8 Largest Domestic Cat Breeds

From big cats to domestic cats, there are so many different sizes, species, and breeds. While we’ve all probably wanted a big cat as a pet, it’s not only unsafe, but they shouldn’t be caged or domesticated. While you can’t cuddle with a lion, there are cats that love cuddling and are much bigger than your average house cat. Here’s our list of the 8 largest cat breeds!

1. THE MAINE COON

Maine Coons are one of the largest domestic cat breeds in the world, as well as one of the oldest natural breeds in the world. It’s size, hunting skill, and appearance make it one of the most popular house cats as well. Maine Coon cats can weigh between 15-25 pounds, which is MASSIVE for a house cat. Taking into account how fluffy they are, Maine Coons one one beautiful, huge breed!

2. SAVANNAH CATS

Savannah Cats are a unique breeds that’s actually a cross between a domestic cat and a wild African Serval cat. The serval is a medium sized, big eared African Cat which contributes the most to the appearance and size of Serval cats. A first generation savannah cat can reach up to 25 pounds in weight. They have short, soft hair with distinct markings that make them one of the most beautiful cats in the world.

3. RAGDOLL CAT

Ragdoll cats are a large and muscular cat breed with a funny twist, when picked up, they’ll go limp, which is where they get their Ragdoll name from. Their docile and affectionate temperament make them a family favorite and very popular breed. Male rag doll cats can reach weights up to 20 pounds, making them one of the best best big cats to cuddle with as they love being affectionate family members. With a plush coat, this large cat is definitely one of my favorites.

4. CHAUSIE

Like the Savannah Cats, the Chausie is another cat that’s been bred with a wild cat to attain the perfect mix that makes up the Chausie. The Chausie is a cross between a nondomestic jungle cat with a domestic cat. The result is a cat that can weigh up to 20 pounds and 14 inches tall. This cat is an incredible rare breed and costs quite a bit to own.

5. RAGAMUFFIN

The ragamuffin is a variation of the Ragdoll, bred for it’s temperament and size. Taking up to 5 years to fully mature, the ragamuffin ranges from 11-17 pounds and are some of the nicest domestic cats in the world.

6. NORWEGIAN FOREST CAT

The Norwegian Forest cat is a large cat whose appearance fits it’s name. The breed originated in the forests of Norway, needing large waterproof coats to help them survive the rainy seasons. Now, Norwegian Forest Cats are one of the largest domestic breeds you can own. They enjoy the company of other pets and humans, but are very independent and will are only affectionate when they want to be. Weighing an average of 13-22 pounds, this cat is huge!

7. SIBERIAN CAT

The Siberian cat is one of the best cats to cuddle with if you’re looking for a furry friend to cuddle with! They hail from a cold climate, so they have quite a bit of hair, which is all better to cuddle with. Weighing around 10-20 pounds, the Siberian Cat was meant to be on this list of large cat breeds!

8. BRITISH SHORTHAIR

British Short Hair cats are among the largest short haired cat breeds in the world. They’re also one of the most affectionate cat breeds, making them wonderful companions for families with children or other pets. British Shorthair cats weigh an average of 9-18 pounds, but they look smaller than other breeds on this list because of their short hair.

 

 

8 Life Hacks For Cat Owners

Cats are our favorite pets, but sometimes they’re a bit difficult to live with if you don’t know what you’re doing. Luckily, the folks over at CatingtonPosts have created the perfect guide of Life Hacks for living with cats. Did you know all of them? We hope you learn something!

1. CLOTHING AND CAT HAIR

Clothing and cat hair go together like peanut butter and jelly, you just can’t separate the two! Luckily, there are a couple ways to clean cat hair off of your clothes after your cat so graciously blessed our garments with their hair. If you have a few different garments that need to be de-haired, just throw them in the dryer with a dryer sheet, these work wonders on removing hair! Only need to remove a bit of hair? Wipe it down with a dryer sheet to spot check your clothes!

2. CAT HAIR EVERYWHERE ELSE

Along with clothes, cat hair tends to accumulate on furniture, and basically every other place in your home. While there are many different cat hair removal products on the market, ranging from vacuums to “specially designed removal tools,” the most basic of them surprisingly picks up the most. What is it? A rubber globe. Simply swiping your hand over the furniture while wearing a glove will remove most of the hair!

