I bought an automatic-cleaning litter box the other day. The cats loved it.
Then one of them happened to catch sight of it doing its auto-clean. He has refused to use it since.
I closed him in the bathroom (where the litter box is) with me to show him it was harmless....
Cat: “I saw it move. I saw that thing rise up and open it’s maw like a shark.”
Me: “Okay, no more you watching tv with me. It’s giving you wrong ideas. There are no litter sharks.”
Cat: “I know what I saw.”
Me: (picks up litter scoop, runs it across pan) “Look. See? Nothing happens.”
Cat: “Just wait. It won’t STAY dormant if you keep POKING IT WITH A STICK.”
Me: “Honestly. It’s on a timer. It will never touch you.”
Cat: “See how my nose is pressed to the crack between the door and jamb? That means I want OUT.”
Me: “But it’s perfectly safe.”
Cat: “Yeah, right. You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”