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Cats and Boxes

If there is one thing we know for sure about kitties, it’s that they are full of adorable—and sometimes puzzling—quirks. One of Fluffy’s cutest traits is her obsession with boxes. A Wake Forest, NC vet discusses cats and boxes below.

Why Boxes?

Fluffy’s box obsession has kept scientists scratching their heads for some time now. No one is quite sure why kitties love boxes so much. It may be because cats instinctively feel safe in small spaces. After all, in the wild, a small enclosed space would offer a frightened furball both shelter and safety from predators. However, this doesn’t explain why cats sometimes try to fit themselves into boxes that are clearly several sizes too small for them!

Box Size

Apparently, when it comes to Fluffy’s box obsession, it doesn’t seem to matter much how big the cat is, or how big the box is. Lions, tigers, cougars, and other big cats also love boxes: they just need bigger ones.

The Square

If you spend a lot of time online, you may have noticed that kitties are the source of another new internet trend: cats in squares. This started when a Twitter user noted that if you put a square of tape on your floor, Fluffy will immediately get inside it. Kitties everywhere were put to the test, with hilarious results. An online search of will turn up dozens of adorable photos of cute furballs ‘trapped’ inside squares of tape. There have been some official explanations offered for this adorable but perplexing phenomenon. Fluffy may like the smell of the tape, or she may just want to explore what she perceives as a new space. With cats, you just never know.

Spoiling Your Pet

Want to really bring on the purr? Make Fluffy a box castle! (Tip: this is a great rainy-day project for kids.) You can keep it simple, or go all out and add multiple floors, turrets, and windows for Her Furry Majesty. Another way to please your feline overlord is to simply fold up a soft blanket and put it in a box for your furry friend to snuggle up on. Of course, some kitties will be purrfectly content with a simple empty box. Or two. Or ten.

Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your Wake Forest, NC animal clinic, today. We are here to help!

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