Perhaps it’s just my two (unrelated) Siamese cats, but they absolutely hate dead animal fur. I have a large Alpaca rug, but If I drop them on it they leap off as if it were hot coals. They will literally leap 6 feet over it to get to the other side of it and avoid touching it.
I also have a small rabbit pelt that I’ve found is a great repellent to them sitting on my lounger (and covering it with THEIR fur!)
Why would this be? They sleep with each other all the time, so it’s not fur in general. It’s also not the smell, because if I cover the fur with some fabric, they’ll gladly walk on it. Could it be the texture they hateÑsomehow they thinks it’s a real animal?
I’ve never heard of this behaviour before. One would think they would love the fluffiness and reflected heat.