>>>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?
>>The burying behaviour is an instinctive attempt to hide the object. In
>>case of food, so that no other animals will find it. In the case of
>>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.
>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