Optical illusions are certainly not the cat’s meow.
In the past, we’ve seen humans lose their minds over a troubling image of packaged ham, shiny (or painted?) legs and a blue-tinted bowl of strawberries. But now, cats are among the many individuals who have had their minds blown after coming across such visual trickery.
In a now-viral video posted to YouTube, one black cat struggles to deal with the mesmerizing effects of gazing into the “rotating snakes” optical illusion. The optical illusion features circular, colorful patterns repeated and look like it’s moving. At the beginning, it’s clear there is some confusion about the printed design. But eventually, curiosity turns to anger as the cat scratches, claws, and tears the piece of paper with its teeth. For two minutes, the mesmerized feline tries (and fails) to determine what is going on.
It was only posted three days ago, but the video has already racked up a whopping 1.9 million views thus far. A similar video captivated nearly 6 million viewers back in 2013. In the earlier edition, a different cat freaked out about the same optical illusion. But nothing compares to the aggressive reaction from this particularly disturbed cat, who appears determined to uncover the secret behind Ritsumeikan University Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka’s creation.
Even Kitaoka is aware of his illusion’s feline frenzy. In 2014, the professor conducted a study titled, “Cats and Illusory Motion,” found the “first evidence that cats experience visual illusions and that a non-human animal can see illusory motion.”
If you think you’re getting dizzy just looking by looking at it, just focus on one part of the image. You’ll notice the spinning will immediately come to a halt, as mentioned by vision scientist Ben Backus in an interview with NPR.