Have you ever wondered why your cat likes to stow away inside small spac- es? Maybe you’ve noticed her sleeping under the bed or playing inside a paper bag. How many times have you looked into a cabinet to see eyes peering back at you?
Well, according to Dr. Tony Buffington, Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Clinical
Sciences at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, there are a number
of reasons cats might prefer these cramped quarters. First, cats are hardwired to hunt for
prey in small spaces, so Kitty may think she’ll find a tiny snack inside that cardboard box.
When cats feel unsafe, they can retreat into a small space to hide; when they feel safe
they may simply want a quiet place to rest. And finally, there’s always the lure of warmth,
because cats prefer warm temperatures, and small spaces can be quite cozy.
I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to litter your house with paper bags and
cardboard boxes to give your cat places to hang out. There are tons of stylish options
for cat hideaways available. You can give kitty exactly what she’s looking for while complementing the design of your home.
LIFE WITH CATTITUDE
Every cat loves a cardboard box, but your
living room doesn’t have to look like a
recycling center! There are all kinds of
options that look really cool, plus they
have extra features cats will love, like
multiple openings and peep holes.
BY KATE BENJAMIN
Get fancy! Designers are having a blast coming up with some of the cutest cat hideaways. From miniature buildings to vehicles and more, there’s something for everyone. And just imagine the photo ops!