Why do cats like boxes?

Focus-Science and Technology - - Q&A - SARAH JONES, LV

WOLVES, EA­GLES, JACK­ALS, foxes and snakes prey on wild rel­a­tives of the cat. Cats hide in bushes or bur­rows dur­ing the day to es­cape their preda­tors and to go to sleep. This be­hav­iour lingers in do­mes­tic cats. A study at the Uni­ver­sity of Utrecht in the Nether­lands found that cats in an­i­mal shel­ters were much less stressed by their new sur­round­ings if they had a box to hide in. Even when cats aren’t stressed, a box feels more se­cure, cosy and com­fort­ing.

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