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Why Do Cats Love Boxes So Much?

Everyone who knows a cat knows cats love boxes. It's a phenomenon so ubiquitous we might not even think to ask why.

But some researchers at the University of Utrecht asked the seemingly silly question - and they found some pretty serious results.

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Nineteen cats in a shelter took part in the study: 10 received a box and 9 did not receive a box.

The cats who were given boxes were less stressed and more likely to cope well with changes, the researchers found.

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Cats who had a box in the shelter adjusted more quickly to their forever homes when they got adopted than cats who didn't get a box to hide in.

And a cat without stress is a healthy cat.

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"Domestic cats (Felis sylvestris catus) can experience serious stress in shelters," the study said. "Stressful experiences can have a major impact on the cats' welfare and may cause higher incidences of infectious diseases in the shelters due to raised cortisol levels causing immunodeficiency."

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So, it isn't just that they look fabulous in a rectangular frame.

They actually really need to be in a box.

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