I have wooden flooring in my kitchen with a small carpet, which does not cover the entire room. I put my cat's bowls on the wooden flooring and most of the time he carries his food to the carpet and chews it there.
I am curious why he prefers doing that?
At first, I though maybe his bowl was uncomfortable as it was deep and his whiskers touched the edges of the bowl when he reached into it. So I switched it with a flat saucer, but he still carries his food to the carpet a few steps away.
Then I thought maybe his nose or whiskers touched other pieces of the food while he was grabbing one piece so I switched his flat saucer with a bigger saucer and put the food bits further away from each other so that he could pick up one piece without being bothered by the other pieces.
Still the same behaviour.
I never tried to discourage the behaviour as I don't really care much about the carpet. But I am wondering what I could do better to make my cat more comfortable eating from his bowl instead of having to carry his food a few steps away every time he takes a bite.
Just to clarify: my cat does not eat the carpet itself. I saw this is a problem too while researching my situation. My cat just eats on top of the carpet, not the carpet itself.