International Box Day — June 19

Do you have a cat? If so, International Box Day on June 19 is the perfect opportunity for you and your purring pet to enjoy some time together. If you don’t have a cat, you may not get what all the fuss is about. But read on anyway to unwrap the mysteries of International Box Day! Cats and cardboard boxes are a match made in heaven, and on International Box Day we celebrate the fun and joy of this incredible pairing!

International Box Day - Key Moments

1817
First commercial paper box was made

English firm M. Treverton & Son is believed to have made the first paperboard box while in the same year a cardboard box was developed in Germany.

1890
First pre-cut cardboard box invented

A Brooklyn printer and paper-bag maker manufactured flat, pre-cut pieces that could be folded into boxes.

2005
A cardboard box is included in the National Toy Hall of Fame

It’s not just cats who love a good box, as any parent of a toddler will attest to.

How to Celebrate International Box Day

1. Build your cat a box fortress
Head over to the supermarket or another large store and ask if they have any extra boxes. Bring them home and create the ultimate play area for your cat. Leave some open, put some on their sides, and your cat will soon be conquering his new castle.

2. Join your cat in a box
Ever wonder why your cat has so much fun with a box? Why not find a big one and join him inside? Who knows, you may celebrate International Box Day more than once a year. Don’t take offense though if kitty prefers having the box to himself.

3. Invite kitty friends over for a ‘boxing’ party
Gather your and your cat’s feline friends together for some insane box time. Collect as many boxes as you can, in all shapes and sizes and sit back and watch the fun. Cats are good ones for amusing themselves.

Facts About Cats

1. P.O. (Paw Odor)

Cats sweat through their paws

2. Are You Jealous?

Cats sleep about 16 hours a day

3. It's Math

Cats’ whiskers grow to be as long as the cat is wide

4. Like Fingerprints

Like a thumbprint, every cats’ nose is unique

5. All Ears

The fur inside a cat’s ear is called “ear furnishings”

Why We Love International Box Day

A. There aren’t enough cat and human holidays
Dogs may get all the credit for being man's best friend, but we beg to differ — cats make our lives better every day and they deserve a day (or two or seven) to be appreciated for everything they do. Take some extra time today to enjoy some purr time with your feline friend. In addition to a box or two, why not share some catnip?

B. It’s good for your cat’s brain
Cats thrive on play time. Supplying them with a box to jump around in, play hide and seek and attack activates those brain cells. It’s also doubles as exercise which is good for their figures! A special bonus: it tires them out, making them more likely to sleep when you sleep (well that's the idea anyway — we can dream, right?)

C. It gives us an opportunity to think out of the box
International Box Day is a great day to think about creative ways to play with your cat. What unusual games can you come up with to play with your cat today? Surround you and your cat with some boxes and let your imaginations run wild.

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