Cats are floofy enigmas that have captivated — and at times, terrified — humanity for as long as we’ve tried to domesticate them. These tiny tyrants engage in all sorts of odd behavior, like knocking over glasses and eerily watching over us in the bathroom. But perhaps the most enduring feline mystery is why cats — big and small — can’t seem to get enough of cardboard boxes. Scientists and cat experts tell Inverse the reason might be simpler than we think.

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