The Nose Knows
Photo provided by Friskies Explorer KittyKnievel.
Have you ever noticed your cat pawing at the floor after a meal? My cat does this occasionally, and the behavior made me so curious that I decided to do a bit of research.
Apparently it’s all part of their instincts, going back to the days when all cats lived in the wild. The pawing at the ground represents the act of burying the leftover food to hide it from other animals.
I guess that makes sense, but cats have an excellent sense of smell – could they ever really hide food from other cats? In fact, the second I open the jar of peanut butter, Wellington is right there with me in the kitchen – his nose sniffing the air at full speed (have I mentioned that my cat likes peanut butter?). So while I can understand the act of burying the leftover food in the wild, I find it hard to believe that another cat wouldn’t be able to sniff it out. An interesting behavior nonetheless.
Is there any particular smell – other than the obvious cat food and tuna – that sends your cat into an excited frenzy?