HELPING A CAT THAT HIDES ALOT
4 Tips To Reassure A Hidding Cat
Try to understand why your cat is hiding
- Recent changes at home (e.g. new furniture, redecorating, moving home)?
- Visitors, new family member, new pet at home?
- Competition or tension with another cat?
- All of these factors are potential sources of stress for your cat. A cat that is feeling stressed is more likely to hide.
Reduce your cat's hiding with FELIWAY Optimum
- Releases "serenity messages" to create a safe and secure environment at home
- Visible improvements in the first week of use
- Use continuously for at least one month
- Refill every month as needed
Cats need to hide
- Provide multiple cat hiding spots (cardboard boxes, baskets, open cupboards etc)
- Make sure these places are easily accessible areas whenever your cat may choose to use them. Remember cats like elevated areas!
- Cats like their space; respect their decision to hide away and leave them undisturbed
Consult your vet
- In some cases, an underlying illness may be causing your cat to hide, such as pain
- If signs persist, consult your vet
Find out how FELIWAY helped these cats hide less:
WHY DO CATS HIDE?
It may seem like a normal behaviour for a cat to hide, but actually it can be a sign that they are unhappy and are trying to cope with something they find stressful.
Many things can cause your cat to hide away:
- People: cats commonly hide from visitors
- Noises: cats may hide if they are scared by sudden or loud noises
- Recent changes at home: adding new furniture, remodeling, new baby in the family etc.
- Another pet in the home (or in the neighbourhood): cats don’t like sharing resources like their litter box, food bowls, etc… this may cause one cat to hide
- Recent change in your routine: has your usual schedule changed leading you to be busier and less available?
- Also, several medical conditions cause pain or discomfort and maybe a reason for your cat to hide. If you cat spends most of its time hidden, consult your vet.
When your cat is hiding, leave them be, undisturbed. Stroking them when they are trying to hide could accidentally increase their level of stress. Wait for your cat to come to you and ask for attention.
Reward your cat, with food or petting, when they feel able to cope with a potentially challenging situation without hiding. This may encourage them to do this again!
Try to work out what is worrying them to help them feel more confident and spend more time out of hiding.
If you have several cats, give each cat their own food bowl, water bowl, litter box, etc. Put these in separate areas to avoid tension caused by competition.
Using FELIWAY Optimum will help keep your cat's sense of security and their interest in interacting with you.