Are you having problems figuring out get kittens to come out of hiding?
While kittens are adorable, they aren’t quick to trust strangers and are very good at hiding.
Fortunately, we come to your rescue with 5 superb tips on how to get your kitten to stop hiding.
5 Tips on How to Get Kittens to Come Out of Hiding
Until they grow up, kittens are vulnerable to predators, and hostile tomcats can kill them with ease.
That’s why the little ones instinctively hide in small, dark places where predators can’t reach them and wait for their mother.
When you bring your kitten home, they don’t know anything about your house and all these strange new smells.
Your kitty is afraid, so hiding in a dark spot makes them less anxious about possible dangers.
The good news is that your new kitten will stop hiding as soon as they adjust to your home. But here are five tips that will help you speed things up.
#1 Establish Trust
To get a kitten to stop hiding, first you should earn their trust and show that you don’t mean any harm.
Once your kitty knows that you only want to spoil them, they will quickly warm up to you and abandon their hideout.
Prepare a room for the kitten with a safe hiding place and everything else they need (water, food, and a litter box).
You don’t want your kitten to hide in dangerous locations, such as inside the washing machine or the dryer.
Then give your kitten time to calm down. Remember that it’s scary when you’re so small and away from your mother for the first time.
You might leave something with your scent in the room so that the kitten gets familiar with it.
Since you’re trying to show your kitten that nothing bad will happen to them, you should avoid grabbing the kitten, if possible.
Only resort to such measures if you think that the kitten is in danger or sick.
READ MORE: How to Avoid Single Kitten Syndrome
#2 Bribe the Kitten With Food
One of the best ways to get kittens to come out of hiding is to use food. When they get hungry enough, most kittens will emerge out of their spot to eat.
Choose something delicious and tempting with a strong smell, such as tuna or a piece of chicken.
Leave the food near the hiding place, retreat a few steps, and wait.
Once the kitten comes out, you might lure them near you with more food or take a few steps in their direction.
Your goal is to get your kitty used to your presence and connect it with good things, such as food.
In case you’ve lost your kitten outside, leaving cat food or their litter box outside can also tempt them to come out of hiding.
#3 Offer Toys
Kittens might be wary and cautious, but they’re also playful and adventurous.
So, you might use toys to stir your kitten’s curiosity and make them want to investigate what’s going on.
Lasers, fishing rod toys, or feathers are suitable choices because anything that moves is irresistible to a kitten:
- Get a suitable toy and get close to your kitten’s hiding place.
- Move the toy around to attract your cat’s attention.
- Wait from them to emerge to paw at the toy and reward your kitten with a treat.
Don’t give up if you don’t have much success at first. Your kitten might not come out of hiding immediately, but their curiosity will make them want to check the toy. You can also consider catnip toys to get your kitty to relax. However, catnip doesn’t affect kittens as much as adult cats.
I don’t recommend leaving toys lying around, especially if they have small parts or strings.
Kittens tend to eat everything they find, and swallowing a toy’s piece is dangerous.
#4 Spend Time with Your Kitten
While your kitten should have some me-time to adjust to their new home, it doesn’t mean they should be alone all time.
They will never be comfortable around you if you only come to give them food and clean the litter box.
Make sure that you spend time with the kitten every day.
You can talk to them so that they can get used to your voice or sit as close as possible when they eat.
Eventually, the kitten is going to come closer to you to check you out. Then you might attempt to pet your kitty and give them something delicious.
#5 Avoid Common Mistakes
Most kittens quickly get over the initial shock of arriving in a new home and return to their playful self in no time.
However, no one can tell you how much time your kitty will need to adjust.
Some kittens, especially those who have had a negative experience with people, might need more time than those raised in a loving environment.
You can’t rush these things, or your kitten will remain fearful and hate it when you hold them. Be patient and avoid these common mistakes:
- Don’t grab the kitten unless you absolutely have to.
- Make no sudden movements or loud noises. Move slowly and quietly.
- Don’t make eye contact.
- Let the kitten go whenever they struggle or seem uncomfortable.
- Introduce other pets slowly, and don’t leave your kitten alone with a strange cat/dog.
How to Get Stray Kittens to Come Out of Hiding?
Getting a stray kitten to come out of hiding isn’t that different than dealing with a domestic one.
The main difference is that feral kittens are more cautious of human contact due to lack of socialization and positive experiences. So, it takes more time.
The strategy is the same: Earn the kittens’ trust. Spend as much time as possible around the kittens, feed them, play with them from a distance, and let them make the first step.
Unfortunately, sometimes stray kittens get very sick or hide in dangerous spots. In these cases, you might have to act quickly:
- Try to grab the kitten and take them to the vet.
- Contact local rescue workers to come and help.
- Use a humane trap to catch the kittens.
How to Lure Kittens Out from Under a House
It’s common for mother cats to give birth under a house or a deck. It’s a secure place where most predators won’t go.
However, you might be wondering how to get the kittens out under the deck.
In general, there’s no need to attempt to remove the kittens if they are healthy, the mother is taking care of them, and they aren’t in immediate danger.
However, you might have to intervene if the kittens are constantly meowing or the mother has abandoned them.
If you’re dealing with newborns, you’ll have to get under the house or remove part of the deck.
There’s no other way to get them out.
For older kittens, their mother will probably lead them outside shortly after they start walking, or you can try to attract them with food.
Then you can try to trap the kittens and their mother to find them a suitable home.
Getting a kitten to come out of hiding requires time and patience.
Once the little one calms down and gets hungry enough, they will leave their hiding spot.
Then you can interact with the kitten and show your pet how much you love them.
However, sometimes, hiding is a sign of illness. If your kitten starts hiding out of the blue, you should take your pet to the vet as soon as possible.
What do you think about these 5 tips about how to get kittens to come out of hiding? How do you lure your kittens when they’re hiding? Tell us in the comments.
Olfa knows how to get things done and has a keen business sense that others admire. She’s always on the go, coming up with new ideas! Her ability to anticipate the needs of her readers and deliver information that they want is what makes CatVills such a success. She loves cuddling her cat Picaciu. He is her inspiration.
Some really good tips, I always found food to be the best way to get the attention of a stray x
This is a really post with some really good tips about handling the kittens. I don’t have any pets but its interesting to know these things.
Hi. I brought home a rescue that had lived in a cage for nearly 10 years. He chose to hide in a bathroom under a toilet. Then during the night he moved into the spare bedroom. I let him roam at night but decided to move into the bedroom he was using. I went to bed and let him get up and explore (including me) while sleeping. He really got a chance to decide whether to trust me or not and has been a lap baby ever since. He is now almost 15. I just gave him a chance to check me out in his room with no pressure.
I brought into my home an abused and neglected 2 year old male short hair persian. But in my home, I already had my two babies andlouie…the new family member and my 6 month Vetsace hate eachother yet they both love playing with my 4 1/2 Coco channel…how do I learn to help the boys get along?
For stray or feral kittens that are being stubborn about going into a Humane trap I have a old cell phone that I use for mp3 files. I downloaded an MP3 file from YouTube of a mother cat calling for her kittens. I usually place that phone on top of the trap on repeat of that track works like a charm.