There’s nothing better after a long, hard day at work than snuggling up with your lovely pet. Indeed many studies have shown that the stress relief afforded to us by our furry friends can add years to our lives. Cats are the most popular pets in the world, and nowhere more so than in the United States of America, where the pet cat population totals 95.6 million.
These pets really are spoiled rotten by their cash-rich owners, and Americans spend over $50 billion per year on the little critters, with 27% of Americans admitting to having professional photos taken of their feline friend, and 36% giving their pet birthday presents.
But, in case you’re searching for something exclusive than the average American tabby, there are opportunities to part with some serious cash in return for an elite pet. We’ve uncovered the most expensive cats that money can buy in 2020, and most importantly what you get for the price and whether they’re worth digging out your credit card for.
1. Ashera (Price Range: $22,000-$125,000)
The 21st Century Cat, the Ashera was developed by Lifestyle Pets, a California-based company, and sells from 5 to 6 figures as only 100 have been sold each year since 2006.
A hybrid of the African Serval (like the Savannah), the Asian Leopard (like the Bengal) and the house cat, the Ashera is the most expensive cat in the world! Very rare and new domestic of cats, the Ashera stands tall with large pointed ears.
Its coat sports both leopard spots and tiger stripes, and this big kitty loves to climb. Weighing in around 30 lbs., and expected to have a 25-year lifespan, you’ll need a good hefty wallet for more than two decades to cover her favorite CAT FOOD bill alone.
2. Savannah (Price Range :$10,000-$25,000)
The cat with the huge ears, long legs, and a vibrant coat, this one is the largest of all domestic cat breeds. Also Holding the Guinness Book World Record for the WORLD’S TALLEST DOMESTIC CAT the Savannah is also in second place on the list of the most expensive cat breeds in the world.
A mix of a domestic house cat and an African Serval, the breed is truly exotic, you might want to check your state law before considering one.
This breed is not recognized as domestic and therefore, it’s banned in more than a dozen states! Although Servals have been raised in captivity for almost 100 years, they still haven’t adapted to indoor life. They refuse to use a litter box They only consume raw meat. No cat dry or wet food for them. They do not tolerate strangers, making that part of this mix a bit difficult.
However, putting the shoe on the other paw, that is precisely why this hybrid is so desirable, a pussy cat in a jungle catsuit that can weigh up to 30 lbs or more!
3. Toyger Cat (Average Price: $5,000)
A 0% wild and a 100% domestic cats. The Toyger has a long body with rosettes, cool tabby patterns, and circular head markings. The name is a combination of “toy” and “tiger” since it looks like a toy tiger! A designer cat, the goal was to maintain as many tiger-like features as possible. For instance: elongated toes that create a tiger gait, enhanced night vision, and shorter front legs.
What Else Should You Know about this Cat Breed? Only about 25 years old, the breed has graced the cover of Life Magazine but hasn’t yet been around for very long to have acquired an extensive medical record keeping. It is thought, however, to be at risk for a heart murmur.
Toygers should have their dense coat brushed regularly and their nails trimmed if you should allow them the comfort of a human lap. They are Laidback and friendly, this breed takes to leash training, and at their price, should be kept on one, well-supervised anytime they are outdoors. Many breeders donate a portion of the proceeds from KITTEN sales to benefit Tiger like Joe Exotic conservation, so part of the high price you pay for your own toy tiger goes to a good cause.
4. Bengal (Price Range: $4,000-$10,000)
If you take an Asian Leopard Cat and breed her with an Abyssinian or Egyptian Mau, you may get a Bengal Cat! Couple that with differing gestation periods and the times that kittens survive.
Some are premature and underweight, yet some do make it and survive. A very interesting mix of breeds results in Bengals being the only domestic cat breed with rosette markings, those rose-like formations that camouflage a cat in the wild.
A broadhead and big round paws are also characteristic of this muscular and strong cat who can weigh more than 15lbs What Else Should You Know about this Cat Breed? The Bengal is a highly active, talkative cat that loves to play in the WATER, so you may have your hands full with one of these giant but friendly pussy cats. Aquarium fish, hamsters, and birds may be at risk with a Bengal in the house since they have a high prey drive and they are fearless.
5. Persian (Price Range: $1,800-$5,500)
Getting to the top 5 of the 10 most expensive cat breeds, I present the true glamour puss of the cat world, the Persian! This feline, with its long flowing hair and cool personality, ranks number one in breed popularity and is one of the oldest breeds, dating back to the 1600s.
Persians are quiet with melodious voices when they want to be heard, but more often than not, will communicate with their expressive eyes. Once a Persian cat settles into a home, she mixes up playtime with moments of lounging but prefers keeping her fours paws on the floor.
The Persian is not a good climber, nor a jumper. Just a cool and laidback cat. What Else Should You Know about this type of Cat Breed? The cat requires a day to day comb through and the magic of a professional groomer every six weeks to keep her looking her best. Regular face washing and cleaning may be in order as those big eyes often tear.
Coupled with a few predisposed health issues, you have a high maintenance cat, but one well worth any effort. The shortened nasal passages do result in some Persians snoring, coughing, and having both breathing and eating issues. Still, the Persian cat price remains high because these cats are sought-after for their sweet temperament, luxurious coat, and beautiful round face. The fact that they are purebreds only means that their lineage will dictate just how high a kitten’s price will be.
