Why Do Cats Hide Under the Bed?

Do you find yourself spending hours searching for your furry bundle of joy only to find them under your bed? Its perfectly normal for your kitty to take themselves off for some quiet time. Cats are more independent than dogs and like to have their space every now and again. However, if your cat has taken to hiding more often than usual, you should consult your vet just to check that there arent any medical issues that could be causing your kitty pain.

However, if your cat is showing any signs of tension then this could be due to stress or anxiety and you should try to understand the cause so that you can help them feel more relaxed. If your cat perceives something around the house (such as a new item of furniture or a noisy appliance) as a threat, they may choose to hide under your bed for comfort.

Or perhaps a neighborhood cat walking past the window might be upsetting them; closing the curtains may help reduce any cause of fear outside the house.

Why is my cat hiding under the bed all of a sudden?

A cat who’s usually always down to play and suddenly goes into hiding could be nursing a bad cold, an arthritic flare up, or something more serious like a chronic illness . If your cat starts hiding all of a sudden, it’s recommended you take her to the vet for a thorough evaluation to rule out any health concerns.

Is it normal for cat to hide under bed?

Your kitty’s hiding may be nothing to worry about – they may just be after a safe, quiet spot for a snooze! However, if your cat is showing any signs of tension then this could be due to stress or anxiety and you should try to understand the cause so that you can help them feel more relaxed.

What to do if cat hides under bed?

A simple cardboard box tipped on its side with a cat bed in it will suffice for many felines, and you can put it just about anywhere. Or, if there’s a piece of furniture (like a bed) that your cat likes to hide under, you can put a towel or blanket there so that her nap spot is a bit comfier (and easier to clean).

Why do cats hide from their owners?

Cats hide to feel safe, and in order to protect themselves from things they perceive as dangerous or stressful so it’s important to find out the reasons why your cat is hiding. … Your cat will hide when there is something, or someone, nearby that is causing them concern.

There are several reasons cats hide, and most cats include hiding as a normal, healthy activity in their repertoire of feline behaviors. First, cats are both predators and prey in the wild they are instinctually driven to hide and conceal themselves when they are sneaking up on a prospective prey item, and avoiding being prey for other predators (i.e., any carnivore that is larger than they are). They are excellent survivalists and hiding is a key tool for finding food and staying alive! Second, hiding in the home can be a stress-reducing, relaxing thing to do. Many locations are warm, dark, and safe-feeling. A good hiding spot can be a welcome refuge from a noisy family or the pesky dog. And what cat doesnt love a private nook in which to relax and take an uninterrupted cat-nap? Third, cats may hide when they are ill or not feeling well. If your cat all of a sudden decides to start hiding for long periods of time or changes her hiding behavior, you will want to make a trip to the veterinarian to make sure everything is ok.

If noise and activity is not a concern for your cats in the morning and evening times, you might notice her playing more during these hours, and sequestering herself away during the day or night.

There are lots of reasons why a cat might hide. Cats hide to feel safe, and in order to protect themselves from things they perceive as dangerous or stressful so it’s important to find out the reasons why your cat is hiding.

However, if your cat is hiding for prolonged periods of time this could be an indication that they are distressed about something more permanent in the environment. Providing a selection of possible options, such as some open cupboard doors, areas under beds, cardboard boxes and gaps behind sofas will give your cat a choice of places to go when they feel scared.

Cats love having small spaces to hide and get away from it all, as it helps them to feel calm and secure.

2. Visitors may be unsettling your cat

Your cat may be unsettled when you have visitors and may hide under your bed until they feel confident enough to come out. New people also bring in new smells which can confuse your kitty as they’re not used to having strangers in their space! Ask your visitors to give your fur-ball some space. It’s best to give them the space they need and allow them to venture out when they’re ready. If your cat feels reassured by your presence, it’s ok to comfort them by giving them some special treats and affection.

Never Scold Your Cat For Hiding

Don’t scold, shout or force your cat from under the bed or do anything to control or correct them. This would make them more anxious and likely to hide. They will perceive this as a threat and will act fearfully, with avoidance or aggression. Remember that they have retreated under the bed to feel safe and they will feel more secure if they are able to move about freely. Instead, focus on how you can lessen their stress as this will likely decrease their need to hide.

Praise Their Acts Of Bravery!

