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Kermit Tisdale August 19th 08 01:28 PM

Communication
 
Hi I have a question that I would appreciate it if someone can help me
with.

Where my cats eats....every now and then, she scatches the floor (4 or 5
times repeatedly) in front of her bowls. I have no idea whats she's
trying to tell me. My cat prior to this, one would from time to time do
the same thing....scratch in front of his eating bowl. Does anyone know
what that communication is? I'm stumped

Thank You!


Ted Davis[_3_] August 19th 08 01:43 PM

Communication
 
On Tue, 19 Aug 2008 05:28:18 -0700, Kermit Tisdale wrote:

Hi I have a question that I would appreciate it if someone can help me
with.

Where my cats eats....every now and then, she scatches the floor (4 or 5
times repeatedly) in front of her bowls. I have no idea whats she's trying
to tell me. My cat prior to this, one would from time to time do the same
thing....scratch in front of his eating bowl. Does anyone know what that
communication is? I'm stumped


Often, that means the cat would prefer to bury the food than to eat it.
Try a different brand/type of food. Also, make sure the food and water
bowls are not too near each other and are well away from litter pans.

--
T.E.D. )



Ralph August 19th 08 08:04 PM

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The instinct is to cover the food so that other animals don't smell it. The
same reason applies to burying in the litterbox.
If your cat is overweight, try a *little* less in the bowl at one feeding.
I'm told two feedings a day is good.

If the food has a lot of odour, you might try another brand, but I'd stay
with it if the cat is otherwise healthy. They really, really don't like
change.
Gradual change, if necessary, over weeks.

"Ted Davis" wrote in message
...
On Tue, 19 Aug 2008 05:28:18 -0700, Kermit Tisdale wrote:

Hi I have a question that I would appreciate it if someone can help me
with.

Where my cats eats....every now and then, she scatches the floor (4 or 5
times repeatedly) in front of her bowls. I have no idea whats she's
trying
to tell me. My cat prior to this, one would from time to time do the same
thing....scratch in front of his eating bowl. Does anyone know what that
communication is? I'm stumped


Often, that means the cat would prefer to bury the food than to eat it.
Try a different brand/type of food. Also, make sure the food and water
bowls are not too near each other and are well away from litter pans.

--
T.E.D. )




K Tisdale August 20th 08 06:39 AM

Communication
 
Ted you're a blessing! And all this time ,I've always placed the bowls
(water and food) right beside each other. But just out of curiosity..why
is that not a good idea?


Ted Davis[_3_] August 20th 08 01:47 PM

Communication
 
On Tue, 19 Aug 2008 22:39:05 -0700, K Tisdale wrote:

Ted you're a blessing! And all this time ,I've always placed the bowls
(water and food) right beside each other. But just out of curiosity..why
is that not a good idea?


Cats don't like it. In nature, they don't eat and drink at the same
places. Other than that, and the collected experiences of cat slaves over
the years, I really don't have a clue. Mine are about four feet apart,
and still some of the cats insist on drinking from a bowl in the kitchen
sink or from puddles outside, and a couple of them prefer to eat the
leftovers I throw out the door than to eat fresh kibble from the bowl.

--
T.E.D. )



Stan Brown August 20th 08 02:35 PM

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Wed, 20 Aug 2008 07:47:15 -0500 from Ted Davis :
On Tue, 19 Aug 2008 22:39:05 -0700, K Tisdale wrote:

Ted you're a blessing! And all this time ,I've always placed the bowls
(water and food) right beside each other. But just out of curiosity..why
is that not a good idea?


Cats don't like it. In nature, they don't eat and drink at the same
places.


You mean they would ignore a bird that was standing on a birdbath?
Somehow I'm just a tad skeptical. :-)

Seriously, I have no problem believing that*some* cats don't like it,
but to say "cats don't like it" seems like a big overgeneralization.
I've had probably a dozen cats over the course of my life, and all
have been quite content with food and water in close proximity.

--
Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
http://OakRoadSystems.com
Shikata ga nai...

Ted Davis[_3_] August 20th 08 08:58 PM

Communication
 
On Wed, 20 Aug 2008 09:35:23 -0400, Stan Brown wrote:

Wed, 20 Aug 2008 07:47:15 -0500 from Ted Davis :
On Tue, 19 Aug 2008 22:39:05 -0700, K Tisdale wrote:

Ted you're a blessing! And all this time ,I've always placed the bowls
(water and food) right beside each other. But just out of
curiosity..why is that not a good idea?


Cats don't like it. In nature, they don't eat and drink at the same
places.


You mean they would ignore a bird that was standing on a birdbath? Somehow
I'm just a tad skeptical. :-)


It's highly unlikely that a cat would be able to catch a bird in a bird
bath or to drink from one.


Seriously, I have no problem believing that*some* cats don't like it,
but to say "cats don't like it" seems like a big overgeneralization.
I've had probably a dozen cats over the course of my life, and all have
been quite content with food and water in close proximity.


Doing what you have to to stay alive is not quite the same thing as being
quite content.

--
T.E.D. )



Ralph August 21st 08 02:02 AM

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I have to go with Ted on the separation of food, water and litter.
I knew to keep the litter a good distance away, but only recently found that
my tabby preferred the water a distance apart.
I tested by having two dishes available, and then switching the dishes to
see if the actual dish was a preference.

She also prefers filtered water to the municipal supply, but I think
temperature might be an influence, too. I use a Brita. Well, I like it,
too.


"Ted Davis" wrote in message
...
On Wed, 20 Aug 2008 09:35:23 -0400, Stan Brown wrote:

Wed, 20 Aug 2008 07:47:15 -0500 from Ted Davis :
On Tue, 19 Aug 2008 22:39:05 -0700, K Tisdale wrote:

Ted you're a blessing! And all this time ,I've always placed the bowls
(water and food) right beside each other. But just out of
curiosity..why is that not a good idea?

Cats don't like it. In nature, they don't eat and drink at the same
places.


You mean they would ignore a bird that was standing on a birdbath?
Somehow
I'm just a tad skeptical. :-)


It's highly unlikely that a cat would be able to catch a bird in a bird
bath or to drink from one.


Seriously, I have no problem believing that*some* cats don't like it,
but to say "cats don't like it" seems like a big overgeneralization.
I've had probably a dozen cats over the course of my life, and all have
been quite content with food and water in close proximity.


Doing what you have to to stay alive is not quite the same thing as being
quite content.

--
T.E.D. )




Ted Davis[_3_] August 21st 08 01:42 PM

Communication
 
On Wed, 20 Aug 2008 21:02:46 -0400, Ralph wrote:

I have to go with Ted on the separation of food, water and litter. I knew
to keep the litter a good distance away, but only recently found that my
tabby preferred the water a distance apart. I tested by having two dishes
available, and then switching the dishes to see if the actual dish was a
preference.

She also prefers filtered water to the municipal supply, but I think
temperature might be an influence, too. I use a Brita. Well, I like it,
too.


I have well water - deep well, highly mineralized. Several of the cats
prefer rain water, no matter how old and infested. One of them so likes
rain water that he walks out into puddles to find it deep enough. They
also like the stock pond water, but the pond is too far away for most of
them most of the time. It's also popular with the local wildlife: all the
game trails on my property lead there.


--
T.E.D. )




--
T.E.D. )



Kermit Tisdale August 22nd 08 02:07 PM

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Thanks to ALL that replied to my original question . Your answers have
been very insightful. This is only my 2nd cat, but I've already learned
much about her (from this Discussion group).

Again; Thanks!!



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