The Internet had its fur ruffled after a cat video was recently uploaded to YouTube. If that sounds like every other day on the Web to you, then you probably haven't seen the clip. 



Mental_floss accurately described the Nov. 14 video, a compilation of cats getting scared by cucumbers, in one of their articles. It's as strange as it sounds. "In these videos, the kitties are usually eating, and their owners surreptitiously sneak up behind them, place the vegetable down, and wait for their pet to turn around."
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As a viewer, you'll be introduced to the frame after the vegetable has made its first appearance, and if you're like most people, it'll be hard to hold in your reaction. There's no doubt about it — this is funny to watch — but in the days since the video's posting, experts have been warning cat owners not to try it on their pets. 

Speaking with National Geographic, Jill Goldman, a certified animal behaviorist, stated "if you cause stress to an animal, that's probably not a good thing."

National Geographic also spoke with John Bradshaw, a cat behavior expert, and his words echoed the same sentiment as Goldman's. He credits the response with the fact that cats "would not normally see cucumbers on the floor," and goes on to liken the appearance of a cucumber to that of a snake. It goes without saying that, in the wild, snakes are something felines try to avoid. 

Further, you've likely conditioned your cat to believe that its feeding space is a safe place. If an uninvited intruder came in through the back door during your Thanksgiving dinner, you might have a similar reaction. 

Check out the video below and let us know what you think. If you decide to share it with your friends, be sure to do so with a warning — this isn't something you should be trying with your cats!