Cats usually hide more when they feel threatened, so it's important to understand why your cat is hiding so you can entice them out and make them feel happier!
Many things can cause your cat to hide:
- People: cats commonly hide from visitors
- Recent changes at home: new furniture, building work, new baby or family member
- A new pet at home or nearby: cats do not like sharing resources like litter boxes, food bowls etc. If stress or conflict occurs then one cat may hide more.
- A recent change to your routine. Cats are creatures of habit and if your schedule changes a lot then this may cause them to be unhappy.
- Recent change in your routine: has your usual schedule changed leading you to be busier and less available?
- Also, several medical conditions cause pain or discomfort and may be a reason for your cat to hide more. If your cat spends most of its time hiding and is not eating we recommend discussing this with your vet.
Do not stroke your cat while it is scared and hiding. You cat will need time alone while hiding and by trying to comfort them you may accidentally increase their level of stress. Take a look at our top tips to help you stop your cat from hiding.
Wait for your cat to spontaneously come out and ask for attention.
Reward your cat for brave actions shown during potentially challenging situations. This encourages them to be brave again! Many cats will find a treat rewarding.
If you have several cats, give each cat their own food bowl, water bowl, litter box and scratch post. Put them in separate areas to avoid tension caused by competition. Don’t forget to use all your available space by putting bowls on different levels (E.g. one on the floor and one on a higher spot).
Using a FELIWAY Optimum will help keep your cat feel secure and therefore be happy and playful.