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Don't waste money on fancy toys — these GIFs prove pets just want the box

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Who knew boxes could make your pet so darn happy?

Instead of tossing those cardboard boxes after your family has torn into the Christmas gifts, give them to your favorite furry pals so they can tear into Christmas too. We call it creative recycling. Our animals simply call it fun.

What your dog really wants for Christmas. A box.

Who knew boxes could make your pet so darn happy?

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Whoa! Did you just see what's in that box?

Who knew boxes could make your pet so darn happy?

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It's a critter. In a box.

Who knew boxes could make your pet so darn happy?

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Yeah, that's right. I like big boxes and I cannot lie.

Who knew boxes could make your pet so darn happy?

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This is the best Christmas ever.

Who knew boxes could make your pet so darn happy?

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Surprise! It's me, The Cat.

Who knew boxes could make your pet so darn happy?

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You don't need a jack-in-the-box when you have a cat-in-the-box.

Who knew boxes could make your pet so darn happy?

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That is not cardboard! That is not what I wanted for Christmas!

Who knew boxes could make your pet so darn happy?

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Kittens do the darnedest boxy things.

Who knew boxes could make your pet so darn happy?

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Boxes make the best hide-and-seek places when it comes to bunnies.

Who knew boxes could make your pet so darn happy?

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Nobody puts Baby in the box. Except for me. Bwahahaha.

Who knew boxes could make your pet so darn happy?

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I gotcha!

Who knew boxes could make your pet so darn happy?

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Don't bother buying another cat bed.

Who knew boxes could make your pet so darn happy?

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That cat is such an attention hog.

Who knew boxes could make your pet so darn happy?

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If only they'd feed me more, I wouldn't have to eat the cardboard box.

Who knew boxes could make your pet so darn happy?

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When you opened the box, you never expected a small pack of puppies.

Who knew boxes could make your pet so darn happy?

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Give your cat this box when you need to go make those dreaded holiday returns.

Who knew boxes could make your pet so darn happy?

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Hey! Who turned out the lights?

Who knew boxes could make your pet so darn happy?

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Get lost, catarazzi, or I will scratch your lens off.

Who knew boxes could make your pet so darn happy?

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Make me get out of this box, and I will kill you.

Who knew boxes could make your pet so darn happy?

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The box trap.

Who knew boxes could make your pet so darn happy?

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