Put a box on the floor and your cat will likely jump inside of it. Place tape on the floor in the shape of a square and chances are good your cat will also jump inside of it. While this may seem strange, behavior scientists believe it’s not because your cat is crazy (although it might be). Instead, boxes appeal to a cat’s instinct for security and safety.

In a box, cats feel protected on all sides, much like they felt as kittens when snuggled with their mother and siblings. Therefore a box provides similar feelings of protection and safety. When a cat sees a square on the floor, formed out of tape, the cat immediately thinks the square also represents safety, even though it may be completely exposed.

Whoever said cats were logical? Then again, whoever said people were logical either?

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