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I wanted to write something about Poppy yesterday, but wasn't sure where, and not everyone on roll call is a pet lover, so I've started a thread.

On Saturday morning, whilst playing in the garden, Poppy managed to lose her collar. It's a safety release one so she doesn't strangle herself climbing trees etc Replacing her collar also means a new engraved ID tag and a new magnet for when I reactivate the magnetic key to the cat flap. I had a look outside but couldn't find it. ...

That evening she came through the cat flap, with something in her mouth (usually a garden worm or a piece of string,) but this time, yes you've got it - her previously lost collar! Clever girl!

Melly1

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Hi ,Melly have your seen the clips on youtube about cats being scared of cucumbers ?.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BRp7ezUqbI.
The theory is that they think they are snakes.
David,
How bizarre. I haven't a cucumber, I wonder if they react the same to courgettes? I'll see what Poppy does later.

Melly1
David,
I showed her a courgette, she looked a bit wary and sniffed it. I think it is probably that the cats are relaxed when eating and when they turn round aren't expecting anything to be there? I hate being made "jump" so wouldn't play the same trick on Poppy.

Melly1
Those cucumbers look a bit 'snaky' so perhaps at first glance they think a snake is stalking them.
The boys sleep with me in cold weather - as you can see! They have their own beds on the floor but once my eyes are closed... Beau(white) is deaf but Kimi is my mum alert so if I am needed in the night he wakes me up.

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Denise wrote: Kimi is my mum alert so if I am needed in the night he wakes me up.
How brilliant.

Melly1
Kimi does love his grandma and I think he is sometimes quite concerned about her. Like all pastoral breeds he wants his flock contained and happy! :D
You are close

Whats going on here is within the time it takes for the cats vision to "lock in" their survival instincts/reflexes take over before they can establish the cucumber/banana (works with lots of foods) is an otherwise inanimate object.

Plus nearly all of those instances the object would be placed next to the pet while they were feeding or otherwise facing away. If you place the object in view of the cat you yield an entirely different reaction.. most might cautiously approach, prod/probe around a bit and leave it at that. Smaller number might even take a fancy and decide to try eating it.
Denise Chaplin wrote:Those cucumbers look a bit 'snaky' so perhaps at first glance they think a snake is stalking them.
Just discovered why sheets and towels drying on the banister often slide down to the bottom.... Just watched Poppy remove the peg with her teeth that was holding a drying sheet at the top of the sloping banister and run off with it! Little monkey!

Melly1
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