A cat owner has gone viral online after sharing their hilarious dilemma—their feline friend won’t stop sneaking into the fridge every time they open it.
The owner shared a picture of the scene to popular Subreddit “Cats” where they pleaded for advice on how to stop it happening.
“Any advice on how to stop my cat from hopping in the fridge every time I open it?? He does this every time,” they noted in the post. In just two days, the post has gained over 35,000 votes.
The image showed a white cat perched on the fridge’s shelf, surrounded by dark roast coffee drinks and boxes of food—a pleasant hiding place for most.
“For context,” noted the owner. “We don’t have any open food in there, he just likes to lie down in the fridge. Is he too hot? Our apartment is at 68 degrees all the time.”
The cat’s apparent love for the cooler tickled the internet as users searched for potential reasons.
Cats have been proven to be territorial by nature, and although little research has been done into why cats would enter a fridge, experts associate their dislike for closed doors with their territorial behavior.
Reportedly, cats often believe they own their owner’s house. When a door is closed, they see it as a sign that undermines their rule of the roost. This of course added to the fact that cats are simply curious animals by nature.
Those aspects of a feline’s mind could be applied to this hilarious fridge encounter, but with little research into it, it’s difficult to know for sure and guesses online included that the cat simply wanted to be closer to food and treats.
The popular post garnered a wave of anecdotes expressing almost identical stories, proving just how deep a cat’s penchant for the fridge appears to run.
“My cats used to do this every time. I don’t think there’s any deeper reason other than ‘new exciting space.’ They grew out of it after a couple of months,” noted one user.
“My cat used to do this all the time: he’s a Siamese. One night, I got up to get a water from the fridge and he jumped in without me knowing,” added another.
“A few hours later I woke up to mewing and was so confused. Not finding Simon on the bed with me like I usually do, I knew it was him but couldn’t find him because he didn’t even occur to me that he would be in the fridge.
“Eventually, I let him out; he never got in any fridge ever again. Wouldn’t recommend your cat ever getting stuck in the fridge.”
One user also recalled: “One of my cats does this every day now. He wants spinach, which my kids find hilarious. As a result it’s not a behavior we’ve put much energy into stopping. If we give him a spinach leaf he ‘ll take it and run off to chew on it. He won’t eat it though, just chew it until he gets bored of it then leave it on the floor.”