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Q: Why does my cat hide his toys?

June 28, 2010 | By Mary T. | 1 answer | Expired: 1600 days ago

Mary T.

It seems like my cat deliberately “loses” his toys in hard-to-reach places. Why make life so difficult?

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When your cat hides his toys, your cat is practicing pronating.

We’re reminded of the old cartoon: The cat waits patiently outside the little hole in the baseboard — then reaches in and scoops out the mouse with a deft flick of the wrist. That dexterous turning movement of the wrist (carpus) is called pronating. If dogs could do it (and could shape their paws into a scoop, as cats do) they’d be better mousers. Undoubtedly, when your cat “loses” a toy in a crevice, he plans to get it out.

Cats love a challenge.

Thanks to the vets at BluePearl Veterinary Partners (bluepearlvet.com) for this answer.

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