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Why Your Cat Loves Cardboard Boxes

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A box can be a good place to calm down after an altercation or stressful event as well. After a conflict, the box may become a safe zone while tempers return to normal.

Warmth

Cozy cat beds or being curled up under the covers are wonderful ways for a cat to stay warm but a cardboard box can help keep kitty toasty as well. Line the bottom of the box with fleece or a soft towel and you have an instant bed. If the box isn’t too big, the cardboard provides insulation.

Exercise

This also qualifies as fun. Drop toys in boxes to entice your cat to jump in and bat them around. Set up a few boxes and your cat may jump back and forth from one to another. Incorporate the use of a cardboard box during interactive play so your cat can dart in and out.

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Olfactory Enrichment

Your cat’s nose may work overtime when you first place a box on the floor. Many cats will do a scent investigation and if the box contained a delivery of pet food or pet supplies, expect that nose to get a real workout.

If your cat doesn’t react well to unfamiliar scents, put a soft sock on your hand, gently rub the cat’s cheeks to collect some facial pheromones and then rub the sock on the corners of the box. This will help expedite a feeling of familiarity and comfort.

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