Why Does My Cat Scratch Around Its Food Bowl?

Common mistake cat owners make is that when their cat scratches around their food bowl they think that they are covering up the food like they would their poop in a litter box. Many cat owners assume this is a clear sign that the cat isn’t interested in the food.  

This assumption is inaccurate. That's why I decided to write this blog post about why do cats scratch around their food. 

Possible Reasons Why Do Cats Scratch Around Their Food Bowl

Let's study the reasons for cat scratching in detail. The reasons will be the same even if the small kittens show this instinctive behavior and keep on digging around food dish(es) or water bowl(s). 

Cats are susceptible to larger predators, therefore keeping leftovers hidden is crucial to their survival. They don't leave anything behind that may be linked directly to them in this approach.  

Your Cat Is Hiding The Smell Of Its Food

The Cat Protects Her Kittens

A mother cat guards her kittens fiercely. Since kittens are vulnerable and their mothers must abandon them to get nutrition, the last thing a mother would do is endanger their hiding area by dropping leftovers. 

You Give Her Plenty Of Food

In your kitty's view, the extra food could be something she won't be coming to after she's finished, which is especially true with wet food.

Your Cats Tries to Keep Her Space Clean

Cats like being clean, which is why they spend so much time grooming, combing, maintaining, and cleaning their magnificent coats.  They also hide their potty activity, and as soon as your bedsheets are changed, they'll rush over to take a sleep in the cleanliness!

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Why Does My Cat Scratch Around Its Food Bowl?