraping motion on the floor around his food bowl. Any ideas as to why he does this? Thanks!
post #2 of 14
Yeah, he's trying to bury his food. It's normal.
post #3 of 14
Yep, it is instinct to cover/bury their food. It is 100% normal. Seb does this every single time he eats.
post #4 of 14
Thank you everyone my cats do this too and was wondering why!! I TCS u guys are the best!! Ive seen shadow and david do it, havent seen mittens do this yet, but I'm sure she does.
post #5 of 14
Yes, I've got 2 out of 5 cats that do this...sometimes they even drag something over to cover up the food. It's to keep predators from finding their feeding place.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by kluchetta View Post
Yes, I've got 2 out of 5 cats that do this...sometimes they even drag something over to cover up the food. It's to keep predators from finding their feeding place.
If I leave a napkin on the counter, it usually finds its way into hos food bowl
post #7 of 14
With Carmel it's the ultimate insult to any canned food to taste a little and then go through the motions to bury it. It means she never wants to see that food again and will never eat any more of it no matter how many times I offer it. With the others it usually just means they are full and want to save the rest from someone else eating it.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the responses. Oliver usually does it when he is done eating, so I guess that means he likes his food.
post #9 of 14
I've never seen a cat hide his/her food under a stray napkin--but that is just too darn cute!
post #10 of 14
Both of my kitties do this, but Hannah is the most persistent. She knocks her bowls around and they end up out in the walkway! Callie is much more suave about it and would never be unladylike or make any noise when she covers her food!!

Stephanie
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Bonnie1965 View Post
Yep, it is instinct to cover/bury their food. It is 100% normal. Seb does this every single time he eats.


Mine all do that - especially Maverick, and especially if it's the "stinky" food. It's nothing to worry about.

~KK~
post #12 of 14
My bannister falling cat does that, she's the only cat I've seen do that. I know dogs bury their food, but with cats, the digging motion seems more like the litter pan thing, so I assumed when she did that she thought of the food the same as what's in the litter pan (not good)
post #13 of 14
Demetri is the only one of mine who does it, he's always scraped around the plate when he's done but since his brother and sister have come along he now drags whatever he can over the food.
post #14 of 14
I get it now! My kitty has been doing this for a couple of days now..it's really cute.
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