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Cats With Cardboard Boxes

Do you want to get your cat a present? The coolest present ever? Give kitty some cardboard. They love to scratch it, claw it, bite it, rub it, love it, and sleep on it or in it. It’s easy shopping for you, because color doesn’t matter and in kitty’s mind one size fits all.

So, What Is Cardboard?

We all know our cats love cardboard, but what exactly is cardboard?

One way most of us use the term “cardboard” is to refer to a heavy-duty paper that is more properly known as paperboard. It is similar to paper, but is thicker and more rigid. Paperboard is commonly used for packaging smaller or lighter weight items such as breakfast cereal, soda cans, shoe boxes, and a zillion other things you carry home from the store every day.

Corrugated cardboard, on the other hand, is different. Corrugated cardboard is stiffer and stronger than paperboard, and is made up of three layers: an inside layer, an outside layer, and a layer in between that is corrugated, or bent into folds similar to peaks and valleys. The corrugated layer gives corrugated cardboard strength, and corrugated cardboard boxes are commonly used for shipping larger or heavier items, or even smaller, lighter items that need the protection a stronger container can provide.


A cat in a cardboard box.

A cat in a cardboard box
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