TAPING A SQUARE
Did you see #CatSquare trending on Twitter? After taping the outline of a square shape on the ground, cat owners were puzzled and amused to find that cats were unable to resist the lure of the square. Almost without fail, after owners made one of these tape squares, their cats would sit themselves right into the middle of them. So what is the scientific explanation for this? According to academic media outlet The Conversation, the impetus is similar to a cat’s desire to squeeze into a box: it makes them feel more safe and secure. It is theorized that boxes remind cats of being in a nest with their mom and littermates. The lateral side pressure is comforting and releases feel good endorphins. The tape-square, then, might provide cats with some “misplaced sense of security and psychosomatic comfort,” The Conversation summarizes. In short, this is a fun experiment to try but ultimately your cat would prefer a nice shoebox!