Do you want to know which the most dangerous cat breeds are?
Cats are so adorable that we forget that they’re natural-born killers until they leave us a dead mouse on the doorsteps.
To satisfy your curiosity, we’re going to talk about 8 of the most deadly cat breeds in the world.
Some of them will definitely shock you!
8 Most Dangerous Cat Breeds
After all, cats are so cute, soft, and squishy!
Still, cats can be quite dangerous if provoked or angry.
So, which are the most dangerous cat breeds
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Let’s set some incredible wild and exotic cats that don’t always make good pets.
#1 Large Wild Cats
When you say “dangerous cats,” most people think tigers.
That’s not a surprise since tigers hold the record for human killings among all big cats.
A Bengal tigress alone killed more than 400 people in the late 19 century and early 20 century.
Specialists also estimate that lions kill around 250 people per year, which isn’t a small number.
Attacks by leopards, jaguars, and cougars have lessened in recent years, but these large cats are also quite dangerous and unpredictable.
However, starvation, overlapping habitats, and illness are often the main reasons these big cats go after humans.
Leave them alone, and they won’t come after you.
Unfortunately, as we learned from Tiger King, these large and dangerous cats are actually legal to own in several states.
However, just because the law says it’s okay doesn’t mean it’s smart!
#2 Black-footed Cat
With a weight of 2 to 6 lbs and a length of 14-20 inches, the Black-footed cat is the smallest wild African cat breed.
As it turns out, the Black-footed cat kills around 10 to 14 rodents/birds a night and has a 60% success rate (lions have 20-25%).
This impressive score shows that Black-footed cats kill more prey in a single night than other large cats do in months.
Interestingly, Black-footed cats also have a faster metabolism than average cats and need a lot of food to keep up their energy.
That’s why they’re always looking for something to snack upon.
Don’t let the Black-footed cat’s adorable appearance fool you. These tiny cats are ferocious, fearless, and don’t make good pets.
It’s hard not to fall in love with Bengal cats when you see their spotted coats, athletic bodies, and piercing eyes.
A cross between domestic shorthair cats and Asian leopards, Bengals can be quite affectionate, devoted, and loyal, despite their wild roots.
Intelligent and highly active, the Bengal is a joy to have around the house.
They love playing in the water, enjoy climbing up cat trees, and learn tricks, such as opening doors and turning on/off the light switch.
However, people often consider first and second-generation Bengals to be aggressive cats because they’re too close to their wild relatives.
They’re banned in some USA states and restricted in others.
Moreover, Bengals have strong hunting instincts. They might not try to eat you, but the same can’t be said for birds, hamsters, rabbits, and guinea pigs.
These will be considered free lunch.
Have you ever wanted a mini tiger to keep your company?
Then you might fall in love with the Savannah – a cross between the medium-sized Serval and a domestic cat.
Savannah cats are among the largest domestic cats with an average weight of 8-20 pounds and 13-20 inches in length without the tail.
They’re agile, adventurous, and energetic felines that don’t make good lap cats.
While the Savannah is a domestic cat, first-generation ones (the offspring of Servals and house cats) might have the Serval’s wild temperament.
Later generations are less likely to have aggressive tendencies.
Still, Savannah cats are banned in Australia due to their large size and the threat they pose to the wildlife.
The USA states might also have restrictions on owning a Savannah, especially an F1 one.
When you look at Pixie-bobs with their short tails, tufted ears, and muscular bodies, you might assume that they’re a hybrid between Bobcats and household cats.
That’s what breeders thought, but DNA tests still haven’t found any Bobcats genes.
With an average weight of 8 to 17 pounds, the Pixie-bob is a large cat with a gentle heart.
They are people-orientated, not highly energetic, and have a dog-like personality.
Interestingly, Pixie-bobs are also polydactyl cats and have more digits on their paws.
Still, due to their size, Pixie-bobs aren’t the easiest cats to own and can do a lot of damage with their sharp claws.
Another exotic cat that makes the list of the most dangerous cat breeds is the adorable Chausie.
With a weight of 15 to 30 pounds, the Chausie is a large cat that can astonish you with their intellect and athleticism.
The history of the Chausie probably goes back to Ancient Egypt when jungle cats mingled with domestic ones.
Like other hybrid breeds, the first few generations might exhibit the aggressive tendencies and behavior of their wild parents.
However, later generations of Chausie are very social and friendly cats who don’t like to be alone.
Often mistaken for cheetahs due to their spotted coats, Servals are among the most popular exotic wild cats.
There’s even evidence that people have kept Servals as pets since Ancient Egypt.
Fortunately, Servals make good “pets” as long as they’ve got large outdoor enclosures to roam.
They’re rarely a threat to humans and prefer to eat rodents, birds, and small antelopes. There’s no record of them killing people.
Still, with a weight of 20-40 pounds, the Serval can be quite dangerous when provoked or cornered.
They’ve got a nearly 50% kill rate when hunting, spray to mark territory, and have a scary hiss.
It’s legal to own a Serval in some USA states, but not in others.
Since we’re talking about the most dangerous cat breeds, we can’t miss the adorable Bobcat with their spotted coats and muscular bodies.
Unlike Servals, Bobcats have the strength to kill humans, since they can take down a full-grown deer.
That’s impressive for a cat that weighs as much as a medium-sized dog.
Despite their wild temperament, pet Bobcats can be quite affectionate towards their caretakers and get on well with other animals.
Still, they can be aggressive when provoked and won’t hesitate to defend themselves with sharp claws and teeth.
In general, it’s not legal to own a Bobcat unless you’ve got a permit.
Domestic cats might not be as dangerous to humans as their large brethren, but they’re responsible for the extinction of many species.
We often forget that because cats are cute and know how to use their cuteness to get their way.
So, while you might not have a lion or a tiger to pet at home, you’ve still got one of the most dangerous predators on the planet purring in your lap.
What do you think about these 8 most dangerous cat breeds? Do you agree or disagree with our list? Tell us in the comments.
I’ve grown up surrounded by animals – dogs, cats, cows, goats, sheep, and horses and that has shaped me into what I am today – a crazy cat lady who always has a place for one more cat (or a dog). I’ve got two female cats – Kitty and Roni, and two tomcats – Blacky and Shaggy, but I also feed my neighbors’ cats when they come for a visit. I just can’t say no to them.
I discovered that writing is my vocation early in my school years. Since then I’ve taken part in several literature contests – writing horror and fantasy short stories and novellas.
For the past three years, I’ve been an ELS teacher, pouring my heart into showing children and teenagers how important English is for their future and trying to educate them how to treat their pets with care.