It’s official: Cats NEED boxes

28 04 2016

My terrific colleague Claudia published on this last month, and got much deserved attention from the science media (e.g. this and this). She and her team found that cats put in a quarantine facility adjusted to their conditions faster, and became friendlier to humans faster, if they had a box to hide in.

Meanwhile, I resolved to wean Sylvie off an ugly Amazon box she adopted with such gusto at Christmas that we hadn’t the heart to get rid of it. Operation Boxectomy began with finding a more aesthetically-pleasing basket of about the same dimensions, and moving into it the crinkly Amazon packing paper she also loves. After a couple of days, Sylvie  had adopted it (below), and a couple of days after that, the box on the left quietly vanished…