APR 14, 2017 08:08 AM PDT
A Scientific Explanation for Why Cats Love Boxes
POSTED BY: Kara Marker
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Cats of all sizes lounging in boxes of all sizes is more than just an internet phenomenon; it's a representation of how domesticated felines deal with stress and anxiety when there are no caves or tall trees nearby.

Studies show that a comfy box relieves stress for cats, especially in a new place. Cats are ambush predators, and the feeling of being surrounded by a box provides them the comfort of knowing they are safe and able to defend themselves if need be.

The Kessler & Turner Cat-Stress-Score considers ten factors for observation including respiration, posture, and tail to calculate a stress score between one and seven. One study showed that a group of cats exposed to a new place differed greatly in the time their stress was reduced based on whether or not a box was available for sitting. Cats with boxes in a new place had rapidly reduced stress compared to cats without boxes.

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