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The Largest Cats in the World

The Largest Cats in the World

Want to know which are the largest cats in the world? There are several big cats in the animal kingdom that are far bigger than a domestic cat.

Let’s take a look at some facts and see which are the biggest cats in the world. 

The World’s Largest Big Cats

The term “big cat” usually refers to the remaining five cats in the Panthera genus (Tiger, Lion, Jaguar, Leopard, and Snow Leopard). All of these big cats can roar, except for the snow leopard.

Some modern definitions of the big cats also include the cougar and cheetah, although they can’t roar.  


The biggest cat in the world is a cross-breed between a tiger and a lion. However, they are man-made and isn’t considered a real species since the mix between a female tiger and a male lion wouldn’t occur naturally.

A full-grown male liger can reach a total length of 3 to 3.6 m (9.8 to 11.8 ft). The biggest liger weighed in at 725 kilos (1600 pounds). 


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Siberian Tiger

The Siberian tiger is the second largest cat in the world. Male Siberian tigers can weigh up to 320 kilos (700 lb).

Siberian tiger

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Bengal Tiger

The Bengal tiger is very similar to the Siberian tiger. The main difference is the smaller size and that the Bengal tiger has a more vibrant orange color. They have been listed as endangered since 2008.

Most of the Bengal tigers live in India, but there are also Bengal tigers living in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Bhutan.

Bengal tiger

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The Lion is the biggest cat in Africa and is known as one of the most successful and powerful predators on the continent.

There used to be lions roaming the European and Asian lands as well, but nowadays only a tiny population remain in India, and the European lions are long gone extinct. 

Lion male

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The Jaguar is the largest cat in South America and Central America. They can weigh between 56-96 kg (123-212 lb) and some males have even been recorded with weights up to 158 kg (348 lb).


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The African Leopard is one of the Big Five in Africa and is particularly famous for its spotted fur. Leopards can be found in sub-Saharan Africa, northeast Africa, Central Asia, India, and China.

The Leopard is a very strong cat, and they have excellent climbing skills as well. 

African animals - leopard

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List of the largest cats in the world

The numbers below for the largest cats in the world are an average of a male.

Individual sizes can vary a lot depending on many circumstances. For example, in rare cases, some males will grow larger than the general weight and size. 

Rank Big Cat Name General weight in kilos (lb)
1 Liger 450 to 725 kg (990-1600 lb)
2 Siberian tiger Up to 320 kg (700 lb) 
3 Bengal tiger 180 to 258 kg (397-569 lb)
4 Lion 120 to 191 kg (265-420 lb)
5 Jaguar 45 to 113 kg (100-250 lb)
6 Cougar 53 to 100 kg (117-220 lb)
7 Leopard 31 to 96 kg (68-212 lb)
8 Cheetah 21 to 72 kg (46-158 lb)
9 Snow Leopard 35 to 55 kg (77-121 lb)
10 Eurasian Lynx 18 to 30 kg (39-66 lb)

The biggest domestic cat in the world

The Maine Coon Cat is the biggest domestic cat with an average weight of 15-25 pounds (7-11 kilos) and height at 10-16 inches (25-40 centimeters) and 40 inches (1 meter) in length for males.

Females are a bit smaller but are still considerably larger than your typical female domestic cat.

Maine coon cat

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Another big domestic cat is the newer breed known as the Savannah Cat. These are a cross-mix of a wild serval and a domestic cat. However, they are only considered a true Savannah cat after four generations of breeding.  

  • Maine Coon Cat
  • Savannah Cat
savannah cat

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FAQ – Largest cats in the world

How big do Savannah cats get?

The largest savannah cat recorded weighed 11 kilos (25 pounds). The average weight and size of a Savannah cat are around weight 7-10 kg (17-22 pounds) with a height of 35-43 cm (14-17 inches) tall.

What are the 4 big cats?

The 4 big cats are Tiger, Lion, Leopard, and Jaguar.

Which is the most powerful cat in the world?

The tiger is considered as the most powerful cat of all the species in the cat family.

Biggest Cat

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What would win a tiger or a lion?

Tigers and lions are not enemies nor competitors since they live on different continents. However, if they were to fight each other, the tiger would most likely come out as the winner. 

The tiger is more powerful and is more capable of fighting standing on their hind legs. In size, they are not that much of a difference, but the tiger is packed with more dense muscles and weigh considerably more than an average lion. 

In the Ancient Colosseum, lions and tigers were fighting each other, and according to the texts, the tigers always won.

Which is the largest cat that ever existed on Earth?

The famous Saber-toothed tiger (Smilodon) is a prehistoric big cat that is the largest cat in the world known to ever existed. But it was not closely related to existing tigers or other modern cats.

Experts estimate that the Saber-toothed tiger weighed around 550 kg (1100 pounds). 

Largest Cat ever existed

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