But, as you'll soon see, they played it surprisingly cool.
Credit: Facebook/小跑貓嗚嗚The cats live with their owner Pei-Yu Kuo in an apartment in New Taipei City. Kuo has a kitty-cam set up to record their daily life — but he likely never expected to capture a scene like this.
At 5:28 a.m., the ground began to shake.
Here's video of how the kitties reacted:
Though the cats were clearly confused during the quake, for the most part, they remained remarkably composed considering the circumstances. (And thankfully, none were injured.)
Interestingly, this isn't the first time cats have been caught on video during an earthquake. Just last year, footage from a cat café in Japan shows a group of kitties who appear to have sensed the impending shaking moments before it began: