How to avoid cats scratch around their food bowl?
To avoid being eaten, cats would scratch to "fake cover" their meal and hide their tracks. They may even hide their dish with things such as napkins in some circumstances.
Do Cats Try To Bury Their Food to Eat Later?
Felines are not scavengers. They typically feed on as much of a carcass as they can eat in one meal after which they stop. Felines, including house cats, have a very strong sense of smell that can detect food that is not fresh.