Why Does My Cat Hide All Day?

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.

Is it bad if my cat hides all 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.

Why is my cat constantly hiding?

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. … The other significant reason why a cat might hide comes from their instinct to be self-reliant.

What to do with a cat that hides all the time?

Give your pet time. When a new cat is hiding away, it’s important to give them time to adjust to their surroundings. If your new pet wants to hide, let them, and give them some space! Never force them to come out, and always leave them alone to explore in their own time.

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.

Wheres the strangest place youve ever found your cat hiding? From the smallest nook in a closet to the most unlikely places of comfort (like, inside the refrigeratortrue story!), cats are masters of concealment. Usually, cats hide simply because theyve found a safe, warm, and comfortable place to snooze away the day. But if you have a cat for whom hiding is not a normal behavior, who suddenly starts hiding and does not want to come out, it could be an indicator that something is wrong.

As Myrna Milani, DVM, an author and veterinary scholar in the fields of pathology and anthrozoology, points out to PetMD , If your cat usually spends its day hidden, thats generally fine and normal. If your kitty is hiding pretty much all of the time, and you have ruled out a medical issue, think about things in your home environment that may have changed and could be making her uncomfortable or, even sadsuch as the loss of a partner in a bonded pair.

Forcing things can damage trust between you whereas respect for the feline independent streak, patience, treats, and lots of love can only strengthen your bond.

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.

Why Would a Cat Suddenly Start Hiding?

A cat who has never hidden before may start doing so just because she wants to but it could also be a sign that something is amiss. If you have just added a fluffy rug under your bed and she suddenly begins spending time there but is still interacting with you/your household, it’s likely just because she thinks that rug is as nice as you do.If something in your household has changed–from adding new furniture to new people–your cat may hide until she has had time to get used to the new additions. In some cases, cats may not be open to such change–an example that is somewhat common, but maybe not common sense to us humans, is the installation of something like a ceiling fan in a room. The motion and whirring could cause a cat to hide from the interloper for a while and then decide 1) it is manageable or 2) never to enter that room again.Other common reasons cats suddenly start hiding is that they are not feeling well, are stressed, or scared. As Myrna Milani, DVM, an author and veterinary scholar in the fields of pathology and anthrozoology, points out to PetMD, “If your cat usually spends its day hidden, that’s generally fine and normal. The problem arises, however, when social cats suddenly start hiding. This behavior is often indicative of stress, fear, a medical issue, or some combination of these.”

Do Cats Hide When They Are Sick?

It is very common for cats to hide when they are sick. While humans tend to want some TLC when we’re sick, cats are the opposite. “Although cats are predators, in nature larger predators will prey upon them. Since sick or old animals make an easy target, any obvious sign of illness will alert other predators that the animal is ill. Therefore, cats have evolved to hide signs of illness and pain,” note the experts at VCA animal hospitals.This makes it easy to understand why it is hard to tell if a cat is sick. Common indicators that your cat isn’t feeling well include lethargy, loss of appetite, and hiding. If your kitty tucks in somewhere, is sleeping more than usual, not eating, and refuses to come out, you’ll want to get her to the vet to find out what is going on.