Although it is true that the majority of good things come in small packages, one of the best exceptions to this rule is that of big house cats. No, I’m not talking about keeping lions and tigers in a house. These are big domestic cats that are bigger your regular kitty cats and but just as friendly and loveable as their smaller counterparts. This article takes a look at five of these big and beautiful house cats.
Big House Cats #1 - Maine Coon
Maine Coons are big house cats that became popular in the 1800s for being the main act in a series of shows. They are one of the largest domestic cat breeds. These long-haired cats are glorious, massive creatures with long, rectangular bodies. They have thick coats that are resistant to water, which suit these felines because they originally came from a harsh winter climate. They can weigh up to 13-20 pounds for males or 7-11 pounds for females. They are often referred to as the “gentle giant” because of their fantastic nature and naturally charming personality. They are also known as a “dog in cat’s clothing”.
Maine Coons were once thought to be a cross between a cat and raccoon but we now know that this is clearly impossible.
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Longest cat in the world
The record for the longest cat in the world is held by a Maine Coon named Stewie at over 1.23 metres long.
Stewie has now passed on but here’s an interview with his owner from the Guinness World Records
Big House Cats #2 - Ragdoll
The Ragdoll is another one of the largest cat breeds. Ragdolls have mesmerizing blue eyes and mildly long hair. They tend to weight around roughly 15-20 pounds for males or 8-10 pounds for females. They are friendly, gentle, and submissive and this has made people think that they are resistant to pain which is not true.
These felines may have gotten their names from their tendency to go limp when in their owners' arms. Their friendly and submissive nature is so extreme that these cats have been reported to approach dogs and even moving cars, getting hurt in the process. A majority of Ragdolls are quiet and do not meow often, but there are exceptions.
A Ragdoll cat in its owner's arms
Big House Cats #3 - Ragamuffin
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Ragamuffins are very large and powerful felines that are surprising gentle. If you're wondering about the similarity of the names Ragdoll and Ragamuffin, it's because Ragamuffuns are originally bred from Ragdolls. The difference with Ragamuffins is that they have coats that come in a variety of colors unlike Ragdolls which only come in six.
Ragamuffins have thick fur like a rabbit but are very easy to maintain and look after. They tend to weight from 15-20 pounds (male) or 10-15 pounds (female), are extremely sociable, and seem to love spending time with humans. They are known for loving to snuggle with their master, and are fiercely protective of those they look after. They have huge eyes, which are very easy to notice, and they are easy to understand due to the expressions they can pull with their faces.
Ragamuffins are another breed of cat that behave kind of like dogs – some of them even play fetch!
Watch this video to see how cute and irresistible these fluffy Ragamuffins can be:
Big House Cat 101 - Ragamuffin
Big House Cats #4 - Pixie Bob
Credit: I, Angie1900 [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia CommonsAlthough resembling a wild cat in appearance, Pixie Bobs are very different from bobcats. They can weigh up to 18 pounds for males or 14 pounds for females. They tend to have a brown coat with dark lines, or dark spots. Pixie-Bobs have a bob tail too.
Pixie-Bobs are another cat described as dog-like. They can be put on a leash and will supposedly even greet you at the door. Pixie-Bobs are also described as loyal.
Pixie-Bobs have another unique feature -- instead of just meowing, they tend to chirp. Unlike Ragdolls and Ragamuffins, Pixie-Bobs are rather talkative.
A chirping Pixie-Bob cat
Big House Cats #5 - Savannah
Credit: By Jason Douglas (By uploader) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsSavannah cats look like what you would find out of a wildlife documentary but are actually tame enough to live as a pet. They are a hybrid of a domestic cat and a wild African cat known as the Serval. Tall and slim with light, spotty coats, Savanah cats are highly agile and extremely adept at jumping. Savannah cats are also very good at mimicking the noise of other animals. Besides meowing, they also chirp and hiss like a snake. This is a very interesting feature that can probably be useful for scaring away other animals.
Savannah cats are one of the few felines that love to play in water and are known to even just roll around in it. This feature most likely originates from their wild Serval side. They are very easy to domesticate and do not mind wearing a leash. Again, this is another cat that has been described as dog-like. See a pattern here? It seems having a big house cat is like having two animals in one.
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These are just five of the types of big house cat available as pets. Like all cats, they are lovable and extremely cute but they also come with different physical traits and personalities that are very much worth looking into if you are looking for a different sort of pet.