While I prefer dogs to cats, there’s no doubt which is the more intelligent animal.

Cats do what the f*ck they want, when the f*ck they want, and there isn’t anybody who can stop them. You can try and play with them for a bit, and they might oblige, but then they’ll just start licking themselves and walk off.

They’ll spend hours out of the house, cheat on you with your neighbours and go to wherever they get the best treatment. They’re tetchy, aloof and I genuinely wouldn’t mind being reincarnated as one.

Idiot dogs will chase a ball all day as long as you keep throwing it.

Nevertheless, cats are pretty easy to look after and don’t require much attention.

Unlike 90 pound puma, Messi, who shares a one-bedroom apartment with Mariya and Aleksandr Dmitriev after the couple decided to take care of him.

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The big cat was first spotted at Saransk Zoo in Penza, Russia, at just eight months old. The cub – who was one of three born at the zoo – suffered from health problems, but despite this the Dmitriev’s appealed to the zoo and asked if they could buy him.

“We had three days of thinking hard about whether it was moral to keep a puma, and whether it was common sense to have one. But nothing could fight our sudden wish,” Mariya, 28, told the Mirror. “So we went to the zoo and started negotiations to buy Messi. We were surprised ourselves when they agreed.”

Needless to say, taking care of such a big animal was a massive challenge for the pair, especially because “he was quite weak and demanded a lot of attention.”

Now at two-thirds the size of his full-grown size, the couple document life with their ‘housecat’ across social media. Messi (the cat) has over 500k followers on his @I_am_puma account and over 170k subscribers on his YouTube account.

“He convinced us with his behavior that he’s a full member of our family and that he wouldn’t be doing anything bad apart from some small naughty things. He’s very kind and likes contact. He gets on very well with people,says Aleksandr. 

“He is just an ordinary cat, but a big one. He has all the habits of a cat.”

Despite some objections from animal rights activists, the couple maintain that he would not have survived alongside other animals as he has never lived alone in the wild.

“Of course it’s quite dangerous having such a large cat at home, but Messi is a special animal,” Mariya told the Mirror.

It’s a lovely albeit unusual story.

There’s no way I could do it though; I once had a cat called Barney who was about the size of Messi’s paw and I struggled to keep him under control.

He’d hiss at you and bite you and wouldn’t let you anywhere near him.

If this thing bit you you’d lose a limb.

Gorgeous creature though.

Images via Instagram/@I_am_puma