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Big Cats Enjoy Goofing Around With Boxes as Much as Little Cats! VIDEO!

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, wildlife, tigers, big cats )

- 1829 days ago -
If you've ever watched a clip of Maru playing in an empty cardboard box and wondered if it's just domestic cats who like doing so, here's your answer: no. A fun experiment conducted at the Big Cat Rescue sanctuary in Tampa, Fla., indicates that a love

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Kit B (276)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 9:33 am

Cute is probably the wrong adjective, but certainly playful and fun to watch.

pam w (139)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 10:08 am
Because I've been envolved in the zoo's ENRICHMENT program, my educated guess is that these boxes have been sprayed with scents which are interesting to the cats.

Notice how they ''rescent'' the boxes by rubbing their faces and paws on the surfaces? They're ''marking'' over whatever's been put on the cardboard.

Enrichment is a HUGE effort in zoos and is fun and stimulating for the animals. Keepers will ''scent'' parts of exhibits or bring straw from hoofstock barns for carnivores to enjoy.

You can do this for your own cats by rubbing boxes with things like cologne (use those annoying magazine ads which have scented ''samples'') or rub your neighbor's dog's paws and then transfer the scent in the same way.


pam w (139)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 10:09 am
I forgot to say that these boxes aren't ''empty'' at all!

They're full of PHEROMONES....fascinating to a scent-driven animal.

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 10:16 am
watched thank you

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 10:20 am
Watched this video yesterday. Whatever the reason, they're obviously enjoying a good time and that's all that matter!!

Jerry B (128)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 10:28 am
Noted and loved them having such a good time..thanks Cher!

S S (0)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 10:29 am
:-) thank you.

. (0)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 10:44 am
Christeena posted this a day or two ago- great to watch again.

Judith Hand (55)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 11:43 am
Noted and enjoyed!

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 12:02 pm
PAM, I tried rubbing my friend's dog's feet on a box ~ one of my cats pee'd in it! Guess that was a case of bad pheromones!

Natalie V (27)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 2:58 pm
noted, thnx :-)

Lisa W (143)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 3:20 pm
Delightful to watch! TY Cher. These cats are all so beautiful and awesome! I t if so interesting how domestic cats and the big cats have the BOX- love in common. lol!

Tammy B (9)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 3:57 pm
loved it!

Ruth C (87)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 4:04 pm
Beautiful cats, its sad that they are in captivity.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 8:51 pm
Nothing like that boxed in feeling, cats and boxes go together like hands and gloves, a purrfect fit. What fun!

. (0)
Monday April 22, 2013, 6:20 am
What is it with cats and kids and an empty box?

Sara P (57)
Monday April 22, 2013, 10:16 am
Amazing creatures, thanks for sharing Cher.

Farah Hage Ali (152)
Monday April 22, 2013, 12:18 pm
noted, thank you for sharing

Carol H (229)
Friday May 3, 2013, 6:58 am
cute video, thanks Cher, noted
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