If you’re in the market for a pet that will impress, astound (and maybe even terrify) the neighbors, check out a few of these intense animals that definitely make a statement. Not only are these cats some of the most exotic animals around, they all make pretty great pets, too. Depending on the size of your home, yard and budget, there are plenty of animals to choose from. Though most of these cats are hybrids of other species, they are all unique in their own special ways. Some, like the Persian, have long hair that needs to be taken care of quite regularly. Others, like the Sphynx need no particular grooming as their fur is extremely short (and sometimes non-existent). Some of the most expensive animals on the list come with exotic spots, while others have no visual markings at all.
Unsurprisingly, the most expensive cats can also be the largest in the pack. Many of the animals that boast price tags over $10,000 are quite large. These animals are not only expensive to maintain, they often create quite a statement within the neighborhood. Others may fear these animals—even though they are often some of the most docile in the group. Size doesn’t always matter, though. Many of these cats are consider small or medium-sized and weigh as little as five pounds.Since many of these breeds are crossed with other breeds or closely bred within their own gene pools, they often require a little more medical attention. Respiratory issues, pinched tear ducts and heart problems may arise within these breeds, so make sure you get a certificate of health or guarantee when purchasing from a breeder.
Though most of these cats are very temperamental, make sure that you check to make sure they will make a good addition to your home before making a purchase. Though most of these cats are great with kids, some prefer quieter environments and will fare better in households with older residents.No matter if you’re in the market for such an animal or simply just curious, these cats are sure to delight and entertain.
Average Price – $200-$800
Native to Thailand, the Siamese cat is a natural breed. It has been genetically mutated to create a pointed pattern on its feet, offsetting the lighter color of its body and legs. The Balinese, Himalayan, Persian, Tonkinese, Havana Brown and Oriental all come from the Siamese cat.
In Thailand, the Siamese cat is known as Wichianmat, which translates to moon diamond. By the 1900s, the Siamese became an extremely popular breed in the western world, thanks to their playful attitudes, higher than average intelligence and social attitudes. These cats often live up to 10 years, but some cats live to be 12.5 years.