Cats in Boxes

I don’t know, I just had a yen for some cats in boxes.

Why do cats want to squeeze themselves into boxes that are obviously very much too small for them? Somebody out there must know.

9 comments on “Cats in Boxes

  1. I’m afraid I don’t know, but it always looked to me as if they consider it very cozy, and private- since no other cat had room to get in.

  2. I love the shipping boxes my Chewy orders come in — on one part they say “Oh good, a box!” knowing full well that a cat is going to like the shipping box even more than its contents.

  3. It’s quite a phenomenon, and seems to be almost universal with cats. It seems like they have a strong instinct to ambush from a place of concealment. Whatever the case, it sure makes for good entertainment.

    1. It’s hard for me to keep Robbie out of various boxes. Peep has her favorite boxes and isn’t interested in any new ones.

    2. It would be fascinating to experience the world the same way that cats do. Why would a cat have a favorite box? I don’t know, but I’d wager that it makes perfect sense to a cat.

    3. When I was a kid, my friends and I used to like to get into small spaces — caves in rocks in the park, appliance cartons and any other boxes big enough to squeeze into no matter how tight the squeeze, and even under tables with floor-length tablecloths — and pretend we were in our own people-sized dollhouses or fortresses or clubhouses or trains going to faraway places. Chairs with bars across the legs were also fun to get under and pretend we were wild animals in the zoo. I suppose that’s the same impulse that makes rural and suburban kids build treehouses or lean-to sheds. And come to think of it, maybe it’s the impulse behind the recent adult fad of tiny houses. It’s just fun to see how much we can make of how little. And it’s cozy as well.

    4. I was the same way. Even to this day, I have to admit that I enjoy a cozy setting, to this day. As I write this, I’m curled up on the couch with a woven blanket and my cat cuddled up next to me. I think that’s natural to all of us, a desire for warmth, comfort and security.

    5. We used to take big cardboard boxes to the playground, climb inside, and pretend they were tanks. Crawling forward inside the box made for a kind of tank-track effect.

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