14 RAREST Cat Breeds In The World!
Cats are one of the few creatures on Earththat are universally accepted as “pet material’. However, you may actually be surprised atsome of the more rare and unique of the species. I’m Bob from W5L and join me as I take youthrough 14 of the most rare and exotic cats. 14. ServalLet’s start off with easily one of the mostexotic cats out there, the Serval. You’d be forgiven for not knowing about thisspecial cat, as it’s from Africa. But what I told you that the Serval is actuallypretty popular in the US as a pet?What makes this particular cat so interestingis its size and it’s look. It’s actually pretty tall for a cat, and becauseof its look, if you saw one of these in theconfines of your hometown or city, you mightthink it’s a cheetah. Yet, it’s not. Funnily enough, the Serval is a rather docilecat. It doesn’t climb, it likes being quiet, andit only hunts small prey. And for those wondering, no, there has beenno confirmed cases of a Serval killing a human. 13. PeterbaldHere’s a unique cat that will make you doa double take. the Peterbald are a species of cat that arefound mostly in Russia, and have a trait ofnot having hair. So they’re quite literally bald cats. Though, to be fair, not all of them are bald,some do get hair, but they do often lose it. So, what kind of personality does a Peterbaldhave?Well, it’s actually quite a playful speciesof cat. More than that though, it’s intelligent. So while it may not look the part, it’ll likelyunderstand you better than most cats on thislist or in the world today. On a side note, this seems to resemble a catwho was owned by a certain Dr. Evil. . . 12. KoratThough cats are accepted in most culturesin the world, that doesn’t mean they don’tget their fair share of superstitions attachedto them. A black cat for example can be viewed as badluck, but also, there are good luck cats. One of which is the Korat. Why is the Korat considered lucky?Well, it’s because of its rarity. To the extent that during the 14th centurythey were a sign of status and honor in theThai government. Some were even given away as gifts to foreignersas a symbol of good faith. That’s quite a gift, huh?Fast forward to today, and the Korat is stillextremely rare. Their blue coat of fur is often never seenin the wild or in the home. Even cat shows don’t get this rare speciesthat often. This is likely because of their more reservednature. They apparently don’t like loud noises, whichmeans a city would drive them notes, and theirnoses are very sensitive to smells. Which would also rule a city out. So hey, if do ever see a Korat, regardlessof the circumstance, go buy a lottery ticket,because your day might just be lucky. 11. CaracalsHeading back to the exotic kinds of cats,the Caracals is one that is both stunningto look at, and is very interesting in termsof how it acts. You see, Caracals are a type of Lynx, anotherexotic cat that has been known to have someaggressive tendencies at times. Because of this, you might think that theCaracals are the same , but you would be wrong. In fact, many look at the Caracals as havingthe looks of a Lynx, but the personality ofthe Serval. Some even believe they are more “well-mannered”than Servals, which is saying something. They also tend to act more like cats, as theyuse hissing as communication, and are veryindependent. Which. . . to be honest, is a problem at times,because they when they go into a playful state,they’ve been known to wreck just about anythingin their path. They have been known to be taken in as pets,but these ones seem to be a bit more high-maintenance. You’ve been warned. 10. The Norwegian Forest CatHere’s a cat story you might like. The Norwegian Forest Cat is a breed of catthat is very popular in Europe. However, during World War II, this particularcat was almost made extinct. It survived however due to the efforts ofthe Norwegian Forest Cat Club. They saved the cats and then used a specialbreeding program to help bring their populationnumbers back up to acceptable levels. Because of that, they were declared a species,the Norwegian Forest Cat, in the 1970’s. I find this particularly heartwarming becausewhen you think of extinct animals, rarelydo you think of small cats like this one. Yet, it happens. Thankfully, it didn’t happen here. If you are up for getting this cat, you canbe in for a long haul with them, as they canlive up to 16 years. However, you need to make sure you take careof them, because they have been known to getKidney Disease and Heart Disease. 9. SerengetiSometimes, you’re not born into the worldan original, you’re created, and cats havebeen breed that way for a long time believeit or not. A great example of this is the Serengeti. This species is a recent addition to the catworld, as they were “developed” in the 1990’sby crossing the Bengal and Oriental Shorthairspecies. Because of this, they have a look that hasbeen likened to the Serval, yet they’re entirelydifferent in every way. The Serengeti has been described as a “confident,active, and graceful” cat, which sounds likea perfect cat in my mind. How about you?Add to that, the breeding technique that helpedcreate this particular cat has inspired othersaround the world. Makes you wonder what will be “developed”next. 8. OcelotOcelot’s are one of the more known exoticspecies of cats in the world. Mainly because they’re gorgeous, and peoplehave tried to make them pets for quite sometime. . . with mixed results. Have you ever seen Archer?Yeah, that’s a good example of how not toraise an Ocelot. Though you can truly understand why peoplewould want to try and make an Ocelot intoa pet. Their fur is stunning, and the way they lookat you with those eyes is something special. But, they can be a handful. For example, they don’t take well to commands,and will downright