This is the moment laughing pet owners place their cat’s paws on stickers in a cruel attempt to make the helpless moggies stand on their hind legs and appear to fight kung fu, as seen in this footage.
The new trend on Chinese social media has reportedly seen numerous videos of pet owner’s sticking their cats’ paws to stickers so that they appear to fight while they are heard laughing in the background.
Local media reports have likened the cats’ poses to kung fu fighting style Wing Chun, which was taught by practitioner Ip Man and used by his most famous student Bruce Lee.
Cat paws stickers are even available to buy from many online retail websites.
However, not everyone is amused by the new trend on Chinese social media.
Netizen ‘Man Cangsha’ commented: “I can sense their fear.”
‘Xing Lin’ said: “Why don’t you scare your old dad? Maybe he’d die from a heart attack.”
Meanwhile, a veterinarian identified as ‘Gui Lingzhe’ claimed: “We have received 13 cases of a cat becoming aggressive after taking part in this ‘game’ and they even hurt their owners when they tried to hold the cats. Four owners said they wanted to abandon their cats.”
PETA Asia press officer for China, Keith Guo, told Asia Wire (AWR): “Would anyone be amused if I told you that this was a cat’s stress response and it could have killed it? Animals are not for entertainment. PETA hopes people who are addicted to this fatal game will learn the dangers and stop abusing their animals immediately.”
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