Posted on Friday, June 13th, 2014

Large Cat Breeds Make Loyal Feline Companions

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People prefer cats to dogs – or dogs over cats – for many different reasons. One could argue that dogs are friendlier and more fun, while others could say that cats “take care of themselves” and make great cuddle buddies.

Well, what if you could have the best of both worlds? Turns out, there are several large cat breeds to choose from if you’re looking for a larger feline pet to play with.

The Breeds
Originating in Russia, Siberian Forest Cats have thick, long hair to protect them from the cold. They shed moderately, but are otherwise easy to maintain. The Norwegian Forest Cat is similar to the Siberian and is said to have been introduced by Vikings around 1000 AD, according to cat experts at CatsAroundtheGlobe.com.

Rag-Doll and Maine Coon cats are also two of the biggest cats you can find. Rag-dolls can take up to three years to grow to their full size and are very furry, while Maine Coons are known to be very sweet and family-friendly.

For those looking for as close to a wild cat as they can get, Savannah F-1’s measure up both in size and personality. The world’s biggest domestic cat is a Savannah cat called Scarlet Magic at four and a half feet long.

Safe for the home?

Despite their size and playful nature, big cats can actually make great pets. Savannahs, for example, can be taken for walks because of their size. They love water and many owners of the breed describe their behavior as almost dog-like. Siberian cats are also attracted to water and are extremely intelligent cats, usually always able to solve their own problems when playing with toys.

Maine Coons are known to be sweet and gentle, as are Norwegian Forest Cats, which make great pets for children. Rag-Dolls are also mild-mannered and are said to be great indoor companions.

It’s all about the price tag

These feline giants come at a price – and a hefty one at that. Savannahs come in at the most expensive, costing anywhere between $4,000, to up to $30,000. For the most part though, the Savannahs other large feline relatives can become your newest family addition for somewhere between the $500 to $1000 range.

So if you love how playful dogs are, but wish you could cuddle with them like you can with cats – a larger breed cat might be an excellent choice for you.

This content post is provided by the pet experts at Hartz