Secret cat business
Living with a cat means putting up with a wide variety of both very cute and very weird cat behaviours. Cats sleeping on us: cute. Cats’ love of laptops: weird. The fact that cats sleep so much: cute, weird, and a little perplexing. While every cat is different, there are a few things that felines the world over have put securely in the “likes” category: eating tuna, sharpening their claws on your favourite chairs, and getting into boxes. We asked the experts to answer your most pressing kitty question: Why do cats love boxes so much?
Why do cats like boxes?
Experts have a couple of theories as to why your kitty keeps climbing into your discarded boxes before you can toss them into the recycling bin.
Boxes give cats security
Although there are several theories about why cats love boxes, veterinarian Dr Mark D. Freeman, says the most widely accepted explanation is the security factor.
“Cats are, by nature, cryptic animals, meaning they prefer to have a safe hiding spot from which they can observe the world around them,” he says. “Cats are both hunter and prey, so having a secure space from which they can monitor threats from predators as well as monitor prey is ideal.”
Cardboard boxes and any other small, confined spaces fit the bill.