Survey: Harmless (and Hilarious) Household Items That Scare People’s Pets
Is your pet afraid of common household appliances like vacuums and blenders? How about things that seem completely harmless — and more irrational — like microwave popcorn and ceiling fans?
"Great Dane is scared of the crockpot!"
— Candice Hoerner
"The chimes of our grandfather clock."
— Joyce "JJ" Walker Wiebbecke
"I have a kitty who really hates my sewing machine, especially when I am winding bobbins and the machine is running fast."
— Charlee Harris Talor
"My Labrador is scared of tape. The sound of it unrolling scares her and she hides in a corner. Oh, especially the sound of duct tape! That's why every time I unroll duct tape, I do it slowly."
— Marie Janelle Tacloban
"My Chihuahua, Tinkerbell, is scared of anything that sprays, like the vegetable oil bottle."
— Maryjane Cook
"Our cat, Clyde, is afraid of my husband's rechargeable shaver. He bats it out of his hand every time."
— Janice Michael
"My dog is afraid of my SodaStream machine. It makes a fwoosh sound when the water carbonation is complete."
— Christa Lajoie
"I used to have a dog who was terrified of balloons, and of anything that resembled a balloon. My sister had an inflatable snowman that we'd put in the living room at Christmastime, and the poor dog was TERRIFIED. He completely avoided the living room for the entire season."
— Audrey Nickel
"My cockatoo is scared of the radio."
— Martha Jackson
"I have one afraid of popcorn in the microwave."
— Marla Claudin
"My cat hates it when I tear off aluminum foil — he freaks out and dashes around the house. Plastic wrap, parchment paper, trash can liners? Eh, sometimes. But the foil is always a direct hit for a thorough freakout session."
— Chris Patzkowsky Cunningham-Smith
"My Pug doesn't like the vacuum at all!!! All I have to do is open the closet, and he goes nuts."
— Donna Wenck Fujikawa
"My Aussie shakes and drools... he's so scared of the low-battery warning chirp from the smoke detectors."
— Ann Marie McCain
"My cat is afraid of the ceiling fan."
— Pam Timmer Davidson
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