Perhaps you wonder if your feline deserves the title of biggest cat in the world. Although some breeds are quite large, the title of biggest cat is fairly difficult to achieve. Even if your cat is huge, there is really no "official" title available for this category. The Guinness World Record people have chosen to remove this as a category for fear that owners would overfeed their pets to try to achieve this title. However, if you are looking for a way to compare the size of your cat to others who are known to be large, you'll find several examples below.
Official Biggest Cat in the World
Before they got rid of this category, the Guinness people recognized Himmy as the world's largest cat, weighing in at whopping 46 pounds and 15.25 ounces. Himmy lived in Australia and was a basic male tabby that had been neutered. Himmy died of complications due to obesity. Right behind Himmy is Poppa, an 11-year-old tabby who weighed 44.5 pounds and Tiger, a Persian mix who weighed about 43 pounds. Without a doubt, these are large cats. Most chubby felines only weigh in at between 15 to 20 pounds.
Fake Biggest Cats
Without the Guinness Book of World Records to verify the size of cats claiming to be the largest in the world, it is much more difficult to know if a cat is really the biggest or the story is a fake. Some stories that have proven to be untrue include the story of "Snowball" and "Dubya." Dubya was thought to weigh 65 pounds, and a picture of his owner holding him was included with all the right proportions. However, this story was proven to be false by Ripley's Believe it or Not television show. With today's photo editing software programs, just about any picture can be faked well enough to look somewhat realistic.
Longest Cat in the World
"Biggest" doesn't necessarily have to mean fattest. There are many cats that are quite long for their breed. Snowbie was once the world's "longest" cat as declared by Guinness Book of World Records in 1997. He measured 40.8 inches from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tale. However, there is a cat that has beaten his record by more than an additional six inches. The new contender is Verismo Leonetti Reserve Red, and he measures 48 inches from nose to tail. If he were human, Verismo would be around eight feet tall. Although he weighs 35 pounds, his veterinarian says this is a healthy weight for his frame.
The Guinness book does recognize the Ragdoll and Maine Coon as the biggest cat breeds. Males often weigh up to 20 pounds and females up to 15 pounds. Of course, there are other cats that weigh more or less. These numbers are just an average.
Although the focus of this article is on domestic house cats, there are some hybrid breeds that are crosses between big cats and domestic felines that are quite large. The largest big cat would be the Siberian Tiger.
A Word of Caution
Be very careful not to over feed your cat. Overfeeding your cat can cause obesity, and this can result in many other health problems including:
- Fatty liver disease
- Increased risk for arthritis
- Poor grooming habits
- Breathing issues
While it's interesting to read about the biggest cat or look at pictures, ultimately it is important to make certain your cat is at a healthy weight for his size and frame. You'll enjoy many more years with your feline friend if you keep him in top shape.