Now I know.
One of "us" has decided that she's bored inside, with all that snow out there, and no hunting grounds because the bigger one of "us" takes all the gophers and mice and other critters without letting the little one of us have any.
So, apparently the plan has been to get into the cat-food dish and toss kibble out onto the linoleum floor. And then (ooooooh, what fun!) you can get all fierce-like, and chase down a piece of kibble-prey, and pounce on it, and slide across the floor like a crazy out-of-control animal, and bat the kibble-prey around, and kill-kill-KILL it! And then -- whoa, what a triumphant warrior! -- you can EAT your prey. Just like the real huntress does outside with her gophers.
However, the game gets boring before all the
But when their backs are turned, the four-legged one can start tossing cat food all over the kitchen floor again. What fun!!!