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post #1 of 28
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A lot of my friends who have been round to see Bella and Cinders comment on the size of their paws - they are huge. Some of them have said that my girls will grow to be very big cats based on the size of their paws. Can anyone shed any light on whether this is fact or fiction?
post #2 of 28
I honestly don't know. I mean they say the same thing about dogs, but we have had some puppies with huge paws and they only grew to be medium sized dogs. Their paws just may seem to be huge in relation to the size of their body now. Someone else may know for sure.
post #3 of 28
I also have no idea. Gosh I really want Bella - she steals my breath away.
post #4 of 28
I think their paws might be one of those things that they'll grow into soon enough, but I don't think they'll finish up being really big cats. They are really pretty girls though!
post #5 of 28
All I can tell you is that my little girl (7 pound) has tiny little petite paws and always has. My big boy (16 pounds) has BIG paws and always has. LOL
post #6 of 28
As a kitten, Gabriel had giant paws on a tiny little body. At 11 months now, he weighs 8.7 lbs(plus whatever he has gained since being weighed last). He isn't huge. He has a thick build. He is really gorgeous....IMO.
post #7 of 28
When Harley was little (the runt) he had big paws even - and now, 7 1/2 months later - here is this big 9lb boy!
post #8 of 28
I really don't know. Tilli and Timotei, big boys, do have hare-sized paws. They weight about 18 pounds.
post #9 of 28
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Originally Posted by Yosemite
I also have no idea. Gosh I really want Bella - she steals my breath away.
Thank you!

I took a load of photos of them tonight in their e-collars - I know they don't like their collars but they looked so cute I just had to capture the moment.

Anyway, you can see the photos here http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...13#post1063513
post #10 of 28
Sophie had big paws as a little kitten. She's now a 12 pound monster with huge mitts!
post #11 of 28
Cinders and Bella look so "different". Are they purebred? What breed? I don't know what it is about the shape of their cute little faces...but when I see them I am so certain they are some highly sought after breed...
post #12 of 28
My Flibbo had HUGE paws when he was a kitten, and he grew into a fairly large kitty.
post #13 of 28
It seems to be true for dogs and people - big feet = big dog/tall person. I know that Chester and Ruby had HUGE paws as puppies, and the vet and everyone else said they would be big dogs, and they are.

Don't know if it's the same for cats, but I don't see why not...
post #14 of 28
I've heard that spaying/neuturing at a young age stunts animal growth, we at the shelter spay/neutur at 5lbs for puppies and 2lbs for kittens. SO i have no idea!

Buddy had big paws as a kitten, now he's a 16lb main coon, all my other kitties have small paws, and they're all smaller, just fat, my fault though!
post #15 of 28
My 'little' Ivory has huge feet and she's the biggest cat in the house weighing in at just under 13 pounds @11 months old.
Conversely, my 95 pound dog has spindly legs and teeny-tiny 'ballerina feet'.
post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by Beckiboo
Cinders and Bella look so "different". Are they purebred? What breed? I don't know what it is about the shape of their cute little faces...but when I see them I am so certain they are some highly sought after breed...
Yes, my little girls are pedigree cats They are British Short Hair. We were very lucky to get them because generally there is a long waiting list for pedigree kittens and we were also looking at the wrong time of year. We'd just lost Mittens and my husband was really worried about me because I couldn't stop crying and was refusing to go to work and figured that perhaps if we got a kitten, it would help my grieving process.

We hadn't planned on getting 2 and when we saw their pictures on the breeder's website, we couldn't agree on which one we wanted. I wanted Bella and he wanted Cinders. However, when we went to see them for the first time, they were cuddled together and looked so sweet we just knew we couldn't separate them!

I am sooo glad we got litter sisters - ok, so they bonded with each other before bonding with us but whenever I see them sleeping together (like little spoons), grooming each other or even swapping their food bowls around it just makes my heart melt
post #17 of 28
Well, Smidge (Little Miss) has tiny paws, and she is growing to be a tiny cat. The two boy kittens have big paws, and at nine months old they are about 11 pounds each.

