Why House Cats Love Cardboard Boxes So Much

Cats are one of the most wonderful pets, and many homeowners like to own a single cat or a few of them. Along with dogs, they make excellent company. They are extremely cute and would like to keep themselves scrupulously clean. They are also playful and could help in ensuring that the owners reduce stress and tension. If people are staying alone, as it happens quite frequently these days, a cat can help a lot in removing loneliness and solitude. However, like all other pets, cats need a good place to live. Though many cat owners design special homes for these feline beauties, most cats have a fascination and liking for making cardboard boxes as their homes. Are you keen on getting answers to the question as to why cats love cardboard boxes? If yes, it would be a good idea to go through this article. It may help the readers to understand a few reasons as to why cats have a fascination for cardboard boxes. In spite of best efforts, many veteran cat-owners are not able to find out why cats continue to enjoy staying in cardboard boxes. Though most questions remain unanswered, there are perhaps a few reasons that make these feline pets so attached to cardboard boxes. We share a few possible reasons for this unexplained love between cats and cardboards.

Security And Safety

Security and safety are perhaps one of the most important reasons for cats having a special relationship with cardboard boxes. Cats seek and love enclosed spaces. Seeking enclosed spaces is the obvious and most common response of these pets when they are either afraid or stressed. It is more of an instinct for them. Seeking enclosed spaces is perhaps because when they are inside a box, cats are confident that nothing can sneak up to her either from the side or from the back. Cats will be able to enjoy a direct field of vision and will be in a position to see anything that is approaching. The boxes provide a mechanism for coping with stressful things and events, and it helps to relieve anxiety for them. Seeking enclosed spaces is especially true for cats who are new entrants into a home.

They Find It A Fun Place

Cats love to be always in a playful and happy mood. When they are on cardboard, they find it full of fun. They love to roll around in the cardboard boxes, and they also have great fun jumping in and out of it. If you have toys in the cardboard or outside the box, they love to pounce on the same from the insides of the cardboard. Cats do love a fuzzy ball, and they would not mind playing with it for some time. However, if you can provide them with a cardboard box, they would be too happy about it. It perhaps would make them feel that they are in cloud nine. They will consider this as a priceless gift and would not mind playing in it for hours at length.

It Helps Them To Develop Their Instincts

Cats, as we all know, have predatory instincts. They love to hide and then pounce on their prey. We all know that wild cats are one of the finest predators. They enjoy watching, hiding and stalking their prey. They wait for the opportune moment. They love to jump out of their hiding place and ambush the prey. Though domestic cats don’t hunt for their survival, their instincts are still at play. They love to indulge in their instincts from inside the cardboard because it gives them the right environment, surroundings, protection, and hiding space.

They Enjoy Scratching And Chewing

If you are a cat lover and have a few cats in your home, you will certainly know that they are notorious scratchers. They always like to sharpen their claws on the couch, and you also would see them doing it to your curtains and carpets. Cardboard boxes are ideal for scratching. They relish the way it feels when they sink their razor-sharp claws into the cardboard.

Further, the cat’s paws also have scent pads. When they scratch, their claws leave behind a scent on the various things. They love to mark the cardboard and surrounding areas with their scent, and this helps them to mark their territory. Cats like other pets are extremely territorial, and cardboard boxes help them to protect their territorial integrity.

They Love The Warmth

Cats love to stay put in certain temperatures ranging from 86 to 97 degrees Fahrenheit. In most homes, the temperature ranges from 72 to 76 degrees Fahrenheit. They feel cold when the temperature is below 86 degrees. Therefore, it is quite obvious that cats feel warmer and cozier in cardboard boxes. They would not mind the insides of the cardboard boxes stuffed with newspapers and other such soft things.

They Love To Sleep In Cardboard Boxes

It would not be the right decision to invest in expensive and fancy cat beds. All that your pet cat wants is a blanket inside the cardboard boxes. They are psychologically attracted to the boxes because they provide a luxurious and cozy place to sleep. It may not look luxurious to us mortal human beings, but your feline pet certainly loves sleeping in them for hours at length. They find cardboard boxes to be a favorite hiding place and would like to curl up and sleep in a place that they think is very safe and comfortable.

