“One fine morning, I woke up and couldn’t see my cat anywhere. I called out loudly and even shook the familiar bell I use when the fish coughs, but it’s all ineffective. I hurried to find him but could not find him. Fear filled me with all the worst scenarios. It was only when I opened the slightly closed closet door that I realized my cat was curled up under a few sweaters”.
That is just a very common story. But maybe you can also catch yourself and your furry friend on it. This happened to me about 3 to 4 times. And if you look closely, you can also see that there are days when your cat disappears without explanation. That’s when the instinctive reactions like “hiding in dark places” appear.
Know your cat better:
How does the cat show that?
There isn’t too much to say about this instinctive behavior in cats. You can easily see that if you take a moment to notice a little about your little friend’s everyday life.
Just like my own story, one day you suddenly find your cat disappear. Or when faced with some of the effects that I will list shortly, your feline will quickly flee into a certain corner of the house.
And according to my unofficial statistic, the places where we can easily find our furry friend will be in a box, under the bed, in the laundry basket or the washing machine, in a closet, in the bushes around the house or just under the car and in your garage … These locations have a common characteristic that is dark and without the disturbance of humans or animals.
What dark places do you think your cat could hide from? Please share it with me.
Why do cats hide in dark places?
In essence, hiding in dark places for cats is quite similar to when humans take short vacations. It is for these four-legged friends to seek privacy for themselves or find favorable conditions for performing some activity. However, if your furry has not previously had a passion to explore these areas in the past, this may be related to several negative psychological and emotional factors. A little bit of observation of changes in your pet, in this case, is essential.
Evade the dangers of the environment
A runaway instinct is essential for any animal if it wants to survive long in the wild. It took a long time for the ancestors of cats to choose advantageous positions that could save their lives against tigers, leopards, snakes, and other bloodthirsty predators. The cat you choose to raise no longer has to run away from these enemies, but a part of them still tells them to do something if they want to survive when faced with potential dangers from the surrounding environment. Then dark places give them a sense of separation. And for cats, that is a real sense of security.
Whether your cat is a newborn baby or an adult, it never goes away. The things that cats consider “potential dangers” are many and exist righteous within your family.
Cats are born with excellent hearing. This gives them many advantages but also a “double-edged sword”. Items like vacuum cleaners, hairdryers, or speakers that make too loud sounds can also terrify your cat. And then dark places will be a place that cats want to quickly move to protect themselves.
The appearance of the stranger
You may think strangers are visitors to your house. But what you don’t know is that sometimes your cat is wary of whoever adopts it.
When your cat is adopted, it takes a lot of time to get to know your family members, and of course, it will take another time. It is simply integrating into a new living environment. You can feed them every day, play with them, but it will take a long time for both sides to become part of each other.
Besides, when your family welcomes more guests to visit and enjoy dinner, your feline will automatically form reflections and consider it a “potential danger”. So you need to limit contact between strangers and your pets if you do not want him/her to run away or attack them.
Light and fears that are difficult to speak out
You will be quite surprised when I come up with this element. Light fleeing usually happens when your cat is young. This can be scientifically explained when the cat’s eyes when they are very young are extremely sensitive to light. The dilatation of the pupils has not yet allowed them to receive high light intensity. So you can see they are not at all excited by sunny windows or something like that. (This should go away as your cat matures).
Your cat’s favorite hunting spot
As you know, cats are predators with a predatory habit. Your cat’s eyes are designed for best viewing in the dark. Along with that, the agile and very flexible movement of the legs makes them truly assassins in the dark. So it’s not uncommon for your cat to choose a prime location under the bed so that it can easily reach and defeat its prey. Sometimes this darkness and furry friends are like a pair of matching cards, right?
The factors above are just the basic causes that lead to lurking in the shadow of your cat. And time will help them adapt better. However, the following reasons will cause you to worry. So let’s focus a little more.
Community integration is not good
Sounds pretty “human”, doesn’t it? But this could also be the reason for his / her hiding. There is no convention on how many pets you can keep in the home. This leads to a situation where a family can adopt up to 2 or 3 cats or both raise cats and dogs.
You will probably think your cat will have a better chance of being physically and mentally active when you’re away. But actually, this rarely happens. Studies show that cats are a highly individualized territorial animal and this means that they deny the appearance of other strangers in the area they govern (through marked with urine). On the other hand, having so many animals that you want to get your attention – the owners – makes them feel uncomfortable, lost, or even lonely. And then the isolation of oneself from society in a dark position is often favored by many furries.
This phenomenon may seem like a temporary sulk, but if you do not release their mentality soon, the next negative signs such as refusing to eat, fighting between pets or even it are also possible that they leave home. You should take time for all of them and let them make friends together.
Stress and Overstimulation
If you think that these traits aren’t occurring in the cat, you’re wrong. These are factors that can easily cause psychological damage to these hairy friends.
And it’s a pity that these psychological emotions are caused by our seemingly very normal actions. You are too busy with work and do not have time to care and play with your cat. You show injustice in taking care of your feline compared to other pets in the house. You don’t take your four-legged friend out to play and keep them locked in a cage for too long. Unfortunately, many similar actions cause a lot of “hurt” in your pet. And once they fall into life’s sadness or frustration, isolating themselves in dark areas becomes one of the top options on their list.
Along with that, if you show excess interest, this also causes your pet to have a rapid change in the way of life. One outrageous joke. A few times give them too much food they hate. With the development of the animal feed industry, the high content of preservatives and artificial colorants is also available to put the cat’s psychology in a state of instability. And many cats choose to escape.
