We all know how much cats love boxes, but apparently, even the two-dimensional outline of a square box on the floor is attractive to them. A new study has found that cats will spontaneously sit inside an optical illusion that merely looks like a square. Believed to be the first of its kind, the study enlisted volunteers to observe cats in their homes. While hundreds of people signed up for the experiment, in the end the researchers got complete data on only 30 cats. Their results? That the cats chose to sit in the illusory square as often as they did the actual outline of a square — and more than the non-square arrangement. For more about this fascinating study, visit

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Sunday, we celebrated Mother’s Day, on Monday, Dr. Lynn Bahr answered reader questions, on Tuesday, we introduced you to Basepaws’ new dental health test, on Wednesday, Allegra told you about how she helped me with another painting project, on Thursday, we reviewed compressed catnip balls, and on Friday, we reviewed The Cat with Three Passports.

Today’s video of a special needs kitty who adopted her human while he was in med school will warm your heart – enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

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3 Comments on Mews and Nips: “If It Fits, I Sits” Applies to Imaginary Boxes, Too

  1. I just love how the cats of the world, both big and small, think they can be anything or do anything. And especially when you witness a hefty fluffy cat position themselves into the smallest box. What a sight, it has to make you giggle and smile and keep that memorable sight in our memory bank.

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