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    Cats Hiding – Hide & Seek is a Bad Game

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    Updated: November 11, 2019

    Many cat owners don’t realize that hiding can be a very important and concerning sign in cats. Many just attribute it to grumpy feline behavior or their cat’s preference for dark, isolated places.

    Unfortunately though, hiding is often just an outward manifestation (sign) of an internal problem. And it’s a sign you should always be on the look out for and heed the warning of when it occurs.

    Whether your cat’s stress is a result of a newly toddling toddler or a change in the weather, it can lead to some highly undesirable and destructive behaviors (e.g. house soiling, excessive grooming, and others) if not properly and promptly addressed.

    Some of the things that a hiding cat may be trying to tell you:

    1. They’re stressed
    2. They’re in pain
    3. They’re feeling sick
    And by “properly” I mean with the counseling of your veterinarian and/or a board-certified veterinary behaviorist - not by shunning or punishing your cat.

    Here’s a good primer article on stress in cats, and you can easily find a board-certified veterinary behaviorist (and other specialists) by using the links in our pet resources library.

    Some of the things that commonly cause cats pain and/or a feeling of “sickness” include:

    • Arthritis
    • Cat bite abscess (not just in cats that go outdoors!)
    • Fleas (especially when they cause a low red blood cell count "anemia")
    • Urinary obstruction
    • Kidney disease
    • Digestive obstruction
    And many, many more

    So you can see there is a serious reason to pay attention to “hiding” cats. Some causes need immediate attention and all need attention in order to ensure your cat's comfort. Please always be on the look out for it and seek proper veterinary attention should it be noted. And don't forget your pet sitter. They should be on the look out for it too whenever you’re traveling, as this is a very common time for stress-related problems in cats!


    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, cat health problem, Fleas on Cats, Signs of Stress in Cats, Cat Stress, Flea Bites, cat health questions, cat health issues, Pain, Urethral Obstruction, Arthritis in cats, Excessive grooming, Urinary obstruction, Digestive obstruction, Is my cat in pain, Kidney disease, Cat bite abcess, Cats Hiding

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