You have probably seen the “cat stalking meme” whether you own a cat or not. This prank video has been copied many times. The internet loves these ridiculous images and the Stalking Cat video alone has over 38 million views. Its popularity extends beyond the internet culture. It has become a cultural touchstone for many, even pre-internet societies.
However, many felines do not act this way because of fear. It is catharsis for them to release their pent-up energy. Cats don’t scream and punch pillows when they get frustrated. Rather, they act out to release their energy. They find ways to let go of their frustration, whether they are chasing a mouse and grabbing a piece furniture.