Customer Service for Subscribers. The irony is, my greatest household fears, like finding a spider or mouse, are calling cards for a rousing round of feline fun. But, when I touch the vacuum, my cats scatter like I would if I was ankle-deep in arachnids. And, more importantly, how can we help them overcome their fears? A scared orange, ginger cat with his ears back. From an evolutionary standpoint, a healthy amount of fear keeps the lineage going.
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Many of us have laughed at the viral YouTube videos of cats going wild over a mere cucumber. In the videos, the owner of a feline sneakily places a cucumber behind the cat as it faces the other way. While in a way it is hilarious to watch, the question remains: Why are cats so afraid of cucumbers? As it stands, there are several theories, but no definitive answer. The second theory is based around the sudden appearance of a cucumber, similar to the human instinct of being frightened when someone sneaks up from behind. Mikel Delgado, a certified cat behavior consultant who studied animal behavior and human-pet relationships as a Ph.
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Every cat is different, so each is frightened by different things. Every cat has his own way of responding to fear, too. A naturally timid cat may be afraid of many things and spend a lot of her life in hiding, while a naturally confident cat will be less fearful and will usually recover more quickly from scary events. For example, one cat may confront a strange dog by hissing, spitting, and puffing out his fur to make himself look big. Or he may decide to cut his losses and beat a hasty retreat. Some cats are so overwhelmed with fear that they simply freeze, too terrified to run. A really laid-back cat, on the other hand, may not see the dog as a threat; he may simply sniff the dog and walk away. You'll need to observe your cat carefully to determine the reasons for his fearful behavior. Here are some common triggers:. Some fearful behaviors are acceptable and normal.
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