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If Domestic Cats Were Bigger They Might Try and Kill Us. Therefore Size Matters — 3 Comments

  1. ” the character of the domestic cat is similar to the character of a wild cat species such as the lion.”

    Maybe not, but if you watch any of the videos of our cat’s small wildcat relatives e.g. African (Near Eastern) wildcat from which our cats originated, South African, European, and Scottish wildcats, you’ll see many similarities. In fact, I challenge you to watch videos of any of these cats on you tube and tell that you’d be able to tell the difference between them and our domestic tabbies.

    Our cat is very close genetically to the wildcat (i.e. wild subspecies of felis sylvestris). They interbreed freely in nature with the domestic cat and produce fertile offspring. It’s estimated that some 200000 ferals in Scottland are hybrids. Probably some of the wildcats have domestic blood as well depending on if it’s the father who mated with domestic feral or the mother. In terms of personality, while European and Scottish wildcats are very difficult to tame, African varieties are friendlier to humans.

    If you compare dogs to wolves, they are father genetically. Also, their habits aren’t as similar.
    So no, I don’t think it’s “speceism”, since biologically and behaviorally cats are much closer to their wild relatives than dogs. One other thing you need to remember in addition to the years cats were domesticated is that unlike dogs cats were never asked to do anything than catch mice, and up until maybe 100 years ago or so, they were mostly mousers in a barn.

    In terms of trying to kill us – I don’t think any cat will consciously try to kill us, but then a tame tiger doesn’t really attack either. But how many times many of us got scratched? Some cats are more aggressive than others, but even the friendliest sweetest cat can scratch you by accident in play. Imagine if the claws were three times the size. Imagine a house cat the size of a German Shepherd, would you really feel very safe?

  2. If the animal behaviorists (or whoever does these quick studies) can’t agree that by now (30+ years of pits as pets, whose lineage was never bred to be pets), it’s painfully apparent that the bully species of dog (6% of the dog population) is more dangerous than all other dogs combined (94%), then why should we care about what they hypothesize about domestic cats if this or if that, which will never happen? Very little real study has been done on cats, especially compared to dogs, too. It’s speciesism on both species. And they’re messing with our heads. (Sorry about the long sentence.)

    • Yes, Albert, you make a nice point which I could have added to my article. It is speciesism. Is also online newspapers enjoying publishing sensationalising articles about the domestic cat and so-called scientists coming up with rather silly ideas and conclusions some of which are biased.

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