CU­CUM­BER SCARE

Modern Cat - - Behaviour -

There’s a vi­ral video trend you might have seen lately: if you sur­prise your cat with a cu­cum­ber, she might re­spond by com­pletely freak­ing out. She might hiss, shy away, or spring into the air. Silly cat, it’s just a vegetable! What a hi­lar­i­ous prank, right? Ac­cord­ing to Na­tional Ge­o­graphic, not re­ally. Jill Gold­man, a cer­ti­fied an­i­mal be­haviourist in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia, ad­vises against need­lessly stress­ing your cat. Cats, she says, don’t nor­mally see things like cu­cum­bers on the floor, so you are “trig­ger­ing the cats’ nat­u­ral star­tle re­sponses.” In gen­eral, be care­ful about shock­ing your cat with novel items. Your cat needs time to ad­just to new ob­jects and sit­u­a­tions. De­lib­er­ately shock­ing her is un­fair and po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous for your kitty.

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