TikTok video of cat crying over cut onions goes viral

Indianapolis, Indiana - Everyone will cry when cutting onions, no matter what the latest 'lifehack' has you doing, but did you know that cats suffer too? This cat cried over cut onions, and TikTok's gone mad over the vid!

Coco the cat cried over cut onions.
Coco the cat cried over cut onions.  © Collage: Screenshot/TikTok/@anarosa1123

TikTok user anarosa1123 posted a clip of herself cutting onions, but the woman wasn't the only one in the kitchen. Her white cat, named Coco, was watching from a nearby chair.

Coco really didn't appreciate the onion chopping. Looking miserable and a tad confused, the feline could barely keep its eyes open, squinting and blinking. Instead of fleeing, however, the loyal fluff ball stayed put beside his human, verbally expressing his onion-related irritation.

"Coco's eyes are burning," wrote the 29-year-old TikTok user in the video's description, adding in Spanish "pero ahí anda de metiche," which roughly translates to "but there he goes a-meddling."

Cat crying over girl cutting onions gets chopped into viral TikTok

The cat's tearful reaction to chopped onions was cut to a very fitting soundtrack: El Muchacho de los Ojos Tristes (The boy with the sad eyes) by Jeannet. This feline friend certainly has sad eyes. Well, tearful eyes.

The clip of a sad but hilarious crying cat has already been viewed over five million times on TikTok, and has amassed more than 12,000 comments. Several TikTok users thought the kitty was being stubborn: "Why are cats like this... Like it can go ANYWHERE else in the house but chooses to STAY there."

Other's felt sorry for Coco and urged the owner to move her pet somewhere else. "Poor cat can't leave because she can't see!" one person exclaimed.

Why do cats cry when you're cutting onions?

When you cut an onion, its severed enzymes reform and create a chemical called propanethial S-oxide. This volatile chemical vaporizes quickly and is what makes your eyes, or your pet's eyes, sting. To deal with this meddlesome irritant your body produces tears to wash away the pain. You can read more about it, and discover how to combat the affliction, on Healthline.

Animals like cats also suffer from the chemicals released when cutting an onion, and will cry. In fact, onions are actually toxic to cats if ingested, so it's good that Coco only cried over the gases and didn't eat anything that his owner was preparing!

Cover photo: Collage: Screenshot/TikTok/@anarosa1123

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