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’t find your cat, they may have wandered out of the house. You may refer to this useful guide by PetMD 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 get into a drawer and someone closes it without knowing. 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.
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 kittens or small cats 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 sliding 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, take a look 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. 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 and will look for places to explore, 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 areas behind curtains, doors, bed frames, and closets. These are usually the blind spots that you might 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. One of my cats loves to hide in the utility room under a stack of stools. That is his hiding place when it rains.
It’s hard to look for your cat when your storage room is cluttered with lots of things. They could be anywhere. In a corner of the room, under a 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 they are there, call out to them with some treats on hand.
Watch closely for any movement in the room, your cat could be there.
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. Cats can fit into a small box as well, so don’t miss those. They could also be in storage boxes or boxes that are already filled with things.
Outside the window/door
If you have searched all possible places in the house and still can not find your cat. Chances are they have escaped the house and gone outside. See if they are hiding outside the window or near the front door. If they realize it’s a mistake, they might not have gone far.
If you are sure your cat is outside…
We hope you found your cat in the house with the help of this guide. If they have gone out, it is much harder to find them as they could be anywhere. If so, check out this useful guide from PetMD to finding your runaway cat.
Cats are curious and can often go to places we did not expect. If you can think of other hiding places in your house, please share them with us below!