If I Fits, I Sits: 10 Cats Who Squeezed Themselves Into Tiny Spaces

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It’s no secret: Cats can be weird. From those random bursts of energy, to teeth chattering, to putting their butts in faces, cats are not lacking in the strange behaviors department. Out of all of their strange behaviors, however, one just might win the title of strangest—and has become an internet phenomenon, too.

“If it fits, I sits” (or "If I fits, I sits") refers to the act of kitties squeezing themselves into tiny spaces, like boxes, sinks, shoes, bowls, or even flower vases. Lucky for them, their super flexible spines allow them to squeeze into some seriously small (and strange) spots. But why do cats like to chill in confined spaces? The most common theory is that it makes them feel safe, protected and comfortable—if the sides of a box, basket, or bowl are touching their body, a predator can’t get ‘em. Makes sense, right?

Natural instincts aside, “if it fits, I sits” has graced the internet with some pretty awesome photos. Read on to see 10 cats who answered the call of the wild by jamming their bodies into tiny spaces.

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    Kitties in Cardboard

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    Heather Tjeerdsma

    From shipping boxes, to pizza boxes, to shoe boxes, there isn't a single cardboard box a kitty hasn't liked to curl up in. In fact, your cat probably loves a good ol' cardboard box way more than the 100% organic, natural latex, and memory foam cat bed that cost more than your own mattress.  

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    The Water-Free Bath Time Kitty

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    @bissellaustralia / Instagram

    Sure, many cats don't like to get wet–and some absolutely loathe taking a bath–but no one ever said anything about empty bathroom or kitchen sinks. They're actually the perfect, cat-sized spot to curl up, get comfy, and totally get in the way of your morning routine. 

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    The Interior Decorating Cat

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    @little.juniper / Instagram

    Baskets are a super common accessory in the interior decorating world. Why? They're so cheap and versatile! Not only do they add some natural texture to a space, but they can hold your favorite tchotchkes, extra pillows or blankets, certain kinds of houseplants, and... cats. You heard it here first: A kitty cuddled up in a handwoven basket is going to be this year's biggest (and cutest) decorating trend.   

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    The Not-So-Helpful Feline Helper

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    @gerdy1051 / Instagram

    Doing yard work in the hot summer sun can be seriously hard work, but having a helper can save some sweat–and back pain. Unless, of course, that helper decides to take a nice snooze on top of your garden hose. 

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    The Cutest Kitty Birthday Present

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    @loki_and_marla / Instagram

    What's better than celebrating your birthday and being showered with love, happiness, and thoughtful gifts? If one of those gifts happens to be an adorable cat!

    (Psst: We don't recommend giving animals as gifts unless you've discussed it extensively(!) with your partner, family, or roommates. You have to be 1000% certain the recipient is ready to take on a pet before you surprise them with one!)

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    Picky Punk Rock Kitty

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    @ayurwen / Instagram

    When you're a punk rock kitty, you have to be choosy with your sits locations. A Backstreet Boys DVD box set case? No way. A Nike shoe box? Never. Really, besides a Vans box, there's only one other type of shoe box this punk cat would be seen squeezing himself into: Doc Martens.

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    The Baby Doll Cat

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    @stepinaginta / Instagram

    Whether they just want to be closer to the baby or are jealous of all the attention the tiny humans get, it's common for cats to curl up in a crib, car seat, or stroller. But if taken out on the street, this kitty could bring a whole new meaning to the term "Crazy Cat Lady." All she needs is a bonnet and pacifier to really take it to the next level. 

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    The Feline World Traveler

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    @stanleyanne / Instagram

    Doesn't it seem like your pets just know when you're going on vacation? Curling up in your purse or luggage, like this cat, is one way to ensure you won't go galavanting around the globe without him.

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    The Chef Kitty

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    @atticusandhobbes / Instagram

    If you've ever worked in a restaurant kitchen–or helped your mom in the kitchen–you know any good chef has a permanent frown. The same rings true for this culinary cat, who prefers to relax in a salad bowl. 

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    The Chore-Completing Kitty

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    @florence_the_lovely_cat / Instagram

    Take a moment to reflect on how difficult it was to get your chores done when you were a kid. Alternately, if you have kids, how difficult is it to get them to do their chores? This cabinet-lounging cat actually loves putting the dishes away–and then getting them dirty (and covered in hair) by taking a snooze in the cabinets. 

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