What if cats were the same size as tigers? np

Cats are widely distributed animals, many types and numbers, China alone has more than 40 million cats .

At the present time, scientists have studied cats’ relationships with humans as well as their behavior and ecological status.

Cats play an important role in human life, in addition to being pets, they are also experts at catching mice. But in fact, we still cannot call cats a fully “domesticated” animal. So assuming a cat can reach the same size as a tiger, what will happen?

Cats have never been fully domesticated by humans?

In fact, the domestic cat is a semi-domesticated animal and one of the first animals that humans began to domesticate. As early as around 8000 BC, humans began domesticating cats. However, scientists believe that the extent to which humans domesticate cats is relatively small compared to other domesticated animals.

The traditional way of domesticating cats is that through selection and breeding, humans make cats more adaptable to the human way of life. However, modern cats have not yet been fully domesticated and they still retain some traits of feral cats.


In fact, the domestic cat is a semi-domestic animal
In fact, the domestic cat is a semi-domesticated animal.

For example, domestic cats can live on their own in the wild and they can reproduce independently without the need for humans. In contrast, dogs have been domesticated through a process spanning tens of thousands of years, living human-centered lives, and domestic dogs are also less likely to survive in the wild without humans.

So we can say that cats are partially domesticated . The relationship between cats and humans is one of mutual cooperation, not total domination. Cats can help humans catch mice, protect crops, and humans also feed them with leftovers.

In contrast, dogs are so completely domesticated that they are like members of the human family, domestic dogs having to rely on human support to survive.

Cats catch birds
The relationship between cats and humans is one of mutual cooperation. (Illustration).

There are a large number of cats in China, according to statistics, there are more than 240 million cat households in the country, with a total of more than 40 million cats. With the rapid development of the pet economy, the number of cats has started to increase globally.

Nowadays, many families keep cats as family members and they spend a lot of money on cat food, toys and medicine. Even feral cats have become pets on the street, many people like to care for and feed feral cats, on the contrary, feral dogs are very rarely loved by passersby.

 The number  of cats has begun to increase globally.
 The number of cats has begun to increase globally.


What if the cats were the size of a lake?

Assuming cats are the same size as tigers, cats are likely to have different effects on the environment and on humans. Both cats and tigers are feline animals and they share many similarities in appearance and behavior. However, due to the difference in body size, their role in the ecological environment is completely different. Tigers are apex predators in the food chain and their status in the ecosystem is very high.

Tigers usually need large amounts of food to stay alive, so they need to control larger territories to find food. Compared to this, cats are smaller and don’t need much food, so they usually only need a small territory to live in.

.  Tigers are the top predators in the food chain
. Tigers are apex predators in the food chain.

If we put cats and tigers today in the same ecological environment, then cats will have less impact on the environment.  Since cats need less food, water, and other resources than tigers, cats do not interfere with the survival of other animals.

However, if there are many cats living in one place, they can take up a lot of space, resulting in habitat loss for other wildlife species.

Cats and tigers also behave differently . Tigers are usually solitary animals, they are often alone and rarely accompanied by other animals. Cats, on the other hand, can form small societies, and they often live with other cats. This means that if a cat gets too big, their social structure and behavior can change.

If cats are as big as tigers, cats may become more aggressive because they think they are stronger. Cats may start fighting and competing for territory, which can lead to more cat-to-cat conflict. As cats reach the size of tigers, the relationship between humans and captive big cats no longer resembles the relationship we establish with domestic pets.

If the cat is as big as a tiger, the cat can become more aggressive
If the cat is as big as a tiger, the cat may become more aggressive.

At the same time, it can also become more difficult to breed cats, as they need more food and space to survive. The worst case scenario is that you can be seriously injured or accidentally killed because the damage force of tiger-sized cats is huge. Even a 4kg domestic cat can injure you if they become upset.

When you take into account the size and strength of a big cat compared to a human, we can see that these animals can quite easily kill us.

A sudden movement or loud noise can cause them to react, when they feel scared too, which can trigger their wild instincts towards you.

In the presence of such a dangerous animal, even those who have experience and have a good relationship with them can be injured by them.


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