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How are domestic cats related to big cats?

Whenever you look at your gentle and small fur buddy, have you ever wondered about their uncanny resemblance to their giant, fierce jungle counterparts? That is because all cats, from your adorable little house cat to the wild ones living in the wilderness all belong to the same animal group, the Felidae family. And because they share this major thing, they also share a few similarities and here they are!

Same body frame

Your fur buddy is the 'mini me' version of those large cats running around the jungle. They share the same body frame, just varying in size. With a lithe body, long tail for balance, fairly similar heads, and paws with retractable claws.


Cats of any size are obligated to eat meat, otherwise they  can become deficient in certain nutrients, such as taurine, arginine, arachidonic acid and retinoic acid. Lack of these can contribute to major health issues. Large cat prey are considerably larger than the ones your feline buddy nimble at at home.

Scent mark

No matter how big or small a cat is, they are incredibly territorial. They show this through scent marking, cats mark their territory by spraying, rubbing their facial scent markers on objects and scratching around the area to warn off other cats and let them know that 'that' certain spot is taken.

Lone wolves

Unlike a pack of wolves that work well as teams, cats prefer to hunt and live alone. This gives the notion that domestic cats are grumpy and disconnected (don't worry, your pet loves you so much!) they are just naturally drawn to solitary and confinement. This is the result of them being extremely territorial which also results in their love to rest on confined and closed spaces.