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Why do cats love boxes?

All cat owners marvel at the fact that cats love to climb into boxes, bags, and other small spaces around the house like drawers and cabinets. Why is that?

Cats are both predators and prey. They are hunters that feed on small animals, but at the same time, because they’re so small, they run a high risk of being hunted by larger animals. While today, the domestic cat lives in environments free of predators, their evolution as a species still maintains this kind of ancestral behavior. Cats need to hide from time to time—even if there are no threats in their surroundings, getting into small and protected spaces helps them relieve stress and maintain body heat. That’s why it’s important to put out small elements around the house where they can hide and feel safe, whether it’s cardboard boxes or cloth igloo-shaped structures specially made for cats.

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