Noel likes to hide on the kitchen bench when it is pushed under the table. I believe she thinks that no one knows she is there. Sometimes I actually do pull the bench out and end up sitting on her because I don’t realize she is there, startling us both. I noticed over the years that animals think if they can not see us, then they must be hidden. Squash used to hide his big head under my chair at the vet’s office, with 90% of his body of course not under the chair, and think he was safe from view. Not really knowing what they are thinking, I am making a very large assumption here that they think they are totally hidden. Do they not know that they are exposed? How would animals survive in the wild if they do not realize that to hide, one must make sure that all of you, not just part of you, is hidden? Maybe this is a domestic animal thing? I have observed very young children do the same thing when playing hide and seek; they leave part of themselves exposed.
Cats love to hide. Around here they even like to play hide and seek (try it: they love to jump out at you when found). My cats hide for many reasons, but mostly it is to minimize the threat of danger in their environment so that they can relax. My cats definitely hide when they are stressed and it is really hard to get a hiding cat in that situation to come out. Around my zoo you find cats hiding on pushed-in seats (a favorite of Noel’s), under tables (especially Miss Kitty), in closets (Stella and Nine are having fun with this one), under blankets (a favorite of Kitty and Nine), and in the smallest box or bag they can find. Muffin, doesn’t hide that I can think of (maybe because he is Alpha and feels no need to).
I still don’t understand about this partially hidden thing though? Don’t they always know where their tails are? Or maybe Noel is not really hiding at all?
Before we leave the house for any length of time we always count animals to make sure everyone is inside and not locked in a room they should not be in or anything like that. I know where to find most of my furries because they have regular hiding places. Where do your pets like to hide? And do they do this half-hide thing?