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Old 04-01-2013, 09:46 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area, CA
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Seems that the boxes or containers give them a sense of security. My cat loves to hide in boxes in our closets when she is being chased and needs to hide somewhere.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Europe
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You notice in those photos, the really hard-eyed look on those cats' faces when they are doing their box thing?

My otherwise totally wonderful, companionable cat would give me that same look. I'd find him with his butt wedged into the broken remnant of a tiny box, and I'd say something cutsie like, "Oh, what do you think you're doing, Silly?"

And, man, then I'd get that withering look. If ever a look said, "Oh really! Grow up."

I used to slink away and read in the other room. Eventually he would come into the bedroom and hop on the bed. This was his signal, "OK, it's your play time. Starting throwing the ball."
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:19 PM
 
Location: "Arlen" Texas
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Maybe it gives them a cozy nest.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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LMAO at these photos. I guess they feel uber secure in boxes, but sometimes I feel it's just their way of saying "neener neener, I'll get in there if I so please!!" You know, typical cat mentality.

Here's Cyrus making himself at home in one of my snake's tubs (while I was trying to clean it):


So I decided to mess with him a little - and of course, he pretended not to notice or care. LOL


Drawers and bowls work too! (Bindi & Ginger)




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Old 04-01-2013, 10:06 PM
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I think I posted this before on another thread. but here is Pepper, he knows how to relax in a box.

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Old 04-02-2013, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I think it's a security thing, too. Like, if you're in or under something, it's harder for predators to snatch you or for prey to detect you. I put a box permanently in the corner opposite his food and water. Sometimes he likes to hide in the box and peek at his food and then do his epic POUNCE move and attack his food. Of course paper bags are equally irresistable.

We have a bit of an issue that his favorite toy items are usually things he should not have. Like anything in a plastic bag. Or a pile of plastic bags. After I take the groceries out of their bags and put it all on the counter to be put away, I let Nimbus play in his "bag fort" for a few minutes (under supervision) before I round up the bags and put them away. But his favorites so far have been the roll of bubble wrap (in a bag) and the feather boa (also in a bag.) Neither was as fun without the bag.
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:57 PM
 
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I'm trying to imagine why they have this instinct. Along with the instinct for not wanting to lie on anything if they have a choice to lie instead on something that is on top of where they want to lie down. A cocktail napkin or eyeglass case will do as well as that teeny box in the OP.
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:58 PM
 
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And let's not forget the related phenomenon of Sink Cats.
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:06 PM
 
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mine always have boxes ..if one gets distroyed I'll pick up another at the store. They chew on it, hide in it, sleep in it..the fruit basket is nice too when it's empty and the smaller the box, the better..
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:23 AM
 
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I think I posted this before on another thread. but here is Pepper, he knows how to relax in a box.

Don't we all wish we could relax like that.
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