Why do so many US cats love boxes?

Conversation that kittens' "swaddling" behavior of huddling together with their mothers and littermates as they slept has been passed down through the generations.

However, cats sitting in boxes may be beneficial for their emotional well-being. Dodman states, "cats need boxes or other vessels for environmental enrichment purposes." 

rue, there are more than simply cardboard boxes involved. The Twitter (X) hashtag #CatSquares illustrates how cats will quickly stake their claim to a square delineated on the floor with tape.

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 Dodman compares it to the "placebo effect." Possibly, "this virtual box may provide some misplaced sense of security and psychosomatic comfort,"

But before we delve into that study's specifics, let's take a brief diversion to discuss the scientific study of felines. In spite of cats' widespread online adoration, you won't find quite as many of them as you might expect. 

Unfortunately, cats are terrible test subjects. Researchers have found that when they bring cats into the lab to assess their intelligence, the cats either walk aimlessly, hide, or do nothing at all. 

Citizen Canine: Our Changing Bond with Dogs and Cats is David Grimm's first book. He interviewed dám Miklósi, a leading expert on animal intelligence, for a story published in Slate magazine

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