You may have noticed by now that cats get bloody livid when you surprise them with a cucumber. If you haven’t, you’ve presumably been in a month long coma or something. It’s everywhere…
Since people found that out, they’ve been wondering whether we’d ever get an explanation as to why felines are petrified about the fruits (not vegetables), but we didn’t… UNTIL NOW!
Although, be warned. The answer is more obvious than you thought but it’s a bit sad.
Animal behaviour specialist, Dr. Roger Mugford, had this to say on the matter…
I think that the reaction is due to the novelty and unexpectedness of finding an unusual object secretly placed while their heads were down in the food bowl.Cats have to be suspicious of the unknown: It could represent the danger of a snake or another predator. I suspect that there would be the same reaction to a model spider, a plastic fish or a human face mask.
OK so, granted, you shouldn’t torment your cat but, to be fair, if cats were humans, we’d all hate them. They’d genuinely be horrible horrible people. You can’t argue with that.
Although it has to be said, if you’re scaring cats for YouTube views, that’s not a good thing.
Cats apparently see their food bowls as safe places. They can go there to chill out. If you throw in a rogue cucumber, all hell will, understandably, break loose.
Author ofThink Like A Cat,Pam Johnson-Bennett, said:
With a startle response, a cat will often try to get out of there as quickly as possible and then reassess from a distance.
So bear that in mind. If you don’t have a cat… go away.