Cats In Boxes: Why Cats Like Boxes

 In Cats 101

One man’s trash is another man’s (or cat’s) treasure. The next time you think of disposing your boxes, stop and think of your cat. Cats in boxes are the cutest! Cats have this special fondness for boxes and little do most of us know that it helps them in improving their health and well-being.

Do cats like boxes? Three reasons explain why it happens:

  • Safety
    Enclosed spaces like boxes gives them a feeling of security, protection, and being in control especially when hunting for their prey. Tissue boxes are the best for this purpose.
  • Stress therapy
    The University of Utrecht research team discovered that unlike humans, cats wouldn’t mind being boxed (literally) all day everyday. Access to boxes and hiding in them, as recorded in their journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science based on findings, makes cats more adaptable to changes (like environmental, for example) that usually bring stress to them. Decrease in stress therefore means less chances of immunodeficiency as stress causes increased cortisol levels resulting to contagious diseases, and this was observed when the researchers rated cats with and without boxes using the Kessler and Turner Cat-Stress Score in as early as the third and fourth day during their 14-day study.
  • Warmth
    Cardboard boxes are perfect insulators in maintaining your cat’s body heat. A cat’s normal body temperature is higher than us humans, which is between 100.5 to 102.5°F according to TheCatCoach.com owner Marilyn Krieger. Domestic cats are most comfortable with 86 to 97°F a.k.a. 30 to 36°C, the thermoneutral zone, and human homes are normally 72°F or 22°C in temperature based on National Research Council’s 2006 study.

For cats to be more at home with boxes, get them curled up with treats inside plus a towel, or if they have that #sepanx (ak.a. “separation anxiety”) with you, leave any item that has your scent on. Keep a box safe for playtime too by making sure it’s free from tape, handles and staples.



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