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When We Carry Something We Can Unnerve Our Cat — 4 Comments

  1. This is a very interesting topic and one I’d never given any thought to before.

    I can’t say I’ve noticed this behaviour in my cats, but that might be because I encourage them to move out of the way when I’m carrying something large enough to obscure my vision of the ground in front of me. (Don’t want to tread or trip on the cats by accident.)

    Perhaps it is our changed silhouette which scares some cats. Could it also be simple fear that the box etc., might fall on them or be used to harm them? A nervous cat might perceive an unknown, large object overhead as a potential threat to their safety.

    If only cats could talk. We have so much more to learn about them.

  2. Samirah had a thing about brooms. The first time she saw me with one she ran and hid. She came back five minutes later. I didn’t make a big deal about her reaction, so she sat down and watched me sweep. Now she doesn’t move when she sees me with a broom in my hand. I do think someone hit at her with a broom in her old house.

    Opening up a trash bag also makes her nervous. Still does, after all this time. I have the feeling someone used to snap at her with one.

  3. The only time my cat has run away from me is when I get the vacuum out. I’ve seen people who vacuum their cats to get excess fur, but they must have started that very early on. The same with hair dryers.

    • Cats associate vacuums with a noise that sounds dangerous, I guess. Gabriel doesn’t so much run away from me but sometimes backs off if I walk towards him carrying something large and particularly if he is in a more alert mode when outside. I have found similar reactions to my other cat companions.

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