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Can someone explain this to me?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
8-Bit, the most fearless cat I've ever met. He's the one that tried to pull a lamb chop out of the pan it was cooking in while ON the stove, is TERRIFIED of the vacuum. Scratch Fury Destroyer of Worlds, the kitty who is scared of his own tail, will roll over and let us vacuum him with the attachments. I have no idea why this happens, but it bears some sort of TCS discussion.
post #2 of 22
Sorry I read part of that as: '...will roll over and let us vacuum his attachments'

That certainly is a weird one. The vacuum cleaner is the only thing that disturbs Radar - he slinks around the edges of the room looking a bit worried. Alas I don't have a scaredy cat to compare him with!
post #3 of 22
Loki hisses every time the vaccuum comes out and hides! Jacob just jumps to a high perch and follows me around the house (from a safe height) watching! Neither one of them would ever let me get near them with a vaccuum or blow dryer! I still have the scars from Loki's last bath, and it was a month ago!
post #4 of 22
My Chester like your Scratch is a scardy cat. He is afraid of everything, and especially the vacuum. Just taking it out of the closet will send him running.

Fortunately (a necessity not a luxury) I have someone who does it for me. This usually happens while I am at work so it gets me off the hook as being the tormentor.

He is also afraid of hair dryers. All I have to do it pick it up and he will leave the room. And one morning I discovered that the noise from a spray can has the same effect on him.

Keep in mind I have never done anything that would cause him to fear these things. It makes me very sad to even think or what might have happened in his former life that made him this way.
post #5 of 22
Sláine has had a similar sad history to Scratch - and is also, understandably, normally quite cautious. Still, she's the only one not frightened of the vaccuum (ours is especially loud, BF bought a very MANLY one for himself - he does all the vaccuuming in our house).

She isn't frightened of the carpet washer either, or the "Brush of Doom" that we use to sweep naughty kitties out of the kitchen. One only has to reach for the "Brush of Doom" while saying the words "Brush of Doom" in an atmospheric tone, and the rest of them FLEE the kitchen.

No, we're not sure why they're scared of the "Brush of Doom" either. At least the other two are loud. It's a puzzle.

Molly, Slayer and Talin have all had rough patches in their lives - but something tells me that Scratch and Sláine just have a different idea of scary that is a lot more - realistic - in terms of identifing threats, for sadly, very good reasons.
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by CheshireCat View Post
He is also afraid of hair dryers. All I have to do it pick it up and he will leave the room. And one morning I discovered that the noise from a spray can has the same effect on him.

Keep in mind I have never done anything that would cause him to fear these things. It makes me very sad to even think or what might have happened in his former life that made him this way.
Nobody thinks your using them to terrify your baby, most cats are like that. In the case of the spray can, most likely it sounds like hissing to him.
post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by Satai View Post
She isn't frightened of the carpet washer either, or the "Brush of Doom" that we use to sweep naughty kitties out of the kitchen. One only has to reach for the "Brush of Doom" while saying the words "Brush of Doom" in an atmospheric tone, and the rest of them FLEE the kitchen.
That had me in stitches!
post #8 of 22
I think cats have a predisposition to be afraid of vacuums
post #9 of 22
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I think cats have a predisposition to be afraid of vacuums
You should tell that to my 5! Damita is cautious about the vacuum, but she would like it if she could see. Twitch & Ophelia usually sleep through me vacuuming & I typically end up moving to vacuum under them. Dorian puffs up & chases it around the house inflating his ego. Lily just watches it...trying to figure out what on earth it is.

If I move the vacuum I usually have at least 3 cats chasing the cords as it trails behind me....

I personally think Scratch is taking his opportunity to show Bit that Bit's a chicken! Scratch deserves to have that one thing to hold over Bit's head....
post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by Satai View Post
but something tells me that Scratch and Sláine just have a different idea of scary that is a lot more - realistic - in terms of identifing threats, for sadly, very good reasons.
They know what is truly scary and it isn't the vacuum.
post #11 of 22
Every cat I have ever owned has been terrified of the vac. I just pick it up and my 21 pound Pete leaps over buildings at a single bound, at the speed of a bullet. If you get in between where he is headed for, when the vac comes out, you are begging for a broken leg.

