A new viral trend reveals a surprising cat behavior, but pet owners should beware.
What happens when you put a cucumber behind a cat?
Some cats couldn’t care less about the vegetable intrusion, but some leap high into the air when they see it. Videos of such encounters are going viral this week, since people try to see how their own pets respond.
But that’s bad for the animals, experts warn.
“If you cause stress to an animal of any kind that’s probably not a good thing,” says Jill Goldman, a certified animal behaviorist in southern California. “If you do it for laughs it makes me question your humanity.”
The fact that the cucumbers are often placed near feeding places in the videos confuses the felines because they often associate those areas with safety and security, adds Pam Johnson-Bennett, author of Think Like a Cat. “That’s just a cruel thing to do,” she says.