Why Do Siamese Cats Like Boxes?


Siamese cats are quite the explorers. They often enjoy squeezing into boxes (or other small spaces) because it’s a fun new area to explore. 

The fact that they like boxes is part of their quirky, unique personalities. But there might be other reasons your cat loves boxes so much. 

We’ll look at why Siamese cats like boxes and how this behavior can benefit you and your cat. Read on to learn more! 


Why Do Cats Like Boxes So Much?

Who doesn’t love a cat who loves to play in a box? It seems like such a simple thing, but for some reason, cats can’t resist hopping into a cardboard box. Here are the reasons why cats love boxes so much: 

  1. Cats have a natural instinct to hide in small spaces. This helps them to avoid predators and stay safe in the wild. 
  1. Cats spend twice as much time asleep as the majority of other mammals. They love boxes because they provide a cozy, private space for them to nap and dream. 
  1. According to Vinke et al. (2014), novel environments can trigger stress reactions in cats. Thus, hiding boxes can give them a safe haven.

    A box where your cat can retreat can help them feel more at ease and adapt to their surroundings.

    Try placing a box in a quiet corner of the room if your cat seems to be struggling to adjust to the new environment. You may find that your cat starts using it as a safe haven and soon feels right at home. 
  1. Cats like boxes because they provide a great insulator from the cold.

    Cats are sensitive to temperature changes. They seek out boxes to be comfortable at night when temperatures drop during bedtime. 
  1. Boxes are often overlooked as play spaces for cats, but they can be excellent places to explore and have fun. Boxes provide cats with a contained space to run around and play. They can be easily customized with a few toys or catnip to make them even more attractive to cats. 

My Siamese cat, Robyn, loves boxes. She will find a way to squeeze herself inside of a box, no matter the size. She’ll even meow until I open a box for her to explore. 

She likes being in a small space because it makes her feel safe and secure. She also enjoys fitting herself into a tight spot. 

It’s always amusing to watch her play with her boxes. She’ll bat at them with her paws, roll around inside them, and sometimes even fall asleep. It’s like she’s a different cat in a box. She’s more playful and adventurous; I can tell she enjoys it a lot. 


Is a Cardboard Box Safe for Cats? 

A cardboard box is a safe and convenient option for cat owners. There are some things to remember before you allow your cat to use a cardboard box. 

  1. Ensure the box is sturdy and won’t collapse on your cat if they jump or climb inside. 
  1. Check for any sharp edges that could cut or scratch your cat. 
  1. Remove any staples or other small objects that could pose a choking hazard. 
  1. Avoid using toxic materials, such as glue, to assemble the box.
  1. Hiding boxes should have entrance and exit holes. 
  1. Supervise your cat’s playtime to ensure they don’t get too carried away and hurt themselves. 

How Do You Make a Scratching Box for Your Cat? 

One of your Siamese cat’s favorite pastimes is sharpening its claws. Unfortunately, this often leads to shredded furniture and unsightly scratches around your home. 

One way to protect your things and give your cat a place to scratch is to make them a scratching box. Making a scratching box is a simple process. You will need a piece of cardboard, some catnip, and some tape. 

  • First, cut the cardboard into a rectangle or square shape. 
  • Next, use the tape to secure the edges of the cardboard, so it doesn’t fall apart. 
  • Then, cover the outside of the box with a catnip. Your cat will love the smell of the catnip and will be drawn to scratch the box. 

Once your cat starts using the scratching box, praise them and give them treats. This will reinforce the positive behavior. This will help your cat to understand that this is the place to scratch, not your furniture! 


How Do You Make a Foraging Box for Your Cat? 

Foraging boxes are a great way to keep your cat entertained and mentally stimulated. You can fill the box with toys and treats; your cat must work to get to them. 

This can help to provide a much-needed mental and physical outlet for your cat. It can also be a lot of fun to watch them figure out the different puzzles. 


How to Create an Enriching Environment with Boxes 

Boxes are a great option if you’re looking for a way to keep your cat happy and occupied. Here are a few tips for making sure your cat has a positive experience with boxes: 

  1. Choose a box that’s the right size for your cat. It should be big enough for them to move and turn around. Your cat may struggle to move around in a small boxor he’ll try climbing out of it.
  1. You can put a bed inside the box and make it his own “bed” area. You can put a soft blanket or towel in the bottom of the box to make it more comfortable. 
  1. Cats are fickle creatures. The easiest way for them to lose interest is when you provide them the same old sensory experiences. That’s where the boxes with novel scents come in!

    You can place different scented objects in the box and let your cat explore at their leisure. 
  1. Put the box in a safe place. You don’t want your cat to be able to knock it over or get stuck inside. 
  1. Encourage your cat to explore and play by placing their favorite toys or putting a treat inside. 
  1. Let them experience the box in their own way and at their own pace, and they will soon come to love it as much as you do. 

Conclusion 

Cats like boxes because they provide a sense of security and privacy. The confined space allows cats to feel in control and hidden from potential threats. 

The darkness inside the box somewhat mimics the safety of being in a womb, so it’s no wonder cats love boxes! 

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Katerina Gasset

Katerina Gasset is a seasoned Siamese cat breeder with a passion that spans over 18 years. Her love for these distinctive felines has not only led her to breed them, but also to dedicate herself to the rescue and wellbeing of the Siamese breed. Currently, she is the proud owner of two charismatic Siamese cats named Batman and Robyn, whose antics and unique personalities often inspire her work. As a well-established author and blogger, Katerina leverages her extensive knowledge of Siamese cats in her writings. She is the sole creator and owner of SiameseKittyKat.com, a comprehensive online platform that serves as a repository of practical advice and fascinating insights into the world of Siamese cats. Through her enlightening articles, she assists countless cat owners in better understanding and taking care of their Siamese companions. More than a breeder, Katerina is an advocate for the breed. Her commitment goes beyond mere appreciation; she is dedicated to educating others on the complexities and joys of living with Siamese cats, sharing her wisdom with a community of fellow Siamese cat lovers worldwide. Whether you're a seasoned Siamese cat owner or just beginning your journey, Katerina's informative and engaging content is a valuable resource.

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