Cat Drags Food From Bowl

Why do cats take their meals out of dishes and into their "lairs" -- aka corners of the room?

By Julie Mignery | Posted: March 31, 2015, 8 p.m. EST

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Cat Drags Food From Bowl
Why does my cat drag food out of his bowl and take it somewhere else to eat? Pauline Varley

Your cat might be trying to stay ahead of the pack, even if he’s the only cat around and you’ve never given him any reason to believe that you’d like to share his meal with him. You never can be too careful. If he grabs some food and runs away, you won’t know where he’s gone or that he nabbed a delicious morsel on his way out of town (or the kitchen). Of course, by guarding one particular bite he’s left the rest of his bowl unprotected. Removing his food to consume it elsewhere could also be your kitty’s way of forgetting that his meals come from a can and/or a bag someone else caught and killed for him. That bowl will be out of sight, out of mind and he can imagine he’s feasting on a delicious carcass he took down on an epic hunt.
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Karen    Ankeny, IA

9/22/2015 10:25:33 AM

My cat's bowl with moist food sits on a small rug and yet if not chopped up finely he drags it, not to the tile, but on to the living room rug. Drives me nuts. First thing with eyes barely open I have to finely chop up the wet food.

Carole    Chicago, IL

5/31/2015 2:44:02 PM

Lilly waits to be served. Would not dream of taking it from the can.

Funkyecat    Southfield, MI

4/7/2015 8:06:34 AM

Fancy Feast cans are dangerous. The cat can cut itself on the inside 'lip'. My cats use FF, I always scoop it out of the can.

Dennis    Palm Coast, FL

4/7/2015 7:57:30 AM

Hey - haven't you ever decided you did not want to eat at the dinning room table? You set up a TV try and watch a little TV, or go out on your porch or balcony to have a little food. It's the ambiance of the moment. Some cats like a change of ambiance when they are eating - as mentioned. Maybe a fantasy of something in the wild, maybe an anti-social mood for the moment, maybe too much traffic around the existing feeding area - or it can't pick up the whole bowl like we can pick up a whole plate and move to another spot that the ambiance fits us better. Try creating a more private area for the cat to eat. Who knows, that cat may like the ambiance and eat at the bowel. Always leave a big paper towel under the bowl so if the mood hits the cat that is it going to bury it's prize, your cat has something it can toss over the bowl and therefore it is sufficiently protected for some other creature - including you - of eating it's bounty. Don't look hungry when you are feeding your cat - it may be a signal for the cat to move some of that food away from you. Lot's of luck to any of us that try to figure out what's really on a cat's mind - OTHER THAN IT'S FEEDING TIME.

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