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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Why are cats scared of cucumbers?

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We’ve all seen the hilarious videos. You know, the ones where a cucumber is placed near a cat, and they totally freak out about it. Yes, it’s so funny, and we can spend hours watching them, but just why are cats so scared of cucumbers?
We decided to search around for the answer and put forward all the theories. So, if you’re anything like us, you might want to stick around and read this.

Theory 1 - It creeps up on them
There’s a common theme within the videos - the cucumber is placed near the cat when they are not expecting it.
Understandably, cats are always aware of the unknown, and they are always on alert. When they see something that they’re not used to, they will quickly escape. It’s quite clever really.
We’re sorry if this ruins the magic of the videos, as in theory, anything could scare a cat if you sneak up on it.

Theory 2 - It looks like a snake
When we first read the first theory, we found one major flaw - cats don’t react that way to other objects. Surely more things have taken a cat by surprise, but they don’t react in the same way.
Many have suggested that they react in that way because they look like snakes.
This is understandable - they’re long and green, and when placed there with no reason, it’s just the first thought that a cat has. We don’t blame them.
Snakes can actually attack and eat cats, hence why they react in such a way.
That being said, all the videos we’ve seen, the cucumber has suspiciously been placed to shock the cat. Who’s to say they wouldn’t react the same to a pineapple?


Is it good for the cats?
Well, as comical as we might find it, turns out we shouldn’t be doing it.
Obviously, it does cause the cat quite a lot of stress, and it isn’t the decent thing to do. We shouldn’t be purposely scaring a creature that is constantly on guard, just for a few laughs. Yes, the videos might be funny, but they will cause your cat to be distressed, it’s just not worth it.
Not only that, in a way to get away from the threat, the cat might break something, or hurt somebody/something, in an act of desperation.


We hope this answered the common question about why cats are scared of cucumbers. By all means, have a giggle at the videos that are already online, but remember, it’s in the best interest of the cat to not try and scare them yourself.

Do you have any crazy theories about the cucumber fear? We’d love to hear them, and we’ll share them around. 
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  1. My husband tried putting a cucumber behind our cat, and it iterally didnt phase him. But, he's also never seen a snake. So I don't really know what to think about why they are afraid.

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