Did you know: If you mark out a square on the floor in tape, string, or whatever you have on hand, chances are your cat will go sit in it. It’s true! It seems like every few years the internet “re-discovers” this phenomenon, and every time it does it pulls in a few more incredulous cat owners.
This time we have to thank Uproxx’s own Danielle Matheson — or Matheson’s mother, anyway — who texted her daughter earlier this week to inform her that she learned of the trick on Pinterest. And after testing out the experiment with Matheson’s 10-year-old brother on their cat Finn (who may recognize from his bold anti-Duke stance back in March), as you can see, they can confirm that it does, indeed, work.
There are a few different possible scientific explanations behind the sensation, not unlike why your cat likes to plant itself in boxes. It’s not just squares cats are attracted to, but circles or any small enclosed, space, really. My own cat even prefers to sit inside the lotus design on my yoga mat, as you can see below.