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Old December 12th, 2014, 02:06 AM   #1
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Pets scared of your helmet

Before I de-gear, my cat is extremely scared of me. He's normally kind and affectionate, but he runs away really quick when I'm wearing my gear. Specifically, my helmet. I noticed once when I had my helmet on my bed, he saw it and took off. My bird does the same thing, but that's when I wear any hat in front of him (it's cute. He doesn't recognize me )

Has anyone else had a similar experience? Other cats don't seem to mind, and neither does the dog.
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Old December 12th, 2014, 02:34 AM   #2
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My moms dog will attack me sometimes , especially when I am wearing a helmet. He stops just Short of actually biting me. He acts very aggressive snapping and jumpin on me. Her other two dogs don't seem to care. Once they smell me they know its me.

Lots of animals are apprehensive around me when I am in gear but chill once they recognize my smell.

But I think it is a common occurrence.
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Old December 12th, 2014, 05:46 AM   #3
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My dog barks constantly when any of my bikes are running. I believe he thinks it's some sort of animal that's trying to get me. He tries to attack me and the bike if I ride close enough to him. If the bike's off, he doesn't care if I sit on it. If I'm off the bike, he's perfectly fine with all the gear and stuff.

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Old December 12th, 2014, 06:30 AM   #4
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One of my cats will hiss at me if i walk in the house in full gear. the other 2 are ok.

The funny part it the scared-of-her-own-shadow cat outside couldn't care less. Still come running up when i get home on the bike... Well after i shut it off, she doesn't like the bike itself. lol
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Old December 12th, 2014, 06:34 AM   #5
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hahaha I'm glad i'm not the only one who noticed! The second I walk in with my gear on my cat looks at me so wide eye as if I was a monster and as soon as I walk towards her she dashes down into the basement like a bat out of hell.
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Old December 12th, 2014, 11:28 AM   #6
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my cats run and hide when i get home from a ride.
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Old December 12th, 2014, 11:53 AM   #7
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the dog thinks i'm being attacked by the helmet. doesn't trust the helmet at all. will even bark at the helmet when its sitting on the counter.
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Old December 12th, 2014, 12:45 PM   #8
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My cat couldn't care less when I am in gear, but I think it's cause I leave the helmet out on the counter.

However, I have had dogs, goats, and even a herd of horses flip out when I am around with the helmet on. Learned best to either not approach or just take the helmet off (that looks even worse - ack human removed its head and had a second head underneath!! RUN!!)
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Old December 12th, 2014, 12:46 PM   #9
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Old December 12th, 2014, 01:14 PM   #10
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Old December 12th, 2014, 04:35 PM   #11
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My cat wants food, she doesn't care how I look, "feed me". Gone 5 min... she wants food, walk in from getting the mail = feed me, walk down the hall = feed me. She doesn't care if we are geared up or not. However, empty helmet bag = bed.
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Old December 12th, 2014, 04:42 PM   #12
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The cockatiel flips out, squawks, and zips around the room when I come in the house wearing the helmet.
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Old December 12th, 2014, 05:10 PM   #13
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The cockatiel flips out, squawks, and zips around the room when I come in the house wearing the helmet.
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Old December 12th, 2014, 05:17 PM   #14
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My dog is adorable, he perks up and runs to the door every time he hears a twin ride by. No joke, he doesn't do it for inline 4's, just twins. The helmet doesn't seem to phase him, he still bonks me with his head and demands attention. No idea what the new lady-dog will do. She hasn't experienced the motorcycle yet.
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I could... Never really thought about doing that, though. Smart phone video of a bird flying wildly (he's an expert "short-track" flier) in the house would not be good cinematography.
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Old December 12th, 2014, 05:32 PM   #16
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Set the camera so most of the flight path is in the frame, set it to record, leave, then return wearing the helmet.

Maybe?

Just picturing the poor bird's reaction.
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My cat recognizes the sound of my bike and runs to the window (or used to when I lived at my old place) when I'd pull up. She headbonks me right on the helmet. She's probably seen me in it so many times. I talk to her, too. She knows its me once I speak.

