I have always been intrigued by the powerful attraction cats have for boxes. I started noticing it about 15 years ago when I got my first cat. He would hit any box that was left out. Tiny boxes, big boxes and medium boxes, any box.
My late feline buddy Cowboy
According to the experts the cats like the boxes because it provides security. Seeking out confined spaces is an instinctual behavior for cats. In the wild, these areas allow the animals to both hide from predators and surreptitiously stalk prey.
While inside a box, cats feel that they cannot be snuck up on from behind or the side — anything that wants to approach them must come directly into their field of vision. In effect, such hiding spaces allow them to watch the world around them without being seen.
Boxes are also a great place to sleep, cozy and secure. And cats can sleep up to 18-20 hours a day.
It is not just small domesticated cats that love the boxes, big cats think they are great to.