By Elisa Black-Taylor
If you use your search engine and Google “cat slaps alligator” or “cat vs alligator,” you’ll be directed to several YouTube videos. I’ve chosen the best two for this article. As though there can be a “best” when a cats life is purposely placed in danger for the entertainment of people. Maybe I just don’t understand people who will go to any length for their moment of fame.
Before I begin, I’d like to inform the readers that no cats (or alligators) were harmed during the making of these two videos. For those of you too squeamish to watch these YouTube cat vs. alligator videos, here’s what happened.
Here’s the first video.
This video shows an alligator trying to get out of the water and feed on what’s said by those doing the video commentary to be (raw?)chicken. There’s a cat waiting on the bank who slaps the alligator anytime he gets close to the food. Eventually the alligator eats the chicken with the cat sitting nearby.
This is an exceptionally good video, although a bit scary.
The other video was sent to me by my boss. He saw the cat and thought of me. I’m a bit more worried about this one, as an older child is fairly close as their cat slaps the alligator. Thanks to all of the publicity about gators given to Americans by the late Steve Irwin(Crocodile Hunter), I’m sure these gators can move rather fast when they want to. This is bad not only for the cat involved, but also for anyone else nearby.
These videos were made in what the cat owners probably thought was good fun. Was it really? Personally, I’d keep a cat as far away from an alligator as possible. One wrong move or one irritated gator could mean the death of the cat.
Is this just another way people are exploiting the cat for personal gain? It’s likely, as many videos now go viral, causing others to imitate. Having a video go viral is important to those on the internet who want to become famous. Average people have made it onto talk shows or the national news by posting unusual videos online.
Have any cats died while providing this “entertainment” for their owners? We’re not likely to ever know.
I’m just glad the alligators in both of the cat slaps alligator videos have a healthy respect for the cat. It shows that cats can put up a good fight in times of danger.
My dog Dreyfuss (although not a gator) also has respect for cats after being slapped in the nose by my cat Salem back in 2004. Dreyfuss didn’t realize I’d brought Salem to his new home after we moved. I had Salem in a chair beside me taking a kitty nap. Dreyfuss put his head on the arm of the chair for a head rub and took a nasty swat from a disturbed cat. It took years for Dreyfuss to walk anywhere near a cats paw.
A gator is a far stretch from a dog. My guess is the cats have given the alligators enough nose slaps to make them wary. These gators may be what’s considered tame to those living near their territory. Still, I hope those portrayed in these YouTube videos continue to fear these cats. Some may also consider this abuse to the alligator.
These videos also show one more reason cats need claws.
I’m curious what the readers here think about what I’d consider exploitation of both animals, intentional or not.