Has a domestic cat ever actually killed a human being? I can't find any evidence of this, and yet, I keep running into people who seem weirdly fearful of cats (and no, I am not talking about allergic folks). What is going on?
I know about the old wives' tale about cats supposedly "sucking the breath" of sleeping infants, and I guess I could see that coming about as a cautionary myth given that babies can certainly suffocate from pillows and other squishy fluffy things placed in their crib.
But that aside, is there ANY documented instance EVER of a domestic cat managing to kill a human being of any age?
I'm not talking about larger wild
cats (e.g., mountain lions) here as I know felids of that size are perfectly capable of snapping our puny monkeynecks. Just plain old ordinary felis catus
I've googled the heck out of this question to no avail, and have been curious for a while, so figured I might as well try asking here. Really the main reason I am curious is because I've encountered more people who claim to be afraid to keep cats than dogs, even though it IS easy to find instances of dogs killing humans in the news. And I've heard of far more instances of people giving up cats vs. dogs when a new baby joins the family, which -- if I am indeed not just missing some vast bank of Fatal Cat Attack data out there -- seems rather strange to me.
(Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I am an avowed Cat Appreciator and am currently privileged to share my home with four wonderful felines
. But I swear they didn't put me up to writing this!)