ignore you at times Furthermore, they have a particular odor thatcan be overwhelming at times. Oh, and they have a very “unique” mating callthat will likely terrify you. Thankfully, depending on how you look at it,Ocelots are very hard to obtain nowadays. Maybe people have started to wise up?7. RagamuffinWhile this may have an odd name, the Ragamuffinis surprising unique in terms of other cats. This particular breed was only recognizedin 2003, but has taken the cat world by stormsince then. It’s a mix of specials including the Ragdolland certain breeds of street cat, but whenyou look and touch its fur and see its eyes,it’s clear how special it is. The Ragamuffin’s further is almost unnaturallysoft. Even being compared to rabbits. And for those of you who know how hard itis to keep a cats’ hair from not clumping,that’s honestly not an issue with the Ragamuffin. So it’s honestly a cat you don’t have to domuch maintenance on. Cool huh?As if that wasn’t enough, the Ragamuffin isactually pretty large for a domestic cat. it has heavy bones because of it, which addsto its strength. 6. Geoffroy’s CatFrom a rather big domestic cat to a very smallexotic one, let’s talk about Geoffroy’s Cat. No, this isn’t a cat owned by a specific person,but a whole species, and one that measurein as one of the smallest cats on Earth, tothe extent that when they’re fully grown theyonly weight at max eight pounds. Yet, Geoffroy’s Cats are survivors. They were born in South America, and are sowell adapted that the heat nor the cold willaffect them. That’s pretty neat. People have an odd fascination with this breedof cat. They apparently use it to breed a form ofSafari Cat, and some have tried to make ita pet. Because of this, getting one is extremelyhard, as their entire species are regulatedwhen it comes to trading for them or tryingto obtain them. Though known to be sky, they can attack whennervous or threatened. They also prefer the quiet life, which islikely why South America suits them so well. 5. California SpangledDeveloped in the US at the “urging” of anthropologistLouis Leaky, the California Spangled is nowone of the rarest cats in the world today. Proving that even cat breeds can go out ofstyle. As you can see, the California Spangled wasmade to resemble the cats of Africa. And you have to admit, they did a really goodjob. As it looks like a Leopard, among other thingsof course. Sadly, the desire for such cats also breedthe Bengal and the Ocicat, which made thepopularity of the California Spangled takea nosedive. Thus why it’s so rare. 4. British ShorthairIt’s well known that cats live long lives,and have been around for a VERY long time. But this species is one of the oldest knowncat breeds ever, the British Shorthair. This cat is so revered in the UK that it’sinspired many things, not the least of whichwas the look of the Cheshire Cat in Alicein Wonderland. Plus, it’s the most pedigreed breed in thecountry. To be honest, it’s not hard to see why peopleare attracted to it. It’s big, those copper eyes are both piercingand intimidating ,and it has several different fur color possibilities. Though its most famous fur is its blue-graycombination. Thankfully, unlikely the Cheshire cat it inspired,this one doesn’t vanish. . . or talk. . . that Iknow of. 3. Turkish VanThis one deserves a special spot on my listbecause of its unique fur and personality. Anyone who’s raised a cat knows that thoughthey drink water, they don’t bathe in it,right?And only jungle cats will swim in water, right?Wrong!Meet, the Turkish. This cat is affectionately named the “swimmingcat” because it really likes to swim!Why?Well, it’s probably because its fur is water-resistant. Which I honestly didn’t know was possiblefor a cat!Its fur is so special it doesn’t even mat. The history of the Turkish Van is also prettyinteresting. They were originally found in the 1800’s inTurkey, hence the name. And then later on were brought over to theUK. Yet, they weren’t brought to the US until80’s. What’s more, because of the Turks love forthe cat, they made it hard to import for breedingpurposes. Despite that, if you are able to get one,you’ll have a very fun companion. 2. Egyptian MauAnother cat that looks like a jungle cat,the Egyptian Mau is unique because its spotsare actually natural to it. No breeding or development required. But that’s only the start of what makes thiscat so special. This is one of the fastest breeds of domesticcats out there. In fact, it’s been clocked at going 30MPH!That’s a fast cat, good luck catching oneof them. But wait, there’s more!The Egyptian Mau has been documented as havinga very “musical’ sounding voice, which isa big plus for cat owners who don’t want tohear an annoying “meow” every 5 seconds Also, they have a very kind and gentle personality,making the Egyptian Mau a must have pet ifyou can get one. Which, sadly, brings me to the fact that thereare only 7000 of these cats registered atthis time. So they are a very rare breed. 1. BombayIf you have been paying attention, you’llhave noticed that people really want miniaturizedversions of wild big cats like Lynxs, bobcats,jaguars, lions, etc. Another cat that people have apparently wantedto “miniaturize” is the panther. And because of that, the Bombay was breed. These cats are rare, yet they really do looklike a small version of a panther, but withoutthe aggressive nature. The Bombay can even be leash-trained if youcan believe it, proving that it’s a very kindand docile breed. It’s kind to other pets, it’s kind to people,and those eyes just lure people to it. Needless to say, this is one special cat. Thanks for watching!Have you ever seen or heard of some of thesecats?Do you want one of them now that we’ve shownthem to you?Let us know in the comments!Be sure to subscribe and see you next timeon W5L!!