Do you wonder, why does my cat hide? 

Why do cats hide? 

Ever wonder why your cat hides? It’s usually a natural instinct for cats to head for shelter and have hiding spaces where they find reprieve from situations they don’t want to stay around for. To make your cat comfortable, you must get to know your cat. Knowing why your pet cat is hiding is important to help keep it comfortable. 

When it comes to cats, their survival instincts tilt toward flight instead of fight. They are self reliant creatures and will quickly withdraw from a situation, look for a hiding space and self soothe, self manage. 

On first sensing any sign of concern nearby, your cat will look for a hiding space and scoot. Concerns could be anything from hearing an unfamiliar sound, seeing something of concern or even an unpleasant smell. When your cat goes into hiding, one way is to let them have their time figuring out that maybe the scary factor isn’t that scary at all. 

It’s important to watch if your pet cat is engaging in hiding behaviours excessively as this is a sign of an anxious cat. This can mean that there is something in the home environment causing your beloved cat permanent stress. You should look into finding out what that is and fix it for your cat quickly. Sometimes, it could even be that the pet cat’s owner is not engaging with the cat appropriately or to the cats liking. 

Your cat may also hide as a symptom of its independent and self-reliant natural instinct. Pet cats will hide if they get injured for a safe place to recover in. If you find your cat hiding for no particular reason during periods of the day, it would be a good idea to see a vet regarding any nonvisible medical conditions your cat can’t communicate to you about.

Where is my cat hiding?

In terms of where a cat will hide, it will usually be a private, enclosed, stable and generally safe space. Cats love elevated areas and most of the time hiding spaces will have a good view for your cat to observe from its hiding place. Observing can be a relaxing pass time for cats and they love doing that. Other spaces may be secluded, away from hustle bustle.

Where your cat manages to block view of a perceived threat in their hiding space, this is good enough to calm it down. This may be because your beloved pet thinks it can’t be seen just because they’ve gone into their hiding space although they may be completely visible on there. 

Hiding spaces turn into multipurpose areas for relaxed sleep and rest. When feeling out of danger, your cat will engage in these forms of self soothing behaviours. As such, it’s important not to be disruptive when it’s hiding. Clean the space when the hiding space isn’t being used for example. 

Can I help my cat hide? 

Providing safe places for your cat to fulfil the need to hide, is a basic need of your beloved pet. Make is as comfortable as you can. Put in cardboard boxes, cat friendly cushions, a good selection of choices if you can. 

When managing multiple cats, you must also manage in circumstances where one cat is more assertive than the other one, taking up all the nice spots, all the time. You’re your cat to feel safe, it may also be a good idea to keep hiding spaces away from children who may not yet understand the time and space your cat needs alone when scared and hiding.

All cats, specially aged cats need accessible spaces to feel safe. Providing multi level spaces will help you identify what level, whether ground or higher is your cat’s preference. 

Keep experimenting with safe hiding spaces for your cat till you help it identify exactly what it likes in a comfort zone for reprieve.