Cats are awesome and there is one thing they love most besides chasing birds and chilling in front of a fire. They are completely in love with boxes, especially the ones made out of cardboard.
Cardboard boxes reduce stress levels
But did you ever wonder why cats are crazy about cardboard boxes? In a recently published paper researchers discovered that these boxes reduce the stress levels of the cats. This is very important, because a high stress level can cause diseases easier to develop in cats.
Cats love the smell of cardboard
Why boxes you would say? Well, according to the researchers it probably has something to do with the smell of cardboard boxes and that it is easy to hide within a box. The last one is especially important when cats are confronted with new surroundings.
Cardboard boxes are ugly, but not all
There is one downside, cardboard boxes are not the most beautiful and design friendly objects to have lying around in your house. Fortunately there is a solution, the so-called krabhuis. It’s a neatly designed cardboard house for your cat, but with all the advantages of a normal cardboard box
While some scientists attempt to solve the mysteries of the universe, others are busy finding out what’s up with cats and their love of boxes.
Cat lovers across the country will know the feeling of dejection after being shunned by their pet for a snug shoebox or cardboard container.
Exactly why curious cats love to squeeze themselves into tight spaces has remained one of life’s great unanswered questions – until now.
As well as being a great place to sleep up to 18 hours a day, our feline friends are attracted to boxes as they offer protection and shelter from predators.
Researchers at the Utrecht University found that cats find comfort and security from chilling out in a cardboard box, reports Wired.
Working with a Dutch animal shelter, they separated 19 cats and gave around half access to confined spaces.
They found stress levels decreased significantly in the cats that were able to relax in boxes.
“Hiding is a behavioural strategy of the species to cope with environmental changes and stressors
Cats apparently also like to run away from their problems than confront them head-on, which could also help explain such anti-social behaviour.
So when Bella or Tigger have a major fall-out with the local neighbourhood bully, they are most likely to hide until all their problems go away, researchers say.
The Domestic Cat: The Biology of its Behaviour explains: “Cats do not appear to develop conflict resolution strategies to the extent that more gregarious species do so they may attempt to circumvent agonistic encounters by avoiding others or decreasing their activity.”
But if you thought their obsession with cardboard boxes was strange, check out what happens when you put a circle around your cat.