Why Do Cats Hide?

Although they're domesticated, your cat's ancestors sought secluded spaces to birth their kittens and seek shelter from predators, according to Feline Behavior Solutions. That's likely why your cat gravitates toward the unassuming cardboard box left over from your latest online purchase. There may be times when your fur baby hides because they're stressed out, says ASPCAPro. Usually, though, they're just relaxing in a space that feels secure. Here are some of the most common hiding spots and why cats love them.

In a Box
The most common escape is your average cardboard box — be it a shoebox or a case of soda. Boxes provide a soothing space for your feline friend. For many cats, the smaller, the better. In addition to the warmth that cardboard insulation generates, a box's four walls give cats the security and comfort they crave. Additionally, they can spy on you — and anyone else who invades their territory — by peeking over the sides. Strategically placing different-sized boxes around the house will amp up your feline friend's playtime, too. Boxes also provide a place where your cat can scratch freely without damaging anything of value.

In a Closet
What's not to love about a dark closet? Cats love this space because it has sturdy, secure walls and an abundance of soft fabric to cuddle. The clothes also smell like you, and your scent can be a great feline stress buster. Another benefit of a closet is that the enclosed space blocks much of the sound emanating from the rest of the home, so your kitty can get a good day's sleep. This is another popular cat hiding spot if you're hosting a party or if they know that it's nail trimming time or time for a bath. Just make sure you prepare yourself. Seeing a couple of eyes peering out of the dark as you go to change your shoes can give you quite a startle.