Why do cats love boxes so much? we have the right answer


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Why do cats love boxes so much? we have the right answer

It was theorized that cats in boxes felt so happy because they reduce stress. In 2014, Utrecht University researchers agreed by conducting a study to check this hypothesis.

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What they found won’t surprise you — lying in boxes actually lowers the stress levels of cats. At a Dutch shelter, the researchers conducted a study involving 19 shelter animals, 10 of whom had a box with them.

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Why do cats love boxes so much? we have the right answer

In their study, the scientists stated: “Stressful experiences can have a significant impact on the welfare of cats and can lead to higher incidences of infectious diseases in shelters due to increased levels of cortisol causing immunodeficiency. While several studies showed a preference in combined studies for hiding places and stress-reducing effects of hiding boxes on cats, none of these studies decided if proper hiding enrichment would be successful in a quarantine cattery..4

Why do cats love boxes so much? we have the right answer

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We instantly noticed a difference between the community of cats with a box and those without the box. The Kessler and Turner Cat-Stress Rating (CSS) were used to determine the level of cat stress. The cats with a box showed a lower level of stress than a non-boxed group of cats after a couple of days. A few weeks later, the same CSS was recorded by both groups.

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The scientists concluded: “The hiding box appears to be an important enrichment for the cat to effectively cope with stressors in a new shelter environment the first weeks after arrival.” Scientists noted that further study is needed to determine the effect of the hiding box on house cats, its long-term effects, and correlation with infectious disease outbreak frequencies.

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