She does like snuggling into my jacket if I leave it on my bed, though.
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My dogs love me with or without the helmet but a lot of neighbors' dogs think I'm a spaceman monster until I take it off!
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Old December 17th, 2014, 03:37 PM   #19
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This guy has been known to chew up the chin straps on helmets if you're not careful where you put them down.





He also chews on the zipper pulls on my jackets and the cords on my riding pants.

None of my cats are afraid of us in full gear, and the dog is fantastic around bikes - very mindful to not get in the way and to wait until you're off the bike before jumping on you for attention.
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Me too rogue. My Helmet was scared of my cat!
I came in to find the lining "clawed" and a bit of stuffing hanging out.
He claimed a mouse did it but I doubt that
I rode for a couple of years with a duct tape patch at the back and always hung it on the coat rack after that
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Set the camera so most of the flight path is in the frame, set it to record, leave, then return wearing the helmet.

Maybe?

Just picturing the poor bird's reaction.
Sorry, no video or helmet. The bird wants company today.

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Those birds are always either really nice or really mean.
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Those birds are always either really nice or really mean.
They certainly can be moody.
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They certainly can be moody.
I've got a bluebird. Whenever he sees something blue, he tries to attack it because they're territorial. But, I decided to try wearing a blue shirt, and he really liked it and he landed on my shoulder and cuddled up against me. It was magical.
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My dog is cool with me coming into the house wearing my helmet.. she doesn't like being on her own so she will accept me any way she can . One of my cats freaks out, runs and hides when he sees me in my helmet..
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I've got a bluebird. Whenever he sees something blue, he tries to attack it because they're territorial. But, I decided to try wearing a blue shirt, and he really liked it and he landed on my shoulder and cuddled up against me. It was magical.
Bluebirds are wild and somewhat uncommon thanks to invasive House Sparrows and European Starlings competing for nesting holes. I've never heard of one as a pet but I have heard of "Bluebird Trails" where competing species are manually evicted from birdhouses spaced far enough apart to avoid territorial disputes.
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Bluebird as pet

Romeo doesn't care about my helmet, I think he would chew the straps off it though... He tried to eat a tooth brush earlier :/ guess I'm gonna have to go get me a early Christmas present
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Bluebirds are wild and somewhat uncommon thanks to invasive House Sparrows and European Starlings competing for nesting holes. I've never heard of one as a pet but I have heard of "Bluebird Trails" where competing species are manually evicted from birdhouses spaced far enough apart to avoid territorial disputes.
Yeah, he was being mauled by a cat as a baby and I saved him, and it was way too early in the season for his parents to have tried to push him out of the nest. I tried my best to find his nest so I could return him, but at the time, I thought he was a baby blue jay instead, so I was looking in all the wrong places. Eventually I just kinda kept him because now he's probably too timid from being raised by people to survive out there. Plus, there are some hawks nearby.
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Yeah, he was being mauled by a cat as a baby and I saved him, and it was way too early in the season for his parents to have tried to push him out of the nest. I tried my best to find his nest so I could return him, but at the time, I thought he was a baby blue jay instead, so I was looking in all the wrong places. Eventually I just kinda kept him because now he's probably too timid from being raised by people to survive out there. Plus, there are some hawks nearby.
Great save.

If you ever do find a Blue Jay though: Those guys are NASTY and will break the eggs of other birds! Watch out.
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When I get home from work, my mom can hear my bike outside before I pull up, she lets my dog out, he runs over to me as I park and gives me puppy wiggles helmet, jacket, gloves, backpack and all! Now if he hears a motorcycle that sounds like mine he gets excited
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Awwww! My dog barks at the door when she hears me, and one time when I took the cage, she got out and ran up to my car and as soon as I opened the door, she hopped right up onto my lap with her little corgi legs.
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One of the dogs I take care of regularly is a rescued animal. She loves the sound of my bike and wakes right up when I get home but if I leave my helmet on she won't recognize me and is scared of me as a result. If I take my helmet off before walking in she'll jump up and try to lick my face as I walk in the door.

The other one is playful either way and doesn't notice the helmet.
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My cats get scared so I talk to them and give them a little space.
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