Why cats are afraid of cucumbers?
Surely you have already seen a video that is circulating on the Internet in which you see a few cats scare with cucumbers. This famous video that has gone viral should not give us so much laughter because remember that cats are scared easily and although it may seem funny, for them it is not.
In we explain in detail this phenomenon. Discover what happens with cucumbers and cats, why so many jumps and how a harmless vegetable can cause this reaction in our pets.
Curiosity killed the cat
If you have a pet cat you will know very well how curious they are and what precisely this innate curiosity is what makes them get into trouble sometimes. Do not forget that our little beasts have a predatory instinct inside, they are stealthy and they like to investigate everything.
By studying a bit the body language of cats you can know if your friend is angry, happy, if he is investigating something, attentive to everything that happens around him or if something has surprised him because he did not expect it. Cats like to have their environment controlled and anything (object, smell, sound, etc.) that is unknown can be an imminent danger.
In the videos that have become so popular, an unknown object appears out of nowhere just behind the cat and no doubt, these represent a threat that the cat was not expected, causing an action of immediate evasion.
The cucumber of terror
The truth is that cats are not afraid of cucumbers. Cucumbers are a harmless vegetable that has nothing to do with the immediate escape reaction of cats.
Due to the commotion that has been formed by the viral video of cats vs. cucumbers, a few experts have come out trying to shed some light on it. The biologist Jerry Coine, talks about his theory of “fear of the predator“Where he explains that the reaction of cats to cucumbers is directly related to the fear that can be generated by facing natural predators such as snakes.
On the other hand, the expert in animal behavior, Roger Mugford gives a simpler explanation to the phenomenon, stating that the root of this behavior has more to do with the “fear of the unknown“That with the fear of cats to cucumbers.
Surely, your cat will be surprised in the same way if he meets a banana, a pineapple or a teddy bear, as long as it is something he has never seen and that has invaded his space without him noticing.
Do not scare your cat, it’s not good!
Cats are solitary animals and very cautious, they have enough trying to understand the strange behavior of humans with whom they share their territory. Remember that human beings are one of the most sociable animals of nature and your cat, I assure you that this does not seem very normal.
Funny as it may seem, to scare your cat is not something positive for no one. Your pet will stop feeling safe at home and if you also scare him while eating, you can put your health at risk. The food area is one of the most sacred areas for cats, they feel calm and relaxed.
The reactions seen in the videos let us see that these cats are under a lot of stress, which is not good for any living being and less for felines who are distrustful and scary nature.
There are many ways to have fun with a pet, there are many toys for cats with which you can spend intimate moments with your little friend, so think very well about the consequences before trying to have fun at the expense of the animal that loves you so much.
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