All cats, from domestic tabbies to the biggest felines, love getting inside boxes. Now researchers from the University of Utrecht think they know why.
In a recent journal article, veterinarians conducted research on cats brought into shelters, and found that the stress levels of cats who sought solace inside boxes were much lower.
The lead author, Clauda Vinke, explained: “Hiding is a behavioral strategy of the species to cope with environmental changes and stressors.” It is also a way for cats to decrease the level of social interaction with others.
The video below shows that even big cats, including lions, jaguars, lynxes, tigers, caracals, leopards, mountain lions and servals, love stuffing themselves inside the confined space of a box (and occasionally tearing it apart too!), just as much as domestic cats do.
In the case of these captive wild cats, however, it looks like there’s another good reason for getting inside a box – it’s a lot of fun!