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Top 10 Expensive Cat Breeds

Top 10 Expensive Cat Breeds


Welcome to another episode of Lifessence. Cute, cuddly, and playful, cats are one of
the best companions a person can have. But if you’re going to have one, why not
have an exotic and expensive breed. Today, we’ll look at some of the most expensive
cat breeds money can buy. #10 Egyptian Mau Cat
Priced from $500 to $800, the Egyptian Mau, is one of the few naturally spotted cat breeds. They’re also the fasted among the domestic
cats clocking in at speeds of up to 48 kilometers an hour. This speed is made possible by their longer
hind legs and a unique flap of skin on the back of the knee that provides greater agility
and length of stride. The Egyptian Maus are known to chirp, emit
unusual sounds when excited, and are also known to wiggle their tails when they’re
happy. #9 Norwegian Forest Cat
Priced from $600 to $800, the Norwegian Forest Cat originates from Northern Europe. These cats have long water-shedding furs with
a woolly undercoat that is perfect for the cold weather of Norway. It’s said that Vikings brought these cats
to Norway around 1,000 AD and bread them into their current form. The Norwegian Forest cat is good at climbing
with a lifespan of up to 14 to 16 years. These cats are friendly, intelligent, and
good with people. However, they have a great amount of energy
and can demand a lot of attention. #8 British Short Hair Cat
Priced from $800 to $1,200, the British Shorthair has a chunky body, with a dense coat and broad
face. Thought to have originated from European domestic
cats imported into Britain by the Romans around 100 AD, these cats are one of the oldest cat
breeds known to man. The British Shorthair comes in various colors
and patterns, including tabby and colorpoint, but the most popular color is the “British
Blue”. Famous for being the inspiration for Cheshire
Cat from Alice in Wonderland, these cats are easygoing and well-tempered. #7 Scottish Fold Cat
Priced from $200 to $3,000, the Sottish Fold Cat gets its name from its characteristic
ear fold that give the cat a round and owl-like appearance. The original Scottish Fold was a white barn
cat named Susie, who was found in a farm in Scotland in 1961, and subsequently bred into
the current Scottish Fold. While cute in appearance, these cats suffer
a genetic defect that causes joint pains throughout most of their lives. Many experts call for a ban on these breeds
due to their genetic defects and UK’s pedigree cat registry GCCF even stopped registering
the Scottish Folds in an effort to stop breeding. However, due to the cat’s popularity, many
enthusiasts including celebrities are still looking to own a Scottish Fold. #6 Sphynx Cat
Priced from $300 to $3,000, the Sphynx Cat is famous for its lack of fur, which is the
result of selective breeding beginning in the 60s. The cat is not completely naked though. It has a coat of fine fur over its body, which
gives the cat a texture similar to chamois. Because the Sphynx has very little hair, they
tend to lose more body heat than other cats, thus they exhibit a more aggressive heat seeking
behavior. These cats are known for their energy, intelligence,
and affection for their owners. They are dog-like in that they greet their
owners at the door and are friendly toward strangers. #5 Russian Blue Cat
Priced from $400 to $3,000, the Russian Blue cat is a sliver or greyish cat that has a
short but plush coat of fur that makes it stand out amongst other cat breeds. These cats are a naturally occurring breed
that is believed to have originated in the port Arkhangelsk, Russia. It’s said that sailors took the Russian
Blues from Russia to Great Britain sometime in the 1860’s. These cats will play fetch and open doors
for their owners and are known to be good family pets. #4 Peterbald Cat
Priced from $1,200 to $5,000, the Peterbald cat is another naked cat on this list. These cats were bred during the latter half
of 1994 in St. Petersburg, Russia by mating a Don Hairless and an Oriental Shorthair. They are known to have a long muzzle, large
ears that are set apart, and an elegant body with long legs. They’re sometimes confused with a Sphynx
Cat, but the Peterbald cat has a long set of whiskers while the Sphynx has broken or
no whiskers. Also, while the Peterbald has a long narrow
head, the Sphynx has a short and wide face that has an “always-worried” expression
on it. #3 Persian Cat
Priced from $500 to $5,500, Persian cats are known for their short muzzle and round face. The origin of this Persian breed is unclear,
but these cats are often found in ancient hieroglyphics, and were imported to Europe
sometime around 1620. The Persian has a long and thick coat with
short legs, and a wide head with large eyes. They have an extremely short muzzle with ears
that are set far apart from each other. These cats are known to be quiet and well-tempered,
making them perfect for apartment life. However, these cats suffer breathing difficulties
due to their shortened face and has a short average life span of about 12.5 years. #2 Bengal Cat
Priced from $1,000 to $25,000, the Bengal cat has spots that resemble those from jungle
cats such as the leopard. They were developed by selective breeding
from hybrids of Asian leopard cats with domestic cats in the 1970’s, with the purpose of
creating a friendly cat with exotic markings. Bengal cats are known for their affinity toward
water and require a lot of love and attention from their owners. They are highly intelligent and likes to play
games such as fetch and other tricks. When bored, they are known to play with buttons
and switches on household appliances. #1 Savannah Cat
Priced from $1,500 to $50,000, the most expensive cat in the world, the Savannah, has characteristic
spots and pointy ears that give it a wild and exotic look. The Savannah was crossbred in 1986, between
a Siamese domestic cat and a Serval, which is a large-eared African cat. It’s sometimes confused with the so called
“Ashera cat”, which was marketed by a company called “Lifestyle Pets” as a different
and new breed. However genetic testing revealed that the
so called “Ashera cat” is the same breed as the Savannah, just commercially repackaged
so it could be resold at a much higher price. Because of its wild heritage, some countries
prohibit domestic ownership and some have even banned any type of importation. These cats are usually compared to dogs by
the owners because of their loyalty and their tendency to follow their owners around the
house. Savannah’s are certainly dignified and majestic,
but at its price tag, definitely not for every household. That’s all the Lifessence for today, we
hope you had fun with our top 10 list of expensive cat breeds. If you enjoyed this episode, please click
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