Does your cat or cats do this?

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Does your cat or cats do this?
Mon, 02-24-2014 - 9:54pm

These are funny photos - cats IN boxes, or other sorts of containers...mostly boxes.  My cat isn't a particularly big fan of boxes in this way but years ago we had three cats and they did this sort of thing.  One time when one of them was a kitten it managed to squeeze inside one of those glass fish bowls (without water or fish, that is).  For whatever reason, the fish bowl was on the floor and the little kitten crawled in, curled up in it like a snail shell curls.


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Registered: 06-16-1998
Tue, 02-25-2014 - 1:02am

We called Helmies (grandcat, in my avatar) "confined space kitty" because he loved to crawl into tight places, boxes, bags, etc. If he saw a drawer open, he'd jump in and curl up regardless of the contents! He got shut in a closet a couple of times because, unknown to us, he'd go to sleep in a dark corner and the door would get shut on him. I haven't seen him in over a year Cry so I'll have to ask my dd if he still does those things.

Coco has little interest in such spaces for the most part. She does like to explore closets but rarely curls up in them. Recently she has started getting partially under the bedcovers to cuddle with me, so in time she may like other close places. I wonder if she was abused with confinement?...I'm starting to see some changes in her behavior after a year with us, like she is finally starting to relax a little more. If she could talk I think she might have some stories to tell.

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Tue, 02-25-2014 - 9:50am

One of our (3)current cats especially liked to curl up in the bookcase beside Mike's chair. He'd push the books aside -not usually out totally, just out enough to make room for a very small orange tabby to curl in behind the books. He came to us via the roadside-screaming for rescue, & hasn't hardly made a sound since.(he even purrs silently-you feel his purr, don't hear it). Tigger does jump into boxes, go into bags-plastic or reusable shopping cloth bags-anything that he might hide in-but comes out again immediately.

However, last Fall, he began to curl up in behind books in the bookcase again-only to get there, he had to throw books onto the floor-at the age of three, he took up more room than as a small, malnourished kitten. Finally, when Mike dragged him out once more-he took a good look & poor Tigger's eye was obviously infected. Once that was cured-he quit trying to hide trying to find a dark, safe spot?


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Tue, 02-25-2014 - 9:54am

One of our two is like that. It's hilarious.

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Mon, 03-03-2014 - 4:47pm

Both of our cats love tight spaces. One of them likes to be made up in the bed, which is really annoying. When he sees me go to the linen closet for more sheets, he trots after me so that he can "help."

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Mon, 03-03-2014 - 11:30pm

It's not just cats.  The "terra" part of Boston terriers is why they are also called "denning" dogs -- they love to get in small places, and under the covers.  One of Moose's favorite places was in the back of our closet, where we kept the comforters and decorative pillows that were not currently on the bed.  How he found them in the first place was beyond me, since he couldn't see, but find them he did.  And whenever he wanted to get away from his brothers, or Aubrey, or just for a snuggle, he'd get back there and make himself a nest.  The FIRST time I couldn't find him, I was running around the house like a nut, panicking that he'd gotten out and somehow I hadn't noticed, when I noticed the closet door swining open.  And out he strolled, after I'd been calling him for 15minutes!!

And then there's Aubrey...