Sometimes we don’t understand the behaviors of our pets. Cats in particular can even make us perplexed: they do not hesitate to wake us up at night or emit low or high-pitched meows for no apparent reason.
Now, how many times have you found your cat hiding in your closet or cabinet? It would be tedious to list them! In fact, there are very specific reasons behind this behavior which seems mysterious. Find out why your cat is behaving this way!
Why is your cat hiding in your closet?
Due to their complex nature, cats can be both predators and prey. This is the reason why these felines have the habit of to hide ! So it’s a matter of instinct. Cats try to avoid falling prey to larger carnivores.
According to International Cat Associations (TICA) President Vicki Jo Harrisson, there are reasons why cats like to hide. They have a vital need to feel safe, free and above all to protect themselves from a potentially dangerous and stressful situation. They would rather run and hide than fight. This is how cats also think to ward off any potential danger that may occur while they sleep.
If your cat suddenly prefers to hide, it means he’s been scared and wants to calm down. To ensure its survival, the cat knows how to adapt perfectly to many environments. In addition, cats that hide in coat closets do indeed want to release stress. These places are normally warm, dark and therefore harmless.
However, the cat can simply seek a refuge to rest quietly, especially if it shares the house with other pets or young children, explains the expert.
My cat is hiding in my closet: is he sick?
Sometimes cats hide in closets or other dark places when they are sick. If your pet tends to hide for long periods of time, we recommend that you take him to a veterinarian to ensure his health.
The cat’s habit of hiding is completely natural. Sometimes it can become overwhelming for your pet and even cause anxiety. If your cat has lost its appetite or isolates itself, a consultation with a veterinarian is highly recommended. If, on the other hand, the cat in the closet begins to meow, it means that it does not feel well.
Change in your cat’s behavior: signs to take seriously!
Cats are thorough when it comes to their grooming habits. They can spend up to half their day cleaning themselves. The changes in their habits are another alarming signal that owners should pay attention to. Over-grooming, uncleanliness, dirty or greasy coat or hair loss are signs that may indicate an underlying health problem, anxiety or emotional stress.
Cats over-groom if they also develop flea allergies, dry skin, or certain neurological conditions. Cats with underlying health conditions may stop grooming altogether or drastically reduce the amount of time they spend grooming.
In addition, obese or overweight cats may have difficulty grooming certain parts of the body, resulting in their coat becoming tangled. These cats are prone to anal gland problems and urinary tract infections. Indeed, cleaning themselves carefully after doing their business becomes a delicate matter for them. Finally, older cats may stop grooming due to arthritis or dental disease.
As you will have understood, any change in your cat’s natural behavior must be taken seriously!
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