Tips for Stopping the Behavior
It really is a harmless behavior but if it bothers you or if your cat seems to become obsessed with attempting to bury the leftover food in his food bowl, here are some tips:
- Consider giving him smaller portions. Watch the amount he typically eats in a meal and don’t overdo what you’re offering him.
- Don’t leave food bowls down when the cat has given the signal that he’s finished. Take the food bowl up, clean any spills on the floor and leave fresh water available.
- If you leave food out for free-choice eating, try placing food in puzzle feeders so your cat has to “hunt” for his meal.
- When you notice your cat displaying the behavior, distract him with some playtime or another activity.
Want More Information?
For more specifics on mealtime behavior and other training tips, refer to best-selling books by Pam Johnson-Bennett. Her books are available in bookstores everywhere, through your favorite online book retail site and also right here on our website.