Traumatized Cat Hisses at 'Cursed' Artwork After Picking Up 'Bad Energy'

Art is subjective and has the power to provoke strong feelings in the viewer.

But it is not just humans that can have negative reactions to a work, as one viral TikTok video has shown.

In the clip, posted to the app by Thornhasalife, we can see a tabby cat with her back arched and ears held flat, in an defensive posture.

A woman's voice can be heard laughing as she says: "Hey, it's okay." The camera then pans across the room to a large material artwork which depicts the cartoon-like busts of three cats.

Another woman then says, between fits of giggles, that: "She hates it so much. Oh my god I've got to stop."

The video, which has been viewed more than 684,000 times, then cuts back to the cat who is recoiling in horror, as her back arches even higher.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) explains this "defensive threat" position is adopted by cats so they can warn "others away by appearing as formidable as possible by arching their backs, swishing their tails, and standing sideways and as tall as possible."


I was showing my friend my best "cursed" object and completely traumatized my cat oops #catsoftiktok #spooky #oops #catmom

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The site also explains that the animals' hair stands on end (pilo-erection) and their pupils dilate.

Thornhasalife captioned the funny video, which can be watched here, writing: "I was showing my friend my best 'cursed' object and completely traumatized my cat oops #catsoftiktok #spooky #oops #catmom."

The clip has gained lots of traction since it was shared on October 17, having been liked a staggering 128,400 times.

Many people also rushed to the comments section to share their opinions on the funny footage.

One TikTok user, Shandra, wrote: "Damn, sorry your cat can't recognise fine art."

Another person, Jacqueline M Johnson, added: "We've got cats that test bottled water now we've got cats that are art critics. I love this app."

Commissions Open typed: "It's really interesting that she recognizes an image of a cat. It must be like the uncanny valley to her."

Adam Paul Haase joked: "What a catapestry."

Sparky_Enji stated: "I think, based on that cat's reaction, that is clearly NOT okay."

Cosmiccsoul wrote of a comment from the animal's perspective: "Is that what you do with us, you turn us into blankets?!?! This is why I'm here?!"

Katri revealed: "I once put on a black hat that had cat ears on it. My cat looked at me with absolute horror in his eyes—haven't worn the hat since."

Sweet Tater explained: "We have two paintings of birds in our kitchen and when our cat remembers they are on the wall she tries to hunt them."

Adam B! commented: "At least you know it's cursed. The cat confirmed it."

Aleaha Sisson warned: "The cat is trying to tell you it's bad medicine throw it out."

A stock image of cat open-mouthed. On TikTok a cat had a very strong reaction to a "cursed" artwork. iStock