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"That’s a gesture, since cats are very clean animals. It’s a habit for some cats. When they finish eating, they paw around the food bowl. Sometimes they are pushing back some of the food that got out of the food bowl and onto the ground. For other cats, it is just a way to make sure all their food is gathered, and it is also indulging in a behavior that gives cats comfort. After eating, felines can gain comfort from this digging, turning it into a ritual behavior."