Rarely will you find a better hide-and-seek player than a cat. They’re experts at squeezing into tight spaces — especially when it’s a cardboard box — and there’s no doubt that their cunning and clever minds help them find the perfect hiding spots.
We found some cats who are true experts at hide-and-seek, plus a few more who, um, need a little more practice. Here’s their advice.
If the rug is already rumpled, why not?
“This is Skittles. She will be 1 year old in October. She literally goes crazy at playtime. She loves hide-and-seek.” —Misty Meade
Never pass up a good opportunity for camouflage.
“He just tries camouflage, but he forgets his eyes stand out so much.” —Laura Colliton
If you’re tiny enough to fit under shelving units, go for it.
“This is Stella. We found her curled up on our back porch. She was about 8 weeks old. She hid under our TV stand at first until she was too big!” —Heather Anne Clover
Hide inside kitty furniture! No one will ever think to look for you there!
“Stella’s hiding place… until she jumps out and attacks!” —Margo Kalfas Mohney
Uh, this is not how it works.
“He’s not very good at hiding, but don’t tell him I said that.” —Sherrie Porter
Also definitely not how it works.
OK, let’s try this again. Take a cue from your wild ancestors.
“Mia is a 1-and-a-half-year-old American Bobtail. Mia is an indoor cat who loves to explore the outdoors on her harness with her three canine sisters. Her favorite hiding spots are tall grasses, bushes and bluffs!” —Kasey Corbett
Choose a hiding spot you can zip up.
“This is our cat Bart. He is 10 years old and loves to play hide-and-seek. He is very loving and laid-back.” —Brenda Carosone
Or one you can move into a corner.
“This is my 3-year-old cat, Palmer. He loves to play all the time, especially in his tunnel.” —Michelle Joiner
Or one that can’t be seen from above.
“Lucy loves to hide in my shopping bags and jump out at us, ‘scaring’ us so we jump.” —Elizabeth Stofleth
If nothing else, at least pick one that’s comfortable.
“Dexter loves to hide under the covers.” —Bonnie Jones
Basically, just call upon your inner cat and you will be unbeatable.
“In my old apartment before we moved.” —Donna Glick