Classifying Wild vs Big Cats

Cats, whether they’re big or small, tame or wild, continue to fascinate many people. While many of the felidae species live harmoniously with humans, there are those that suffer because of people. As the population of domesticated cats continue to flourish, those that live in the wild remains at risk of extinction. We hope that people get more familiar with both big and wild felines.

Wild Cats

Wild cats are different types of felines that live in the wild or their natural habitat. These cats are independent creatures that hunt for fresh game as their main source of food. They are those that people can rarely see unless they visit these cats’ territories. Also, these felines avoid humans or human settlements making it even harder to spot them. Now, despite wild cats trying to remain off the grid and maintain their natural lifestyles, humans continue to intervene. This intervention both good and bad has displaced many of them. There are those whose natural habitats were ruined and some that have to live in enclosures. Currently, people are trying to keep the diverse felidae species safe and alive.

Big Cats

The term “big cats” typically refer to the five largest cats belonging to genus Panthera, a subfamily of the Felidae family. This refers to tigers, lions, leopards, snow leopards and jaguars. These big cats are known for their large build and the capability to roar except for the snow leopard. Apart from these four, a few from the Felinae, a subfamily of Felidae, are also considered to be big cats; these are cheetahs and cougars. All these big cats belong to the wild cat classification while not all wild cats are considered to be big cats. And being wild felines, the dangers posed to these big cats are the same; they’re mostly harmed by humans, if not natural phenomena.

Wild Cats Vs Big Cats: Approaching Them

Wild felines both big and small are best to avoid when seen in the wild. They are driven by their instincts and can view people as either prey or predator which they should avoid or fight against. However, for those that are in enclosures or zoos, most of them can tolerate people well so you can get closer with a guide’s help. Still, it’s best to just look from afar and if you’d really like to approach or be friends with a wild cat, participate in efforts to protect them. That’s the best thing people can do for these big cats and wild felines.

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