How much would you be willing to spend for a cat?
You can typically adopt kitties at a shelter for about $100-150. Not all cats are quite so cheap though. Could you imagine spending six figures on a feline? Well, some of the following cats are truly more expensive than a modest house. And here are the 5 most expensive cat breeds in the world.
5. Sphynx (up to $9500)
Maybe the most easily recognizable of all domestic cats. Some would think that would be at the top of the list, however, they’re not even close. The breed’s hairlessness is the result of a natural genetic mutation, and it doesn’t prevent them from being healthy. The breed originated in Toronto, Canada and has nothing to do with Egypt. Most Sphynx cats sell for $1,900-$4,500. However, some Sphynxes of outstanding quality and bloodline or that exhibit rare colors can reach nearly $10,000.
4. Khao Manee (up to $11.000)
This cat breed is also known as the “Diamond Eye Cat” because of its special eyes, which are often different colors. This rare breed is naturally occurring and is said to bring good luck to his owners.
These cats are known for their snow-colored coats, jewel-tone eyes, athletic bodies and also for being totally dedicated to their humans.
Khao Manees are rare and considered a newer breed outside of Thailand. Because of their rareness and the cost of importing, a Khao Manee kitten from a reputable breeder can set you back somewhere between $7,000–$11,000.
3. Bengal (up to $25.000)
The first Bengals were created in the 1970s by crossing domestic shorthair cats with a wild Asian Leopard. Since these cats are so close to wild animals, you can’t own one in some states, like in Hawaii or NYC. But this same trait makes these cats quite rare and expensive. With the right genetics, a Bengal cat can cost up to $25,000, though in most cases the price is about $8.000-$12.000.
Bengal cats are a kind of exotic cat that has grown significantly in popularity in the last few years. With that popularity comes plenty of costs. The costs to breed and raise Bengal cats combined with their rarity and unique coloring contribute to their high cost.
2. Savannah (up to $50.000)
The Savannah cat is practically still wild and this is why it’s illegal in some places because it is a wild cat hybrid. Still, Savannah cats won’t consume normal cat food. Instead, they’ll only eat raw meat. They also don’t tolerate strangers or use litter boxes, so owning a Savannah is like owning a wild animal.
1.Ashera (up to $125.000)
The Ashera is the most expensive cat breed in the world today. This is a domestic designer cat that closely resembles the serval and the African leopard. It is extremely rare and has the price tag to prove it.
This particular breed has a beautiful coat and is a specialized breed. They are highly sought after but also hard to get your hands on. They have the best feline features with leopard-like spots and contrasting stripes, and elegant well-formed features with large pointed ears.
The Ashera is a large cat that can weigh up to 30 pounds full grown. While they are bred as house cats they are bred from species that did not house cats. The Ashera is a mix of multiple wildcats and domestic house cats, including leopards from Asia and African Servals. The waiting list is about nine months, and the company plans to release only 100 (pre-spayed) Asheras per year.
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