Mews and Nips: Science Cracks the Mystery of Why Cats Love Boxes

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It’s a well established fact that cats love boxes. Perhaps you’ve never asked yourself why that is and just accepted that your cat prefers the box your $200 cat tree came in to the actual piece of furniture. But if you’ve ever wondered about the intense relationship between cats and boxes, now science has some answers for you, and some of them may surprise you. Aside from the fact that boxes give cats a sense of security and a place to hide, a 2006 study by the National Research Council determined that the thermoneutral zone for a domestic cat is 86 to 97 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s the range of temperatures in which cats are “comfortable” and don’t have to generate extra heat to keep warm or expend metabolic energy on cooling. That, more than anything else, may explain why many cats love curling up in cardboard boxes. Corrugated cardboard is a great insulator, and confined spaces force the cat to ball up or form some other impossible object, which in turn helps preserve body heat. Read more about the mystery of cats and boxes on Wired.

If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Sunday, we talked about books that change your life, on Monday, we explained why vaccine titers are a good alternative to over-vaccinating your cat, on Tuesday, Allegra and Ruby reviewed some of Hauspanther’s newest toys, on Wednesday, we told you all about the fabulous tabby cat, and on Friday, we reviewed An Animal Life: A Chance to Cut, which offers an indepth look at the life of veterinary students. And don’t forget to enter our giveaway for an Original Cat Pods Multi-Purpose Scratching Pod!

The kitty in today’s video has the right idea for the frigid weather some of us are experiencing right now. Stay warm, everyone!

Have a great weekend!

Photo via Wired

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