Table of contents:
- Curiosity and exploration
- Recreational activity and play
- Intimacy and relaxation
- Territoriality and defense
- Anxiety, fear and discomfort
2023 Author: Alex Livingston | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 11:39
Hiding is a specialty of cat who often likes to disappear in some hidden place of the house, in particular narrow and dark spaces, inaccessible to the owner. It is no coincidence that he chooses wardrobes and furniture, much preferring hide under the bed, a choice dictated by the passion for discovery and exploration, but also for relaxation and the need for a little intimacy. There are many reasons that lead him to choose the lower part of the bed as his den, and not all of them are linked to positive emotions: let's discover them together.
Curiosity and exploration
Hiding is part of the feline instinct, a behavior that defines it and often associated with the desire to discover new spaces and places in the home. The cat moves through the most hidden ravines of the house moved by its innate curiosity, like a new explorer ready to discover new worlds and unknown territories. The bed is definitely one of these and perhaps the one that fascinates him the most, not only because it can bask in soft blankets and sheets, but because it can transform the underside into its own private hiding place. A space to be explored in search of objects and clothes that end up under it, or of those small rays of light that filter through the window.
Recreational activity and play
The lower part of the bed is the most suitable shelter while playing, the cat chooses it as a favorite space during the playful sessions in the company of a human friend. A real treasure hunt, a protected space for a personalized hide-and-seek from which to observe the outside world by making a paw stick out if necessary to attach socks and slippers. After all, the cat loves to play, perhaps chasing balls and plush mice that it could cram right under the bed, keeping them for moments of boredom.
Intimacy and relaxation
The sheltered place is perfect if the cat wants to relax and doze undisturbed, ideal after a long day of playing and cuddling. An intimate space to return to for a bit of solitude e silence, or to cancel a day that is perhaps nervous and full of problems. Placing a small basket under the bed, or a cushion in size, could make the area more comfortable, facilitating the cat's need to take a break from home dynamics.
Territoriality and defense
Hiding under the bed becomes a physical necessity in the face of a problem such as the entry of a stranger or a new animal, in doing so the cat wants to declare his annoyance. It is a question of territoriality, the cat observes its space from under the bed, but it is also a matter of self-defense. The cat thus found an allotment from the foreign presence while declaring its discontent, an emotion that it could express even with more direct and aggressive behaviors such as snorting and stretching the claws to scratch.
Anxiety, fear and discomfort
The cat may be shy and fearful to live with anxiety any changes in the daily dynamics maybe feel fear of a noise or a presence. Hiding under the bed is a natural and legitimate gesture that the owner must respect, trying to restore the usual balance and routine as soon as possible. But it could also indicate the presence of discomfort and physical discomfort, especially if implemented suddenly and accompanied by changes in the friend's behavioral routine. Self ill the cat often chooses a secluded place, it is his way to externalize the suffering, so it is good to intervene in case of anomalies by immediately accompanying him to the veterinarian.
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