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Why Do Cats Hide And What Can You Do About It?

cat trying to hide behind a flower pot

Why Do Cats Hide and What Can You Do About It?

If your cuddly kitty has taken to hiding around your house and you’ve already been to the vet to rule out any health issues, it’s important to find out what else is causing your furry friend to hide.

Cats like to have their own space; and they can get stressed if there are changes in their environment. Although hiding is a natural behaviour for cats, they tend to hide more frequently if they feel stressed. So if you keep having to search high and low for your favourite feline, only to find them under the bed, in the laundry bin, or tucked away on top of the cupboard; it’s time to try and figure why they are hiding!

How To Help Your Cat Come Out From Hiding

1. Ensure kitty resources are always available 

Make sure that your cat’s food bowl, water, and litter box are always available. It’s best to place their food bowl up high so that they feel safe while they’re eating and locate it away from their litter box. You should make sure that their resources are in a quiet area where they won’t be frightened by loud noises or disrupted. Providing your cat with a perch, such as climbing tree, gives them a safe place to feel secure and observe their kingdom from up high.

2. Stick to their routine 

Try your best to keep to your cat’s schedule and avoid disrupting their routine. Changes in their environment, such as visitors or loud noises, can scare your cat; and their natural response will be to seek shelter. Always allow your cat to hide when they feel the need to, and support them in this need by providing safe places like a crate or a cardboard box full of comfy bedding. Once your kitty realizes that there’s nothing to be afraid of, they should feel more confident to come out.

3.  Keep change around the house to a minimum

If your kitty is spooked easily, try to keep changes around the house to a minimum. Moving furniture, DIY maintenance and noise can all spook your fur baby. If you’re going to make changes around your house, try to keep your cat to one room and furnish it with everything they need. You can also use a FELIWAY CLASSIC Diffuser to create a more relaxing home environment and support your cat through any renovations or changes.

4. Never force your cat from their hiding spot

It’s never a good idea to force your cat to leave their spot, shout or use physical punishment to stop them hiding. Punishment will only reinforce their hiding, make your cat more anxious and damage your friendship. Instead, use gentle encouragement. Calming, peaceful methods are far more likely to be successful.

5. Check if your cat might be frightened

Although cats are predators, they can also feel insecure and at risk. These feelings may make them dart under the sofa or up on a shelf to feel safe. Unexpected visitors, a dog barking or any other sudden noise can all frighten your cat. In these cases it’s important to leave your cat alone. Don’t force them to be friends with the visitor or befriend an unfamiliar pooch that has just arrived. Instead, be patient. Let your cat reappear on their own terms, when they feel safe.

6. Bring on the treats and toys!

Provide your kitty with lots of bedding and toys and set a regular play time with your cat so that you have some quality time together. The evenings are a particularly good time for this as cats are usually playful around 7 to 9 pm. Some quality one-on-one time is a great way to show your cat some love and let them know that you are there for them. Be sure to reward your kitty with treats whenever they attempt to come out from their hiding area. This will encourage them to associate being out and about as a positive experience.

If your furry friend is still hiding all the time despite following these tips, it’s worth seeking the help of a professional.

To help create a reassuring and calm environment for your cat, plug in a FELIWAY CLASSIC Diffuser by your cat’s hiding area or in their favourite room. The diffuser will release “happy messages” to provide constant comfort and reassurance to your kitty and help build their confidence.

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