Why Do Cats Like To Shake Their Heads When Eating?

The owner who carefully observes the cat’s meal should find that the cat shakes his head while eating. This is very strange. Why does the cat shake his head while eating?

cats lived in the wild and needed to hunt small animals to survive.

You should know that cats eat differently from dogs. It is not in the form of gobbled up. It is eaten with small bites.

Sometimes cats will catch prey that cannot be eaten in one bite, such as larger voles or birds.

In the past, the ancestors of cats lived in the wild and they needed to hunt small animals to survive. Sometimes they will catch those prey that cannot be eaten in one bite, such as larger voles or birds. So they will bite into the meat of the prey with their sharp canine teeth, then shake their heads to tear the meat off. Although the current domestic cats may have never hunted in their lives, this behavior has been inherited from generation to generation and has become natural. 

natural behavior of hunting

Sometimes when biting too much, the cat will shake its head and shake off the excess food. One is because the cat wants to tear the food while eating, and the other is because the cat wants to adjust the food to a suitable position to eat, but the tongue is not flexible enough, so it can only adjust by shaking its head.

cats shake heads when eating
The above are all the reasons why cats shake their heads when eating normally. Of course, there is another abnormal reason, that is, cats suffer from stomatitis. They will feel pain when eating, and then they will shake their heads.
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