Hiding away from time to time is something that every cat does, mainly to avoid a perceived threat.
Beware of what might make your cat feel threatened and hide. This could be a person, noise, or another pet in or near the home. Cats commonly hide from visitors.
If you have more than one cat and especially if they share resources like 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 behaviour has changed recently and they stay hidden for long periods then seek veterinary advice first. Find your nearest vet.
Chronic stress can also be the reason for cats to hide for long while. Using a Feliway Diffuser will help your cat cope with the stress encouraging less hiding away. However, the reason for this stress needs to be identified. This will allow you to take this into account in the modifications you will implement to help your cat.
Questions to ask yourself are: Have you added new furniture? Is there building work going on? Is a new cat or dog now part of the family? Has a neighbouring cat taken up residence in your backyard? Has your routine changed? How are your stress levels?
Cats feel less stress when they are able to hide or can perch in high places and should be allowed so they feel safe. Provide several hiding places (carton boxes, baskets, cupboards with door left open). Add Feliway Spray on them to make them more safe and secure to the cat.
Add Feliway Diffuser to your cat’s favourite room/s (where can you buy Feliway?) for at least 30 days.
Do not stroke your cat during 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 it's own resource (food, water, litter box, etc) in separate areas to avoid stress caused by competition.
In mulit-cat homes this can mean separate rooms/floors, or at least having one bowl in high place compared to another on the floor in another part of the room.
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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