How To Make The Cardboard Box Comfortable

The above certainly should have given the readers a reasonably good understanding of the eternal love between cats and cardboards. It is a very simple, cost-effective and wonderful way to show your love to these awesome feline pets. Be sure that the cardboard is of the right size. It should not be too big or too small. Ensure that the cardboard is safe and remove all pin, staplers and other such things that might hurt the pets. Yes, you will have to change the cardboard boxes once in a while because your cat will damage it for sure within a few weeks or months. You certainly will not mind doing this much to your beloved cat, and you can be sure that it will remain ever grateful to you and will be a wonderful company for many years and decades.

Benefits Of Having Birdbaths In Your Yard

Birdbaths are not only meant to create attractive focal points, but also attract a plethora of woodland creatures like birds, butterflies, and insects that are beneficial to your backyard. 

This is undoubtedly the easiest and efficient way to entice wildlife to your garden when compared to building birdhouses or planting beautiful flowers. 

Not convinced yet? Among the benefits of adding a few birdbaths to your backyard garden and landscape.

Benefits Of Adding Birdbaths

1. Provide birds with a source of water

Birds need water for drinking and bathing, especially during the winter season when the natural water supplies have been subjected to freezing points, and there’s limited access to running water. You can help the birds with heated birdbaths, as this type prevents water from freezing.

2.Attracts Other Wildlife

If you are an animal lover, then birdbaths will be your friend because birdbaths will attract other animals such as squirrels and frogs who may be in need of a drink during the summer heat or if you keep your birdbath free of ice in the winter even in the cooler months.

Over the past couple years I have made a couple bird friends, who when I’m cultivating my garden or I’m running with my shovel, will come running and wait nearby on another garden bed or on the fence to swoop in and scarf up any little grubs, bugs, or worms which I might uncover while cultivating my garden beds, which also helps to reduce pests in the garden with the added benefit of some entertainment while you’re working on it.

3. Improve aeration and control pests 

Birdbaths attract different types of birds that feed on various pests, such as slugs, caterpillars, and grasshoppers — which threaten the fruits and vegetables in your garden. This means fewer destructive insects and, of course, less pesticide application. 

Besides the pest control benefit, birds also play an essential role in boosting soil aeration, alleviating compaction through digging the garden in search of worms. When soil is properly aerated, roots will grow deeply for stronger, more vigorous lawn, crops, and flowers. 

You also get to attract wasps, which feed on cabbage worms that destroy crops. 

4. Promote pollination

Birdbaths can attract butterflies and bees — insects known as excellent pollinators. If you grow fruits, vegetables, and flowers, you’ll want to have a few birdbaths placed in inviting locations in your garden.

5. ReduceD Bird Damage In Your Vegetable Garden

One thing that I have noticed, is that when I keep my birdbaths filled and clean, my vegetable garden suffers less bird damage. When they have plenty to drink in hot weather, for example, they don’t raid my ripening tomatoes nearly as much, if at all. Same goes for my fruit trees, however, with fruit trees there’s always some bird loss from birds if you don’t protect your trees. I don’t mind if the birds get a few, because I always have more colorful birds around my backyard and trees, even in winter.

6. Support kids learning

Nature is beautiful, but, unfortunately, the connection kids have with nature isn’t really that strong as past generations before most people lived in cities and technology took over. By attracting different types of birds, you create an entertaining environment that present kids with a new opportunity to learn valuable lessons. For example, they can learn how to identify different types of birds, their habits, as well as migratory routes

Conclusion

There you have it! With the benefits of birdbaths above, it’s fair to say having one or more in your backyard is worth it.

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Quick Guide to Proper Bird Bath Placement

Sometimes birds have a hard time getting fresh and clean water. A birdbath could come in handy in such instances. It could also be great if you love watching birds. Water has been proven to attract more bird species than feeders. However, getting a birdbath is the first step. You need to place the birdbath properly to ensure it serves its purpose perfectly. Here are some quick bird bath placement tips to consider. 

