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Why does your cat drop its favorite toy in the food or water bowl?

Do you find your cats places his / her favorite toy in the food or water bowl? Wonder why? Well i’ll tell you why…

The feeding area; ie food bowl or water bowl is seen in cat world as a ‘safe’ place. They will eat here and safely put their heads in a bowl and enjoy a nice meal. Cats that have a favorite toy will often want to put their toys away in a ‘safe’ place after playing with them, and cats look upon their food area as a secure part of their territory.

This behavior is similar to cats in the wild who often take their prey back to their nest area to hide it from potential predators. The same same is true of when you may have seen your cat clawing at their food bowl, or even covering it up; this is them hiding it. They find the food is precious, have had their fill and are making sure it will still be there when they are hungry later, and not found by others. Or indeed the scent can lead a preditor to their nest area and covering it stops it being traced.