Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Why Cats Are So 'Insanely Terrified' Of Cucumbers?

Why cats are terrified of cucumbers? Here's some of the thoughts or ideas that I have come across, being a curious creature myself :)

cats terrified of cucumbers

With the recent viral and trending videos of cats "insanely terrified" of cucumbers, a lot of you must have asked: "Why are cats scared of cucumbers?"

Why are they afraid of the famous salad component, where in fact it is not even moving?

A few of the articles I stumbled upon said, it is because cats are curious creatures. They tend to investigate on things that look suspicious.

Watch the video: Cats terrified of cucumbers

Just like humans, cats also got the tendency to feel worried about unknown things around.

Most of the viral videos showing cats with cucumbers placed by their owners nearby, mostly while the pets were eating - busy munching on their meals, show one common scenario.

The cats did not expect the cucumber to be there.

Perhaps, they would feel and react the same way if people would put a radish or maybe cabbage behind them.

Take a look at this another feline, a pitbull looking at the pineapple in a kitchen:

So, for now, it maybe satisfying to have the thought that cats are seemingly afraid of cucumbers, not because it's a cucumber; It's the element of surprise and unexpectedness of things that trigger their unusual reflex.

On another note, DO NOT SCARE YOUR CATS, said animal behaviorist in southern California!

You maybe giving them unnecessary stress by scaring them with cucumbers.
If you cause stress to an animal that's probably not a good thing.. If you do it for laughs it makes me question your humanity. (Jill Goldman)
The cats' "natural startle response" are being triggered by the abnormal presence of the cucumbers, said John Bradshaw, a cat-behavior expert at the University of Bristol.
With a startle response, a cat will often try to get out of there as quickly as possible and then reassess from a distance
They could be associating the green item with snakes, which could be predators, added Goldman.

Source: National Geographic, Youtube


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