Q: Why does my cat hide his toys?
June 28, 2010 | By Mary T. | 1 answer | Expired: 1508 days ago
It seems like my cat deliberately “loses” his toys in hard-to-reach places. Why make life so difficult?
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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