It’s common knowledge that cats are masters at hiding. Whether chilling amongst chainsaws or sequestered at the back of your wardrobe, if a cat doesn’t want to be found, it won’t be.
Well, one feline’s extreme hiding place has Reddit users questioning “the laws of nature.”
In a post to the r/cats subreddit on Tuesday, u/Exiled_93 shared a short clip of him searching for his pet. It turns out the adventurous tabby had somehow climbed through a vertical gap in an upper cabinet and was tucked away at the top.
Captioned “Where is my cat?”, the post has been upvoted almost 28,000 times and received over 400 comments from amused animal lovers.
RainsWrath said: “Cat in the wall? Now you’re talking my language.”
JuniorKing9 asked: “Excuse me how.”
Pamphili commented: “Cutest cupboard monster there is!”
In the comments, u/Exiled_93 explained that his “ninja” cat is known for his unique hiding places.
He wrote: “i never know where she has stored herself, she can open basically every cupboard or drawer in the apartment, has even managed to lock me outside on the balcony twice when trying to open the door (it has no handle on the outside ..)
“She is a little ninja for sure, does all kinda of weird ninjamoves when playing too.
“I like how our other cat snitched on her by glancing at the cabinets.”
A 2014 study, published in the journal Applied Animal Behavior Science, measured the stress levels of newly arrived shelter cats and found that subjects given a cardboard box to hide in were calmer. They also adapted to their new surroundings more quickly, and even showed greater interest in interacting with humans.
There are several reasons why our feline friends love hiding. According to the book TeaDomestic Cat: The Biology of its Behavior, cats don’t have “conflict resolution strategies” and hide to avoid unsettling encounters. As well as providing a sense of security, small, enclosed spaces can also help cats to thermo-regulate, keeping them cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
The ninja cat’s owner, u/Exiled_93, told Newsweek that the feline is actually called Nala. He said the four-year-old tabby hides “basically anywhere,” but has a particular fondness for drawers.
He said: “Most of the time she opens some drawer and takes a nap inside. Last night, before bed, I found her in my sock drawer.”
Other users shared the odd hiding places their own cats had discovered.
Embraceyourpoverty said: “My son has elevated his cat to god status. He is the cat’s elevator.
“If the cat climbs to the highest cabinet space, my son will carry a chair over his head so his highness just has to step to the chair and be lowered to the ground.”
Gh0stp3pp3r wrote: “Tigers seem to be especially silly. I walked in the bedroom one day and heard a tiny meow.
“I looked everywhere and couldn’t find him right away. He had gone under the blankets and sheets on the bed and, because they were tucked in on the end, slid down upside down between the sheets and the end of the bed.. .and got stuck.
“He does a lot of unexpected things.”
Other Redditors discussed the magical properties that cats seem to possess.
Sonatine said: “Doing normal cat stuff… like chilling in the dark, liquefying herself, using her night vision…”
ErnestoCruz wrote: “Dude switched off gravity.”
While spicypet commented: “Cats do not abide by the laws of nature, alright?”
Update 05/09/22, 06:55 am EDT: This article has been updated to include comment from u/Exiled_93.