Why Do Cats Like Boxes?


Ever open up a shipment of goodies for your cat, only to find that they’re much more excited about the box than their new toys? While it can be disheartening to learn that they prefer a shipping box over a fancy new toy, it’s also adorable to see your kitty hop into a tiny box that barely fits them.

cat in front of pet door

Why Do Cats Like Boxes So Much?

Sleeping: The main reason cats love boxes is that they are confined space. Small, enclosed spaces are very appealing to cats, who instinctively seek out small spots to sleep and hide. Not only is a cardboard box the perfect napping spot, but it also has a texture that cats love to bite and chew.

Hunting Instincts: As ambush predators, many cats will hide before approaching their prey, and a box is a perfect place to do this. If you have multiple cats, you may notice they love hiding in the box and jumping out at one another. They’re practicing their hunting skills!

Safety: Cats are also prey animals, and in the wild, they look for shelter that prevents predators from sneaking up on them. A box covers every side of your cat, making them feel safe and secure.

Anxiety Reduction: A simple cardboard box can even help reduce a cat’s anxiety. The small, warm space is the perfect hiding spot for a cat who is struggling to adapt to a new environment. So next time you move, leave a couple of boxes out to help your cat adjust to the change!

Ultimately, cats are also curious creatures at heart. If a box with lots of new smells is suddenly plopped in the middle of the living room, you can be that your cats will be there in no time to check it out.

Leave a Comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published