I think probably it usually holds true, like for people, but not always. I'm 5'4" with size 9 feet.
post #18 of 28
JC had big paws and is about 15 lbs, although it took him longer to reach full size than Joey did, maybe because Joey had less size to get up to.
Congratulations on getting Cinders and Bella, by the way! I LOVE the "boxy" look of the British Shorthair - I just want to reach out & cuddle them! but PLEASE dont tell Joey
post #19 of 28
Oh, that is too sweet! British shorthairs...just adorable little faces! And how nice that the sisters will always be together!
post #20 of 28
This is a tough one....

Lucky always had huge, furry polar bear paws but she didn't grow into a huge kitty (well she is about 12lbs but that's from too many treats i think). Rambo on the other hand has tiny little feet (and an endless appetite) and he's hit 11lbs already....so who knows.

I have to say i find it soooo cute when you see puppies like mastiffs and great danes with their huge feet on little puppy bodies. That's why i'm not allowed to look at puppies anymore...i would take them all home!!
post #21 of 28
My boys (who are 13 pounds and 15 pounds) both have HUGE FEET.
post #22 of 28
My Loki is 12 1/2 lbs. and has baby feet ..
post #23 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pui Hang
Thank you!

I took a load of photos of them tonight in their e-collars - I know they don't like their collars but they looked so cute I just had to capture the moment.

Anyway, you can see the photos here http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...13#post1063513
I honestly think they are the cutest kitties I have ever seen. SO CUTE. You must be tempted to follow them around all day just to witness the extreme cuteness.
post #24 of 28
Well I don't know for sure. My Gandalf has always had big paws and he is a big boy. Last time we weighed him he was 16 lbs. Samwise on the other hand has tiny petite paws and weighs in at 15 lbs. I think it has more to do with build though. Gandalf is big and boxy and Samwise is long and slender.

When I first got the boys, every one commented on Gandalf's paws and Samwise's length so maybe it's any feature that is a little out of the ordinary that makes a cat a big cat.
post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by eupnea
I honestly think they are the cutest kitties I have ever seen. SO CUTE. You must be tempted to follow them around all day just to witness the extreme cuteness.
Thank you!

Um, I do!! Since I got them in December, I've been working from home at lot more than usual and a lot of people have commented on this - oops! I hate it when I am not around them
post #26 of 28
Bella has always had the dantiest little paws, and she's an itty bitty kitty. I'd say that she never broke 7 pounds, and she's 8 months now, and hasn't grown noticeably lately. I hope she stays the size she is now, because she's a pocket kitty, and adorably cute.

Rowan has always had enormous paws. He actually walks strangely because of it, like lifting his paws is really tough or something, kind of like a lion or something. Very different than Bella. He's probably 9 lbs now, at 8 months, and he shows no sign of stopping. His head is also disproportionatly large. I kinda figured that he'd grow into his head and paws, though. I hope he does, or he'll be one silly looking cat.
post #27 of 28
I'm still trying to figure out Cookie. He had huge paws and a long tail. Now, at 7 months, he is as long as my smallest full grown male, Zakk, but definitely slimmer. His tail is much longer than the other cats. He still has pretty big paws considering. Last month he weighed 7 pounds at the vet for his neutering. His sister is really small- she didn't even weigh 5 pounds for her spaying, and has always been very dainty.
post #28 of 28
When Cleo was a kitten, her paws were gigantic. Her ears were, too. Everyone made fun of her because she always tripped over her own feet. She is now fully grown and the paws seem to still be the same size. She's a fairly petite cat - only 8 or so pounds - and quite thin (regardless of the fur). Most of the time, I think the paws usually do indicate that the cat might be in a general size range (large or small or medium), but it's like their personalitites - every one is different!
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