18 reasons cats love boxes

Why do cats love boxes?

If you’ve never lived with cats, you may not have encountered this phenomena, but it is a universal truth. If you place a box of nearly any size on nearly any surface, at some point you will find nearly any cat inside the box. Sometimes there are variations of on or under the box, but the attraction is obvious.

But why? In an attempt to understand this secret held close by felines of all varieties, I’ve spent years observing cats, and here are some of the reasons I’ve discovered why cats love boxes.

Reason #1: They’re always the right size.

Reasons cat love boxes: Sometimes there's tissue paper in them.

If the shoebox, fits, wear it.


Reason #2: They help cats be extra sneaky.

Reasons why cats love boxes:  You can be extra sneaky.

I am Dawn, Queen of Sneaky, Empress of Cardboard, Mistress of Disguise.


Reason 3: They come with fun crinkly paper.

Reasons cats love boxes: Packing paper makes great crinkle noises!

…and they get delivered straight to your door!


Reason #4: They make great forts.

Reasons why cats love boxes: They make great forts.

No intruder shall pass the ramparts of Fort Feline!


Reason #5: They protect you from dogs.

Reasons cats love boxes: They protect you from dogs.

You’ve gotta ask yourself a question: “Do I feel lucky?” Well, do ya, Tuck?


Reason #6: There’s room for a friend.

Reasons cats love boxes: There's room for a friend.

Elsa Clair, could you get your paw outta my face?


Reason #7: They make very good hiding places.

Reasons cats love boxes: They make very good hiding places.

They’ll never find me here.


Reason #8: They go with every outfit.

Reasons cats love boxes: They don't make you look fat.

Tell me honestly; does this box make me look fat?


Reason #9: They’re comfortable.

Athena in Core box

Why yes, I’m quite comfy.


Reason 10: They have corners to rub on.

Reasons why cats love boxes: They have corners to rub on.

That hits the spot.


Reason #11: You can swat dogs as they go by and they won’t know it was you.

Reasons cats love boxes: You can swat people and dogs when they go by and nobody will know it's you.

I think I got Jasper that time.


Reason #12: You can play hide and seek with your brother.

Reasons cats love boxes. You can play hide and seek with your brother.

She’ll never see me under this flap.


Reason #13: They’re fun to explore.

Reasons cats love boxes: They're easy to get into.

This one has an attic and a basement.


Reason #14: You can play kitty inception.

Reasons cats love boxes: You can play kitty inception.

Boxes within boxes.


Reason #15: They fit perfectly, every time.

Reasons cats love boxes: They fit perfectly, every time.

Classy cats keep their tails and ears tucked neatly inside at all times.


Reasons #16: They’re fun for all ages.

Reasons cats love boxes: There's enough for everyone.

Okay, you two kids can have it first.


Reason #17: They fit in anywhere.

Reasons cats love boxes: They go with any decor.

This will look lovely in the sun room…or the kitchen…or the…


Reason #18: They make every cat look even cuter.

Reason why cats love boxes: A box makes a great place to pounce from.

My mamma always said, “Cuteness is as cuteness does.” I have no idea what that means.


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  1. So true! Our Nin at 19 still loves a good box!

  2. MIley says:

    So cute!!! Our kitty loves boxes as well. She’ll hide in them and scare mom when she walks by! BOL!! Love the pics, thanks for sharing!!

  3. And sometimes it seems the smaller the better.

  4. easy rider says:

    Boxes are great! Think Jasper is the feline anti-theft device… if all parcels had such claws no one would steal one :o)

  5. Kitties Blue says:

    Well, all of you certainly know how to put those boxes to good use. Mom says cats are born with a “box” gene that makes us immediately gravitate to any we see. Purrlease stop by our Monday post where we have left some awards for you. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  6. Kuruk says:

    Sisfur Zoe wuvwuvwuvs boxes tooowooowooooooooo!

  7. da tabbies o trout towne says:

    whoa….ewe guys get a lotta packaged goods huh..we hope sum flounder wuz in at leest ONE box… N speekin oh flounder…. if we may add one mor box…de box de donuts come home in ! ♥

  8. It’s so funny and so true, cats just seem to love boxes.

  9. Charles Huss says:

    I love it. I just wrote a post today about boxes and two people told me you did too. I hate to admit it but I think yours is better.

  10. Emma says:

    That’s great! Love it and so true. You could do one on why they love bags too!

  11. Did you see the video where this guy builds his cat a giant fort out of cardboard boxes? It was pretty neat.

  12. Thank you so much for this post. My Doodleville family is unanimously opposed to cats. I love watching them – especially when it comes to them playing in/with boxes. I think they are so smart and very entertaining. You captured each photo PAWfectly.

  13. Adorable pictures! I’ve only had one cat, but she loved boxes as well. And paper bags 😉

  14. Such a cute post!

    Our mom actually leaves a few boxes around for us to sit in/on. 🙂

  15. Oh yeah! We’ve never met a box we didn’t like.

  16. meowmeowmans says:

    Those are perfect! We all love boxes here, too! 🙂

  17. We are totally MOLing at Kitty Inception! Boxes are the BEST!

  18. Sandy says:

    Love this – it’s so true!

  19. All of these photos and captions are so cute! And I think you nailed every reason right on the head!

  20. Deirdre Shaw says:

    My cat obviously doesn’t know she’s a cat. I often have boxes in varying sizes and large paper carrier bags but beyond a cursory sniff, she shows no interest and I’m left feeling a fool for having a home strewn with empty packaging.

  21. That was great! We especially like #10! I feel bad because whenever I get a box it’s immediately recycled… I need to learn to leave it out for the cats to play in a bit.

  22. easy rider says:

    boxes are great, I soo agree! and I like that they go with every outfit… so my dad decided that my mom gets the box without the shoes this year… brilliant idea I think :o)

  23. Emma says:

    My kitties say they are always different and have different smells, plus they are super fun!

  24. Deziz World says:

    Yep those sound like sum purretty good reasons to us. MOL

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

  25. Another reason to love boxes…they’re fun to chew on!

  26. meowmeowmans says:

    That was purrfect! Our cats have never met a box they didn’t love. 🙂

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