Cats Love Cuddly Nooks and Tiny Hiding Places

Cat in a Box

This is our wonderful Sammy who found the large empty box to be eminently suitable for hiding and spying.
This is our wonderful Sammy who found the large empty box to be eminently suitable for hiding and spying. | Source

I am a late-in-life cat staff person. If you live with cats, you know we humans neither own them nor control them very well. We provide their food, water, and domicile, clumsily trying to take their direction. Happily, because I adore my feline family, I am bent on meeting their needs and enjoying their affection. These cats delight me.

Sammy in the Traditional Basket Bed

This was his bed as a newborn kitten and he stills returns for comfort.
This was his bed as a newborn kitten and he stills returns for comfort. | Source

Hiding is typical cat behavior

Our family of three furballs, The Goddess, Sammy, and Skeeter, all enjoy finding small spaces in which to sit. Each seems to seek out a grotto or cube-like environment which protects him or her, yet does not permit intrusion or sharing by any other being (including siblings.) Each cat appears quite content and pleased as he surreptitiously (in his own mind) surveys the world from his Cat Cave.

Cat Products and Accessories

Our cats hide under a chair for protection and stealth. Furthermore, any time we move furniture or clean out a shelf to rearrange the contents, our curious felines are there exploring, inspecting and generally evaluating to determine whether this new space is worthy of being a cuddly nook.

Therefore, if our cats are typical of the species, one totally understands why pet stores offer certain cat accessories. Small tents with tunnels offer this cave-like protection. Also, the carpet- and sisal rope-covered feline furniture which provide both hiding nooks and high perches obviously appeal to our kitties. Any cat climber pole or cat condo tree equipment sells because cats know these are good things.

Play Tent for Cats and Kids

Wow - a tent just for us!
Wow - a tent just for us! | Source
Peek-a-boo; I see you.
Peek-a-boo; I see you. | Source

Inventive, Creative Cats

Paper grocery bags. An empty cardboard box. A blanket lumped on the floor with a tunnel looking space in it. All of these are wonderful nooks and cat caves. Whether or not a commercial climbing tree is around, these call to a feline like the Sirens calling to Odysseus. If you want proof, just leave such an item in an accessible spot and watch what happens. If you are in a hurry for proof of its cat-attractive score, use a kitten.

Classic Paper Grocery Bag

Skeeter loves surprising siblings and humans who walk by.
Skeeter loves surprising siblings and humans who walk by. | Source
Skeeter always sees the opportunities for catching someone unawares.
Skeeter always sees the opportunities for catching someone unawares. | Source

Blanket Cave

Sammy's little pink nose pokes from his blanket hideout.
Sammy's little pink nose pokes from his blanket hideout. | Source

Our Creative Cats


Of course, I am smitten by our little crew of cats and love to brag about their antics. Just when we think our newest and youngest one – Skeeter, a rescue cat – couldn’t get any cuter, by golly, he does! Look what he discovered in MyGuy’s music room: an empty saxophone case. Not empty for long! I imagine that any open, empty piece of luggage will be equally irresistible to your cats and mine.

Skeeter Finds New Use for Instrument Case

Skeeter jumps into a tenor sax case.  We think he want to be a musician when he grows up.
Skeeter jumps into a tenor sax case. We think he want to be a musician when he grows up. | Source

A Shelf for a Cat

In our home, we have a few small shelf spaces which our cats embrace. One such spot is on an antique bookcase. Instead of holding books, it contains blankets for people to wrap up in during winter naps. Our peace-loving middle boy cat discovered that the bottom partially-filled shelf serves as an excellent shelter and lookout post. Occasionally, one of the other cats will sit here, but it is primarily Sammy’s place. In contrast, Sammy and Skeeter equally enjoy a shelf in a wooden cabinet in the dining room – WHEN it’s empty, that is.

Bookcase Shelf That's JUST RIGHT

Sammy found a spot just his size: a bookshelf used for blankets.
Sammy found a spot just his size: a bookshelf used for blankets. | Source
Sam probably relishes the soft blanket under him.
Sam probably relishes the soft blanket under him. | Source
This shelf is also strategically valuable: at the top of the stairs, Sammy surveys the first floor and the door to the outside world.
This shelf is also strategically valuable: at the top of the stairs, Sammy surveys the first floor and the door to the outside world. | Source

Shelf in Cabinet is Perfect Cat Cave

This photo and the following 4 show a sequence of Skeeter the Rescue Cat getting ready to pounce.
This photo and the following 4 show a sequence of Skeeter the Rescue Cat getting ready to pounce. | Source
Sammy surveys the room from a small shelf.
Sammy surveys the room from a small shelf. | Source

It Always Gets Better

At our house, we count on cat fun. They do not disappoint us. However, they do surprise us with their ingenuity. In the Jeopardy!™ TV Game Show category of Cuddly Cat Hiding Nooks, our little Skeeter recently topped everything we have seen to date. As I worked straightening up in the kitchen and dining room one night, Skeeter hopped onto the dining room to be near me. This is normal (and wonderful.) Then, he spied an open and empty soft-sided beverage cooler case. It measures 9 by 9 by 8 inches. Skeeter measures l8 inches long not counting his tail and 9 pounds heavy. He saw no problem. I couldn’t believe it. But, if any of the cuties would try to squeeze himself into a Houdini Locker, it would be the Skeet.

Cat Snuggling in a Beverage Cooler

Our cat Skeeter just hopped right into this soft-sided cooler.  Fortunately, my camera was close.
Our cat Skeeter just hopped right into this soft-sided cooler. Fortunately, my camera was close. | Source

We are Blessed

These little kitties are such a blessing. I do not know how God packs so much personality and love into a little furry critter who is between 6 and 12 pounds. However it happens, we are the beneficiaries of their playful ways and especially their creative conversion of our spaces into cat cuddly nooks and crannies.

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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

Skeeter reminds me of my Amy. Amy likes to hide in all sorts of places. I don't think she has a favourite place, but I chose under furniture in your poll.


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Maren Morgan M-T 4 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

FloraBreenRobison, aren't our cats just wonderful? Thanks for stopping by.


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Mardi 4 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

Thanks for all the wonderful photos! My cats love boxes, bags, my computer case, an open filing cabinet drawer or really anywhere else. They also like to dart out at the dogs when they go by which leads to a lot of excitement.


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Maren Morgan M-T 4 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Thanks, Mardi. Mine also like to hide on a wide window sill when the curtains are still closed.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great topic for a hub! So so true about cats. I have yet to meet a cat who does not go for nooks, even ones that are really too small. Seeing a big cat cram into a small box is always priceless. Thanks for sharing your photos and stories.


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Maren Morgan M-T 4 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Randomcreative, thanks for your kind words. As you can see, I love photographing my cats.


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nybride710 4 years ago from Minnesota

Loved this hub. My Angel looks identical to your Skeeter and she seems to like a lot of the same snuggle places. She will curl herself up in the tiniest ball to squeeze into a box, drawer or another fun hangout.


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Maren Morgan M-T 4 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Nybride710, aren't cats the greatest? Our Skeeter also squeezes into blanket caves behind our knees when someone is on the couch.

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