Why does my cat hide in strange places?


We have said before that cats are fascinating and particular beings. We love it and it drives us crazy, and that’s because, quite often, we cannot read them.
Cats are unpredictable and they can be perceived as solitary or social with other people or cats, and their behaviour can change within moments. That’s probably why we love observing them.

For example, we all know that cats love hiding. We have seen them getting in boxes, cabinets, even bags… They are extremely creative when it comes to find a hiding spot!

This conduct is due to the fact that they enjoy hiding in places where they can control and supervise their environment, or where they can escape from potential or real dangers.

If a cat hides for short timespans, there’s nothing to worry about. However, if they hide often during long periods, specially in high places, may be a sign that there is an environmental factor stressing them out.

When a cat hides it can be for different reasons:

- Looking for a quiet spot: Like all of us, your cat may need some time to themselves, away from looks, in a comfortable place where they can’t be disturbed.

- Looking for safety: Cats may look for a spot where they feel safe from a real or perceived threat (for example, a guest in the house is not a real threat, but may be perceived as such by the cat). Nevertheless, the cat will make sure that they remain in control so they can leave when they recover their sense of security.

Create safe shelters

Cats love soft, comfortable warm spaces, as well as heights. That’s why it is not a surprise to find them between bed sheets or over a piece of furniture used as a vantage point.
But, bear in mind, that not all places considered adequate by a cat are safe shelters. That’s why it’s important to create spaces where they can hide and ensure that they do not get to other certain spots.
Spots that may carry danger to our cats are appliances like the dishwasher or washing machine, the garage or some cupboards or cabinets. Keep doors closed, and if, for instance, when turning on the car you think your cat may be underneath it, make some noise or bang a surface. You’ll see how the cat abandons its hiding space.
Hence, the best way to go about it is, to let our cat roam free, so they can hide whenever they like, while being aware of their movements to prevent them from hiding somewhere that may be dangerous for them.


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