Post # 16
I had this happen to me many years ago with my new kitten. It took alk six members of my family a whole day of tearing our house apart to finally find him. He decided to hide in the space between the decorative ceramic pot and the plastic pot in an indoor pot plant.
This kitty had a habit of hiding even in old age. He once also crawled into a hot car engine and burnt himself badly. He also used to like hiding in a large empty watering can he eventually grew too big and learnt the hard way when he got his head stuck in the can. He was a smart cat though he’d knock on the flyscreen when he wanted to go out and go to the toilet and knock when he was ready to come back in. It was loud banging. It would frighten guests who didn’t know it was the cat.
Your cat will come out… Just leave food and water in every room. I’d also keep looking everywhere. When they do reappear I would confine it to one room for a few weeks until they get used to you. I now do this every time I introduce a new pet in our home having learnt the hard way with the six adult and kitten game of hide and seek we played years ago.
I’d also check inside your couches beds and chairs. Sometimes you can have a little rip in the lining allowing small animals access to inside the furniture frame. You don’t want them getting stuck…
Post # 17
I’ve never been able to get the bell collars to work. My cats gave always learnt to walk without making it ring after a few weeks. Cats are smart things. If you’ve never had one as a pet you don’t understand how cleaver they can be..
Post # 18
Well, she’s been found! She’s hiding somewhere inside the sofa (it’s a pull out). We don’t want to traumatize her by trying to open it up and pry her out, so we’re just trying to give her some space and keep the apartment as mellow as possible. We put a bunch of different types of food around the bottom of the sofa so hopefully she’ll come out and eat at some point. If she still hasn’t eaten anything by tomorrow morning, we’ll drag her out and keep her in the bathroom. But hopefully she’ll eat tonight once we’ve gone to bed. Poor little kitty! She was found alone and only in the shelter for two days (and one of which was the day she was spayed) so I think it may be a while until she trusts us. Thank you all for the help! 😺😊😊
Post # 19
Yay, glad you found her! I kept my kitty in the spare bedroom when I first brought him home (I was worried he would destroy things or get lost), and he did nothing but hide under the bed for the entire first day. Eventually he came out and warmed up to me, especially after realizing that going by me meant getting treats, food, catnip, toys, belly rubs, etc. Now we’re BFFS and he follows me everywhere I go, but he also shredded a hole underneath the box spring in “his” bedroom to hide in. It’s normal for cats to find creative hiding places. Even my other cat, who is very social, likes to play “hide and seek” and go hide somewhere just to see how long it will take me to go and find him.