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Why aren't cats fierce and dangerous like lions, tigers or other big cats?

Domestic cats are among the most deadly and effective predators on earth. There are several species of mammals and birds that have been wiped out, or driven to the brink of extinction, because a handful of pet cats escaped into their ecosystem. Mortality from housecat attacks in the UK is estimated at two million small animals a year.

The primary trait that makes them so murderous—aside from the fact that they're just good at killing—is that they enjoy it. They kill for fun, whether they need food or not. That is true of very, very few other species. There is an excellent sequence in the TV special Living with Tigers, chronicling the education of a pair of Bengal tigers transported to an African preserve. The day they figured out how to stalk and kill effectively, they went on a murder spree and killed every animal in sight. For the sheer joy of bloodshed.

Predators focus on prey with the size and defenses that they can handle. Domestic cats are small animals, so their prey is small. Don't let that fool you into thinking they are not one of the fiercest and deadliest predators on this planet. In no small part that is because we bred them for wanton killing, by using them for vermin control.


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Martha Prefontaine
Man is the other predator that kills for sport or fun.
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Jul 27, 2019 9:55AM
Jaime Quintao Silva
Cats can be nice, cute and playful. They enjoy sleeping on your lap, purring when you gently scratch their bellies, but they are efficient and competent killers. In Brazil, we have a popular saying about cats and dogs that says (roughly translating it): He who doesn't have dogs should go hunting like cats (stalking and catching their prey by surprise and alone, - no barking, no shots, silently but effectively).
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Jul 26, 2019 5:13PM
Michael Sydney Brighouse
how many of that 2.000,000 animals are rats and mice. we would be over run with them if it wasn't for our cats. mike.
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Aug 22, 2019 5:08PM
marianna r burt
It's in their nature but often doesn't develop if they're kept inside. I'll always remember Pawlette, a very old former stray. Somehow a mouse had gotten into the house -- the 3 younger cats were watching it in confusion when she walked up, grabbed it firmly, snapped its neck, & then devoured it -- all in about 20 seconds. Then she looked around as if to say "See -- that's how it's done!"
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Aug 12, 2019 5:11PM
hellokitty collins
MAN IS THE MAIN PREDATOR THAT KILLS FOR SPORT OR JUST FOR THE HELL OF IT!!
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Sep 25, 2019 5:18PM
Pierre Poirier
Val Dickerson, tharvis why my cars wore bells.
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Oct 14, 2021 4:55PM
Pierre Poirier
Martha Prefontaine, i was thinking the same
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Oct 14, 2021 4:54PM
Satish Chandran
Cats are never afraid of any animal,whatever be the size or terror.
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Nov 17, 2020 6:57PM
Roy Tinis
Martha Prefontaine, That's just what I was thinking.
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Oct 4, 2020 11:55AM
ninakamwene
hellokitty collins, DITTO the real killer for fun and greed goes to man.
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May 9, 2020 1:43AM
ninakamwene
I love all cats big and small. I keep two cat pets because they remind me of me. Freedom, authentic and focus. Egyptians domesticated them as mousers to save their grains. I was in Jordan and Petra where cats are respected.
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May 9, 2020 1:38AM
Doris Dallaire
I think humans are more deadly, killing millions of animals to eat (and we eat far more than we need), for sport and to use as trophies or to make money. Plus we kill millions of other humans in wars (think WW1 and WW2) and out of anger, jealousy, greed and hatred. We have also made many species extinct and brought countless others to the brink of extinction with our garbage and pollution. So really humans are more deadly than cats!
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Apr 25, 2020 5:52PM
Shulamith Lotter
marianna r burt, cats are very useful in the home as they are excellent at dispatching various insects eg flies moths that can damage textiles and certainly anything like a cochroach does not live very long in a home that has a cat or two.
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Apr 18, 2020 4:47PM
sekrob
Heard from the person attacked of at least that instance when there was an attack on a human and it was not easy on the human. In Jamaica I saw a bird attack my cat; it would drop down on him like those bombers you see in movies. The bird was blue with white on the edges of its wings
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Mar 17, 2020 7:56PM
Val Dickerson
Darlene Davidson, they are dangerous to the ecosystem. They hunt and kill for the thrill of it. It’s in their genes. House cats were bred to kill vermin.
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Feb 29, 2020 4:54PM
Val Dickerson
Michael Sydney Brighouse, many songbirds are murdered in the process.
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Feb 29, 2020 4:52PM
Eve
Love cats - three on me as I read this. All indoor so no harm to others but they do like to sit in the window and watch the birds. We rescued one little guy from a murder of crows when he was just a kitten so he's a bit timid about them
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Feb 13, 2020 10:38AM
Darlene Davidson
I don't believe domestic cats can be dangerous. Nature has made cats predators and carnivores, humans did not breed them for wanton killing.
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Nov 30, 2019 7:27PM
Louise Hadden
Cats that have been dumped by humans, if survive, hunt for food. When any species is put in this situation they do the same. Spay/Neuter your cat to stop the problem. However humans kill for sport and have caused the extinction of so many species, probably more than any animal on this planet.
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Nov 23, 2019 6:52PM

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