When it comes to grooming, less is more. Cats groom themselves. While brushing long-haired cats is wise to ensure they don’t develop mats or tangles, bathing cats isn’t necessary unless they’re covered in something nasty. Pay attention to your cat’s body language during the grooming process (and on an everyday basis) to monitor their health and happiness. They’ll let you know if you’ve overstepped your boundaries.
Joint issues tend to plague large cats more so than their small breed counterparts. If your cat has difficulty walking or jumping, ask your vet to perform an x-ray. Symptoms like these could mean hip dysplasia or luxating patella, a kneecap disorder.
Another trait unique to many large cat breeds is how slowly they reach full maturity. Most of the cats on our list don’t fully mature until three years old; some won’t be there until their fifth birthday. If you’re really in the market for the biggest cat possible, choose a male cat, since males are notably bigger than females both in height and weight.
Finally, choose a breed ideal for your lifestyle. Everyone wants something different when it comes to a pet. Large cat breeds vary widely in terms of temperament, activity level, personality and size. Research the breed before welcoming them home—otherwise you could find yourself experiencing more lion behavior than you bargained for.