Cats and Squares: What’s the Deal?

September 12, 2019

Cats and Squares: What’s the Deal?

Cats and humans are really different where it counts. 

For us, some feline behaviors are downright strange and sometimes weird. One of the weirdest things that I find about cats is their obsession with squares and rectangles. For some reason, my cats seem to be obsessed with the shape! 

And, that’s something that other feline parents find weird as well. 

In this blog post, I will go through a few reasons why cats seem to be obsessed with squares and rectangles. 

So, without further ado, let’s get started. 

Here we go. 

Why Do Cats Sit in Squares? 

In this section of the blog, I will jump right into the question at hand and tell you why cats like to sit in squares---which includes the squares you draw on the ground and even boxes!

Your Kitty Feels Safe 

The internet is full of pictures of cats squeezing themselves into weird, tight spaces and sitting comfortably in them. 


This may seem weird and funny to you but, to your cat, it is a refuge where she can feel secure. Cats like to sit in spaces where they feel safe from the potentially dangerous open space that surrounds them while watching what’s going on without being involved. 

For mother cats, finding small spaces where they can give birth and care for their litter safely is a priority. This is how even the smallest kittens know that a tight area with walls for protection is a good thing. 


The pressure that kittens feel against their mother’s, as well as littermates’ bodies, provides them comfort. 


This is why you see older cats sit in boxes as it gives them the same sensation as an adult cat. 


While it is easy to understand why your cat likes to sit in cardboard boxes or weird tight spaces, the question still remains:why do cats like to sit on a square drawn on the floor?

Why Does Your Cat Sit in Squares: What’s the Deal? 

Have you ever drawn a square on the floor to see whether or not your feline friend gets compelled to sit in it? 


In most cases, cats do enjoy sitting on a square drawn on the floor. 


The reason for that is rather simple. When cats see a square on the floor they think that it may have the same effect as sitting inside a box so, they like to go inside it to feel safe and secure. 


It’s true that a square drawn on your floor doesn’t actually have any walls. 


However, for your kitty, the box provides the same feeling of comfort and security that a box brings so, your cat simply likes to sit in it. 


Yes, cats are weird that way. 

So, My Cat Isn’t Really Into Squares Drawn on the Floor 

There are exceptions everywhere. 


Not all cats get the urge to walk into a square drawn on the wall and take a seat in it. Some cats may take a good look at it and decide that it isn’t something that interests them and move on. 


That’s normal.


If your cat does that, it is a good indication that you can’t outsmart your feline friend. In some cases, your cat may not mind being in an open space at all! 

Make Your Cat Feel Safe By Adding Places to Hide

Cats feel the safest when they have a place to hide. 


This is one of the main reasons why cats like to sit in squares drawn on the floor. If your cat exhibits this behavior, we recommend that you fill your cat’s living space with places to hide so that she can feel safe in your home. 


A cat tree is probably one of the best investments you can make for your feline friend and is something that she’ll probably enjoy a lot.

Summing Up: Why Do Cats Like Squares? 

Did we answer all of your questions? 


One of the strangest things that cats do is that they like to sit in square boxes that you draw on the floor. They mainly do that because they think of them as cardboard boxes and feel safe. 


If your cat does that for warmth and safety, you should add some vertical space and provide your kitty with places to hide. 


Do you have any questions? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. 


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