Has there ever been a house cat who did not find itself ensconced in a cardboard box left upon the floor? Big, boxes, little boxes, tape outlines of boxes, you name it. Cats have all kinds of quirky antics – from playing with water to the magnificent keyboard sprawl, but the love of cardboard seems pretty universal.
So why does Kitty want to hop in a box, root around a bit, and then take a cat nap or peer over the edge looking for invisible mice? It’s completely instinctual. In the wild, box-like nooks allow cats to both hide from predators and also sneakily stalk prey. It’s about safety and security. As Livescience explains:
While inside a box, cats feel that they cannot be snuck up on from behind or the side – anything that wants to approach them must come directly into their field of vision. In effect, such hiding spaces allow them to watch the world around them without being seen.