These Exotic Cat Breeds Will Leave You Purring
We understand that not everyone is a cat person. But for those of you who are, you are going to be astounded by these cats. They are unlike anything you will find in your local pet store. Owning an exotic cat, however, may not be for everyone as they tend to need much more care than your standard house cat. But, if you have the money and the time, you might want to look into one of these breeds. Once you see them, we guarantee you will fall in love!
Is this not the most gorgeous cat you have ever seen? The Bengal is a cross breed of an Asian Leopard Cat and a housecat. They are very needy and energetic. They can be trained similar to how you train a dog and will love to take walks with you outside unlike your typical house cat.
These cats are ginormous. They have a distinct M mark in the middle of their forehead that labels them as Maine Coon. You will also notice that some domesticated cats like tabby cats also have this marking. They come from the same line, but will never get nearly as big as a purebred coon will.
These stunners are a mix between a domestic cat and a Serval. They are lithe cats that can grow to be 25 pounds in weight. They are very curious which will lead to them being quite mischevious. They will always behave like they are a kitten and can be trained like a dog without the issue of having to teach them to use the bathroom outside. But they will enjoy playing games and going for walks on a leash.
If you are looking for a true black cat, you might want to check out the Bombay breed. It is a hybrid of the sable Burmese and black American Shorthair cat. They are friendly with other pets, people, and children. They are extremely playful, so they will definitely keep you on your toes. They also prefer a spotless bathroom facility, so be sure to scoop that litter box frequently.
These beauties are extremely unique in their spotting on their coat. They are very smart and fiercely loyal to their owners. They have loose stomach skin which aides them in their agility. Seeing the Egyptian Mau jump from one surface to another is a true sight to behold. They love to dote on their owners, so they make really good companion cats. The good news is that they do not require much special attention and do not grow to be much larger than any other house cat.
This kitty is related to the Abssynian. They love to climb up high and jump distances that are challenging to any normal cat breed. Because of their playfulness, they are great with kids and other animals that help keep them on their toes. They are a medium size cat that should not grow to weigh more than ten pounds. However, they are known to have some health problems, so it is very important that you do your research before getting one.
This cat may look like it has some genes from a wildcat, but we can assure you that this is a 100% all domestic cat. They were created by combining the genes of Siamese, Abyssinian and American Shorthair cats. They are playful and love to be around their owners. You will likely find that they will follow your feet all over the house and might even enjoy riding on your shoulder as you walk around. The good news is that these beauties will live to be around 15 years old and have minimal health issues to worry about.
These kitties have tails that are more like a rabbit's tail than a regular cat's tail. They are native to Japan and Southeast Asia, but can be found all around the world now. They are a medium size breed that should only reach around ten pounds in weight. One thing that is truly distinct about this breed is that they are real talkers. They love to hear their own voice and banter back and forth with whoever takes the time to chat with them. They are also extremely loving and great with humans of all sizes.
While this cat looks like it could be related to the Serval, it is not. This domestic cat is a cross breed of the Bengal and an Oriental Shorthair. They are loving and energetic but do take time to warm up to new people and pets. Also, like the Japanese Bobtail, they love to talk and carry on conversations with their owners.
The Donskoy is also known as the Don Sphynx. The reason why is pretty obvious when you take a look at one. It is a Russian hairless breed that was discovered back in the '80s. They are a friendly, intelligent breed that is easy to train. However, they are quite needy for attention, so they should not be left home alone for long periods of time. And, just because they do not have hair, it does not mean that they do not need to be groomed. They need to be wiped down daily because they do not have hair to absorb the oils their body produces throughout the day. We recommend doing some research before choosing one of these as a pet.