Thanks to SophieCat for this pic of Bane and Serenity during the Wednesday weekly Kitten Cam Party. This special delivery is a familiar scene for any cat lover and owner. Forget the expensive toys and organic canvas mice, it’s the boxes that are always the most popular with felines! Exactly why DO cats love boxes so much…? According to Live Science:
“Cats like boxes because they are cryptic animals; they like to hide,” Stephen Zawistowski, science adviser for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals… While inside a box, cats feel that they cannot be snuck up on from behind or the side — anything that wants to approach them must come directly into their field of vision. In effect, such hiding spaces allow them to watch the world around them without being seen. And if something interesting passes in front of the cat — be it prey or a toy — it can dash out to get the object, and then quickly return to its safety spot. Boxes also provide cats with a cozy, safe place to sleep, which is very important given that the felines sleep for up to 20 hours a day.