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Why Do Pets Hide When They're Sick?

Has it been awhile since you've seen your pet? Although your cat, dog or rabbit could just be enjoying a little nap in a quiet corner of the house, lengthy disappearances may occasionally be a sign of an illness. Familiarizing yourself with some of the more subtle symptoms your pet displays when he or she is sick can help you ensure that your furry friend receives prompt veterinary treatment.

They're Out to Get Me!

Predators like to take the easy way out when they hunt for their next meals. After all, why spend all of your energy tracking and overpowering healthy prey when a sick or injured animal can't fight back? In the wild, ill animals instinctively avoid predators by finding concealed resting places.

Although your sick or injured pet is in no danger in your home, his or her instincts trigger the immediate desire to locate a safe hiding place. Pets are often found under beds, at the back of closets or behind a stack of boxes in the garage when they don't feel well or are injured. Hiding is particularly common in cats, but can occur in any animal.

Hiding doesn't always mean that your pet is sick or hurt, but an illness or injury may be the reason for the behavior if you also notice any of these signs:

Your pet may voluntarily come out of hiding in a day or two if he or she only has a mild illness or injury. If your furry friend is still hiding after two days, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our office. We'll perform a thorough examination that will help us determine your pet's diagnosis and offer treatment options.

Sources:

VetStreet: How to Tell If Your Cat is Sick – 7 Symptoms to Watch Out For

http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/how-to-tell-if-your-cat-is-sick-7-symptoms-to-watch-out-for

WebMD: Pet Symptoms: 6 Signs of Illness in Your Dog or Cat

https://pets.webmd.com/features/pet-symptoms-6-signs-illness-dog-cat#1

House Rabbit Society: How to Tell if Your Rabbit Is Sick

https://rabbit.org/care/sick.html

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