Are Cats Scared Of Cucumbers?

Out of all questions cat owners across the world are asking on daily basis, among the most popular ones has to be: Are cats scared of cucumbers? (which is weird, isn’t it?)

The idea that somebody could get scared by something as plain as a cucumber is utterly ridiculous. And yet, many people out there claim that feline creatures indeed get frightened by this harmless vegetable.

You may have seen various YouTube videos which confirm this theory. Or you might have even tried “testing” it with your own precious furball. So, do cucumbers really scare off kitties? And why do so many internet cats seem to get startled by these veggies?

Origins of the theory

Nobody really knows where this theory originates from. However, if you have access to the internet and you’re a cat person, you’ve probably seen gifs, memes or videos of kitties of various ages and breeds being stressed out by a harmless cucumber.

Websites like YouTube and Reddit made the theory quite popular over the past decade.

But who was the person that discovered cats (the excellent hunters and predators) can get frightened by a green vegetable? That remains a true mystery.

So, are they really afraid of cucumbers?

It actually depends on the kitty. Even though felines are indeed outstanding predators and notable hunters, they aren’t exactly fearless.

Cats can get scared by all sorts of things. The most common reasons are sudden and unfamiliar:

  • Noises
  • Sights
  • Odors

It may seem as though they’re on alert even when they sleep, but anything can scare them off if it’s unexpected. For them the unknown equals possible danger of another predator.

Sneaking up on your cat with a cucumber could indeed scare it. The vegetable doesn’t produce any noises, but it’s suddenly there – big, unfamiliar and lying in plain sight. So, when your cat finally sees it, it gets startled by the fact that something crept on behind it while it wasn’t looking.

Imagine this.

You’re chilling in your home and you know there’s nothing wrong with your eyesight, hearing and olfaction. So when you suddenly see a stranger sitting in a corner, your immediately get startled. Cats don’t exactly perceive cucumbers as stranger cats, but they still see them as unexpectedly quiet and unfamiliar things that could be dangerous.

And sometimes the creepy silence of the cucumber is more frightening to them than other unfamiliar thing, which produces loud sounds.

Cucumbers and snakes – is there a link between them?

Some people associate the cats’ fear of cucumbers with their fear of snakes. Snakes are extremely dangerous predators, which can easily attack and kill a feline furball.

According to Dr. Jill Goldman, a California-based animal behaviorist, cats may associate cucumbers with snakes too.

Dr. Goldman isn’t the only one who supports this theory. It’s possible that kitties could indeed be making a link between the cucumbers’ long green exterior and the noiseless presence of these reptiles. But that’s still only a theory.

Why you shouldn’t attempt to scare your cat with a cucumber?

(Image source: The Art Jinni)

Trying out the “are cats scared of cucumbers” theory on your own pet is a truly bad idea. As a pet parent myself, I can say that it’s not only cruel, but also irresponsible to play with your kitty’s emotions on purpose just for the kicks of it.

However, if you need more convincing, here are other reasons why you shouldn’t do it:

  • Stress makes the cat vulnerable to some health diseases
  • It can also lead to destructive behavior
  • Inducing fear equals emotional damage
  • And it can also ruin pet-owner relationships

Stressing out your or somebody else’s cat on purpose is never a good thing. Not only can it trigger various health conditions, but it can also do other damages. For example, it can make your pet loathe or fear you. What’s more, it can even make the kitty hate its home’s confinement.

By attempting to scare your cat with a cucumber you’re encouraging acts of animal cruelty.

You might be laughing at all those cat videos, but you wouldn’t be laughing if someone was scaring you on purpose over and over again, would you? Think about how your feline furball might feel before you decide to test its fearlessness.

While it’s true that not all cats are scared of cucumbers, it doesn’t mean you should try the cucumber prank. And most of all, you shouldn’t encourage your friends and family to do it either.

Your precious feline companion won’t cherish you for stressing it out on purpose. If you don’t care about it being angry at you or about a possibly ruined furniture piece out of revenge, at least try to think about the cat itself before you reach for that cucumber.

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Emily Parker
 

Emily Parker is the Content Manager at Catological. She's passionate about helping cat parents love their cats better by providing the best information and recommendations about everything you'll need to know about your cat, from kitten to senior years. She believes natural, biologically-appropriate products are best...why wouldn't you provide the best for a member of your family?!

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Amanda Fritz - October 10, 2018

wow

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