TikTok horror: Vets reveal terrifying new pet trend could permanently harm cats and dogs

The Chinese social media app is used by 3.7 million users in Britain. The new trend sees young people snatch up their cat or dog in their arms, use it like a telephone and then drop it abruptly to the floor. The users quote the 2001 film, The Princess Diaries, while holding the animals.

Each video sees users lip-sync to the famous line, “Gupta, the queen is coming” with their pets.

But while some hold other props or are gentle with the animals, other users have held their pets in awkward positions.

Some have been seen holding their pets upside down before tossing them aside.

Vets are now warning that the TikTok trend could be seriously damaging to the pets health.

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Jessica May, lead veterinarian at FirstVet, is warning pet owners that the trend could lead to serious long-term damage to the pets’ back, skull or spine.

Ms May pointed out that the videos show the animals “are not held appropriately” and are being treated “roughly”.

She added: “When they are released, there is little indication that the pet is placed down appropriately either.”

Janine Pemberthy, Canine Behaviour and Training Manager at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, told the Daily Mail that while the trend has innocent intentions, owners needs to be careful when handling pets.

She said: “Owners need to be careful not to over-handle them as they could find it very distressing.

“Challenges like this involve handling dogs and cats very quickly in an unnatural way, which could easily frighten them and put both the animal and owner at risk of being injured.

“It’s important to remember that animals are sentient beings and should be treated with respect.”

TikTok has been the centre of controversy as western countries discuss banning the app for its links to Chinese data surveillance.

The US House of Representatives voted on Tuesday 336 to 71 in favour of the National Defence Authorisation Act, which would ban TikTok from all federal devices.

The vote followed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announcing that the Trump administration was “looking at” banning the app in the US.

TikTok has repeatedly claimed that it does not share users data with the Chinese government.


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