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November 7, 2013

Your Cat's Favorite Hiding Places

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Cats love to hang out in small, dark, enclosed spaces.

That's why you find them inside paper bags, cardboard boxes, drawers, closets, and plenty of other strange places. It gives them a sense of security and uninterrupted snooze time. 

Your cat will run to the nearest hiding spot to make herself invisible whenever she is frightened. That might mean sticking her head under your arm at the veterinarian's office. 

A loud noise, a sudden movement, an active child, a stranger, a traumatic event, or the appearance of the dreaded cat carrier can all make her run for cover.

Come out, come out

Unless you're rushing to make that veterinarian appointment or catch a flight, leave your cat alone. She'll probably come out later when she's feeling safer, wants to play, or is hungry. But seek out your cat if she misses her next meal, or if she won't come out of her hiding place for a longer amount of time. That could mean she's sick.

You can reassure her by quietly talking to her in her hiding spot and leaving a few treats for her there. Many cats will respond to your voice and venture out of their hiding place. Don't force her out—she'll become fearful of you and could even injure you.

Wherever you are

When you're looking for your cat, check all the regular spots first, then start getting creative. Here are some common hiding places:

  • Under the furniture, behind the furniture, and sometimes inside the furniture!
  • The back of a closet
  • In the fireplace
  • Behind books on a bookshelf
  • In a drawer
  • In a laundry basket
  • Behind the drapes
  • Behind an open door
  • On top of the kitchen cupboards
  • Under the bedspread
  • In an empty dryer (Always check inside before closing the door!)

Still can't find her? She's just gotten even more creative. Don't panic—just open a can of cat food or shake her treat bag!

Is she trapped?

If you still can't find your cat, she could be trapped inside an HVAC duct, drop-down ceiling, wall, or sub-basement.

You may also want to call in a professional to rescue the cat, figure out how she entered the area, and then seal it up so the cat can't get trapped again.

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