Mon, May 20, 2024

She all of a sudden started hiding under our bed this morning. We were only able to get her to come out once, for like a split second but then she ran back to hide again and refuses to come back out.

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Cats often seek out secluded areas when they're not feeling well, as a natural instinct to protect themselves when they're vulnerable. Since there have been no recent lifestyle changes that you're aware of, and she's not on any medications, we should consider other potential causes for this behavior.

If there's been any recent activity that could have scared her, try to minimize these disturbances.

Next, consider if there might be any sources of pain or discomfort that are not immediately obvious. Cats are adept at hiding pain, so look for subtle signs like changes in eating, drinking, or litter box habits. Also, check for any external injuries or signs of discomfort when she moves.

And ensure she has easy access to food, water, and her litter box, as she may be reluctant to leave her hiding spot for these necessities.

In terms of additional symptoms that would warrant an immediate visit to a veterinary hospital, be on the lookout for:

- Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Difficulty breathing or rapid breathing
- Sudden collapse or extreme lethargy
- Not eating or drinking for more than 24 hours

If she continues to hide and shows no sign of improvement, or if you notice any other concerning symptoms, it would be wise to have her examined by a veterinarian to rule out any medical issues.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.