Cats love hiding. Our experience here in TheCatSite has shown that while some really nail it while others, well, fail at it. Here are 23 TCS kitties demonstrating the dos and don'ts of good hiding practices for felines. It's a crucial guide for cats, so make sure your own cat reads this!
1. Cabinets, desks and furniture in general make great hiding spots!
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2. Under the bed is another great spot! Bed skirts rock!
3. Drawers! Some think they sound naughty but they can be very effective hiding places!
4. Any drawer. Any room. It's a great way to surprise a human reaching in to pick out something!
5. This may not look like a bad hiding place but it's all about the angle. An owner looking for a cat could spend hours before thinking about looking into a bucket!
6. A box. The classic hideout. Cats are masters of adapting their size to the size of the box. It's such an awesome hiding place, even a cat passing by would be fooled!
7. Speaking of cats passing by. When a bag is used instead of a box, a cat must be very still. A moving bag usually alerts passers by. Then again, if a camera is ready, this is a great way to capture shots a-la The Matrix.
8. When opting for a bag, a thermal one is a good idea. It's padded and warm!
9. If a human is looking in, it's best to try and blend into the bag.
10. The inside of a gym tote bag makes a great cave to hide in and most cats seem to appreciate the distinct aroma too.
11. Lurking inside the newspaper is a perfect way to add some much-needed excitement to someone's breakfast.
12. No newspaper? If a cat can find a volume large enough, a book sometimes works too. Not always though...
13. Last but not least in the paper hideouts category - the crumpled paper cave! The good news about this is that any cat can create one. Newspapers, toilet paper, you name it. If it can be shredded, it can be turned into a hiding place.
14. Now here's an effective hiding place! Can you spot the red tabby in this picture?
And now to the peek-a-book FAILS. Here are TCS kitties demonstrating how hiding isn't every cat's forte.
15. No. If you can't see them, that does NOT mean they can't see you. Sorry, it just doesn't work that way.
16. Cats love shrunk plastic caves that are created where bottles used to live. Well, guess what? Plastic is... well, transparent.
17. Here's a cat trying to combine two failed strategies: hiding only its head in a transparent glass container.
18. Again, just because you can't see 'em...
19. So, you've covered more than your head. Well done! Huge progress! But... still too much body showing.
20. Close! But not quite.
21. Closer yet!
22. Ooooooh, so close!
22. Tails, the downfall of many a hiding cat.
23. Some cats just give up. They try to hide within themselves... Hey, at least humans think this is really cute!