Covering behavior outside the litter box

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Covering behavior outside the litter box

Post by Maun, Caroline Cher » Sun, 16 Oct 1994 21:00:00



Hello All,

I'm having some trouble interpreting my kitten's behavior.  Occasionally he
will move to "cover" his food, or a toy before he walks away from it.  I have
been thinking that this is signifying he is done eating or playing and wants no
more to do with the stuff.  Is it rejection, or is he "hiding" it for later?

Who can tell?

Thanks in advance,
Caroline

 
 
 

Covering behavior outside the litter box

Post by Jennifer Moor » Wed, 19 Oct 1994 05:07:34


Re: Covering behavior outside the litter box

Quote:

>>I'm having some trouble interpreting my kitten's behavior.
Occasionally he
>>will move to "cover" his food, or a toy before he walks away from it.
I have
>>been thinking that this is signifying he is done eating or playing and
wants no
>>more to do with the stuff.  Is it rejection, or is he "hiding" it for
later?

>>Who can tell?

>>Thanks in advance,
>>Caroline

>The burying behaviour is an instinctive attempt to hide the object.  In
the
>case of food, so that no other animals will find it.  In the case of
scat, to
>hide the fact of the cat's existence in that area from other animals.

O.K.  What about water?  My girl Buffy has started a habit of scratching
the floor area
around her porcelain water dish before drinking out of it.  The dish,
water, and floor
area are kept quite clean (the water is even filtered)...does she sense
something else?

Thanks,
Jennifer Moore, Spo***, and Bufcat the Lump-o-Fur


 
 
 

Covering behavior outside the litter box

Post by David Se » Wed, 19 Oct 1994 23:22:12


Quote:

>Occasionally he
>>>will move to "cover" his food,
>>>been thinking that this is signifying he is done eating or playing
>>> Is it rejection, or is he "hiding" it for later?

...portions deleted...

Quote:
>>>Caroline

>>The burying behaviour is an instinctive attempt to hide the object.  In
>the
>>case of food, so that no other animals will find it.  In the case of
>scat, to
>>hide the fact of the cat's existence in that area from other animals.
>O.K.  What about water?  My girl Buffy has started a habit of scratching
>the floor area
>around her porcelain water dish before drinking out of it.  

...portions deleted..

Quote:
>Jennifer Moore, Spo***, and Bufcat the Lump-o-Fur



UH OH!!  I made the fatal mistake of actually attempting to ascribe a rational
meaning to the behavior of a cat! <g>  Neither of my guys show the slightest
semblance of logical, ordered behavior. Ever!
Actually, I don't know why some cats seem to try to cover things that seem
"Inappropriate.  Maybe all of the years of domesticity have left some of the
instincts in some cats slighty haywire. (the boys go haywire on a fairly
regular basis <bg>)  Any behaviorists out there that can shed more light on
the subject?
David Seng

 
 
 

Covering behavior outside the litter box

Post by David Se » Tue, 18 Oct 1994 16:39:55



Quote:

>Subject: Covering behavior outside the litter box
>Date: 15 Oct 1994 12:00 EDT
>Hello All,
>I'm having some trouble interpreting my kitten's behavior.  Occasionally he
>will move to "cover" his food, or a toy before he walks away from it.  I have
>been thinking that this is signifying he is done eating or playing and wants no
>more to do with the stuff.  Is it rejection, or is he "hiding" it for later?
>Who can tell?
>Thanks in advance,
>Caroline

The burying behaviour is an instinctive attempt to hide the object.  In the
case of food, so that no other animals will find it.  In the case of scat, to
hide the fact of the cat's existence in that area from other animals.

David Seng

 
 
 

Covering behavior outside the litter box

Post by Persephone Broo » Tue, 18 Oct 1994 22:07:59


I have seen this behavior in my kitten also.  It happened two times.

The first was when he was a wee babe and had diarrhea frequently.  If he
tracked anything out of his litter box, or had left a spot on the carpet
when wiping his toosh (cute but gross).  He would try to "cover" it.  He
always seemed relieved when I came along to clean it up.

Just the other day, he did the covering routine around my roommate's cat's
food dish.  She was trying out new food on him.  Neither cat seemed
to really like the food, so maybe that's what my kitty was trying to tell me.

 
 
 

Covering behavior outside the litter box

Post by Jennifer Moor » Fri, 21 Oct 1994 00:18:08



Quote:

>>O.K.  What about water?  My girl Buffy has started a habit of scratching
>>the floor area around her porcelain water dish before drinking out of
it.  
>...portions deleted..

>UH OH!!  I made the fatal mistake of actually attempting to ascribe a
rational
>meaning to the behavior of a cat! <g>  Neither of my guys show the
slightest
>semblance of logical, ordered behavior. Ever!
>Actually, I don't know why some cats seem to try to cover things that
seem
>"Inappropriate.  Maybe all of the years of domesticity have left some of
the
>instincts in some cats slighty haywire. (the boys go haywire on a fairly
>regular basis <bg>)  Any behaviorists out there that can shed more light
on
>the subject?
>David Seng

I've pretty much decided that my cat is just...being a cat.  
I agree that some cat behavior is simply attributable to
nothing humanly rational.  :)  Besides, we humans are a lower
life form, anyway...we just aren't capable of comprehending
cat behavior in the first place.  :)

Jennifer, Spo***, and Bufcat the Lump-o-Fur