Most snakes are poisonous and the ones that are not poisonous, still bite. However, Cats are not poisonous, but they still bite.So why are cats less frightening to most people than snakes that are not poisonous?.Society tells us cats are animals that are common pets, they are cute, soft and clean. Whereas a non poisonous snake or a possum which are not harmful at all, are things most society would deem nasty and scary. Mainly because of the stereotypes society has.Society usually tells us, through advertisements and all such other messages, what is pretty and what is not.Snakes are usually not "pretty"; flowers are.
By cats do you mean domestic variety or are we talking lions and tigers? Snakes can kill you, and some people find them gross. If you fall from a great height you can die. These concerns are rational. House cats on the other hand, or flowers seem irrational. There may be some people who fear kittens and flowers, but the danger they pose is not as likely as say falling out of an airplane without a parachute. I think that rational fears are more common than irrational fears.