How big do cats get?

A new born kitten can easily fit into the palm of a human hand. The kitten though would grow…very fast. Cats mature at a fast rate. Give or take a few pounds, most fully grown domestic cats are practically the same in size. Just as with other animals, some cat breeds are known to grow much bigger and some breeds can be considered as the runt of the species because of their much smaller size.

It is not unusual for a new cat owner to have several concerns about the pet. What kind of care does the cat need? What is the most suitable cat food? These are the common questions of a first time cat owner. The owner would also want to know how big the cat would be. This concern is more common in pet parents that live in apartments or in homes where large spaces that will be allotted for pets are not available. Cats do not really need large spaces. This is one of the advantages of opting to have a cat for a pet rather than a dog. Cats would be happy in a small apartment as aside from their size, cats; unlike dogs do not have high exercise requirements. Cats do not really need large spaces to let off steam.

Most domestic cats would be between 4 and 5 kilograms. Others cats are noted to be on the small side. Some cats were recorded to be only about 3 lbs. However, there are cat breeds that get very large. The Maine Coon for instance has a large bone structure. Maine Coon is considered to be the largest cat breed in the world. A male Maine Coon can have a weight of 13 to 18 lbs. and females can weigh from 9 to 13 lbs. The Ragdoll, Ragamuffin and the American Bobtail are other large cat breeds. The Savannah Cat, the Siberian cat and the Chausie are large breeds recognized by TICA. Cat owners love cuddling the pet. It is not uncommon for cat parents to carry the pet wherever they go. An 18 lbs. cat though would be difficult to carry around.

Aside from the breed, the size of the cat is also influenced by other factors. The care given by the owner and the kind of food provided are essential to the health of the pet. A healthy cat would naturally attain a much bigger size as compared to a stray that is not provided with the kind of diet ideal for growth. Cats that are provided with regular veterinary care are expected to be bigger in size than stray cats of the same breed because the medical care received would be the cat’s first line of defence against common feline diseases.

The average weight of companion cats is 4 to 5 kg. As mentioned, some cats would be much bigger and others would be smaller for their age. Overweight cats would be much heavier. Most cat owners cannot say no to the pet. The cat would ask for second servings. Cat owners cannot resist the plaintive meowing of the pet thus the pet would get a share of the family’s dinner. This can result to obesity and obesity would cause health problems later in the cat’s life. Cat owner therefor have to be careful with the pet’s diet.