A giant cat thought to be the biggest in the world has got so big that it can stand like a toddler.

Kefir the cat stunned the internet with people mistaking the enormous Maine Coon for a dog.

Despite being known for their large size and thick double coat of long hair, Maine Coons are an affectionate breed and very people-orientated.

Owner Yulia Minina, from Russia, shared pictures of her gentle giant with fellow cat lovers on Instagram.

In a recent video, she showed how Kefir gets along with her two-year-old daughter Anechka, who is seen cutting snacks for the enormous pet.

She said: “Sweet couple, Kefir and Anechka. These two are never bored.”

The hungry moggy stood alongside Anechka in the kitchen, patiently waiting for his little master to feed him the food.

The pet cat is almost as Yulia's two-year-old daughter
The pet cat is almost as Yulia’s two-year-old daughter (Image: @yuliyamnn/Instagram)

Yulia told how Kefir and Anechka are an inseparable pair who love spending their time together in the house.

When her daughter is watching cartoons on the sofa, Kefir stays close to her and lies on the top of the couch.

The video melted hearts with many viewers commenting on the feline’s special relationship with people.

One person commented “Kefir as tall as Anechka. You can tell that they are a couple” while another said “perfect friendship, how adorable!”

Others were equally impressed by the sheer size of the enormous pet.

“Oh my God I thought it was a dog,” one person remarked.

“Giant gentle! Kefir is so big!” another penned while a third asked how Yulia managed to keep the house “fur-free”.

The mum shared tips on using a robot vacuum cleaner “non-stop” to pick up any loose fur.

She previously said she treated Kefir like her second child, adding: “He not only grew up big in appearance, he is also very smart and always behaves calmly.

“The look is generally like that of a person, and Kefir has a formidable appearance, but he is a very affectionate and modest child.”

Maine Coons are large, domesticated cats and one of the oldest natural breeds in North America.

The feline family originated in the US state of Maine, where it is the official state cat.

They tend to be affectionate cats, known for their massive size and their love of playing and hanging out with humans.

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