One thing is certain: every cat - and not only - likes to eat well. Some cats eat their meals on their own terms, for example, they take food out of a bowl to eat it later from ... the floor. Playing with food is an instinctive behavior - although a cat lives with us under one roof, it is still closer to a predator than a teddy bear. Customs in the cat's dining room vary. You may have noticed your cat eating with its back to the wall, and not because you placed its bowls that way. So why does he consume food in this way?
Why does the cat eat with its back to the wall?
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Contrary to appearances, the answer is very simple. The cat eats with its back to the wall because it does not feel very comfortable or does not trust the household members - both people and other animals. He fears someone might approach him unnoticed and take his food away. With a wall behind him, it just feels safer. At any moment he can see if someone is sneaking in to - against his will - take food. Of course, it may also be the case that your cat simply prefers to eat this way.
This behavior can most often be observed in a multi-cat home, as well as in purrs who have traumatic experiences behind them, are uncertain or simply learned by experience, when someone disturbed their meal time many times. It makes them more nervous and alert.
Is there anything to worry about?
If your cat is wary of other aspects of life as well, then you have nothing to worry about. In this way, they simply feel safer and can eat their meal in peace - without unnecessary stress. To provide your pet with even greater comfort while eating, provide him with a quiet place, and place the bowl so that the purr has easy access, and the wall behind him. If you have more than one cat at home, keep a sufficient distance between the dishes - do not place the bowls next to each other.
Cats are sensitive animals and sometimes even the slightest change in their daily routine can lead to changes in their behavior. If your pet suddenly starts eating like this, think about the cause and try to eliminate it. Sometimes even a small change, e.g. in the arrangement of furniture, causes anxiety in the purrs. The presence of a new family member or vice versa - the absence of a beloved household member often has a negative impact on the cat's psyche. If you have also noticed other sudden changes in your pet, be sure to consult your veterinarian.