Photo provided by Friskies Explorer Arlinnia.
When you think of hide-and-seek you probably remember hiding from your friends during the game or taking your turn being “it” and counting to 10. The feline version of hide-and-seek is a little different because cats take on the role of being the one who hides and being “it” at the same time.
As a hunter, your cat is almost always in “it” mode. She’s walking around the house with her senses on high alert. Her ears are picking up any sound that might mean there’s a potential hunt possible. Her eyes scan the environment, her nose is working over-time to detect any interesting scent and her whiskers are ready to receive any change in air currents that might indicate something or someone is in the vicinity. Once kitty detects something (whether that’s a toy or even an insect who had the unfortunate luck to wind up at the wrong place at the wrong time), you’ll watch your cat, while still being in “it” mode, shift her behavior in order to become undetectable. She will hide behind objects in the house as she works her way closer to her target. Her silent gait and amazing speed (thanks to the fact that cats walk on the balls of their feet) help her advance without notice. She is as good at hiding as she is at being “it.” Then, when she is within the perfect distance, she makes her move. Pounce! It’s over before the furry little toy mouse knew what happened. Or if it was a fly in your home, it’s gone before you have time to get the fly swatter.
So as you watch your children playing hide-and-seek, take a peek at the cat casually sleeping in a sunny window or napping on a chair. She perfected the game.
Is your cat good at playing hide-and-seek?