Most likely you have at least once experienced “brain freeze” and you how painful it is –at least momentarily. So if you know how it feels and what happens, would you intentionally cause that pain in your cat? For a few likes? The popularity of videos of cats getting brain freeze is increasing and maybe it’s time to rethink if they are even that funny.
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In the videos we usually see a cat getting ice cream as a treat until the brain freezes comes. The face the cats make –which seem so funny to many– is what is getting this videos shared over and over and more people doing the same thing to their cats for a few laughs.
Maybe you think it’s not a big deal –you’ve probably noticed that in most of the videos after the brain freeze passed, the cats keep up eating the ice cream. Maybe you have even done yourself a brain freeze session with your friends in a crazy afternoon and you think that besides a headache, nothing really happened. But don’t forget that if such is the case, you willingly knew what you were doing and you knew it wouldn’t last long.
Now let’s put ourselves in the cats’ positions. They have no idea why they are suddenly feeling that pain and they don’t know how much it lasts. It must seem like a torture to have offered to you a delicious treat that causes you pain, but your human is still insisting you can eat it. It kind of feels like a violation of trust. Tricking them into something that will hurt them just for our fun feels wrong.
Plus, even if you are not considering the brain freeze, giving an ice cream to your cat is still not the best idea. A third of the cats is lactose intolerant which can cause them diarrhea and gastrointestinal problems, and most ice creams are high in calories and sugar, which can result in eyesight problems and diabetes.
There are plenty of ways to keep your cat cool other than with ice cream, especially if you were planning of brain freezing your cat for the camera. Our cats deserve better from us.