Give your paw-some pal the praise they deserve! Think of ways to encourage your cuddly kitty to come out. Call them out for meals and treats. If your cat will eat near you then you can try hand feeding your cat. A lack of appetite is another sign of stress so if they won’t eat out in the open then take the food to them to ensure they get the nutrients they need. If they don’t like taking food from your hand, try sitting quietly near them giving them the occasional treat. When they respond positively, make sure you praise them, so they realize there’s nothing to be afraid! You should also ensure that your cat is getting enough mental stimulation, visiting and playing with them every day!

Should You Worry About Hiding?

While hiding behavior is a normal part of being a cat, hiding can become excessive and be cause for concern. Hiding is excessive if it interferes with the daily activities that your cat needs to do, including eating, drinking, and urinating and defecating. If you notice that your cat has not come out of her hiding spot to eat in the past day or so, you may want to take her to the veterinarian. Similarly, even if your cat is eating and using the litterbox, hiding can indicate other problems. Behavioral issues should not be ignored; your cat may be hiding as the result of being bullied by another cat, for example. In this case, you will need to make resources available in multiple locations and restrict interactions with the bully cat so that the shier cat can get what she needs without fear…and this includes playtime and enrichment activities that prevent boredom and relieve stress.The more observant you are of how often and where your cat is hiding, the better you’ll be in tune with how she’s feeling. Any change in the regular behavior of your cat could be cause for concern, and this includes the desire to hide. As mentioned above, cats will hide if they are not feeling well or are ill. This could be a protective survival instinct, as animals who are perceived as weak in the wild are easier prey for predators. Best stay hidden if you’re not feeling well! Cats are excellent a hiding their pain, so when it gets to the point that they themselves are hiding, you’ll definitely want to make seeing the veterinarian a high priority.

Patterns in Hiding Behavior

In your observations, you might notice that your cats hide more frequently during specific times of the year, or even during the day. Pattern hiding behavior likely depends on where you live, your home environment, and your cat’s preferences. During the winter, cats may seek out warm places (e.g., near the water heater or dryer), or if a cat is somewhat shy, she may seek out a hiding spot when the family comes home from work and school and the noise level in the home increases. Further, cats are generally diurnal creatures, becoming more active at dawn and dusk, when their prey is most active in the wild. If noise and activity is not a concern for your cats in the morning and evening times, you might notice her playing more during these hours, and sequestering herself away during the day or night. Cats may prefer one hiding spot for lounging, and another spot for escaping. And, these spots can change over time!

Why is my cat hiding?

There are lots of reasons why a cat might hide. Cats hide to feel safe, and in order to protect themselves from things they perceive as dangerous or stressful so it’s important to find out the reasons why your cat is hiding.Cats as a species are self-reliant, so when faced with a difficult situation your cat would naturally prefer to avoid it rather than charge in and fight.Your cat will hide when there is something, or someone, nearby that is causing them concern. They may be frightened or just wary about something unfamiliar and might want to keep out of the way, just in case. If you leave them to it you will usually find that they will come out of hiding once the threat has gone or they have realised that whatever it was they were frightened of isn’t actually scary at all.However, if your cat is hiding for prolonged periods of time this could be an indication that they are distressed about something more permanent in the environment. This could be anything but is often other cats in the home or even a person who is over-enthusiastic in the way they interact with them. Take a look at our advice on stress relief for cats for more information to help you identify potential sources of stress for your cat.The other significant reason why a cat might hide comes from their instinct to be self-reliant. An injured or unwell cat will often withdraw and find a safe and enclosed space where they can remain until they feel better, so if your cat continues to hide, you should make an appointment with your vet to rule out or diagnose any medical issues.

Where might my cat be hiding?

For a cat to choose a hiding place it must feel both private and secure. Some cats will choose an elevated position to hide, such as on top of a wardrobe. This has the added benefit that they can still observe what is going on without being seen. Other cats prefer to retreat to a ground level hiding place, somewhere as far away as possible from any activity, or other cats, usually in a dark, enclosed space.Often not being able to see the threat is enough to reassure your cat, so you may see your cat thinking they can’t be seen when they simply have their head under a towel. You might see this behaviour when you take them to the vet, for example!Your cat might also use their hiding places as sleeping or resting areas when they are relaxed and not feeling in any danger. It’s a good idea to follow some basic ‘cat etiquette’ and not to disturb your cat while they are using one of their hiding places (unless it is essential to do so) and to avoid disrupting or cleaning the areas too frequently.