Lions, leopards and lynxes love boxes too

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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.

 

Source: TreeHugger

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