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Q: Why does cat insist I pet her before she eats?

December 19, 2010 | By Chimommy | 3 answers | Expired: 1356 days ago

Chimommy

I understand a great deal about cats but the one thing that has never made sense to me is my cat, Luna's need to be petted the second she approaches her food bowl. She will sit in the kitchen and meow for someone to pet her (normally me) and will not stop til someone does. If you leave the rooms, she will follow you and expect you to follow her back to the bowl. I know other cats that are like this although my first cat never did this. Anyone happen to know why this happens? Thanks!

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daryl b.
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Dec 19, 2010

hey mz it says you answered this 3 years ago

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daryl b.
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Dec 19, 2010

i agree with mz it may have been a signal that her food was ready

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Michele Z.
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Dec 19, 2010

Someone--perhaps, you--probably petted her before feeding her when she was a kitten. Your cat may think this is part of the "food ritual" and wants to maintain the pattern. You are her "provider", so YOU lead the way. It is as though she is asking permission or seeking your approval to eat the food you provided for her. The petting may be perceived as a sign ("okay") that you do approve of her eating that food.

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