9 Cats Play Happily In A Maze Of Cardboard Boxes
May 31, 2015
Over 50 years of behavioral studies have found that cats really love a tight space and, when placed in a new environment, cats who have access to a box-space have significantly lower stress levels than those who don't. This makes instinctive sense - backing into a confined space means you can immediately see incoming danger since you only have to worry about one direction. Additionally, cats also run about 20 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than we do and a confined space is a better insulator of heat (corrugated cardboard is especially good at this). Simply put, they love to be really warm and a tight, snuggly space is less likely to get drafty.
The internet is absolutely chock-full of examples of cats enjoying boxes. A simple Google search will reveal thousands of images and videos of cats squeezing into cardboard boxes (or other tight, confined spaces). Although we definitely know that cats absolutely love chilling in a box or other snug space, we've only recently started understanding why.