When pet talk show personality Tracy Hotchner appeared on the Martha Stewart Show, Martha Stewart brought her newly adopted cat to co-star in the segment. These days, Tracy is the founder of the Radio Pet Lady Network, but Stewart had a show on Sirius radio channel at the time. Unfortunately, when it came time for the cameras to roll, the cat guest of honor had disappeared. Tracy laughs, “Then, they looked at the bookshelf and found the cat squeezed between two Martha’s cookbooks!” If you’re a cat’s parent, you’ll probably relate Tracy’s anecdotes about cat hiding.
Cat hiding at a glance
When it comes to hiding, our felines are so skilled that you are often convinced that your beloved kitty has magically vanished – only to eventually be found nestled in a cupboard nook, which is The kitchen rises high above the shelves or quietly rests it under the bed. But why is your cat hiding? And is it an issue if your favorite kitten is hiding a little bit of behavior?
Why is your cat hiding?
While discussing cat hiding, Tracy makes it back to the location of a cat in the animal food chain. “Cats are frightening ‘prey’ animals,” she says. “Almost any noise or new person or other animal or moving furniture can be stressful and drive them to hide.”
Hotchner’s specialty rings true for me: Every time the apartment doorbell sounds for a delivery, my cat, Mimosa, hovers and hides under the bed like the end of the world. Mimosa has never experienced any loss or trouble as a direct result of the sound of the door – but it seems that the newness of the noise, which she cannot pinpoint as originating inside the apartment, is something cat. Hiding instinct shines. Fear of the unknown can make us all act strangely.
What are some favorite cat hide spots?
A common way to hide cats is to box yourself somewhere in the back corner of the closet. A few years ago, I was talking to Cat Sense’s cat science expert and author John Bradshaw about why cats seem to choose such boxed-in locations as hiding places. He told me that in the wild, felines are constantly looking for “nooks and crannies to rest because what they want is basically five of the six protected sides.”
This is one of the reasons why cardboard boxes are such a popular cat hiding place. Bradshaw says, “For five out of six sides, no one can meet you and you can keep an eye on the sixth.”
Cat hide and cats in new homes
When brought home to newly-adopted cats, they often use Bradshaw as mathematics. The standard advice to prevent cat hiding is to set up a small room – such as a bathroom or utility closet – and make sure the room has all the cat essentials, such as a cat, water, and litter box.
Then, leave the cat alone in the room and get him accustomed to part of his new environment at his own pace. But if you come in, you will often see a cat hiding somewhere within the room.
With my cat, Mimosa, he took a hidden position under the sink cabinet – possibly being able to find any advancing intruders to try and achieve Bradshaw’s goal of safely boxing. During.
Has the cat ever been hiding a sign that something is wrong?
In Mimosa’s case, the cat hideout did not last long. After leaving the bathroom door, she eventually wandered around midnight to explore the forever home. These days, she sometimes enjoys hiding in the closet where coats and winter boots are kept.
Although it is natural for cats to retire to a favorite hiding place everywhere – and it certainly does during the summer heat and humidity when they look for dark spots to cool off – important in cat hiding behavior Look for hikes that seem less like a signal to sneak in and get a little relief.
“Knowing your cat’s habits will tell you whether hiding is a physical problem or an emotional one,” says Tracy. If your cat usually reveals herself from her hiding place with the shaking of the treat bag but starts ignoring the call, you may want to consider whether something is amiss.
Just keep in mind about Tracy: “The number one skill required to be a cat guardian: patience.” Do not try to hide a cat out of hiding. Instead, have your cat “get out in your own good time” and respect your cat’s favorite hiding strategy.
Tell us: Does your cat hide? What are some of the crazy cat hiding places you’ve seen?
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