Little cat, big cat
We think we can speak for many people when we say most of us would not want a tiger in our home. Besides the obvious legal barriers for owning a pet tiger, we imagine they would drain your bank account with those cat food charges, they would probably need their own bedroom, and we’d be too fearful to sleep at night with a tiger sleeping next door. But tigers really are beautiful. Their poise and grace are mesmerising so it’s understandable why the look of them may be appealing. These cat breeds look just like tigers all while being safe to have in your home, trainable and most importantly, loveable.
You may have heard “Bengal” before in reference to Bengal tigers so it’s no wonder that these domestic cats with the same name are almost a spitting image of the wildcat. Bengal cats were actually bred in the 1960s as a cross between a wild leopard cat and various domestic cat breeds. They are medium-sized with a thick tail, long body, and strong back legs that allow them to leap great heights. But their fur really gives them that tiger look with stripes that resemble the wildcat and circular patterns that look like those found on a leopard. They are even hypoallergenic!
Toyers are actually known as the “tiger cat” so clearly you can’t get much closer than this guy. This cat was actually bred to look like a tiger by crossing a Bengal with a stray cat roaming the streets of India. Toygers have lots of stripes with orange, gold, and red tones throughout. These cats do require a lot of physical activity so it’s important to evaluate if you are able to meet their needs before adopting, but they are quite sweet, making them perfect for families.