By John Gilpatrick | Found on PetMD
It’s hard to say if Garfield started the stereotype of the mischievous, anti-social cat, but he certainly reinforced it, and to be fair, there’s some basis in truth.
While some cats are friendly and cuddly, many others spend their days in dark enclosed spaces and prowl the house at night.
“A lot of cats lead nocturnal lives,” says Myrna Milani, DVM, an author and veterinary scholar in the fields of pathologyand anthrozoology.
If your cat usually spends its day hidden, that’s generally fine and normal, Milani says. The problem arises, however, when social cats suddenly start hiding. This behavior is often indicative of stress, fear, a medical issue, or some combination of these.
Continue reading for tips on identifying problematic forms of hiding behavior in cats and what you can do to resolve the underlying issue. Read more