3. CORD CONNOISSEURS

If you have a cat, you’ve probably experienced them trying to play with, if not eat cords around the house. This is not only annoying, but extremely dangerous. While there are sprays, expensive deterrents, and other products designed to stop this, the simplest solution is to buy some split tubing and wrap it around your cords. Cats don’t really like eating this thick plastic so it saves you money, and the headache of worrying about your cat’s safety.

4. TOILET PAPER BANDITS

Toilet Paper and cats… many cat owners have experienced their cats playing with the roll and ruining a perfectly good roll of TP. It gets quite annoying buying TP when you don’t need it. Our solution? A toilet paper roll cover will solve all your problems! With so many different styles, colors, and materials it’s easy to find one that fits your needs.

5. OUTDOOR CAT HOMES

When the winter months come, many feral cats are left without shelter and too often freeze. Though you may not be able to take them in, there are ways to help them survive the winter, and many of these ways are cheap! We recommend building a winter shelter for feral cats, and the folks over at CatintonPost have even created an easy step by step guide to building a shelter, found here. http://www.ebay.com/gds/How-to-Build-a-Winter-Shelter-for-Feral-Cats-/10000000202455411/g.html. So

6. POTTED PLANT PEE-ERS

Some cats LOVE to use potted plants as a second bathroom. Why? There are many reasons, but each doesn’t justify taking a leak in your precious plants. This unique way of deterring this behavior is cheap and won’t take away from your beautiful plants! Add a thin layer of pine cones to the top of your plants. How does this help? Your cat won’t like walking on the pine cones, and it will keep them out of your plants!

7. PUMPKIN, THE MAGICAL CURE

Just like humans, cats can get indigestion, stomach aches, diarrhea, hairballs, etc. What most cat owners don’t know, is that canned pumpkin is a natural remedy that will help with these stomach situations. It’s important to make sure you’re giving your cat 100% pumpkin, not pumpkin filling. Pumpkin is a great source of fiber, which will help with things like constipation, diarrhea, and hairballs. Just make sure you keep an eye on them and take them to the veterinarian if the problem persists!

8. FAST EATERS

Some cats love food just a little too much and do what’s known as “scarf and barf”. This isn’t very healthy for cats, so the easiest way to stop this behavior is to actually spread the food around a small plate. This little trick is so simple, but totally works! Forcing kitty to slow down while eating allows them to properly ingest and slowly digest their meal.

 

 

 

6 Places in the World That Absolutely Love Cats

As a crazy cat personn, it’s nice to be around other people who love cats just as much. Here’s a list of places that truly welcome cat fanatics!

1. JAPAN

The people of Japan LOVE cats! From the good luck cat to Hello Kitty (who we just found out isn’t actually a cat), this country is a must visit for cat lovers. If you’re visiting Japan, make sure to find a local “cat café” where you can enjoy a coffee in the company of some furry feline friends.

2. EGYPT

For a culture that basically worshipped cats, it’s no wonder that Egypt is a place for cat lovers. Cats in Egypt are still held in high regard, and you’ll find their history in Egyptian culture quite amazing.

3. IRELAND

Most places consider black cats to be bad luck, but not in Ireland! In the green isle black cats are a good omen. There’s even a legend that the Belfast Castle was safe as long as their was a black car around. These legends and lores make Ireland a great place to travel to. Make sure you visit the “Cat Garden” where visitors can look at the cat themed plants!

4. MYKONOS ISLE

One of the islands of Greece, Mykonos Isle, is famous for it’s love of cats. They welcome cats of all kinds and colors, and you’ll find them everywhere. Mykonos Isle loves cats so much, they’ve givin each street it’s own feline mascot! If you visit Mykonos, make sure you pick up one of their famous coffee table books that are filled with pictures of local cats!

5. ROME, ITALY

Rome has over 300 cats who dwell in the city’s temple ruins. The community has even set up the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary which helps take care of the cats by feeding them and keeping them healthy. There’s even a CatShop where tourists can buy souvenirs and part of the proceeds go to help take care of the cats needs!

6. OAKLAND, CA

OAKCATVIDFEST. Probably the coolest festival for any cat lover. The event is held by the East Bay SPCA, and celebrates everything cat. Taking up several blocks, the OAKCATVIDTEST is a film festival, adoption center, and just a place for cat lovers to meet up and celebrate cats.
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