Any cat owner has experienced their cat being impressed with a box. Sometimes cats prefer boxes to the toys that came in them! But why do cats love boxes so much?

Cats love boxes because it’s a new item for them to investigate. According to Mikel Delgado, PhD, a cat behavior researcher at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, who works with Rover, natural curiosity drives them to figure out what’s in the boxes and the rustling sounds make it that much more exciting for them.

The other reason? Boxes are warm! Cats love getting cozy and prefer higher air temperatures than humans. Boxes insulate cats perfectly, according to Delgado.

Matthew McCarthy, DVM, owner of Juniper Valley Animal Hospital in Middle Village, NY said that cats also like the safety of boxes and the self-protection they provide. Cats feel protected when they sit or lie in boxes.

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And let’s not forget how much cats like to scratch! The texture of the cardboard boxes provides the perfect scratching material.

Keep boxes safe for cats is important! Delgado recommends keeping boxes safe by keeping them empty of packaging material. Be sure to check for staples, exposed tape, or other remnants from the original package. You can make the box more inviting by adding a blanket for your cat. And keep the box a safe space for the cat by leaving them alone in it, don’t lift or move the box once they’re inside.

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