April 2007 Issue

Bad Table Manners?

What do unusual food-related behaviors mean? Experts weigh in on these mysterious, and fascinating, matters.

If your cat has ever scratched the floor before or after eating a meal, attempted to cover uneaten food, or (yuck!) plopped a toy into her food or water dish, please raise your hand. Right now, many of you are probably waving your hand in the air and nodding your head knowingly. If suppertime at your house has more the ambience of a junior high school cafeteria than a chic café, read on. Our Cornell experts help make sense of some of our cats’ quirkiest food-related behaviors.

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