There are certain truths about cats. One of them is that cats love hiding places of any kind. Sometimes these hiding places are truly hidden, like curled up in your favorite expensive sweater in the back corner of a closet. Other times, the hiding place may be more out in the open, but still cleverly difficult to overlook, like under your blanket. (Seriously, what kind of cat crawls into your bed and under the covers?? Mine, if you were wondering.)
And then some hiding places display that cats really do have clever brains in there. Even if they can’t figure out where that little red dot is coming from (your laser pointer), or how to get out of the glass shower after wandering inside and finding the door shut behind them (hilarious).
There have been a few occasions when Terra has disappeared to the point that we thought she really was gone. Like, one time I thought she was 100% not in the apartment, but the hallway was empty, so I made my husband walk down the building’s stairwell on the off chance the door had been open (and I guess, like any polite kitten, she had shut the door behind her…?). Around ten minutes later, when my dear husband had descended over 20 flights, she showed up next to me like nothing had happened.
The next time Terra disappeared, we did an even more thorough search and discovered her hiding place.
I had noticed a tear on the underside of our new couch around a month after we’d gotten it, but I’d always attributed it to a slightly careless delivery or normal wear and tear or vacuum damage, or something along those lines. Turned out, this tear was strategically placed. By Terra. The little hole it produced was the perfect size for a cat to crawl into, and the innards of the couch were really quite a flawless place to hide. Until we finally caught her in the act.
I guess even after we caught her crawling out of the underside of our couch, it was still a pretty good place to hide, because once she is in there, we really cannot get to her. Like, you can poke at her through the fabric — nothing. You can tilt up the couch on one side, thinking that might scare her out — nope. All you can do, silly human, is sit there and wait.
Ooh, treats!? I AM COMING OUT RIGHT THIS SECOND