Viral videos have shown cats fleeing in fear or bouncing into the air at the sight of a cucumber.
Why cucumbers might frighten some cats is a hair-raising question, but it’s no mystery for one expert.
“Cats are genetically hard-wired through instinct to avoid snakes,” Con Slobodchikoff, animal behaviorist and author of “Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals,” said.
“Cucumbers look enough like a snake to have the cat’s instinctive fear of snakes kick in.“
This instinctive fear of snakes can cause cats to panic. But don’t go trying to prank your cat with cucumber-shaped objects just yet. Scaring cats can have long-term effects on their mental health.