Why do cats bury food

The sight, when cats try to carefully bury their bowls with food, in some hosts causes emotion, others are alarming. Everything would be fine, but some pets try to take away the remnants of breakfast, hiding them in the most unexpected places in the apartment. So why do cats bury food? It is easiest to determine this by following the behavior of the pet and taking into account the manifestation of an ancient instinct.

The behavior of four-legged pets is due to two global causes: congenital instincts and acquired habits.

Ancient instincts

The unconditioned reflexes necessary for survival are transmitted by inheritance to all living beings. Cats are one of those domesticated pets in whom they are most acute. The desire to bury a bowl of food is one of those ancient instincts. Under natural conditions, their wild relatives in this way try to hide the remnants of food from competitors. This gives them the opportunity to provide themselves with one of the key needs - satisfying hunger. Indeed, far from every hunt, a wild cat returns with prey in its teeth. The presence of pre-hidden reserves for her is vital.

Mustache and competitors living in the house can provoke a manifestation of "thrift". The fact is that wild cats living in prides always observe subordination. At home, when the flock consists of representatives of different families, subordination in most cases is violated.

The second unconditional instinct that is able to explain why a cat bury a bowl of food with its paw is the desire for cleanliness. Cats are by nature predators that cannot give out their place of dislocation by smell. By hiding food leftovers with a sharp smell attractive to others, the wild cat solves two problems at once: it minimizes the risk that the prey will smell it and disguises itself from a larger predator roaming nearby.

The natural instinct of maintaining cleanliness can manifest itself when the animal feels an intolerable smell. Unable to throw "nastiness" into the trash, they have no choice but to simply bury it deeper.

Most often, this is how cats react to cheap dry food, endowed with a pungent sour smell. A pet can try to bury a bowl with food if the food dampened during long storage.

If at some point the pet began to refuse high-quality dry food, do not rush to replace it. The phenomenon may be temporary. After all, the mood in cats, as in humans, is very changeable. It’s just that the pet decided to temporarily change its taste preferences, having arranged for itself “fasting” days.

By emptying the bowl with the paw and transferring food to another area, the animal can signal an uncomfortable feeding place. You can only solve the problem by “listening” to the promises and moving the bowl to a secluded corner, where no one will bother him during the meal.

Acquired habits

A very common part is the mirror situation, when the cat after eating tries not to bury, but rather dig out the supposedly hidden reserves. She zealously scratches the floor, trying to "dig up" as an additive for more food. This behavior is explained by the desire of the animal for satiety. But it is not necessary that the animal is currently experiencing hunger.

So often cats behave, picked up on the street, which in early childhood had to go hungry. The habit of storing food from them was formed on the basis of life experience. Hiding food "for a rainy day", they protect themselves from the pangs of hunger that have been deposited in their subconscious.

But in this case, do not indulge your pet. You also need to clean the plate after the meal, feed according to the schedule. The only thing is to gradually increase the serving and watch if the behavior changes.

In some cats, the urge to dig up or bury a bowl after eating can be aggravated in the autumn-spring period. Veterinarians attribute this to vitamin deficiency, which stimulates appetite.

An important point! The feeling of constant hunger can also cause the presence of parasites. Therefore, do not neglect the procedure of quarterly gelation.

Any habit is the result of life experience, not only positive, but also negative. So domestic cats, accustomed to the tray from childhood, clearly know that it is forbidden to build a toilet in another place. As kittens, they probably learned the severity of the consequences of incorrect behavior.

The same thing happens with a bowl for food. Fearing the owner’s anger in case of overturning a drinking bowl next to the bowl, which might think that the cat wrote in the wrong place, pets often try to hide a puddle by burying it or covering it with leftover food.

Watch the video: Ask a Cat Lady: Why Do Cats Bury Their Food?! (February 2020).