Scientists attribute this passion to the peculiar biological characteristics and needs of animals.
The first and simplest explanation for cats' love of boxes is that they are the perfect hiding place for ambush predators.
The second reason: once in an unfamiliar environment, cats experience less stress and learn much faster if they have a secluded place where they can hide. Very often, it is the box that turns out to be such a shelter in a home environment.
The third reason: the box may represent a special "safety zone" for cats, since these animals have not developed a strategic mechanism for resolving conflict situations. As a rule, when faced with a danger, cats prefer to run away from the problem and, if possible, avoid it in the future.
Finally, another explanation for cats' adoration of cardboard boxes may be the desire to warm up (especially if the box is made of corrugated cardboard). The ideal air temperature for a cat, at which it does not need additional energy to keep warm, is in the range of 30 to 36 ° C. And this is about 10 degrees higher than the comfortable temperature for a person.