Have you ever wondered how different felines are? They come from the same biological family that is felidae but their sizes and habitats have kept the wild and domesticated separate. However, it seems that besides some little things, these two kinds of kitties are practically the same.There are even small wild cats you may mistake for a house cat, read more here. Here’s how big and small felines compare.
Differences between Big and Small Felines
First and foremost, big and small felines don’t share the same habitat. Big cats are wild felines that thrive in the wild while small cats are domesticated kitties that reside in people’s houses. With just the difference in environment, big or wild felines have adapted to the needs of the wild and are thus more aggressive. Driven by the instinct to survive, big felines are more in line with their natural wild state and don’t tolerate or bond with people as much as small cats that have turned into domesticated kitties.
Obviously, big and small kitties differ in sizes. Wild felines are bigger in physique as well as brain size compared to house calicos. Also, the two have different set of eyes. Small felines have slits of pupils while big cats have round pupils. And when it comes to vocalization, the small ones can only purr while the big ones can only roar; this is not interchangeable.
Similarities between Big Cats and Small Cats
Aside from the few things mentioned above, big cats and small cats are practically the same. Both have great night vision and a powerful sense of smell. They also have the ability to “taste scents” which is simply opening their mouths to smell and identify a scent better.
When you take care of a big cat and a small kitty, you’d realize how the felidae share a lot of similarities. Both can spend an awfully long time self-grooming as well as sleeping. They both have the tendency to mark their territories like spraying or rubbing their scent on a person or area. Plus while small kitties purr and big felines roar, other vocalizations are pretty similar: they chirp, meow and makes sounds that cats do. Finally, both have the inclination to make biscuits.
Both love to stalk prey even though big felines do these usually for serious hunts while small cats mostly just stalk for recreation. As with all cats, both love to play games whether it’s unravelling stuff or chasing something. Finally, they both share the same fascination with boxes and catnips.
Now that you’ve noted how similar big and small felines are, you shouldn’t be encouraged anytime soon to adopt a big cat to domesticate. These wild felines thrive in their natural environment and cat lovers just need to be grateful we get a dose of these cute felines through our resident house kitties. Still, it’s fun to know that the felidae family are consistent wild or not.