Why do cats and kittens love hiding, sleeping and playing in cuddly caves? We asked all our foster cats and kittens, and they asked us right back (we think), “For many of the same reasons your young humans like hiding out and playing in tents and forts – they’re fun!” Fun factor aside, cats do like to feel safe and snuggly especially when they are sleeping. Have you ever seen a pile of kittens or a row of adult cats lined up across the floor to catch the warm rays of a sun beam, or snoozing on the top of your old-fashioned-style TV or computer monitor? Cats like to be warm! Their average normal body temperature is 101.5 °F and they are domestic cats are descended from a desert dwelling feline – say that five times fast! (This is also why most cats are not good at drinking enough water to stay healthy, and need to “eat” their water in daily feedings of canned food.) These desert wild cats lived in… yes, caves! Most archeologists believe domestic cats came from Egypt, so maybe their tomb heritage also plays a role. So the next time your highly-domesticated house cat curls up inside of a fuzzy cave bed, or plays hide and go seek with you under the sheets as you make your bed, you’ll know you are getting a glimpse into their evolutionary background!
This blog article was partically inspired by Moderncat’s super cool Roundup of Affordable Cozy Cat Caves, All Under $40 – image below.
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