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The Reason Why the Chinese Failed in Domesticating the Wild Cat — 4 Comments

  1. I find small wild cats fascinating and I read a lot about them as a result. I do agree with you that you cannot domesticate the animal if you are going to kill it – they will just be afraid of you. Also, as you said, some species are indeed more amenable to domestication than others. I heard that the reason they were successful with Bengal is that the Asian Leopard Cat isn’t aggressive – it’s reaction is to run and hide but not to attack. I read that Servals are also not particularly aggressive to humans and fairly easily tamed. Apparently, Servals have a history of being pets in ancient Egypt and later. Still, wild cats and first filials tend to bind with one person and not care about the others. Also, marking territory is usually a problem.

    From what I read about North African (Near Eastern) wildcat is that even the wildcats themselves are fairly easily tamed. Apparently, the same is true about sand cats, but not black-footed cats which are tiny – an adult cat is the size of a domestic kitten – but ferocious. Interestingly, North African wildcat’s and our cats closest relatives – Scottish wildcat and European wildcat are extremely difficult if not impossible to tame. They look like large tabbies and they share distaste for humans. Just for entertainment – here someone in Scottland was trapping ferals for TNR and got a bit of a surprise:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaqR7OOMHSM

    • I agree with your assessment of the wild cats you refer to except for the Asiatic leopard cat which perhaps could be defensively aggressive due their independent nature. That said this small wild cat does hang around human settlements (plantations) and adapts to human encroachment on its natural habitat.

  2. Bingo! If you domesticate an animal you can’t eat it! The Chinese seems to take “dominion” over all to the extreme. It CAN backfire! Think the the Great Sparrow Campaign. Then, of course, there’s ivory!! I pray they become enlightened re: animals

    • Well said Kit. I agree completely. If you domesticate an animal you have a responsibility towards that animal which excludes brutally killing it and eating it. To be equally brutal, the Chinese are horrible when it comes to animals. Their attitude sickens me. I could go further. Corruption is rampant in their society and the Chinese authorities admit it so I am not being racist. I hate their culture because of their disgusting attitude towards animals. There are many articles on PoC on this subject.

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