International Box Day on June 19 is the perfect opportunity for you and your cat to enjoy some time together. If you don’t have a cat, you may not get what all the fuss is about. But read on anyway to unwrap the mysteries of International Box Day! Cats and cardboard boxes are a match made in heaven and on International Box Day we celebrate the fun and joy of this incredible pairing.
History of International Box Day
It’s a widely known fact that cats love boxes and most cat owners just don’t know why. You splash out on a fancy bed for them but they insist on staying in the box. What gives?
Cats get comfort and security from enclosed spaces, which makes boxes the perfect place for them to curl up in. Boxes are a great hiding place from predators and they also help reduce stress by offering a safe-zone where your cat can observe and not be seen.
A recent study conducted by the University of Utrecht discovered that cats with boxes adapted to their environment quicker, highlighting the key role boxes can play in dealing with the anxiety that often comes with change. From a cat’s perspective, boxes have it all – the perfect temperature, the personal space, and the required level of comfort.
This isn’t restricted to your little house cat. Big cats such as lions, tigers, and cougars share lots have shown a fondness for a box too. When living in wildlife reserves and given cardboard boxes, they had just as much fun as your pet kitty would. Yep, the tigers and lions were observed jumping in and out of boxes, sitting in them, and generally having a great time. For cats everywhere, a plain old box can keep them entertained for a long time.
International Box Day is our chance to celebrate this curiously odd coupling and for you to give your cat a box to enjoy.