cat hiding

Does your cat do a disappearing act?

Why do Cats Hide?

Cats often go to their own safe space when feeling stressed and will wait to emerge until they are comfortable.

Simple things that we don't even think of may make your cat feel threatened. This could be a person, noise, or another pet in or near the home. Cats also commonly hide from visitors.

If you have more than one cat and they share resources like a litter box, food bowls, etc., this may cause one cat to hide. This is due to a conflict between the cats. For more, see conflict between cats.

There are several medical conditions which can give your cat discomfort and cause hiding. If your cat's behavior has changed recently and it stays hidden for long periods, then seek veterinary advice immediately.

Chronic stress can also be the reason for cats to hide. Using a Feliway Diffuser may help reduce the stress your cat feels, encouraging less hiding. However, the main reason for this stress needs to be identified so that you can modify the situation to help your cat feel more comfortable.

Questions to ask yourself are: Have you added new furniture? Is there remodeling work going on? Is a new baby, new cat or dog now part of the family? Has a neighboring cat taken up residence in your backyard? Has your routine changed? 



Cats feel more secure when they are able to hide or perch in high places. Provide several hiding places (cat condos, window perches, cardboard boxes, baskets, etc.). Spray them with Feliway to mark them with the territorial pheromone they recognize as "safe".


Place a Feliway Diffuser in your cat’s favorite room. Each diffuser covers up to 700 sq. feet.


Do not approach your cat while she is hiding. You may accidentally increase the hiding with your loving attention. Wait for your cat to spontaneously come out and ask for cuddling.


Reward your cat for brave actions shown during potentially stressful situations. This encourages them to be brave again!


If you have several cats, give each cat its own resources (food, water, litter box, etc.) in separate areas to avoid stress caused by competition.

Make your home more cat friendly (see Cat friendly home app).

To see how to provide essential resources to your cat(s), download our



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