Why Does My Cat... Like to Sleep in Small Boxes and Tiny Spaces?- Provided by VetStreet.com
Though they seem independent, aloof and unpredictable, cats are creatures of habit. And yet, there’s no fathoming a cat. Why would one choose a small, cramped box, sink or cubbyhole over a more open space with all its possibilities?
For lots of reason. Here are a few:
- Smaller spaces are safer. Most cats who need to sleep deeply will seek out a denlike structure. A bathroom sink, as it turns out, seems more secure to a cat than a couch.
- Wild cats require stealth for survival. So it is that hiding in small spaces helps cats be more successful.
- If you’re about to give birth, a comfy hidey-hole is just the ticket. Momma cats are unlikely to birth their babies in places predators can see them.
- Cats like to be warm. Small spots are quite simply cozier.
So it is that our seemingly self-sufficient pets seek comfort in ways we may think unusual for such independent creatures. But it makes sense: Even the more secure among us want a place to feel snug and sheltered. Even if it’s something as surprising as a soda pop box.
This article was written by a Veterinarian.