Big Cats That You Can Own As House Pets
- Asian Leopards are sometimes bred with domestic cats.Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
A hybrid is a cross between a domestic house cat and certain wild cats. Though not as large as their wild siblings, they are larger than your typical pet kitty. The Chausie is the hybrid of a jungle cat and typically weighs around 25 pounds. A Savannah is a hybrid of a Cerval, a wild African cat. Savannahs do not weigh a lot (about 15 pound), but they are very tall and look more like a wild cat. Hybrid cats, for the most part, can be kept as pets.
Leopard and Cerval
- Leopards are stealthy, agile and are pros at climbing trees.Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
Leopard cats range in size from 50 to 200 pounds depending on whether you have a male or female. Cervals are a bit smaller and can get as big as 45 pounds. Both cats are considered wild and you will need a license to own them in most areas. It is important to keep in mind that even with a smaller leopard or cerval, these cats are not domesticated and may not be the cuddly companion you envision.
Caracals, Lynx and Bobcats
- The Cougar is considered an ambush predator.Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
Cougars are huge cats (75 to 200 pounds) and are also known as Mountain Lions and Pumas. They are the fourth largest cat. These cats are considered friendly with their owners and can be kept as pets. However, there is heavy regulation with interstate trade and ownership, so you will need to check your individual area for guidelines.