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Is Should Not be Amusing to Startle and Scare a Cat — 13 Comments

    • Fern why are you are being so unnecessarily rude? We are not w** as you state. We are just people who love animals and are concerned about their welfare. Clearly you are the opposite.

      If you return and are rude again, you’ll be banned permanently.

  1. IMO tis not amusing to me,I dont like it when someone purposely sets out to scare me,I dont laugh,I get pissed off but thats me.

  2. Yes, very well said michael.i very much agree and don’t watch them videos anymore because i believe that they are more focused on making people laugh than the well being of the cats in them..
    I would think that scaring a cat while he is eating would make him more apprehensive about approaching his food bowl..it isn’t something i would ever do and i don’t think it’s funny…

    • Thank Kevin for your support on this. I believe that people have a developed a bit of a habit of seeking amusement from the domestic cat since the cat became an internet sensation. It is fine to be amused by our cat but I don’t like these amusing events to be engineered by people at the cat’s emotional expense.

  3. Very aptly put Michael, and I do agree. It’s the antithesis of nurturing a trusting, happy relationship with our sensitive, loving companion.

    • Thanks Albert. I like fun and my cat amuses me sometimes but it is all natural and not deliberately engineered and it does not involve fear.

  4. I totally agree that intentionally scaring any animal shows a lack of sensitivity of other’s feelings. It also seems like a power trip that feeds the ego, although it may be unconscious. It would seem to break down any trust from the animal toward that human who creates strategies to get a laugh that come at the expense of an animal’s feelings of safety. Not too conscious or wise in my opinion. How do we feel when someone intentionally scares us? Even when it’s not intentional? My roommate says I scare her because I’m quiet. Maybe I should wear a bell…

  5. I saw those You Tube videos. I didn’t like the way the cats were scared. That would startle anyone, turning around after eating and seeing this strange new thing on the floor behind them. I think scaring a cat just for 15 seconds of fame on You Tube is a very bad idea.

    There was a video of a cat who sat on a stool next to a kitchen table and he obviously didn’t like the cucumber because he kept batting at it. That was more acceptable to me. I’d seen speculation online that perhaps cats just didn’t like the look of a cucumber because of some ancient memory of a snake predator, which is why some cats who weren’t surprised still reacted negatively. I was curious so I decided to test this out on Samirah. I did not ambush her while she was eating. She was in the bathroom drinking her water, I went into the living room and put the cucumber in the middle of the floor. Samirah strolled in, saw it, walked over and gave it a sniff. She rubbed her face on the cucumber and then she retired to her kitty condo and took a nap. She was not impressed.

    • Since I wrote this page there has been a spate of pages saying the same thing! That it is not a good idea to scare cats. Err.. yes, that makes sense 😉

      • People will do anything for You Tube. Or Facebook. They claim it’s not a good idea to scare cats and they show cat vids showing that same thing they tell people NOT to do. Humans are weird.

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