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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-15-2004, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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scratching the floor

hi im new here.

first of many questions im sure.

my cute black and white cat FLUFF always does it after eating & did it 2 mins ago.

after eating, scratches floor near her food bowl.

why?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-15-2004, 04:49 PM
 
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Mine does it too. Scratches the floor trying to cover up the food. I was about to find more info on this myself, but I am pretty sure that this is the same motion as after elimination, both in order to cover up the smell so as not to attract predators! He does it every single time he eats!
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-16-2004, 03:43 AM
 
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scratches before

Can anyone explain why my cat "David" will scratch the floor each and every time before dirinking water?? He's done this for years. Never does it before or after eating, just drinking.

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Floor Scratch

Shadow used to alway scratch the floor when he was fed and would pull paper off my desk or out of the trash and cover his food dish (he only scratches ocasionally now and has stopped covering the dish). I used to think is was his way of telling me what he thought about the food I was serving him! I like the covering scent theory much better (and it makes more sense).
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-16-2004, 05:30 PM
 
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Hm, my mom has told me that her main coon (formerly a show cat) always paws around the water (and food?) BEFORE consuming as well. This often results in overturned water bowl.

My tabby frequently paws at his food when he's done. It's cat lingo for "I'll save this for later. Doggie bag please?". Sometimes he seems to use the 4 year old kid logic, "My stomach has room for desert but not the main course" and then will proceed to keep eating after he has signalled that he is done.
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