Hidden antics in cat’s fridge lead owner to ask for help in viral post: ‘He does this every time’
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A viral post on Reddit has brought together social media users to discuss one of life’s mysteries: why do cats like fridges?
Law student Grayson Martin brought this question to the fore on the r/cats subreddit after catching her eight-month-old cat Trevor jumping in his fridge.
“Any tips to keep my cat from jumping in the fridge every time I open it?? Martin wrote in his Reddit survey on Sunday, April 3. “He does this every time.”
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The post garnered over 35,000 upvotes and over a thousand comments from cat owners who may relate to Martin’s problem.
“He’s still enjoying the fridge,” Martin, 23, told Fox News Digital on Wednesday via Reddit’s chat feature.
Commenters who chimed in on Martin’s post suggested he grab Trevor before opening the fridge, wait until Trevor gets bored of the space, or introduce him to a new hiding place.
“I decided to take the advice to let him explore the fridge so he would lose interest,” Martin said. “But so far, he still really likes the refrigerator.”
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Trevor is one of two cats owned by Martin. His other cat is “not at all interested in the fridge”, although there seems to be a slight exception every time Trevor climbs into the fridge. In a photo Martin shared with Fox News Digital, you can see Trevor’s hideout caught the eye of his feline companion.
Martin is currently waiting to see if Trevor’s behavior will change over time as she completes her studies at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas.
Dr. Emily Wilson, MD of Fuzzy – The Pet Parent Company, told Fox News Digital that she thinks it’s “pretty rare” for cats to choose refrigerators as hiding places because they “tend to gravitate toward to warmer environments, such as a clothes dryer.”
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Wilson speculated that some cats may feel drawn to refrigerators if they are “food driven” or live in a hot climate and want a place to “cool down.”
“Minimizing open containers of food and storing food, especially meat or fish, in airtight containers can help,” Wilson said. “If you have a food-motivated cat, redirecting them with a treat or food toy to another area in the kitchen, to other areas of the house each time you open the refrigerator, can help minimize the pulling. refrigerator.”
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Dr. Ole Alcumbrac, a wildlife veterinarian at White Mountain Animal Hospital and host of Nat Geo Wild’s “Dr. Ole’s Wild Life,” told Fox News Digital that cats are climbers.
“Cats love secrecy and vertical environments, so it’s no surprise that they tend to hide and jump in and on refrigerators,” he said. “Obviously that can be dangerous.”
The two methods recommended by Alcumbrac to discourage cats from climbing into or on refrigerators include the use of “squirt bottles as a deterrent” or the use of “commercially manufactured electric mats designed to keep cats out. on the counters”.
According to Alcumbrac, these battery-powered mats deliver “a mild negative stimulus” whenever cats come into contact with them. Usually, cats will learn to avoid the rug and the general area where the rug is placed.
There is another method that cat owners can try if they prefer to use non-contact behavior adjustment techniques to keep their cats away from refrigerators.
“Offer your cat alternatives to the refrigerator — it could be a safe place to rest, an elevated spot, etc.,” American Humane chief veterinarian Dr. Fox News Digital.
“Try different options until you find a shelter where the cat will go instead of the fridge,” Edling continued. “You can use tall, cat-friendly shelves designed for the cat and attached to the walls, tubes big enough for the cat to crawl through, or cardboard boxes. Use your imagination and your knowledge of the cat to change its behavior without resorting to an undesirable technique.”