Friday, March 1, 2019

Why do Cats Like Boxes?

Cats are seeking out confined spaces, like boxes goes back to the instinct, in the wild.  These spaces let cats successfully hide and hunt.  We do not often get to see cats exhibit this behavior in the great outdoors, but they still look for ways to replicate this behavior inside our homes.  This is where the box comes in.

When we introduce the  empty boxes to our domesticated cats, they first carefully investigate the object.  They are completely familiar with every square inch of their domain, so when something new enters, they are obviously curious.  Once their curiosity is satisfied, the instinct kicks in an they hop

Some also note that the security of a box could mimic the snuggly warmth a kitten feels while cuddling their  mother and littermates.  as a result it is possible that while box sitting, a cat's body releases endorphins that cause pleasure and reduce stress.  

Although it would seem that cats would only like boxes that provide complete concealment.  they enjoy time spent in boxes of any size, and even in representations of boxes.

Cardboard boxes are the most popular and ready available types of boxes that cats like.  Cardboard might effectively retain the cat's body heat, creating a cozy environment.

Another thing to consider is what kind of boxes you are offering your cat.  Giving your cat boxes is a great way to provide an enriching environment.  Cat trees with high-up boxes and elevated hidey holes are felines favorites, while some cats refer hideaways closer to the ground.  Experiment to see  what your cat prefers.

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