My cat's bizarre dining ritual . . .
We took this cat in back in the fall when his owner (our stepson) moved away. He's a great chatty and personable neutered male cat, about 6 years old. He's indoors only -- we'd let him go out if he wanted to, but he just doesn't seem interested.
We noticed that he was a messy eater, with (dry) food being around the dish on the floor and sometimes in the water dish. We figured he had it in his mouth and dropped it in there. But it wasn't until last week when I was working in the same room as his dishes that I saw what he was doing. This only works when the food dish is pretty full:
He will push the food dish until it touches the water dish. He will then take a paw and try to scrape food into the water dish. (Most of it falls on the floor, but a few get in the water dish). He'll then let the food sit in the water maybe 15-30 seconds. He then fishes out one piece onto the floor and eats it. He'll then go back for other pieces. The pieces that get left in the water too long and start to dissolve -- he ignores those and then bothers me to get him fresh water.
He eats well even if the food is "low" in the bowl, but if he starts to see the plastic on the bottom of the bowl he yells at me to fill it up. I thought maybe he wanted softer food, but he turns up his nose at wet food, or even shrimp, chicken, fish, etc. we might have as table scraps. I really don't mind his little ritual -- I just find it odd. Anyone had a cat like this before?
Of course as I sit here writing this from my brother's house, his cat is asleep on the bed behind me . . . snoring. That's a first for me as well. Maybe we just have odd cats in our family.