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McMillan, a director at Best Friends Animal Society, says that scaring cats with any kind of object, even a seemingly benign member of the gourd family, could cause serious physical or psychological injury.
“Your pets rely on you to keep them safe," Dr. Frank McMillan told the Mother Nature Network. "Intentionally scaring your pet violates this trust.”
originally posted by: Benevolent Heretic
Please, DON'T try to scare cats! A scare like that stresses the animal and has all kinds of effects on the cat's physiological system. Their heart races, adrenaline pumps, and fear signals rush through their body. It's actually a form of abuse.
Your animals trust you... Why would you want to "mess" with them?
I am pretty sure that what you see is just the reaction to an object the cat did not expect to be there.