Why are so many cats so scared of cucumbers? It ought to be investigated, and here are some of the questions that should be asked.
Would the cat be startled by any object that you surreptitiously placed behind him while he was eating, or is it just cucumbers?
Would she be afraid of the cucumber if you first called it to her attention while still holding it, and then put it down where she could see it?
Do objects that look like cucumbers produce a strong reaction?
Are the cats who are startled by cucumbers easily startled in other circumstances?
Whatever you do, don’t contact your Congressman and ask him to get the government to fund a study of cats being scared of cucumbers. He will only wonder, while hastening to spend the money, why he didn’t think of that before.