Last Friday Big Cat Rescue conducted an experiment on some of their more slightly domesticated feline residents. The experiment, if you can even call it one, was aimed at determining whether their small collection of Savannah cats “miss or want to be petted”.
Afton Tasler, media producer for Big Cat Rescue, carried out the experiment on four of their Savannahs by seeing how receptive they are to being touched with an extendable metal back scratcher.
The entire process was recorded and can be viewed below or by clicking here:
Afton concluded the experiment by saying, “Well, it is safe to say these hybrid cats are not seeking our affection.”
Many of the comments on the video were quick to point out that a back-scratcher is not an accurate way of finding out if a cat wants to be petted (view entire comment thread here).
One commenter saying, "While I don't disagree with the no-touch policy, I think this experiment was flawed. If you don't have a relationship with any cat and you approach with a metal "stick," you're not going to get close."
Another commenter saying, "As much as I agree with your "no petting" rule, this video demonstrates nothing but the fact that cats don't like strange metal/plastic things being pushed onto them... My purely domestic cat also hates it when I am trying to touch or scratch her with things that are not my hand (like one of her toys), and she will run away from it... yet she deeply loves when we scratch and pet her. So on this video, sorry guys, but you totally missed your point."
Someone even went as far as to post their own video in which they conducted the same experiment with their domesticated cats.
We're not surprised that Big Cat Rescue would seemingly allow their cats to be antagonized with a stick considering the other incidents involving staff members using sticks to prod at their cats (see Another Case Of Animal Abuse At Big Cat Rescue?).
We believe this was just another one of Big Cat Rescue's attempts at creating propaganda against hybrid cats.