Boxes aren’t just fun and games for your kitty. Those 4 cardboard walls offer safety and security — in addition to being a great place to swat at passersby.
Cats love boxes: big boxes, small boxes, even items that resemble boxes, such as drawers, sinks and laundry baskets. But what is it about boxes that send our feline friends into a frenzy?
- Cats are instinctively drawn to boxes because they offer security. The confined space provides protection from predators, and it’s a great place to stalk prey while remaining virtually unseen. The box helps lower stress early on for new cats.
- Climbing onto, jumping into and hiding in boxes is simply part of a cat’s natural behavior, so providing an empty box or two is an inexpensive way to enrich your pet’s environment. Hiding is a behavioral strategy of cats to cope with environmental changes.
- Leave a box in a safe place for your cat to play. You can drop in a couple of favorite toys or cut a few holes in the side so he can peek through or stick out a paw to swat at toys — or people.
- Boxes also offer safe, cozy places for felines to nap. Cats sleep 18 to 20 hours a day, so it makes sense they’d seek out places where they’d be safe from attack.
- Place a blanket in a box that’s about the right size for your cat and it will likely become one of his favorite places to nap. The confined space provides a sense of safety, and the sides of the box help maintain the animal’s body heat. A study in 2006 by the National Research Council found that a good temperature zone for cats is 86 to 97 degrees Fahrenheit, (which happens to be 20 degrees warmer than humans). So for a cat, curling up in a tiny cardboard box helps them preserve body heat.
Boxes are insulating, stress-relieving, comfort zones where cats can hide, relax, sleep, and occasionally launch a sneak attack against the huge, unpredictable people they live with.
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