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Do cats have a secret affinity for circles?
"I think there are two quite simple explanations," said Dr Sarah Ellis, a research fellow from the University of Lincoln, when contacted through email.
"The first is that the cat is drawn to investigate the novelty of the mark on the floor," she said.
There's no surprise there—curiosity is one of the primary traits of cats (hence the idiom curiosity killed the cat). I used to own a cat when I rented a room out of campus several years ago. And once in a while, knowing that the cat would investigate all sorts of things, I would make strange clicking noise from my room to lure the cat into my room so that I could pet it.
But is curiosity alone enough to prompt the cat to sit and rest in the circles?
"Cats like to feel safe and secure, and they do so by getting into small spaces. Even the smallest lip on something is enough for a cat to feel safe and secure.
For example, you will often see cats rest in their litter trays at shows, this is because the lip of the tray gives the cat added perceived security."
Have you tried this on your cat? Well what are you waiting for? :D