Let me tell you, from a cat's point of view (that would be Tiger Lily telling the inn cat's viewpoint), being boxed in is not a bad thing. Here's what she has to say on the subject:
A cat's eye view is very different. I believe in setting boundaries. I set boundaries with the other cat in my life and I set boundaries with inn guests (oh, yes, when I appear to be sleeping and letting you pet me I'm setting boundaries!).
My advice: Live you life in a quiet place you choose when living outside is just too hard. In fact, FIND a box and crawl in. Allow yourself to rest and renew in this safe place. Don't answer the phone. Don't raise an eyebrow. Now THAT is a cat's way of dealing with stress.
If you don't believe I do this in MY life, take a look at my rest period in the inn's kitchen corner yesterday. (Oh, that rustling you heard is not ghosts--just ME in the bag, in the box with extra liquor bottle bags moving around a bit. Hey, a girl has to make herself comfortable!)
Anyway, if you don't happen to have a spare liquor box in your size at home, consider a short visit to a B&B inn. Bed and Breakfasts pride themselves in creating a safe, quiet, nurturing environment, ideal for when the rat race has gotten the best of you. You really don't need a special occasion for this. Any day or two will do. Give it a try!
I'm around when guests check out. I assure you that the people leaving out of here have left their cares somewhere as they really look rested when they go home. I call that "the magic of the box and bag." I hope you get some in your life soon.
~Your friend and master of all things relaxing, Tiger Lily