As a cat owner, my biggest worry is to find my cats missing. It did not happen often for me, and from all the times I can’t locate them, they are lying somewhere safe in a corner of the apartment. I’m sure you are worried about your cat too when you can’t find them.
Since this problem is so common, here are some cat hiding place ideas where many people have found their own lost cats at home:
- In a closet, drawer, or cupboard (even closed ones)
- Spaces between sliding doors
- Under the bed or sofa
- Warm spots near electronics
- Somewhere high up
- Behind curtains, doors, bed frames, closets, and other large furniture
- In a storage or utility room
- Boxes, big or small, full or empty
- Outside the window or door
Go through the list below in detail, and if you still can not find your cat, he may have wandered out of the house. Scroll to the end for the link to a useful guide for runaway cats.
In a closet, drawer or cupboard
This is one of the most common places your cat could be hiding. Check every closet, dresser, cabinet and drawer, even if they are closed or locked. Your cat could accidentally get into a drawer and someone closes it without knowing it. This is especially important if you live with someone else.
Be sure to check every corner of your closet. Cats are chameleons. They “tend” to blend in unexpectedly, especially if you have a black or white cat. They can also hide behind small items, such as under a hoodie, between piles of clothes, or high up between hangers.
Just search every corner of a closet, drawer or cabinet, even if it’s already closed.
Spaces between sliding doors
You may not think of sliding doors, but little kitties can actually get into the space between doors. This could be the door in your kitchen or the one in your closet. If your cat or kitten is small enough, they could get stuck between the 2 doors.
They love uncomfortable places and may not call for help even if they realize they are stuck. Cats are weird, so we can not expect them to call for help before we go looking. If you have doors like this, see if your kitty is stuck there.
Under the bed or sofa
Another common hiding place for cats and kittens is under the bed or sofa. It’s dark and cool there, and it’s a good place to sleep or hide from intruders. Check these places with a flashlight. Again, use a flashlight and scan every corner. It’s easy to miss them hiding in the dark in a corner of the bed.
You may not believe it, but kittens or smaller cats can get into the seams of a sofa. Yes, INSIDE the sofa. It’s not that likely, but since you are searching your sofa, take a peek or slide your fingers into the sofa’s corners.
Places behind the refrigerator, dryer or heater are warm and considered good resting spots for cats. They like to follow the heat, especially in cold weather. These places are not hard to find. Just look behind the electronics and see if your cats are behind them. They could also be lying high (on top of the refrigerator, for example) or down below (under the dryer, for example).
Look high up
Do not forget to look high up! Cats are curious explorers and will look for places they are curious about, sometimes forgetting how high up they are. Use a flashlight and shine it through the top shelves, air conditioner, or anything that is high and can accommodate a cat.
Behind curtains, doors, bed frames, closets and televisions
Some places that are easy to miss when searching are behind curtains, doors, bed frames and closets. These are usually the blind spots that you easily miss in your search. Check to see if your cat is there.
In a storage room/utility room
If you have a storage closet or utility room that is dark, cool, and usually has a lot of things piled up in it, your cat might like it there and has been hiding. Our cats love the utility room under a stack of stools. That is his hiding place when it thunders.
It’s hard to look for your cat when your storage room is cluttered with lots of things. It could be anywhere. In a corner of the room, under your ladder, on shelves, behind boxes, in crates, or high up looking down on you. If you can not find your cat in the storage room, but suspect she is there, I call her into the room and take a few treats on hand.
Watch for any movement in the room, your cat could be there right now.
Check all boxes, big or small
Cats live for boxes and we all know it. If you have unused boxes lying around the house, check to see if your cats are in them. Big boxes and small boxes, because cats can kind of contract to fit into a small box. These can be not only amazon boxes, but also storage boxes or boxes you already use to store things.
Outside the window/door
If you have searched all possible places in the house and still can not find your cat. Chances are she has escaped the house and gone outside. See if she’s hiding outside the window or near the front door. If she realizes it’s a mistake, she may not have gone far.
If you are sure your cat is outside..
We sincerely hope that you will find your cat in the house with the help of this guide. If she has gone out, it is much harder to find her, as she could be anywhere. We will write another post about how to find your cat if you suspect she has run out of the house. In the meantime, you can check out this useful guide from PetMD to finding your runaway cat.
Cats are curious and can often go places we did not expect. If you can think of other places in your home where cats can hide, please share them with us below!