When we think of big cats we often imagine them as scary predators. While they can be wild and ferocious too, big cats are also playful and fluffy just like their domestic versions! They can go back to their kitten times from time to time and the results are absolutely adorable! Here in this list, you’re going to find some examples of big cats acting just like house cats and we guarantee you that after seeing these photos, you’ll want to have one as a pet! Scroll down and enjoy our gallery!
Big cats love cardboard boxes too! While house cats sit in cardboard boxes to protect themselves from predators, this leopard does that just to have a cozy place to sleep in!
Yet another example of a big cat enjoying a cardboard box! This tiger is clearly too big for this box, but that doesn’t stop him from lying on top of it and enjoying the sun! Just like your house cats, tigers spend roughly 16-20 hours a day sleeping or resting.
Seems like the king of the jungle is enjoying a fun ride! This lion found his throne, don’t you think? Surprisingly, female lions hunt while males stay behind and wait for them, so this one is probably just enjoying his time until the female comes back.
Zabu playing with her ball Meet Zabu, she is as playful as your domestic cat! Her favorite toy, this giant red ball, is actually a stall ball and it’s made for horses who have to be kept inside of their stall, but as you would expect, this is the only ball suitable for Zabu to play with.
Wildcats also have a thing for toilet paper! The big cats can’t resist a roll of toilet paper just like their domestic relatives and they go berserk playing with the roll when you give them one!
This lion is trying out a new yoga pose for the camera! Did you know big cats also roll on their backs when they want attention? Isn’t it absolutely adorable?
This image is from a 2013 video of a cheetah getting its head stuck in a cardboard box! So now you know you should also keep cardboard boxes away from big cats!
If you’re wondering why this lion looks so goofy, well, he’s receiving a foot massage! The bond between this zookeeper named Alex Larenty and this 550 lb lion is so strong that Alex has no problems with giving him a foot massage or brushing his mane and bathing him! According to Alex, they’ve been friends for 6 years, and it’s not possible for anyone to get this close to this adorable 8-year-old lion named Jamu.
This one looks like he might have learned a trick or two from humans! Cats are playful and willing to do most anything when it comes to getting food and snacks, and this white tiger named Mohan is no different when it comes to that!
They have their favorite toys just like domestic cats! Big cats also need mental stimulation, and toys are a great way to ensure they’re getting enough mental stimulation.
Tigers enjoy belly rubs too! You probably wouldn’t expect that but tigers are actually very playful especially with their caretakers. They are very affectionate, and they love being petted as well!
That’s a funny one, but they also chase lasers!
You may find yourself sharing your food with them! This photo was taken by a photographer named Wojciech Kalka. Tigers are worshipped in some Asian countries such as Thailand and China, and they’ve been close to humans for centuries. So, it’s not surprising for this tiger to be so comfortable around this monk.
Big cats also love silently sitting and observing the humans around them This photo of a panther watching his environment was taken at the Lincoln Park Zoo. As you can see, the behavior is exactly the same as your house cat’s behavior!
This fluffy white tiger is having his best time with a giant pumpkin
They splash water around! Most house cats are terrified of water, and big cats are very different from them in that sense. But still, you can see your cat splashing water around and big cats also love playing with water!
There’s no place cozier than a box!
They really enjoy the snow! This photo of this Amur tiger was shared by the Bronx Zoo, and as you can see this giant cat is just having the time of his life! Tigers are capable of surviving in snow as long as they have enough food, water, and shelter.
Climbing the trees? Yes, they love that too!
They have the same ‘if I fits, I sits’ mentality This photo belongs to a 2-week-old snow leopard, and she is resting in a bucket after her first vet exam at the Woodland Park Zoo. She looks relatively tiny now, but she’s going to grow to 72 pounds soon.
They love snuggling up just as much as your domestic cat does They love cuddling and they also spend most of their day just chilling together as lions usually need to sleep around 20 hours a day. Since they have few sweat glands, they cool down and keep their energy by sleeping. They become much more active during the night when it’s cooler.
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Adorable tigers getting curious and excited about their Christmas presents
Look how adorably and fluffy these Indochinese tiger cubs are!
They just can’t get enough of these boxes!
‘Your couch? Not anymore!’
It’s playtime for this cute kitty!
They’re also pretty bold when it comes to showing their affection
Even though they look scary, they’re actually big goofballs
They’re sitting in the very same position! This is very common for all types of cats, and they usually sit like this when they are playing or when they spot a predator, etc.
They look very goofy when you decide to give them a car ride! We assume this cheetah is on its way to the vet from the expression on its face!
We want someone to look at us just like that!
Regardless of their size they love their playtimes! This huge lion in the photo is Heidi and she lives at London Zoo. Every year, they leave a sack of meat on top of a tree to get the exact measurements of her. It’s fun for the animal as well!
They groom their cubs by licking!
They are capable of forming unusual but equally adorable friendships
Big cats also enjoy playing with trees! In fact, they love it so much that some zoos around the world have started holiday tree recycling programs!
They love their pumpkins, for some unknown reason!
They love participating in activities that involve water!
Ropes are also good toys for them just like your pet cats at home
As you can see, they’re not so different after all!