KittenKiya levitates to the top of the cabinet, ChanKahli heads lickety-split for the kitty litter room and the walking disaster area goes with them.
post #12 of 22
[quote=Epona;1426843]Sorry I read part of that as: '...will roll over and let us vacuum his attachments' QUOTE]

That's hysterical!

I do agree, vacuums are wierd things! Our dog Maizey LOVES to play and bark at the vacuum!
post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 
The first time I took the vacuum out when Scratch was first here I thought that he'd just run and hide like 8-Bit, but he just sort of stood there and shrugged at it. DH and I were shocked. He had to usher Scratch out of the room to get all the fur off the carpet. Finally, one day he grabbed the crevice attachment and vacuumed his belly. I don't know what was louder, the machine or the odd cat that was purring.
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by Epona View Post
Sorry I read part of that as: '...will roll over and let us vacuum his attachments'
Welcome to the gutter!



I'm with Bit. I hated the vacuum as a kid and would go to my grandparents house (about a block away) when mom got it out. (I couldn't tolerate the volume.)
post #15 of 22
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That had me in stitches!
Thank you! My BF came up with that method, he's a funny guy.
post #16 of 22
My foster kittens LOVE the vaccume cleaner- they even spend their naptimes with it
post #17 of 22
Madden is a watcher, usually from the top of the T.V. or the cat-tree. On the other hand, my 65 pound "watch-dog" is terrified of the vaccum and runs away with tail tucked as soon as it comes out of the closet! I have no idea why, we got him as a pup and never teased him with it, he just dosen't like it. I guess if anyone breaks in and happens to grab the vaccum we're in trouble!!
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by lookingglass View Post
He had to usher Scratch out of the room to get all the fur off the carpet. Finally, one day he grabbed the crevice attachment and vacuumed his belly. I don't know what was louder, the machine or the odd cat that was purring.
That sounds like my Chynna. She absolutely loves the vacuum. As soon as she sees it she's following me around jumping on tables and meowing at me, or flopping down in front of it. She didn't like my other vacuum though (Sears Kenmore cannister type). It was only after I got my Fantom Fury bagless upright that she started doing that.

Abby on the other hand is the timid one and that includes running from the vacuum. Though lately she's just taken to laying across the room and not always running to hide in the bedroom closet.
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by Epona View Post
Sorry I read part of that as: '...will roll over and let us vacuum his attachments'



Louie runs from the vaccuum too....and LuckyGirl will just sit on top of the couch & give it dirty looks
post #20 of 22
Last night DH did the vacuuming for me, the only one to run and hide was Dianna. To Annie the vac is a foe to be conquered!!
All the little foster kittens just followed him chasing the cord. We had to keep picking up kittens and moving them so no one got sucked up! The two 54 lb "guard" dogs run like scared rabbits.
We have an antique Kirby so it is not quiet.
post #21 of 22
Spike is convinced the vacuum intends to hurt me; therefore it, and all its cursed attachments, must die. (I appreciate his concern, but it can be difficult to properly vacuum a carpet when the vacuum-cleaner is under attack from 13 pounds of crazed orange tabby.)

For some reason, the vacuum is only a monster when it's turned on. I understand that it's the sound that bothers Oz, who runs and hides, but I don't understand why Spike thinks it's only going to attack me when it's turned on. When it's turned off, Spike ignores it completely. One would have assumed that when the vacuum is turned off and "sleeping," that would be the best time to launch an assault. Perhaps Spike doesn't see it as a challenge when it's turned off?
post #22 of 22
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The first time I took the vacuum out when Scratch was first here I thought that he'd just run and hide like 8-Bit, but he just sort of stood there and shrugged at it.
3 of mine run like the devil, but Java just watches me vacuum. mind you, she doesn't want me to vacuum her, but she's not terrified like the others are.
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