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Crazy Cat Experiment: Do My Cats Prefer Box, Basket or Bag?

Cats love all three things, so I again take science into my own hands and record what they decide.

Angie Bailey  |  Dec 8th 2014


Yay! It’s time to subject my cats to another very important experiment, all in the name of science! This time, I decided I wanted to know which of the three typical cat-receptacles my cats preferred: boxes, baskets or bags. My three kitties have shown notable interest in all three, so I was curious as to which was their favorite. You know, if they were stranded on a desert island and could only have one of them, which would it be? I had some predictions but honestly didn’t know which way it would go. That’s the great thing about experiments — they’re experimental.

I rounded up an attractive-looking box, basket and bag and set the grouping in the middle of the floor, and I waited for the cats to arrive. It didn’t take long for the cat-magnets to begin pulling in subjects. Here’s how it all went down:

First on all, Phoebe and Cosmo were the first to explore the choices. Saffy, as usual, was the last to arrive — she didn’t even make it in the video. I thought for sure the box or basket would be the favorites, but they took their time sniffing around the options before Phoebe claimed the bag. You probably noticed that Cosmo almost dove inside the brown paper cat-trap, but then — for whatever reason — changed his mind. Phoebe didn’t wait long to occupy the space.

She was quite confident in her choice, and didn’t once change her mind. Saffy finally arrived and began checking out the box, basket and bag. I decided to place some sheets in the basket to see if that made a difference in the basket’s draw. That’s usually the case in my house — a basket is great, but a basket of laundry is nearly irresistible.

No one cared about the addition of laundry, and Phoebe remained in her brown paper bag, not willing to give up her spot. Meanwhile Cosmo and Saffy continued rubbing their faces all over everything, deciding which one had the best vibe. You see, they take this science stuff as seriously as I do. I appreciate their dedication.

After several minutes of sniffing, exploring and considering, Saff and Cos decided they were mostly interested in the bag … you know, the one that Phoebe had already claimed. Of course, right? And she wasn’t about to budge anytime soon. No matter, everyone wanted the bag and no one was going to make an alternate choice.

The experiment’s results? No matter how attractive something is, whatever the other cat has is always way more enticing. I suppose I didn’t even need an official experiment for that, but it sure was a good time. I wonder what would have happened if I’d offered three bags of different sizes. Hmm … perhaps there’s another feline-related experiment in my future!

Do you think your cats would prefer a box, basket or bag? Experiment and tell us about your results in the comments!

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About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (birthed right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.