How to place a birdbath

1.      Place near a window or where you can see/watch birds easily

  • Although you may be getting a birdbath solely for providing birds with clean, fresh, water, you’ll definitely enjoy watching the birds. So, place the birdbath near your field of sight, preferably, somewhere you can see from indoors. This will, of course, depend on the design of your house as well as your tastes and preferences. For instance, if you have outdoor space in your home that you frequent when relaxing, consider placing your birdbath in front of such an area.


2. Place on a pedestal away from predators/danger

  • Birdbaths should be away from areas where cats, among other predators, can hide and pounce on the birds. Ideally, the birdbath should be out in the open and placed on a pedestal where birds can see predators approaching. A pedestal is also a safe distance away from the ground where children can’t reach, and you can see the birdbath easily.

3. Have an escape route

  • Since it’s impossible to eliminate predators, among other things that can scare birds away, you should think about an escape route. The birdbath should be placed where there is a clear line of escape into the sky or nearby branches since wet birds have a shorter flying range. 

4. Locate near a clean and fresh source of water

  • Birdbaths should be near a garden hose. Since one of the reasons for having a birdbath is providing clean and fresh water to birds, a location that is far from your house or a water source isn’t ideal. It should be easy for you to change the water after a few days, even daily during hot weather. A nearby water source also makes cleaning easy. 

5. Consider climate

  • Last, but not least, you need to consider the climate in your area. If you live in northern regions which are generally cold, choose a sunny spot so that the sun can keep the water warm during chilly days. Such a location will also ensure the water doesn’t freeze during winter. If you live in southern regions which are usually hot, consider a spot with some shade to keep the water cool during hot days.

THE BLUEBIRD

Writing and The Written Word

I know the song that the bluebird is singing,
Out in the apple-tree where he is swinging;
Brave little fellow, the skies may look dreary;
Nothing cares he while his heart is so cheery.

Hark! how the music leaps out from his throat,
Hark! was there ever so merry a note?
Listen awhile and you’ll hear what he’s saying,
Up in the apple-tree swinging and swaying.

“Dear little blossoms down under the snow,
You must be weary of winter, I know;
Hark, while I sing you a message of cheer;
Summer is coming and spring-time is here!

“Little white snowdrop! I pray you arise;
Bright yellow crocus! come, open your eyes;
Sweet little violets, hid from the cold,
Put on your mantles of purple and gold;
Daffodils! daffodils! say, do you hear?—
Summer is coming and spring-time is here!”

–Emily Huntington Miller

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THERE CAME TO MY WINDOW

Writing and The Written Word

There came to my window one morning in Spring
A sweet little Robin; she came there to sing.
The tune that she sang, it was prettier far
Than any I heard on the flute or guitar.

Her wings she was spreading to soar far away,
Then resting a moment seemed sweetly to say:
“Oh happy, how happy the world seems to be!
Awake, Little Girl and be happy with me!”

But just as she finished her beautiful song,
A thoughtless young man with a gun came along.
He killed and he carried my sweet bird away,
She no more will sing at the dawn of the day.

— Anonymous

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The Fox

Writing and The Written Word

A fox looked at his shadow at sunrise and said, “I will have a camel for lunch today.” And all morning he went about looking for camels. But at noon he saw his shadow again—and he said, “A mouse will do.”

— Khalil Gibran

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THE NIGHTINGALE

Writing and The Written Word

As it fell upon a day
In the merry month of May,
Sitting in a pleasant shade
Which a grove of myrtles made,
Beasts did leap and birds did sing,
Trees did grow and plants did spring,
Every thing did banish moan
Save the Nightingale alone.
She, poor bird, as all forlorn,
Lean’d her breast against a thorn,
And there sung the dolefullest ditty,
That to hear it was great pity.
Fie, fie, fie, now would she cry;
Tereu, tereu, by and by:
That to hear her so complain
Scarce I could from tears refrain;
For her griefs so lively shown
Made me think upon mine own.
—Ah! thought I, thou mourn’st in vain,
None takes pity on thy pain:
Senseless trees, they cannot hear thee,
Ruthless beasts, they will not cheer thee;
King Pandion, he is dead,
All thy friends are lapp’d in lead:
All thy fellow…

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