do cats like to hide

It’s part of a cat’s normal behaviour to hide – whether this is finding a safe place to sleep, lying in wait to pounce on a toy, or just because they feel safer hidden away. If you notice your cat hiding more than usual, however, it could be that they’re feeling stressed or anxious, or are feeling unwell.

Why do cats love hiding?

When a cat finds a good hiding spot, they feel safe and more comfortable than being out in the open. It’s no wonder why cats enjoy finding spots in our homes that conceal their location – they can snooze in peace and dream about catching the mouse, instead of being the mouse. In a small little cat cave (whether it’s a box, bag, under the bed, or tucked in a closet), a cat can quickly become familiarized with the small area, fill it with its own scent, and create a safe spot in which to relax. Cats in homes with several people, young children, other animals, etc. will often seek these safe spaces out to get a few moments of “alone time”, which we all need occasionally!

Furthermore, for cats that are unfamiliar with their surroundings or who are just starting to socialize with people or other animals, hiding places are crucial. In these situations, cats need a safe place to be; being out in the open and open to interactions with strangers can be extremely stressful and frightening for a new cat, and it can seriously hinder the cat’s ability to learn about humans or a new home. I’ve spoken with a number of people who adopted unsocialized cats and who claim that their cat spends all of their time hiding under the bed. These cats obviously need somewhere to go, but constantly hiding under the bed won’t help!

I think we can help these cats more if we give them secure hiding spots where they can get used to a new home or people. It’s best to block off access to the bed or behind a couch and provide alternate hiding spots because a cat that has taken up residence under the bed is completely unreachable and attempts to coax a scared cat out of there can go horribly wrong for everyone involved. It’s a good idea to provide a few different hiding places that can be arranged in different ways. For instance, you could put a cardboard box on its side facing a door with a towel covering part of the opening so the cat can see who enters and exits, or you could put a cat cave on top of a cat tree in a room corner. This enables the cat to adopt a role of observation until she feels at ease enough to investigate and engage with the objects and people in her new surroundings.

In multi-cat households, hiding places throughout the house can also help maintain harmony. Safe hiding spots where they are not noticed by other animals are appreciated by cats who are prone to being chased or bullied by more dominant cats (or dogs) in the house. While I do advise you to work on mending any relationships in your home where there is animal aggression, having some secure hiding places will help your cats have the space they require to live in harmony with one another.

Find food that fits your pet’s needs

It’s no secret that cats will look for the calmest, most private area in the house to get away from the mayhem when things get crazy. It’s all part of your feline friend’s instinctive behavior, but why is your cat hiding in the furthest corner of your bedroom closet? Why do cats like to hide in general?

Why Do Cats Hide?

Feline Behavior Solutions claims that despite being domesticated, your cat’s ancestors sought out isolated areas to give birth to their kittens and seek protection from predators. This is probably the reason your cat is drawn to the plain cardboard box that was left over from your most recent online purchase. Your pet may occasionally hide because they are anxious, according to ASPCAPro. But most of the time, they’re just unwinding in a safe environment. Here are a few popular hiding places and the reasons cats adore them.

Whether it’s a shoebox or a case of soda, the typical cardboard box is the most often used escape. Boxes provide a soothing space for your feline friend. For many cats, the smaller, the better. Cats find security and comfort in a box’s four walls, in addition to the warmth that the cardboard insulation creates. They can also peek over the sides to spy on you and anyone else who enters their territory. Putting various-sized boxes in strategic locations throughout the house will increase your feline friends’ playtime as well. Additionally, boxes give your cat a place to scratch without destroying anything valuable.

FAQ

Is it normal for cats to hide?

While hiding is perfectly normal cat behavior, any increases in your cat’s hiding habits can signal more serious issues like stress or discomfort. You know your cat best. Take note of any changes in their regular behavior and consult your veterinarian if you suspect your feline friend may have a medical issue.

How long is it okay for a cat to hide?

Cats can hide outside for hours or even days, depending on factors like fear, weather, and nearby shelter. Scared cats might take longer to emerge due to the severity of their fear, their personality, and the comfort of their hiding spot. Searching thoroughly and being patient are essential.

Should I make my cat come out of hiding?

If your new pet wants to hide, let them, and give them some space! Never force them to come out, and always leave them alone to explore in their own time.