Bringing home a new kitten can be an exciting experience, but her unfamiliar new home may seem somewhat scary to her at first. A frightened kitten may hide in your furniture or appliances to get away from it all or she might even become trapped inside your walls. With some detective work and a little food you'll likely be able to find your lost kitten, wherever she's hiding in your home.
Check Under and Inside Furniture
Kittens love to hide in small, dark spots. Check under your bed, under bedspreads and even inside the box spring itself; kitties can tear through the fabric under the box spring with their claws to get inside. Look behind furniture and inside recliners and convertible sofas, where a kitten might climb inside. Don't open or close any furniture pieces because the kitten could be hurt if she's inside. Move around the items on your bookshelves, where a kitten might tuck herself behind a book. Carefully open all drawers and cabinets to be sure she didn't climb into one and get trapped inside.
Search In and Around Appliances and Electronics
Appliances give off heat while they are running, making them appealing hiding spots for kittens because they feel warm just like their mother.
- Pull forward your refrigerator and inspect the back of it to make sure the kitten isn't tucked somewhere inside.
- Check both behind and inside the washer and dryer for the kitten. Add clothing one piece at a time to the washer as some kittens like to hide in laundry baskets.
- Take a look inside the dishwasher to see if Fluffy found her way inside it.
- Search behind your electronic devices as well, such as behind your TV.
Look for the Kitten Inside the Home Structure
A curious kitten might climb inside a small hole in your drywall or an open duct to your HVAC system, becoming trapped inside.
- Tap your walls and listen for any signs of meowing or movement.
- Go into your attic, garage and basement, checking all spaces, including the rafters, in these areas.
- Look for open pipes that the kitty could have climbed inside, especially within bathroom and kitchen cabinets.
If you hear your kitten meowing from inside your walls, pinpoint her location and slowly cut a small hole in the drywall with a jigsaw to help get her out.
Tempt the Kitten With Food
If your kitten is nowhere to be found, try tempting her with some food. Run the can opener or open a bag of treats, the sounds of which may trigger her to emerge from her hiding spot, especially because a young kitten may not yet respond to her name. Take a really pungent food, such as a can of tuna or some freshly chopped cooked chicken, and place it near where you last saw her. The scent just might tempt her out of hiding to grab a bite. Young kittens might respond most favorably to the scent of a bowl of cat food mixed with a little kitten milk replacement formula, especially if they were weaned recently.
- The Humane Society of the United States: Your Cat's Favorite Hiding Places
- Pam Johnson-Bennett: New Kitten Checklist
- American Animal Hospital Association: Bringing a New Kitten Home
- SPCA of Northern Virginia: Finding Your "Lost" Cat: Tips for Newly Adopted and Indoor-Only Cats
- Animal Shelter Assistance Program: Tips for Finding Your Lost Cat
- Victoria Animal Control Services: Find Your Missing Pet
- NYDailyNews.com: Video: Adorable Kitten Found Trapped Inside Walls of California Home