Did I accidentally short-circuit faline advancement?
June 5, 2011 7:18 PM Subscribe
My cat eats with his hands. Is this at least somewhat normal?
posted by Navelgazer to science & nature (42 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I have two cats. Fitz is perfectly normal, if large (not fat at all, just very big and healthy and fit.) Gatsby is smaller, more standard sized, but polydactyl. He's got two "thumbs" on both of his forearms. Fine, he's a Hemingway cat, and they don't cause him any problems. But recently, since I started feeding the cats only wet food, I've noticed that while he will take occasional bites with just his mouth, his preffered method of eating is to reach out his paw and take a handful, and then eat from his paw.
This itself is sort of weird to watch from a cat. Just grabbing a bit of food and eating it like it was from a bag of chips or something. He's been neutered, of course, but now I'm faintly curious: is this at all common? Or have I pre-emptively ceased what could be a cool part of kitty evolution? Has anyone seen this sort of behavior before?