March 28, 2023
aggressive cats

Along with dogs, cats are among humans’ most preferred pets.  Many people choose cats for their pets because they are usually extremely cuddly and cute.

aggressive cat

Of course, not all cats are super affectionate.  Some are standoffish, and like to keep to themselves, but they are still relatively relaxed in their own way.

That said, not all cat breeds have chilled and calm nature…

Some breeds tend to be more temperamental and mischievous than others, and this is worth knowing if you want to avoid having such a pet for the duration of its life, which could last up to 20 years sometimes.

Here we list the five most aggressive cat breeds you may wish to avoid if you are not comfortable with having a pet who might not match with you or your family’s temperament.

Egyptian mau

Egyptian Mau

The Egyptian Mau is a medium-sized short-haired cat breed with a history dating back almost 3,000 years. The Egyptian Mau is the fastest of the domestic cats, being able to run up to 30 miles per hour.

They are natural-born hunters, so it is very important for them to spend a lot of time outside in order to stay out of trouble indoors. This breed likes to play games and spend time with their owners, but they are usually not very cuddly.

Egyptian Maus also like to be in complete control of their environment and can become aggressive if their owners try to control them too much.

Watch this video “Egyptian Mau 101” to get a better sense of their breed and personality.

Savannah cat


Up next, we have the Savannah cat.

This cat is a cross breed between the African serval and a common domestic cat. It has a long neck, body and legs, with dark brown and black spots all over its coat. They can weigh form 8 to 20 pounds and live up to 20 years.

An active and intelligent type, this cat sometimes acts more like a dog than a cat. One of its favorite activities is playing fetch.

This cat is adventurous and curious so it is better to keep it inside. At the same time, they require a lot of mental and physical stimulation. You will also need a huge amount of patience to deal with their playfulness and mischievous behavior.

The Savannah can also be quite aggressive towards strangers, especially when they are young. Although you can keep Savannahs as pets, this breed is not necessarily recommended for first-time cat owners.

Here is a video of a Savannah cat fighting a Border Collie dog:

somali cat

Somali Cat

The Somali cat is a beautiful cat breed that is genetically very similar to the Abyssinian in their personality. Thanks to their orange fluffy coat, bushy tail, large almond eyes, and large pointed ears, this breed is also called “Fox Cat.”

Very intelligent, willful, and curious, the Somali is not a cat for the faint of heart. Somalis are also very energetic and they will destroy furniture if they aren’t given enough playtime and exercise.

Somali cats are one of the most dominant breeds among domestic cats that are kept as pets. Once a Somali cat cat gets an idea in its mind, there is almost no way of stopping them from doing what they want.

These cats are natural-born leaders and enjoy being put in charge. If owners don’t establish themselves as the alpha presence, a Somali can become very aggressive towards people or other pets.

It is very important for you to show your Somali who’s in charge so that they don’t think they can do whatever they want.

Abyssinian cat


The Abyssinian, also known simply as Abys, is a breed of domestic medium-sized cat with a long body and nicely developed muscles. They have short coat and tufts of hair in their ears.

The breed is named for Abyssinia (today’s Ethiopia), where it is believed to have originated.  The Abyssinian is thought to be one of the oldest cat breeds, resembling cats depicted in Egyptian tombs.

Abyssinians are very intelligent, playful, and territorial. They enjoy jumping, climbing, and some even like to hang from things.

They also love being the center of attention and they can become aggressive if they do not get full amount of attention when they demand it.

turkish van cat

Turkish Van

The Turkish Van is a natural breed from the rugged, remote, and climatically harsh mountains of modern-day Turkey. This breed tops the list as one of the most temperamental cat breeds.

The Turkish Van is a large, solidly-built yet elegant cat with a pure white body and distinctive colored head and tail. They have medium-length luxurious coat, which feels like cashmere and requires minimal grooming.

Turkish Vans are highly intelligent, energetic, playful and fun-loving. They require plenty of attention from their owners because they like being pampered.

If they don’t get all the attention needed, they may seek their own fun with destructive behavior. Turkish Vans have a habit of knocking things over just to see what will happen.

Here is a video showing a Turkish Van:

violent cats

Once again, the cat breeds from our list can sometimes be very temperamental and might not be ideal for first-time owners.

They are very territorial and require plenty of playtimes and exercises every day. If you can’t dedicate many hours for this, then we suggest you choose another cat breed for your pet.

At the same time, if you have a comment or story to share about one of these types of cats, or you think we’ve missed a particularly temperamental type of cat, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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