One of our two 9-month old kitties will quite often scrape the floor next to the water bowl. This is almost a digging action, scraping away from the bowl. My best guess is that this is some kind of instinctual action, like digging for buried water, but I haven't heard of this kind of behavior in all of the cat books that I have read. Has anyone else seen this kind of thing?

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One of our two 9-month old kitties will quite often scrape the floor next to the water bowl. This is ... in all of the cat books that I have read. Has anyone else seen this kind of thing? fred

Some do it, some don't. No one really knows why.

Karen
I haven't seen this behavior for a while but it always went along with the cats telling me they didn't like their food. They wouldn't eat and made the burying motion. Then I would have to give them something else to eat. Now they just sit there if they don't like something and they get the message across that way.

Barb
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circa Mon, 15 Dec 2003 14:36:53 -0600, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, Barb (Email Removed) said,
I haven't seen this behavior for a while but it always went along with the cats telling me they didn't ... to eat. Now they just sit there if they don't like something and they get the message across that way.

Mine do it if they like their food. They do it if they don't like their food. They do it if I give them fresh water. They do it if I've not yet given them fresh water. They do it when they smell the food. They do it when they don't smell the food.
I think my cats just like "burying" their stuff. ;-)

Laura

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Large cats in the wild bury their food to protect it from other predators - just like they bury their spoor to avoid other predators.
One of our two 9-month old kitties will quite often scrape the floor next to the water bowl. This is ... of behavior in all of the cat books that I have read. Has anyone else seen this kind of thing?

Mine do it too. They used to turn over the food bowls which, since I'm using wet food, makes quite the mess. So, I got heavy metal food bowls that flare out at the bottom and are very tough to turn over. They now drag the bathmats over the bowls. And those are pretty heavy. Now I just leave a few washclothes on the floor and they suffice.
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I haven't seen this behavior for a while but it always went along with the cats telling me they didn't like their food. They wouldn't eat and madethe burying motion. Then I would have to give them something else to eat.

Same thing with my cat. He thinks it stinks and its gotta be buried. He never does that when he is happy with his food. Maybe the OP's water has strong smells of chlorine or whatever else that may repulse the cat.

Elaine
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One of our two 9-month old kitties will quite often scrape the floor next to the water bowl. This is ... of behavior in all of the cat books that I have read. Has anyone else seen this kind of thing?

Thanks for all the replies.
However, most (if not all) of them refer to a burying action, scraping on the floor towards* the food bowl after eating. This is *NOT what I'm talking about. (I have seen cats doing this but this is not what my cat is doing)
What my cat is doing is a digging action away from the water bowl.

As for the possibility that she doesn't like the smell or chlorine in the water, I don't think so. It is a Drinkwell fountain which this cat loves so much she almost plays in it.

Fred
circa Sat, 20 Dec 2003 12:58:24 -0500, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, (Email Removed) (Email Removed) said,
What my cat is doing is a digging action away from the water bowl.

And it's still the same instinct. My cats do the same thing. It's a completely normal behavior and doesn't necessarily have any significance whatsoever.
Laura

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