A Cat As Big As A Medium-Sized Dog

This cat is as big as a medium-sized dog and bigger. He is too big to be a lap cat. He is almost as big as his owner in this photo! He is bordering on the size of a big dog! He looks very fit and healthy with a beautiful grey-and-white medium long-haired coat. They are both watching the television. Great photo. It’s a double-take photo. The photo comes from Reddit and the uploader said, “My aunt’s cat is HUGE”. It is real.

A cat as big as a medium-sized dog

A cat as big as a medium-sized dog

To the best of my knowledge the cat is random bred (a moggie). He is just one of those rare domestic cats who happen to be bloody huge. They are one in a million. I don’t think he is a Maine Coon because of his appearance. Although sometimes breeders breed cats which are not ‘to type’ i.e. they are not good examples from a show cat perspective. The Maine Coon is the world’s largest cat breed (excluding F1 wild cat hybrids).

It is the sort of photograph you have to look at twice because it is a bit freaky. I don’t see any sign of photo-editing. It looks absolutely genuine. But the cat looks like he has been pumped up like a plastic toy. He does not look real.

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4 Responses

  1. Irish Cornaire says:

    Makes me wonder how big my ‘Ailbe’ will get since he is 10 month’s old and weighs a whopping 12 pounds and he isnt even done growing but this cat here is beautiful.

    Photo is my ‘Ailbe’

    • Irish Cornaire says:

      This was ‘Ailbe’ when I agreed to foster him,the vet was all set to euthanize him and I wouldn’t allow it,he had been attacked by 2 german shepherds and was used as a tug toy between the 2 dog’s and was temporarily blind,the collage is him.

  2. Albert Schepis says:

    Photographs can be hard to gauge the size of something, even by comparing objects or people in the same photo depending on the f stop or something (depth). It would have helped to know the weight of the cat, but comparing the size of her hand, that’s a big cat. I don’t think I’d like a regular cat that big. I let my cats walk on me and that would hurt.

    • Michael Broad says:

      Yes, you are right. Perspective can change relative size. But this cat is odd. It looks as if the photo has been edited but I don’t see it. I quite fancy a big domestic cat but if they are indoor/outdoor cats it’ll be dangerous: theft etc..

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