In the open spaces of the World Wide Web, "jokes" are increasingly getting into, which clearly prove that cats are afraid of cucumbers. Usually, the situation is this - the cat eats, imperceptibly lays a cucumber behind its back, the animal turns around and retreats in an involuntary jump. After the first viewing of the video, it’s quite difficult to restrain the laughter, but it’s worth looking at the reaction of the animals and moderate the emotions, as the conclusions suggest themselves. Let's not get ahead of ourselves and consider everything in order.
Survival instincts and laws of nature
If you like to watch videos about animals, you may have come across stories about a watering hole in the savannah during a drought. At a small stretch of water, lions, gazelles, buffalos and even small animals gather. Despite the presence of predators, the whole animal feels safe, calmly approaches the watering place, and after drinking, leaves without looking back. This inexplicable symbiosis of potential victims and predators occurs for the only reason - the place of ingestion of food or water should be conflict-free and safe.
There is a proverb: "When a man drinks, even a snake does not hiss". Of course, the cliche is embellished and adapted, but the general meaning is clear. Eating or drinking is untouchable by anyone. In fact, an innocent joke with a cucumber is a violation of the great natural laws laid down in the DNA of all animals, it is not so harmless, is it?
Start-up reaction and self-preservation instincts
Our domesticated Murch are endowed with the same strength self-defense instinctslike their ancient ancestors. Yes, urban animals do not encounter large predators, but they do encounter humans, which at times is a greater threat. A cat does not need to be taught to run from a pack of dogs toward a tree. The cat does not need to be trained to protect offspring. All these skills are embedded in animals in DNA. Against this background, the fact that cats are afraid of green cucumbers looks rather strange, because these are just vegetables.
In fact, the “jump into the unknown," after seeing a cucumber, is the so-called start reaction. The animal jumps absolutely randomly, which is why it looks so funny. Eating, the pet at the "genetic level" is sure that he is not in danger. Further, he turns his head and sees "something", and the brain gives the command to leave the place of threat as quickly as possible.
In support, you can cite a lot of examples related to human atypical behavior. Jumps to 4 meters high are registered in the world, the ability to lift and carry loads 4-5 times the weight of their own bodies and all this, people do at the time of danger. A mother protecting her child turns into an "angry beast" ... not specifically, but instinctively.
Why exactly cucumbers?
Now let's think, given all of the above, Is it possible to scare a cat, not a cucumber, and a banana or zucchini? Definitely possible! But it is not necessary (more about this below). The first animal with which associates a cucumber - it's a snake. In the wild, the brighter the color of the predator, the more dangerous it is, respectively, the brighter the snake, the more poisonous it is.
Further, the cat will not be afraid, for example, of your green sock. Why? Your item has a smell that the pet perceives is safe. The cucumber smells neutral, and this is another sign of danger. All predators or poisonous animals have the most neutral smell, otherwise, they would simply not be able to sneak up on the prey.
The consequences - an innocent joke?
Unfortunately, many owners do not realize the seriousness of the consequences of jokes with animals. It should be understood that the atypical behavior of our favorites is always associated with sharp adrenaline rush into the blood overload of the whole organism and heart in particular. Before you put the ill-fated cucumber behind the back of your cat, think about why you are doing this, just laugh? Make a video joke? Or maybe you should stop and soberly assess the situation?
Remember your feelings when you were not intentionally (or intentionally) scared, an accident when you went into a psychological stupor and the whole world swam before your eyes. Remember that “aftertaste”, heaviness in the chest, heartbeats that you heard in your ears, dizziness, nausea, lack of air? This is the same overload after an adrenaline rush, this is the reaction of your body to stress. Now double this state, because you are just scared, and your ward will fight for life. Is it worth it?
By the way, if you listen to the opinion of feline psychologists, start-up is considered an extremely dangerous condition. Another joke on the network “walks”, on which the cat rises two feet from the lying position and leaves the frame. This video was studied right away by a group of specialists, and the verdict was far from comforting - preinfarction condition. Add to all the hardships a huge risk that the pet will not orient in space, simply hit the door jamb or jump onto the windowsill and fall out of the window ... we dare to hope that you are responsible for the tame ones.