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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-26-2017, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Bin raiding

Last night, Ebony decided that something in the bin was interesting and raided the bin to get it out of the bin (luckily not the kitchen bin which is the bigger bin, it was the small sitting room bin that she raided)

She then decided to guard the bit of rubbish she grabbed (think: Gollum from Lord of the Ring. Myyyyyyy. Preciousssssssss. kind of thing), keeping tight hold of it in her mouth and growling if either me or Tigger tried to either get it off of her or investigated to see what it was. I was a bit concerned in case she swallowed it (it was not food and it wouldn't have done her any good to swallow it, would have caused a blockage)

After a few minutes, after she'd hid with it and fully investigated it and realised it wasn't edible she let me get it off of her, but I'm wondering what could have caused her to suddenly revert to her "stray days" (I am assuming this was how she survived on the streets, considering how ill/injured she was, raiding people's bins and getting any food down her as quick as she can and hiding with it to share with her kittens, which when she was rescued she had 2 surviving babies but it was too late for the others)

Anyone have any ideas why last night she suddenly reverted to bin raiding? As far as I could tell, everything was the same as normal and there was no food in the bin (although some packaging in the kitchen bin smelled of food but nothing in the bin she raided smelled of food)

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-26-2017, 03:16 PM
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She must have smelled something that got her curiosity up. One time Cleo came walking in my bedroom, very slowly, head completely inside an empty tissue box. Now that's a curious cat!

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I could understand it if it was food she could smell, but that bin never has food waste or food packets in so I'm just confused as to why she decided to raid the bin. Could it maybe have been my theory about her reverting to what she must have done as a stray in order to survive? Could it have been both curiosity and reverting to previous survival mode behaviour? idk,

She has never shown this behaviour with me before and the only cat that did show this behaviour was Tom ( his owner died and the family dumped him in the garden before calling the rescue after realising he wasn't going to survive on his own) and in Tom's case it was the kitchen bin because he could smell the food waste.

I'm confused.

Funny story though marie

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