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If you love cats, look no further to be amused and amazed. I invite you to dig out your roll of coloured tape, go mark out a square with it on your floor, and wait for your kitty to stroll by. Does your fur baby do this? It seems most pusses need no purrsuasion.
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Uhuh, here comes another!
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This puddled puss almost resisted. But no, it seems for moggies sitting is mandatory.
And another! Purple tape, pink tape, blue tape – whatever.
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Squares of ribbon, paper, even shoes – the kitties will park in the middle without pro-cat-stination.
What pawsible reason can there be for this strange behaviour?
“We know that cats like safe spaces. It’s possible that the marking on the floor creates some illusion on the floor that doesn’t actually exist,” says certified cat behavior consultant Mikel Delgado. “It might have enough similarity to a low-sided box that a lot of cats are attracted to it for safety.”
Certified cat behavior consultant Ingrid Johnson agrees, pointing out that cats have poor close-up vision, so they may well mistake the tape for a shallow box – and we all know how cats love boxes.
“Their vision is built for distance and speed, watching a mouse run across the field,” she says. “Close up they’re virtually blind 8 to 12 inches off their muzzle.”
Curiosity killed the cat
So the saying goes. And cats are certainly curious. Your puss may just be purrusing a new strange object on your floor.
Cats in circles
Circles, hexagons, heptagons – cats can’t get enough.
But if it’s just curiosity, why the sitting?
Mikel Delgado has the last word: “Maybe just chalk it up to cats being mysterious,” he says.
Now just get out that tape and go!