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BluePitbull
01-11-2006, 06:55 PM
What is the largest breed of domestic cat and how heavy are they when non-obese?

lonesome loser
01-11-2006, 06:59 PM
Maine Coon Cat.

http://verismocat.com/htmscripts/leo-guinness.htm

Whack-a-Mole
01-11-2006, 07:02 PM
According to this Ragdoll cats are the largest breed. (bolding mine)

An ideal Ragdoll cat is well balanced. If a male is altered, it may reach the weight of 20 pounds or more. Females are smaller and look more feminine. They usually weigh about 8-15 pounds.

In temperament, these are very gentle and loving animals. Rag doll cats are sometimes called "man's best companions." The largest breed in the world, the Ragdoll cat also has a big heart and adores its humans. Even-tempered and docile, these cats are a pleasure to own. The cat is very good with children and tolerates other pets in the family as well.

Source: http://ragdoll-cats.org/

Tibby or Not Tibby
01-11-2006, 07:09 PM
I have two Maine Coon cats (brother and sister) named, Tibby (my namesake) and Libby. They are, indeed, quite large cats with great dispositions. My previous cat was also a Maine Coon (and also named Tibby). He had a perpetually tilted head from an equilibrium problem resulting from ingesting a neurotoxin laden blue tailed skink.

BluePitbull
01-11-2006, 07:15 PM
I have two Maine Coon cats (brother and sister) named, Tibby (my namesake) and Libby. They are, indeed, quite large cats with great dispositions. My previous cat was also a Maine Coon (and also named Tibby). He had a perpetually tilted head from an equilibrium problem resulting from ingesting a neurotoxin laden blue tailed skink.


The reason I asked was that I have seen this shorthaired cat at the vet's office, it was taller than most cats and it felt heavier than it looked.

Hail Ants
01-12-2006, 12:07 AM
Savannah Cats (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savannah_%28cat%29) might be the biggest. As a Bengal owner I would kill to own one! ($2000 and up...)

tygerbryght
01-12-2006, 02:41 AM
Savannah Cats (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savannah_%28cat%29) might be the biggest. As a Bengal owner I would kill to own one! ($2000 and up...)
This (http://savannahcatbreed.com/index.shtml) site offers lots of photos.

As lonesome loser said, the largest natural breed of domestic cat is Maine Coon. Friends of mine used to have one. Kit Kat was amazingly intelligent and trainable. He lived 17 or 18 years, IIRC.

While the yen for a big, big kitty cat is understandable, persons deciding whether to indulge that desire should remember that there are potential problems in coping with a critter that big, and of limited trainability, in a household setting. When all's said and done though, as the old saying goes, "You pays your money and you takes your choice."

picunurse
01-12-2006, 03:23 AM
I had an Applehead Siamese (http://travelswithtigger.com/fanciers/trad-siamese-faq.html#temperament) who, at 6 months was as tall on all fours, as my neighbor's begals. He weighed 21 lbs, not a bit overweight, according to the vet. Of course, not anywhere close to the Maine Coon cats, but big, nonetheless.
(His name was Spot II after Downtown Spot Brown)

Whack-a-Mole
01-12-2006, 09:11 AM
As lonesome loser said, the largest natural breed of domestic cat is Maine Coon.

Is my post invisible or something? Despite a linked quote everyone just keeps rattling off "Maine Coon". Given that the link is a site dedicated to that breed and may be biased I looked up Maine Coons and found this:

Although the Yankee myth of 30-pound cats is just that, a myth (unless the cat is grossly overweight!), these are indeed tall, muscular, big-boned cats; males commonly reach 13 to 18 pounds, with females normally weighing about 9 to 12 pounds. Add to that two or three inches of winter coat, and people will swear that they're looking at one big cat.

SOURCE: http://fanciers.com/breed-faqs/maine-coon-faq.html

Given the above the Ragdoll has the Maine Coon beat for biggest breed of domesticated house cat.

Tibby or Not Tibby
01-12-2006, 09:28 AM
Maine Coon: Big

I recall reading somewhere about a large cat breed called Ragdoll, but my Tibby can mop the floor with one of those. :p

picunurse
01-12-2006, 09:48 AM
Whack-a-Mole how do you figure?
Maine Coon cat link (http://cooncat.net/cooncat.html) males commonly reach 15 to 20 pounds, with females normally weighing about 10 to 15 pounds.
your Ragdoll link ( http://ragdoll-cats.org/)
If a male is altered, it may reach the weight of 20 pounds or more. Females are smaller and look more feminine. They usually weigh about 8-15 pounds.
It looks like a tie from here.

Whack-a-Mole
01-12-2006, 10:09 AM
It looks like a tie from here.

My links made it close but not a tie.

My Maine Coon link:
"...males commonly reach 13 to 18 pounds, with females normally weighing about 9 to 12 pounds."

My Ragdoll link:
"If a male is altered, it may reach the weight of 20 pounds or more. Females are smaller and look more feminine. They usually weigh about 8-15 pounds."


