If you’re a cat lover then you might enjoy this list of the world’s 5 biggest domestic cats. Take a look at the list below:
At the top of the list is the Savanna. This cat is the largest cat breed. A big, powerful cat, the Savannah is a cross between a domestic cat and a Serval. It’s normal for Servals to weigh 40 lbs, and the crossbred Savannah weighs about 25 lbs. This breed can vary in size and weight greatly, and so some will exceed this by quite a bit. Unlike most other cats, Savannah’s love water, can be taught to walk on a leash, an d come close to dogs in behavior. Very gentle and loyal companions, these playful, friendly cats are confidence and beauty all contained in one huge cat.
An interesting note, the world’s tallest cat was a Savannah named “Scarlett’s Magic”, a female who stood 17.1 inches tall at the shoulder. She made it into the Guinness World Book of Records, where she is still featured holding her place as the tallest domestic cat.
Siberian Forest Cats originate from Russia, where their thick and long coats developed to protect them from the bitter wind and cold. Mark my words, these breeds can get pretty large. Male Siberians weigh in at 15 — 20 lbs, females 10 — 15 lbs. Big and extremely strong, Siberians seem to have a special talent for conquering the hearts of those who staunchly declare themselves to be solely “dog people”. Maybe it’s because they have personalities as large as the rest of them.
The breed reaches a height of 13 inches. Very agile and strong, the Siberian can effortlessly leap and reach high places, including the top of the refrigerator and even doors. So don’t try to keep food away from this kitty, because he’ll get it himself. After all, he has a huge appetite to feed. These clever giants are known for their loyalty and intelligence. It is not unusual for them to play ball or walk through the park on a leash, and they are gentle and playful around children too.
3. Norwegian Forest Cat
A close relative of the Siberian cat, the Norwegian Forest cat shares many of its traits. These large cats were introduced by Vikings around 1000 A.D. Like the Viking warrior, this cat is big. Males average 10 — 25 lbs and females 8 — 12 lbs. And it has the appetite to go with its size. Big appetite, big attitude, big everything!
Norwegian Forest Cats are friendly and playful, patient and tolerant toward children and other pets. While they enjoy spending time with their family, they are also fine when left alone for short periods of time. Although these cats have a thick, fluffy coat, especially around the neck, which can make them appear to be a large furball with legs, and long tails covered in a lot of fur, they do not need to be brushed frequently like other longhaired breeds. Once a week is fine unless it’s spring, when they shed heavily and require more brushing.
4. Maine Coon Cat
There are quite a few legends floating around about this massive Goliath. One story claims the Maine Coon is a crossbreed between a lynx and a raccoon. But in reality this kitty is a result of crossbreeds between big long-haired domestic cats. The Maine Coon female weighs 19 lbs, while the males weigh in at around 25 lbs. These wonderful family cats are notorious cuddle lovers and extremely fluffy, with long, thick coats which come in a variety of colors. A very docile, gentle breed, Maine Coons can be genuine couch potatoes, happy to sleep for most of the day, waking only for food and attention.
5. Safari Cat
A svelte and beautiful kitty, with a huge presence, Safari’s has a black spotted and streaked appearance. The spots are dark on a lighter, silky fur coat, which is short. They are normally a silver color, which causes their black spots to be even more noticeable. A Safari weighs in at about 20 lbs, with males weighing much more than the females and standing taller.