Where do you draw the line between mild fun and games with a house pet, and animal cruelty?
I mean every prank is different to some degree (even when played on other humans). Sometimes they can be fun, harmless, and sometimes they can be rather mean.
I used to sneak up and surprise my dog when I was a kid. But I never considered it harmful, but I'm not so sure now.
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A "prank" would very rarely entertain or please a pet. Rescue pets especially will often be dealing with issues of security their entire lives, to varying extents, so they just don't need it, and they normally won't find it cute. Some very secure pets might like it sometimes.
BUT. You can play with pets in a way that's always loving and exciting for them. For example many cats will do something they know they're not supposed to, just to get a reaction that makes them playfully run and hide. I see this all the time. They love it, their person loves it, and it's a funny, bonding thing. So that's cool. :)1