6. Peterbald (Price Range: $1,700-$3,000)
A hairless, sporting a coat of peachy velvet, or one that feels like a man’s beard, what is consistent about the Peterbald is the variety of his coat. Due to a hair loss gene that is dominant (the Sphynx’s is recessive), Peterbalds end up looking naked, or feel like chamois, flock, brush, or straight.
This means the cat did not get the hair loss gene. Once you think you know what you have, the coat can change several times throughout this breed’s life! What Else Should You Know about this one? Slender and lovely, this breed moves like a ballet dancer in the air. Affectionate and playful, these cats will meet your company at the door and coexist nicely with other pets.
Extremely vocal, the Peterbald may “talk back,” but really just long to be with you most of the time, flashing her large and beautiful almond-shaped eyes adoringly. Bat-like ears and long, whippy tail truly make the Peterbald a stand-out, but because of her nakedness, she must be protected from the sun.
This cat does require frequent baths and has a higher metabolism than other kitty cats, so runs a few degrees warmer. The fact that this breed has only been around for 30 years makes her quite rare and one of the most expensive cat breeds in the world. Known as the luxurious Rolls Royce of cats, one Bengal in the U.K. fetched $50K.
You can undoubtedly find a high-quality feline for so much less, but your Bengal should be at least four generations removed from any cats with a “wild” bloodline. Because of the time, it takes to “create” a Bengal, and the fact that they are considered a prize, the average Bengal cat price ranges from $2,000 to $5,000, but it can certainly be a lot more!
7. Russian Blue (Price Range: $500-$3,000)
The beautiful-tempered Russian Blue will follow her favorite human around the house and anxiously greet them at the door. However, Russian Blues do like their privacy and are skittish around others. They also get easily startled by sounds or quick movements, so they are happy to entertain themselves, but generally, attach to one person in the household. A triangular head, with large ears and a Mona Lisa smile, sets the Russian apart from the crowd. Her silky, silver double coat is only eclipsed by dazzling green eyes. Her ample coat most likely served her very well, as the breed is believed to have come from Northern Russia. What Else Should You Know about this Cat Breed? British sailors, captivated by the Russian’s good looks, brought her back to their homeland. There, she made her first public appearance in London under the name Archangel Cat, first named after the Russian Port where she was discovered. The Russian Blue is related to three famous “blue” cats, the Korat, the British Shorthair, and the Chartreux. Still, there are some unique differences in each cat’s personality as well as their fur coat. A very compatible for people who consider themselves allergic to cats. As for the Russian Blue Cat price, it is quite varied, but since they are one of the rare cat breeds, fewer kitty cats equal more dollars to own one.
8. British Shorthair (Price Range: $1,500-$2,000)
The sometimes clumsy British Shorthair cat matures slowly and remains a kitten at heart well into adulthood. Easy going, adaptable and easily trained, these cats have been known to keep company with rabbits and birds, as they can be comfortable around dogs and humans! What Else Should You Know about this Cat Breed? Contrary to popular belief, not every blue cat is a British Shorthair, and not every British Shorthair is blue.
This cat’s luxurious coat comes in various patterns and colors. Quite possibly one of the oldest English breed, British Shorthairs trace their ancestry to Rome where they were desired for their keen hunting abilities. Quiet felines with piercing eyes, these cats have no breed-specific health conditions, yet exist in small numbers. That’s why their price tag is sky-high.
9. Sphynx (Price Range: $900-$2,000)
When it comes to exotic cats for sale, the Sphynx breed is at top of the list. As well as the snuggle cats, it beats most of them, it will do it all day long. And when it comes to the unusuality it is the most unusual cat you will ever come across With a long, narrow head and webbed feet, most Sphynx cats have very fine hair, or just a fuzz, but are covered with skin the color their hair pattern would have been if they had hair.
The skin of a Sphynx feels a bit like a chamois cloth. Since these cats lack insulation, they must be taken care of to them warm and to prevent sunburn, skin infections, and other HEALTH ISSUES, especially when they are very young.
The Sphynx cat price is high because these cats are purebreds and are very hard to find. Once you have coughed up the funds to buy a Sphynx, you’re going to need to keep your day job or get an extra one to accommodate her needs.
What Else Should You Know about this Cat Breed? This cat craves human attention and is known to suffer from separation anxiety, so she may want for you to work from home to pay her bills. Since the breed is prone to feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, they must undergo heart and body scans every year. Their sensitive skin requires frequent baths with special shampoo, and they are more likely to get goopy ears that need care.
The Sphynx is also prone to irritable bowel syndrome, so a SPECIALIZED KITTY CAT DIET is a must. Since they are hairless, they get cold, resulting in you raising your thermostat, escalating your heating bill. If your budget can handle a Sphynx cat’s needs, and you are up to the task of keeping health problems at bay, the outgoing and playful Sphynx could be a Furfect match for you!
10. Scottish Fold (Price Range: $800-$1,500)
A popular breed, particularly in the UK. The breed’s round face, eyes, and body create an adorable look, while their small ears fold down toward their face like a puppy, providing their name and unmistakable appearance. That, along with their fondness for sitting back with paws on the tum-tum in a “Buddha” position, makes the Scottish Fold a sought after pet.
What Else Should You Know about this Cat Breed? Although the ears are their most distinguishing feature, less than 50% of the breed have folded ears making those that do, rare. Ears start straight, but at around 3-weeks of age, some fold.
The fold, caused by a naturally occurring gene mutation, prevents the cartilage from holding the ear upright. A very friendly and laid-back, the breed tends to develop strong bonds with its people, yet isn’t overly needy.