JUST CURIOUS....... Why do cat cover their poop after finishing??????

February 20, 2007 6:21am CST
I have 4 cats.And i love them very much.But one i noticed tht one of my cat tictac was covering its poop after finishing.It was grouse but i am curious?i havent seen my other cats doing tht.do all cats do it or this one does it on porpose??plz tell me
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@lilaclady (28238)
• Australia
20 Feb 07
That is why cats are considered to be clean because they do cover it up, thats a good thing...
• Oman
20 Feb 07
ya i knw but want to knw tht do all cats do this i havent seen my other cats doing this king of stuff???thnks for the reply.
• United States
21 Feb 07
Cats will cover their poop because it is an instinct most of them still have. If they were outside they cover it to hide where they have been. I have 5 indoor cats and they all at least try to cover it up. I also have two cats who always try to cover the food up, that is instinct too. They cover their food so no other animal can find it and they have it for later. They don't realize they don't have to do it in the house. Some cats probably have lost that instinct or it is not as strong as in other ones.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Small cats cover their feces to hide the fact that they are there by more quickly removing their odor from both their prey and their enemies. Larger cats don't, they use feces as well as spray to mark their territories. Smaller cats only use urine. Pet cats something have lost their secies memory about this, but feral cats learn it or loose their battle with the wild.
@sylviekitty (2083)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Cats do this out in the wild. Not all cats do this, but most do. I don't know why it's so gross? They learn to do this from their mothers when they are very young. From what I've read, it actually is a sign of "respect" for(or more like submission of sorts) to another more dominant cat, in the area. They cover up feces in a cat box, because humans are the dominant creature. They cover up feces in a strange cat's territory, because the strange cat is the dominant feline. And if a cat does not cover up their feces, this might suggest they feel they're the dominant cat.