We know cats have strange behaviors: why do they love boxes so much? For security, warmth, comfort or simply to better watch their prey?
A viral tweet prompted thousands of people to stick a square of masking tape on the floor to see if their cat would sit on it. Well, lots of these little cats went to sit on these so-called boxes, according to the Washington Post .
Why do cats like boxes and the outline of boxes? Class that among theweird things cats do!
Why do cats do what they do? We have been trying to find out for 4,000 years. Researchers specializing in the behavior of felines say that cats love boxes because the search for confined spaces is instinctive in the large species of this family. Now the domestic cat descends from felines. In the wild, felines choose tight spaces to hide from predators and watch for prey, according to Live Science .
A study from the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) observed a significant drop in stress levels in kittens hiding in boxes. And this behavior makes them more willing to accept interaction with human beings. Another study explains that cats are attracted to boxes because it is warmer there than in our homes. The box allows them to keep their body heat.
A Reddit user says that the ancient Egyptians raised the breed from which our domestic cat descends because it had a natural preference for boxes; thanks to this behavior, their dear pet was not likely to ruin their company. “After a hundred generations, even the outline of a box had become sufficient … this trait is still present in cats today,” he concludes. You can’t say it’s perfectly scientific. But that could explain why a cat will be attracted to a square glued to the ground.