How Big Will My Cat Get?
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How Big Will My Cat Get?

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After adopting a kitten, it’s only natural to wonder: How big will my cat get? While felines don’t have quite the range in size that dogs do, you’d be surprised to see the difference between, say, a Toybob and a Savannah cat sitting side by side. That’s because how big your cat gets mostly depends on their breed.

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How big do cats get?

As already mentioned, the answer to how big will my cat get? starts with knowing your cat’s breed. We’ll cover some common large and small cat breeds below. 

However, there’s a good chance you either don’t know your cat’s breed or you have a mixed breed cat like the common domestic shorthair or domestic longhair. If that’s the case, there’s unfortunately no easy way to answer how big your cat will get. In general, cats stop growing between 9 months and 2 years of age and their adult weight ranges from 7 to 15 pounds depending on the breed and gender. (That doesn’t take into account the many cats that become overweight!)

Large cat breeds

Some of the largest cat breeds include the Maine Coon, Ragdoll, Savannah, Bengal, American Bobtail, Arabian Mau, Aphrodite, British Shorthair, British Longhair, Chartreux, Chausie, Cheetoh, Highlander, Norwegian Forest Cat, Owhyee Bob, Pixie-bob, Ragamuffin, Selkirk Rex, Siberian, and Turkish Van.

Small cat breeds

Some of the smallest cat breeds include the Toybob, Bambino, Cornish Rex, Dwelf, American Curl, Japanese Bobtail, Javanese, Kinkalow, Lambkin, LaPerm, Minskin, Minuet, Munchkin, Oriental Shorthair, Russian Blue, Singapura, and Skookum. 

How big do Maine Coon cats get?

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Maine Coons are the most popular large cat breed in the world. But as with any breed, Maine Coon cats can range greatly in size and weight: Males and females generally measure between 30 and 40 inches long and stand up to 16 inches tall. Males weigh 12 to 25 pounds, while females weigh 9 to 18 pounds. According to the Guinness Book of Worlds Records, the longest domestic cat ever recorded was a Maine Coon named Mymains Stewart Gilligan—at an incredible 48.5 inches long!

How big do Bengal cats get?

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As the name suggests, Bengal cats can also grow to be large. The Bengal is an exotic-looking manmade breed that is a cross between an Asian Leopard cat and a domestic shorthair. Bengal cats typically stand 13-16 inches tall and weigh between 8 and 18 pounds. Large male Bengals can weigh up to 22 pounds, but this is the exception rather than the rule. 

How big do Savannah cats get?

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4-month-old Savannah cat

The striking Savannah cat is a manmade cross between an African Serval and a domestic cat. This breed is one of the largest (and most expensive) by far, often weighing around 25 pounds. Savannah cats hold world records as some of the tallest domestic cats out there—one measured 19.05 inches tall!

How big do Ragdoll cats get?

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Like the Maine Coon, Ragdoll cats are considered “gentle giants.” They’re even known for going limp in the arms of anyone who holds them! These long, big-boned cats take years to reach physical maturity, with males weighing up to 20 pounds. 

How big do Siamese cats get?

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The Siamese cat is generally a small- to medium-sized cat. Females aren’t likely to weigh more than 10 pounds, while males can reach up to 15 pounds. A cat of this natural, ancient breed will have a long body, long legs, and a long tail—all while retaining a petite frame.

How big do Munchkin cats get?

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Weighing on average between 4 and 9 pounds, Munchkin cats land on the other end of the spectrum from many of the cat breeds we’ve discussed today. Munchkins’ hallmark feature is their short, stubby legs, which puts them at around 5-7 inches tall. In other words, how big do Munchkin cats get? Not very!

How big do tabby cats get?

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Like the question how big do cats get?, this one has no easy answer. That’s because tabby isn’t a cat breed, it’s simply a coat pattern. You’ll find the tabby pattern in domestic shorthairs, Maine Coons, Abyssinians, Bengals, and practically any cat breed out there. Therefore, tabby cats can be as small as Munchkins and as big as Savannah cats!

Are you still wondering, how big will my cat get? We hope we’ve helped you narrow down your answer at the very least. While variability in size and looks isn’t nearly as important as personality, it is one of the many spectacular things about the feline population!

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