Yours truly had an outdoor cat for 16 years, a calico whose main squeeze was me, not my wife or son, until Aja got too old and wanted to be held and petted by anyone nearby. The only time she came in was during hellacious snowstorms whereby I would pick her up and put her in the garage whereupon she would jump into her box and look at me as per the physorg pix seen above. Seems there's a biological raison d'ete as to why cats like boxes as theses creatures are eminently practical, independent and competent, something all together different from dogs who cap upon our emotions to live a life of leisure if they luck upon a doting owner like myself. :)
Writing in Wired, Bryan Gardiner took up the topic of why cats love boxes, discussing the researchers' findings as well as other explorations into the way cats love scampering and even squeezing into boxes. One of the authors of the Dutch cat shelter paper, Claudia Vinke, was quoted in Wired: "Hiding is a behavioral strategy of the species to cope with environmental changes and stressors," Vinke said in her email.
Sounds logical to me.