First, a little background: There's a new thing on YouTube where people scare their cats with cucumbers (oh, by the way, some cats are pretty scared of cucumbers).
OK, I'm not going to sit here and act like that's not hilarious—I'm only human—but man, somebody's gotta look out for the cats though, right?
And it turns out that having the hell scared out of them with produce is not a fun cat experience at all. This type of startle response could indicate the cats are scared for their lives in a place where they normally feel the safest, animal experts say.
Via National Geographic:
“If you cause stress to an animal that's probably not a good thing,” says Jill Goldman, a certified animal behaviorist in southern California. “If you do it for laughs it makes me question your humanity...” Goldman explains that the cucumbers are triggering the cats’ natural startle responses, since they “would not normally see cucumbers on the floor.”
It’s also possible they may associate the green invader with snakes, which can be deadly predators, Goldman adds.
So yeah, you probably wouldn't love it if every time you went to the fridge for a glass of juice you turned around to find a cobra about to bite you. Maybe just give your cat one of those stuffed mice on a string, put the phone away and call it a day.