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Crazy Cats in Boxes

Updated on April 19, 2015

Cats Versus Daleks

You bought your cat an expensive luxury cat basket, but what does it prefer? you're right it prefers that cardboard box from the grocery store! Do they love boxes because they are the same size as them, or because there are no drafts or is it just another example of the odd and mysterious nature that we will never entirely understand.

What is clear is that cats are not claustrophobic and are quite happy to squeeze into the smallest space. They are quite fearless which often leads them into danger when they find warmth in ovens and washing machines.

Photo by me

Cat Recovering from nearly being crushed - Cats go into boxes when they need therapy

Cat Recovering from nearly being crushed
Cat Recovering from nearly being crushed

My wife was putting the folding settee/bed back into position when she heard a terrible hissing because unbeknown to her our cat was sleeping inside it. She immediately released the cat who was doubly terrified by my wife's scream when she thought she might have killed the poor beast. The cat ran out and hid in a corner of the my office which no one can reach, she stayed there for hours until I thought I would lay a trap for her by putting an Amazon box close to her hiding place. She eventually climbed into it even though it was a very tight fit!

3 Cats in Boxes

Photo by Vieux Bandit

These are not even very good boxes.

I supposed to cats our houses must seem like aircraft hangers!

Suki the Cat in her cardboard box

Suki the Cat in her cardboard box
Suki the Cat in her cardboard box

Cat in a Box by Elsie

Aren't I snug!

Photo by Elsie Esq

Cats should really live to a hundred because they spend so much time sleeping especially in winter!

Grumpy Cat in a Box

Photo by Empracht

I watched a TV program on intelligent animals including an ape that could do a memory test faster than any human. There were various animals and birds who solve different problems and even speak; but no cats. Of course although they are probably the cleverest animal they would have of course have refused to cooperate in any intelligence test.

Are you Cat Crazy?

Are you crazy about Cats Poll?

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Books on Cats in Boxes

Including Dr.Seuss The Cat in the Hat

Cats in Boxes on YouTube

The Cat in a Hat

This slightly bemused/irritated cat is by Rick

The Cat in a Hat

The sun did not shine.

It was too wet to play.

So we sat in the house

All that cold, cold, wet day

© Text Quoted from Amazon

Is this why Cats like Small Boxes?

Wild and domestic cats like to lie in heaps for warmth and for intimacy. Cats seem to have a need to be stroked which is just a little way behind their need to feed!

When cats squeeze into a box is this a reminder of their life as a kitten?

These are Suki's kittens fathered by a local cat we didn't approve of but nothing to do it was love at first sight.

Cats What are They Thinking?

Who is the Pet? You or your Cat?

What are they thinking when they stare at us for minutes on end?

Our relationship with our cats is based on equality but we are never quite sure however if it isn't the cat who is really master. Is that what they are thinking when they stare at us, mug don't you realize that I'm the boss!

Our Cat a Siamese Cross

This box isn't even comfortable!

Siamese cats if ours is anything to go by and so they say has certain dog-like characteristics, she likes to chase thrown objects and during her 15 minutes of daily craziness she appears to bark!

Cat on the Clothes Rail

How does she even get in there

Suki in a Cardboard Home!

She didn't quite fit in it, but never mind!

Kitten in a Toy Boat

The Kittens preferred place

The kitten in the boat would how be the subject of numerous unprovoked attacks from the others!

Cat Litter Boxes - Finally One Little Inconvenience

Cat Jumping Into Tall Box - Must See YouTube Video

Cat in a Paper Bag - At least she chose a nice up-market Ralph Lauren Bag!

She made a terrible racket entering this bag and woke us up.

Cat Mastermind

Cat Mastermind
Cat Mastermind

If she is such a mastermind why choose such a small box?

Cat going Crazy for Catnip!

Cat in a Round Basket

Cat in a Round Basket
Cat in a Round Basket

Send me a photo of your cat-in-a-box to and also if possible a bit of info about your kitty

Tell us about your Crazy Cat - Or your Boss Cat!

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      9 years ago

      I love the one where the cat is playing the piano!

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      9 years ago

      awwww! My cat is not with me anymore but you brought back fond memories of her favorite shoe box. She was a chubby cat and loved to squeeze in the smallest boxes she could find. Especially her shoe box. She would warp both sides of the box just to fit in! I also bought her one of those fancy cat caves with the carpet on it. She never used it.

      Thanks for writing about cats in boxes!

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      10 years ago

      Maru is the best cat-in-a-box ever.

    • Board-Game-Brooke profile image

      C A Chancellor 

      10 years ago from US/TN

      I love cats. You've got some fun videos here!

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      10 years ago

      cute kitty..!!

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      10 years ago

      Cats and boxes just seem to go together, loved your videos and watching the technique for getting in the tall box. I've had cats that liked getting into bags too and smiled at your photo, they do make it an event. Fun!

    • PizmoBeach LM profile image

      PizmoBeach LM 

      10 years ago

      We have 4 cats - a Siamese Birman cross, two Siamese and Balinese (which some says is really just a long haired Siamese). All of them like boxes and the smaller, the better. And the Balinese plays fetch with balls and rolled up paper.

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      Virginia Allain 

      10 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm endlessly amused by watching cats. This is fun.

      I've lensrolled it to Cute Cats - Favorite Webpages for Kids

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      darciefrench lm 

      10 years ago

      I love this lens -:) Angel blessed and rolled with my Orange Kitty Cat lens Baby Man.

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      10 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      My two cats (RIP) used to love playing in boxes. I moved a lot during their long kitty lives, and they'd have so much fun when I'd unpack, running and diving into boxes and sending them and the boxes flying across the room.

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      10 years ago

      Very cute cat pictures and videos, I think that cat was actually playing chop sticks, she is not bad!

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      10 years ago

      My colleague the Tortoise Cat helps shred paper inside her box.

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image


      10 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Our crazy kitty loves boxes, too! Fabulous pictures you have here!

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      10 years ago

      Such a fun lens. I thoroughly enjoyed this as a way to start off my morning.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      11 years ago

      I've spent a lot of money on cat furniture and beds. You're abolutely right ... they usually prefer plain old cardboard boxes and paper bags! Cute kitty pics!

    • thesuccess2 profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago

      @delia-delia: d-artist

      thanks just off to see your feral kitty lens!

    • delia-delia profile image


      11 years ago

      5* lens....oh my gosh, I got the biggest kick and laugh when I saw the pictures of the cats in cardboard boxes...our Kitty loves her many boxes and avoides the expensive soft Igloo I bought for her...great reading here....I'm lenrolling it to my "feral Kitty" lens

    • thesuccess2 profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago

      @poptastic: Arncyn we were dogsitting for the weekend and our cat kept disappearing, eventually we realized she was hiding inside the piano.

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      Cynthia Arre 

      11 years ago from Quezon City

      That is so true! Our kitty can never resist curling up inside a small box, basket, anything he can squeeze himself into -- the snugger the better. Cute photos & videos!

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      11 years ago

      What cute pictures! The one of the cat inside the pants hangers is hysterical!

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      Jen Maskill 

      12 years ago

      Great lens. I love how cats like to squeeze themselves into the smallest box possible. My cat Ronno also like bags and I have often picked up a bag to move it and found him curled up inside :) 5* for this lens.


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