I discovered this by accident while reading a blog about caring for pregnant and soon to be born cats. As I told you above, kittens are born blind and cannot be exposed to any light at any intensity. Wouldn’t a dark location be the right choice then? That is why the mother cat often has to choose very carefully where it can become her birthplace.
Along with that, the safety factor is always a priority for mothers no matter what species they have. Shelter and protection is the core reason pregnant cats have to look for places where there is little movement of humans or other animals. And then dark places become “cocoons” safe for them. The mother cat will choose the right places for a few weeks before labor, so don’t be too surprised to see them hovering around in the garage or snuggling behind a closet.
You happen to see an abandoned cart on the side of the road. Oh, how pitiful they look! Your heart melted and you quickly decided to bring them home. You take care of them all, treat them with fine cat food but all you get is still running away. Do they prefer to hide under the bed rather than in your arms?
This is completely scientific to explain. Many zoologists who study this behavior in cats call it “mental phobias”. The past being treated badly like being beaten, starved, or abandoned can cause emotional trauma. And just an extraordinarily small impact like the noise of appliances or the appearance of a ferocious animal can make those “mental scars” throbbing pain. Cats will look for a haven, and in many cases in a dark and inaccessible place.
In this case, you must seek immediate vet intervention before all your efforts go to zero.
Every journey must end no matter how hard you try. It’s interesting how these adorable animals are aware of that. Before dying, your cat will often choose a private place to avoid detection. Why? Aside from the sense of dignity reason, that’s when our hairy friends became the weakest. Such places will help them avoid attacks from predatory animals as much as possible to prepare them for a peaceful death.
But the above reason is partly based on my own experience, partly based on the scientific documents I have consulted. If you know anything more interesting, do not hesitate to reply to us.
What is the reason for your cat’s nighttime roam
This is probably a curious thing for quite a few people. Why do cats choose to go on adventures when night falls? And have you ever wondered where they go?
According to studies by scientists, cats are quite active at night. Rather, cats are crepuscular – individuals that are strongly active at dawn and dusk. They can sleep or play with toys all day in their cute little cage, but when you go to bed, everything is different. The most commonly mentioned reason for this is that cats go hunting because, in the dark, their vision and mobility are maximized. With that, this is a favorite time for these hairy friends to find mates. Also, another ludicrous reason is that they are sleeping too much during the day and need to release some of their energy from lunch and dinner.
Is it fine to leave a cat in a dark room?
Cats can do well in low light, but leaving your cat alone in a dark room may not seem like a smart choice.
You turn off the electricity before you leave the house, which is good for your electricity bill at the end of the month. However, this is not good for the cat’s mood. Turning off the lights can ruin their connection with the home, and if this happens more than once, they may feel abandoned. Plus, while a cat’s vision is exceptionally good in the dark, that ability is ineffective when the room is completely dark. They cannot function properly unless there is a light source in the room.
Is a cat comfortable to sleep while hiding?
There is no specific scientific basis for this. However, based on my observations, cats tend to choose quiet, dark places such as under a bed or in a closet to sleep. This stems in part from the behavior of their ancestors. Cats are a predator, but their small size sometimes makes them the target of many larger predators. And choosing a hiding place helps them to have a safer and more peaceful sleep.
Do cats feel lonely at night?
Yes and No. I’m not sure about that.
Cats are a fairly independent animal. That is to say, they enjoy their alone time, and nighttime is no exception. This explains why they often choose a separate area to be the territory. However, for owners, this is another exception. You care for them, feed them, play with them and this establishes new social relationships that go beyond the norm between humans and animals. Therefore, you can see them often around troops in your bed, expressing a desire to sleep with you or even disturbing your sleep when no one is interested in them. Cats love to be independent, but they also need a companion at night.
Should I leave light on for the cat?
The answer is definitely yes. A low-intensity light source like moonlight can have a big impact on a cat’s ability to move and function at night.
What are the best places to sleep at night for a cat?
As analyzed above, cats are a highly independent animal. That way, they can freely choose their sleep. A cozy cage can be a good place if you can train them, but your feline can also choose to sleep in rather dark and cramped places like under your bed, under your closet or in your garage as long as they feel safe for themselves. Another interesting option is that cats can completely share a bed with their owner.
Should cats sleep in your bed?
Once you have accepted a cat, you must also accept that it will sleep with you. Cats love warmth and safety. This is no one better than their owners can provide them. However, this should only take place at low frequencies.
There are a few downsides around letting your cat sleep in the same bed with them, including the fact that they don’t sleep all night at all, their feet can get dirty and allergies you might experience.
Cats love to climb and play around. They can go out all day and of course, their feet will get dirty. Besides, when going to the toilet in any way, it is difficult for them to keep their feet completely clean. This can be a problem if you want to keep your bed clean and tidy.
Cats often wake up in the middle of the night if you pay attention. Many even become extremely hyperactive at night as they spend all day sleeping. This means that you will be more likely to wake them up while you are sleeping.
Finally, there are allergic diseases. The fur on the bed is the cause of allergies in many people. The disease does not have a pre-existing condition but develops when you are exposed to them.
Getting to know cats is something incredibly fun because no matter how much you learn, there are things about cats that will surprise you. Four-legged friends choosing dark places may come from instinctive reasons, but they can also signal physical and mental changes. Please try to pay attention a little. If you discover something new, don’t hesitate to bring it to me.