How big are the Big Cats

The male Siberian or Amur Tiger is the largest cat in the world - individuals have been measured at 3.2 meters in body length, excluding the tail. The power and strength of the animal is such that it is able to prey on guar bulls which can weigh in as much as 1000kg. Below the tiger the lion runs a close second in body size, with the other big cats being considerable smaller than these two felid ‘giants’. At the other end of the scale, the South American Kodkod and the Asian Rusty-spotted Cat are both of similar size - with a head and body length around 40cm and weighing a little over 1 kg.

Interestingly, the big cats also display the largest variation in body size - although the amur tiger is the largest cat in the world, another sub-species of tiger, the Sumatran, can be nearly 1 meter smaller than its northern relative.

Table of overall head and body length (meters) of the cat family - in order of size.

lower - upper
Tiger2.20 3.30
Lion2.00 2.80
Cougar1.00 2.00
Leopard0.90 1.90
Jaguar1.00 1.80
Cheetah1.00 1.50
Snow Leopard1.00 1.30
Lynx0.80 1.30
Asian Golden Cat0.73 1.10
Serval0.67 1.00
Bobcat0.65 1.00
Clouded Leopard0.60 1.00
Ocelot0.55 1.00
African Golden Cat0.72 0.95
Chinese Desert Cat0.68 0.94
Caracal0.60 0.90
Fishing Cat0.72 0.86
Margay0.45 0.80
Jaguarundi0.60 0.77
Jungle Cat0.60 0.75
Wild Cat0.50 0.75
Pampas Cat0.56 0.70
Geoffrey's Cat0.45 0.70
Pallas Cat0.50 0.65
Bay Cat0.50 0.60
Iriomote Cat0.50 0.60
Andean Mountain Cat0.48 0.60
Leopard Cat0.44 0.60
Sand Cat0.45 0.57
Litle Spotted Cat0.40 0.55
Flat-headed Cat0.40 0.55
Marbled Cat0.45 0.53
Black-footed Cat0.40 0.50
Kodkod0.38 0.48
Rusty-Spotted Cat0.40 0.45

Below is a graph showing the variation in body size of the largest cats.

How big are the Big Cats - The male Siberian or Amur Tiger is the largest cat in the world - Compare the the body size and weight of the wild cat species.

Species Geographical Range - View the global geographical range of all 36 wild cat species.

What is a Black Panther? - The term 'Black Panther' is quite often used in connection with large black cats - however there is no one distinct species of wild cat called a Black Panther.

What do the cats whiskers do? - The whiskers on the cat are specialized sensory hairs grouped in three specific locations on the cats head. Just what do these whiskers do?

Why do cats eyes glow in the dark? - Why do cats eyes glow in the dark? Why is it that large cats do not have slit-type eyes like the domestic cats.