By: sofia - 26 September 2016, 11:21
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Cats are many people’s favorite pets; they are famous for not having the best temper and for always trying to cuddle with you. They are one of the few animals that domesticated on their own and they are North America’s most common pet; over 30% of households own a cat.
There are more than 250 cat breeds in the world, some have fur and others are hairless and there are many colors and patterns that are genetically possible in the cat. Here’s a list of the most expensive cats in the world!
Norwegian Forest cat $600-$3,000
The Norwegian Forest cat is a breed of domestic cat originating in Northern Europe. This natural breed is adapted to a very cold climate, with a top coat of glossy, long, water-shedding hairs, and a wooly undercoat for insulation.
Himalayan cat $500-$1,300
The Himalayan is a breed or sub-breed of long-haired cat identical in type to the Persian, with the exception of its blue eyes and its point coloration, which were derived from crossing the Persian with the Siamese.
Scottish Fold $200-$1,500
The Scottish Fold is a breed of domestic cat with a natural dominant-gene mutation that affects cartilage throughout the body, causing the ears to "fold", bending forward and down towards the front of their head, which gives the cat what is often described as an "owl-like" appearance.
Peterbalds resemble Oriental Shorthairs. They have a hair-losing gene and can be born bald, flocked, velour, brush, or with a straight coat. Those born with hair, excepting the straight-coats, can lose their hair over time. They come in all colors and markings.
Egyptian Mau $500-$1,500
Egyptian Maus are a small- to medium-sized short-haired cat breed. Along with the Bahraini Dilmun cat, they are one of the few naturally spotted breeds of domesticated cat. The spots of the Mau occur on only the tips of the hairs of their coat.
Maine Coons $600-$1,500
Source: Robert Sijka
The Maine Coon is the largest domesticated breed of cat. It has a distinctive physical appearance and valuable hunting skills. It is one of the oldest natural breeds in North America, specifically "native" to the state of Maine (though the feline was simply introduced there), where it is the official state cat.
The LaPerm is a recognized breed of cat. A LaPerm's fur is curly (hence the name "perm"), with the tightest curls being on the belly, throat, and base of the ears. LaPerms come in many colors and patterns. LaPerms generally have a very affectionate personality.
Selkirk Rex $200-$1,500
The Selkirk Rex is distinct from all other Rex breeds. Unlike the Devon Rex and Cornish Rex, the hair is of normal length and not partly missing. There are longhair and shorthair varieties. It differs from the LaPerm in that the Selkirk Rex coat is plusher and thicker.
Russian Blue $400-$2,000
The Russian Blue is a cat breed that comes in colors varying from a light shimmering silver to a darker, slate gray. They develop close bonds with their owners and are sought out as pets due to their personalities, beauty, and coat. It is their short, dense coat which has been the hallmark of the Russian breed for more than a century.
Serengeti cat $600-$2,000
The Serengeti is a breed of domestic cat, first developed by crossing a Bengal (domestic and wild hybrid) and an Oriental Shorthair. Serengetis are spotted cats, with long legs and very large, round-tipped ears. They have a long neck which blends with the base of the skull without tapering.
Elf Cat $2,000
These truly elfish-looking felines are a cross between a Sphynx and an American Curl. Their ears curl back like the American Curl and they are hairless, like the Sphynx.
The Toyger is a breed of domestic cat, the result of breeding domestic shorthaired tabbies (beginning in the 1980s) to make them resemble a "toy tiger", as its striped coat is reminiscent of the tiger's.
American Curl $1,000-$3,000
The American Curl is a breed of cat characterized by its unusual ears, which curl back from the face toward the center of the back of the skull. An American Curl's ears should be handled carefully because rough handling may damage the cartilage in the ear. The breed originated in Lakewood, California, as the result of a spontaneous mutation.
Bengal cat $1,000-$4,000
The Bengal is a domestic cat breed developed to look like exotic jungle cats such as leopards, ocelots, margays and clouded leopards. Bengal cats were developed by the selective breeding of domestic cats crossed then backcrossed and backcrossed once more with hybrids from the Asian leopard cat.
The Safari cat is a hybrid of the South American Geoffroys cat. It is an unusual animal that provides the look of the wild with the affection rarely found in the sweetest domestic. Some of the first Safaris were bred in the early 1970’s.
Khao Manee $7,000-$11,000
The Khao Manee cat, also known as the Diamond Eye cat, is a rare breed of cat originating in Thailand, which has an ancient ancestry tracing back hundreds of years. They are mentioned in the Tamra Maew or Cat Book Poems. Khao Manee cats are pure white with a short, smooth, close-lying coat.
The Chausie is a domestic breed of cat that was developed by breeding a few individuals from the nondomestic species jungle cat to a far greater number of domestic cats (Felis catus). The Chausie was first recognized as a domestic breed by The International Cat Association (TICA).
The caracal is a medium-sized wild cat that lives in Africa, the Middle East, Persia and the Indian subcontinent. The coat is uniformly reddish tan or sandy, while the ventral parts are lighter with small reddish markings. The caracal is characterized by a robust build, long legs, a short face, long tufted ears, and long canine teeth.
Savannah cat $4,000-$22,000
The Savannah is a hybrid cat breed. It is a cross between a domestic cat and the serval, a medium-sized, large-eared wild African cat. The unusual cross became popular among breeders at the end of the 1990s, and in 2001 the International Cat Association accepted it as a new registered breed.
The Ashera cat was a type of hybrid cat marketed by the controversial company Lifestyle Pets. The hybrid cat breed was allegedly a cross between the African serval, the Asian leopard cat, and a domestic housecat.