There can be many way to bond with your cat, but it seems that scarring the living light out of her with a cucumber might not seem the best way to do it. The cat vs. cucumber scuffle, has attracted the attention of many youtubers from around the world.
First there was bread head technique, in which you would take a hollow piece of bread, and put it on the kitten’s head. Now there seems to be a new technique in kitten bonding. For those of you who are unaware what’s the big deal with cats and cucumbers is, there’s a YouTube video that’s went viral these days.
A cat owner was filming her cat while she was eating. No biggie to see a fluff ball enjoying her lunch. But what if we could turn that lunch into a much more interesting situation? In the video, the owner casually slides a cucumber behind the unaware munching cat. When the cat turns over to see what’s going down, she sees the cucumber and jumps around like crazy.
Although her owner and youtubers broke in laughter when they saw the funny home video, cat experts and veterinarian well not at all amused by the video.
According to some of the feline pros out there, it seems that scaring the daylights out of your furry friend could leave her with severe psychological trauma. Moreover, if the said procedure is repeated every time your cat is eating, it severely alter her eating habits.
Jill Goldman, a specialist in animal behavior made a couple of comments on the subject. She said that when a cat is startled, her first instinct is to put some distance between her and the potential predator. The cat would use this distance in order to reassess the situation and to determine a course of action.
By repeatedly doing the same thing over and over again, you can induce stress in your furry companion, which is probably not a good idea, because stress can affect animals basically in the same way it affects humans.
So, it would seem that the cat vs. cucumber scuffle has more downsides to it than we can possibly begin to comprehend. Sure, we can all get a good laughter because of a cat being scared to death by a cucumber, but let’s keep in mind that the kitten is terrified by the object. Moreover, she could become terrified of something in your own house, where she though that she was safe and comfortable.