Today, just like every day, the human gave me my noms, gave me an ear stick to test my blood sugar, and then gave me my insulin. I have learned to tolerate this and it was nothing unusual. But after I was done nomming, I did something that I only do occasionally.
After I was done nomming, I scratched around the food dish. This is some quirky cat behavior that the human finds amusing. After all, I get plenty of noms and the floor is wood, so I cannot bury my noms for later. He has always wondered why I do this.
The human has also wondered why I scratch around the litter box and on the wall and cabinet near the litter box. He thinks this is funny cat behavior, and it amuses him.
But he has not known why this is something we felines do until now. He just figured it was strange cat behavior that is amusing and not harmful. Because he did not think it was harmful, he just smiled when I did it and didn’t worry.
Now he knows more about this cat behavior, because he read an article on the Cat Channel. After reading this article, he learned that we felines love to scratch. This is something he knew, but he did not know why.
You see, scratching is good for us felines and it helps with claw maintenance. And the better we maintain our claws, the less need there is for you to get those annoying trimmers out, which we do not like!
Plus, it goes back to our natural instincts. In the wild, if we left noms unburied, it can attract attention from other felines as well as potential predators. And the scratching around the litter box happens because we want to make sure our waste is buried, too.
But whatever the reason, it is important for you humans to know that you need to provide us with outlets to us to carry out the perfectly normal cat behavior of scratching. Because if you do not, you may find that we engage in it where you do not want us to!