Anybody who reads about cats on the Internet could not fail to have noticed that almost every news outlet is discussing research carried out by the University of Edinburgh which confirms what we generally already know namely that the domestic cat is very similar in character and personality to wild cat species. And because the characters are very similar, it is argued that if the domestic cat were as large as a big wild cat then he/she would quite possibly want to kill his caretaker and eat her for lunch. I get the point. I resisted commenting on this because it seemed to be a lot of fanciful nonsense and nothing new but have now succumbed.
Most of the online articles ignore the simple fact that the domestic cat has been domesticated for 10,000 years and this must count for something. In other words, no wild cat species living in the wild has been domesticated like the domestic cat and therefore we cannot say that the character of the domestic cat is similar to the character of a wild cat species such as the lion. Domestication must modify character even if the underlying personality traits are similar between domestic and wild cat.
However, that said, it should make us focus on the fact that size matters. The difference in size between the human and the domestic cat is quite substantial. Size does matter when it comes to character traits related to wild cat species. The bigger the better obviously, all things being equal. If the argument is correct that the domestic cat would eat us if he was a lot bigger, the fact that the domestic cat is small is crucial. And this cuts both ways.
We should be observant of the fact that being much bigger than a domestic cat, the domestic cat might on occasion quite possibly feel uneasy in our presence, under certain circumstances. A domestic cat can become anxious in a household with humans who are behaving in a manner which creates an environment which is not conducive to calm or which does not allow a domestic cat to expresses natural instincts.
I’ve stated it before, the domestic cat lives in a land of giants and we are the giants. We need to keep that in mind in our interactions with the domestic cat.
For the record the domestic cat shares this traits with lions according to the study: neuroticism, impulsiveness, and dominance.