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Why Do Cats Like Boxes? — ‘The Why’

Welcome to the newest edition of The Why.  “Why do cats like boxes?” you ask?  Good question. (Besides, it beats answering the question: “Why do Asian people eat dogs?” Really?  Really?  Not all Asian folks eat dogs.  Have you not seen Gran Torino?  Everyone who has is laughing right now.  Maybe some Asian folks eat dogs because they have been brainwashed by evil felines from another planet who want to rule the galaxy and make Earth their personal litter-box.)


China in a box/Image: O.Conrad-Phoenix

Cats seem to be favorite pets among our readers as this is not the first edition about our feline friends. The truth is cats find the oddest things with which to keep themselves amused.

(On a side note, your rascally writer wishes he could find someone to live with who would let him lounge around, eating, napping, drinking and watching TV all day. He’s even fixed, potty trained and loves petting!)

But why do cat like boxes and other enclosed items such as suitcases, laundry baskets and bags? Let’s check with science . . . Live Science, in this case. Our good friend from LS, Joseph Castro, confirms that cats seek out confined spaces because it’s instinctual. He says: “In the wild, these areas allow the animals to both hide from predators and surreptitiously stalk prey.”

Another source, Stephen Zawistowski, science adviser for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals told the press: “Cats like boxes because they are cryptic animals; they like to hide (and) a box gives them a place of safety and security.”

Sources agree that when cats are inside boxes they feel as if nothing or no one can sneak up on them. As Castro confirms: “(While in a box) anything that wants to approach them must come directly into their field of vision.


Ophelia enjoys boxes/Image: O.Conrad-Phoenix

In effect, such hiding spaces allow them to watch the world around them without being seen.” Additionally, if anything of interest to the cat passes in front of him/her—whether it’s a toy or prey—the cat can “dash out to get the object, and then quickly return to its safety spot.”

Finally cats like boxes because they also can be used as safe, comfy places to sleep. This is quite important since cats sleep as much as 20 hours a day.

Why do cats like boxes? Now you know.

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About Will Phoenix

W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.