Can a serval cat kill a human?

Animal psychologist claims | Cats would be humans
kill if they could

The American animal psychologist Max Wachtel claims: There are real killers in our favorite pets who do not stop at their owners. But is that true? We asked around.

Last week my cat almost killed me. Willi (9) threaded himself around my legs so skillfully that I almost fell down the stairs. I was in a rush and he was in the way. Silent.

My gray tabby roommate really has a talent to always be exactly where you least expect him. He likes to lie in wait for me in the garden. Suddenly he jumps out from behind trees and bushes, so that my heart almost stops in shock. "Willi, do you want to kill me?" I have often asked him jokingly.

Animal psychologist Max Wachtel provides the serious answer: "At least he thinks about it."

Doctor Wachtel from Denver (USA) refers to a new study from the University of Edinburgh. It proves that the personality structure of house cats is amazingly similar to that of their wild relatives. Our house tigers are as dominant, impulsive and neurotic as African lions, Scottish wildcats or snow leopards. The owners of the 12.3 million cats in Germany notice this every day with their stubborn favorites.

Cats are playful, they can be purred under the chin - until they suddenly stick out their claws or bite. Cat owners recognize each other by their scarred hands. And they are amazed at the force with which the animals brace themselves against the door of the transport box when a doctor's appointment is due.

“Cats are small, aggressive predators. Only their small size prevents them from realizing their full predatory qualities, ”explains Wachtel in a radio interview. You should never underestimate cats.

“I don't want my cat at home in a ten times larger format. As cuddly and nice as they are, cats are animals. They have their own mind, ”says animal psychologist Gabriele Zuske from Berlin. "But they don't want to kill their people."

If the animals have grown up with their owners, they tend to see them as a mother sentence. Many cat owners are also scratched every now and then because they are not sufficiently familiar with feline behavior. "If the tip of the tail whips back and forth, you should stop stroking for your own safety," says Zuske.

Researchers at the University of California have found that female cats with three-tone fur or tortoiseshell patterns in particular are quick to behave aggressively towards their owners. Black and white specimens would also often become scratch brushes. Animals with black, white or gray tiger fur, on the other hand, are tame and balanced. "In my practice, the red tabby cats are the most unpredictable," said the Hamburg veterinarian Dr. Karen Opelt noted.

But even she does not believe that the animals want to seriously harm their owners. For them, the behavior of the cats is above all a question of character, the balanced diet and the occupation of the owner with the animal: “Playing is important. Otherwise they become blunted, unhappy and become aggressive. "

For Gabriele Zuske, gender plays a role when it comes to aggressiveness: “Female cats are generally more aggressive because they are more independent. They don't really need their people. Hangovers, on the other hand, want to be dangled all day. "

Karen Opelt also emphasizes the more relaxed type of hangover: “Female cats are always in half-eighth position. They hiss and pull out their claws as a preventive measure instead of surrendering to their fate. ”It's good that Willi is a tomcat, gray-tiger and clingy. He just wants to play and eat - and definitely not me.

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