According to those the Ragdoll edges out the Maine Coon for size. Granted there will be variations and different sites my list different ranges (as yours seems to have) but the Ragdoll site seems content to grab the title for "largest domestic cat" breed. While I suppose they could do that with little regard for the truth I have yet to come across something that says the same about Maine Coons.

Finagle
01-12-2006, 10:24 AM
According to this Ragdoll cats are the largest breed. (bolding mine)

Actually, it looks like that site was copied from this one (http://pusscats.com/Ragdoll_Cats.htm) which makes the weaker claim that Ragdolls are "one of the largest cat breeds".

Left Hand of Dorkness
01-12-2006, 11:54 AM
The longest cat (http://verismocat.com/htmscripts/leo-guinness.htm) is a Maine Coon, weighing in at 35 lbs; he's 4' long from nose to tail. (Guinness apparently doesn't keep world records of heaviest animals because that'd encourage people to fatten up their pets.)

So Ragdolls may be larger in general as a breed; I'm having trouble finding verification for this. But Maine Coons have the largest member of a breed on record.

Daniel

liberty3701
01-12-2006, 04:54 PM
Norwegian forest cats (http://home.powertech.no/skogkatt/NFOfaq.html) are also very large. Males can be between 13 and 22 pounds. They look a lot like Maine Coons. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

slaphead
01-14-2006, 02:56 PM
Is my post invisible or something? Despite a linked quote everyone just keeps rattling off "Maine Coon".
I think it may be that many people regard Ragdoll cats as being more than a little weird, and not 'normal' domestic cats at all.
Because they possess a non-fighting instinct, a RAGDOLL should never be left outside unattended. They can be easily leash trained.
Doesn't sound much like a proper cat to me, but then again, would make a nice change from being mauled by my mother's cats.

tygerbryght
01-14-2006, 11:25 PM
Is my post invisible or something? Despite a linked quote everyone just keeps rattling off "Maine Coon".
<snip>
Given the above the Ragdoll has the Maine Coon beat for biggest breed of domesticated house cat.
I don't think the aforementioned Kit Kat ever weighed more than 20 pounds in his prime, but he was never fat. Although well-fed, he was always very "rangy"; maybe he was concerned to stay at his best "fighting weight"? :) I do assure you that he was by far the largest specimen of Felis domesticus I've ever seen. And I've seen an awful lot of cats in my 60+ years.

He'd been the recipient of a bungled neutering before acquisition by the owners I knew. That is, he was unable to breed, but his territorial instincts were unimpaired. He was the undefeated feline ruler of his domain of several city blocks, but he was also an extremely gentle companion/playmate to his people and their guests.

drhess
01-15-2006, 10:30 AM
Did anybody say Maine Coon yet? ;-) Just kidding....

My Bengal is not unusual, male/fixed (ex-male I call it), in that he is 19lbs of lean muscle. I'm not sure how far removed he is from the SE Asian Leopard cat he is related to, but I know it has to be at least several generations to be listed and is likely many more than that. He's very domestic. The idea of Savannah cats bothers me, as I know Bengals are a bit hard to take care of than many cats (just a bit more energetic and prone to behavioral problems (which is how I got my cat cheap--the breeder no longer could deal with him!)) and I worry that a larger version will just get dumped that often more. I'd hate to see a pack of feral 30-40lb hybrid cats in the city. (Toddlers beware!)

Tibby or Not Tibby
01-15-2006, 11:15 AM
How about cats with the largest heads? Years ago, I recall reading about feral cats in the New Jersey Pine Barrens that had exceptionally big, mutated heads Ė as well as particularly unpleasant personalities. I canít find a cite for this. Urban legend? Perhaps, but I donít think so.

Johnny L.A.
01-15-2006, 11:22 AM
Every time I see the title of this thread I think of Chuck Connors pulling up on a motor cycle and saying something about 'a special breed of cat'. (Thrill Seekers)

Hail Ants
01-15-2006, 10:52 PM
The idea of Savannah cats bothers me, as I know Bengals are a bit hard to take care of than many cats (just a bit more energetic and prone to behavioral problems (which is how I got my cat cheap--the breeder no longer could deal with him!)) and I worry that a larger version will just get dumped that often more.Bengals are definitely not couch potatos. Mine once lept off of the top of my TV knocking it to the floor! But I've read that Savannahs are actually very docile cats. Plus, considering how expensive they are I don't think too many owners would wind up abandoning them.

Fish
01-16-2006, 03:34 AM
I still think the largest breed of cat was Sammy Davis Jr.

Hilarity N. Suze
01-16-2006, 04:26 AM
I'm surprised at the numbers on the maine coon cat. Mine weighed as much as 27 pounds, although she declined to 22 lbs in the last years of her life, and while she wasn't exactly the runt of the litter, she wasn't the largest. Wonderful disposition. One of only two cats I've had that came when called, and responded to her name. Long body, long tail, lotsa fur. They also tend to be long-lived cats (or getting the most bang for their nine).

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