The cat is hiding: what to do? And why do cats clog up in shelters?
Ekaterina Kastritskaya, psychologist, specialist in animal therapy, consultant on animal behavior and well-being
Almost all owners noticed that their cats periodically hide in shelters. Such shelters can be cabinets, the space behind the curtains, under the bed or behind the sofa, and even the most seemingly inconceivable gaps. Why is the cat hiding and what should the owner do in this case?
In the photo: the cat is hiding. Photo: pixabay
Why are cats hiding?
Almost any cat will rush to hide in shelter if it feels threatened. Anxiety or excessive excitement of the owner, chaos and disorder at home may well become triggers. Also, cats often hide, moving to a new home, even in the company of their favorite owners.
Another good reason to hide even for a well-balanced cat is the appearance of strangers in the house.
And, of course, often hide cats that have fallen into a new family. Especially when it comes to an adult cat.
What to do if a cat is hiding?
- First of all, it is important to know what cannot be done. You can't force a cat out from the shelter. Of course, if staying there does not threaten her life or health - for example, a house fire.
- Before taking a new cat or kitten to the house, close access to dangerous places.
- If you brought home a new pet or moved to a new home, your cat take timeto familiarize yourself with the surrounding area.Be patient and give the purr such an opportunity. Sometimes, especially when it comes to an adult cat, it takes several weeks. Do not be intrusive, but encourage any kind of curiosity.
- Kittens, as a rule, are more curious and less restrained, but they can also be shy at first. If possible, good take a couple of kittens from one litter: the two of them feel safer and less likely to hide.
- If you plan to repair, relocate furniture or other global changes, it is better to close the cat in a small room as far from the epicenter of active actions as possible and provide her with food, water, a bed or a house, a tray and toys.
- If you moved, but at the same time your cat is used to walking on the street (although this is not the safest activity for purrs, though), the first time don't let the cat out of the house. According to statistics (K. Atkins, 2008), 97% of cats in this situation are lost and do not return to their owners.
In the photo: the cat is hiding under the closet. Photo: pixabay