Knowing she's a Katrina survivor and it's not plastic per se, it's got to be association. Spooky was abused, and they definitely threw things over her to try to "trap" her - blankets, coats, &etc. She would run and hide every week when we made the bed - of course the best part of the week for all the other cats, being just about their favorite game
- and the first two winters were real tough for her, with the winter coats about.
It's six years later now, and she wouldn't move when I was making the bed the other day. I told her - I was going to toss the blanket over her - and she still wouldn't move. So I went ahead and did it - and she did NOT freak out at all. I lifted up the blanket, and she rolled around.
Ella will probably stop running in a few years. Cats have long memories.