A cat is not just a cat. Cats come in all shapes, sizes and breeds just like dogs. Some are natural occurring, some are bred (man made) and all are unique in their own way.
Here are four rare cat breeds that you need to learn about right MEOW!
First, we have the Serengeti. This breed was developed by a woman named Karen Sausman of Kingsmark Cattery in California in 1994.
I was lucky enough to speak with Mrs. Sausman during my research and discovered why she created this breed. Mrs. Sausman crossed an Oriental Short hair to a Bengal to create a large boned, long legged cat that resembles an African Serval.
She wanted a larger cat that had similar features to a Savannah cat, without actually having a Savannah cat. Mrs. Sausman’s cats do not have any Serval blood in them; they are completely domesticated animals.
These cats have short, thick coats that tend to be a yellow- gold color with widely spaced black dots. These cats do not have any health issues that are specific to the breed.
The Serengeti cats have very out going personalities. They are self assured and friendly. They are very active; they love to climb, chase and run.
They can be very vocal but they normally get along very well with other pets and children. They would make a perfect pet for an active family. The normal cost to purchase one of these rare cats is around $600- $700.
Next is the beautiful Burmilla cat. These cats originated in Britain in 1981 when a Lilac Burmese and a Chinchilla Silver Persian mated accidentally.
This breed is perfect for the “fancier” life style; they have distinctive tabby markings on their legs, tail and head including, a “M” shaped mark on their forehead.
They have a non- matting coat so they are easy to maintain. Their eyes can be any shade of green and have a dark lining around them so it appears as though they are wearing eyeliner.
The Burmilla cat is a great combination of its ancestors. It is not as vocal as a Burmese nor is it as shy as a Chinchilla.
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This cat is very friendly and outgoing. The breed does have a higher risk of Kidney disease than most breeds because of the Persian genes. Although, according to breeder, Stephanie Mohr, these types of diseases can be detected through a blood test.
These cats have recently become recognized by the CFA and CICA feline championships. The average cost of one of these beauties is between $800- $1,100.
Also on our list is the Minskin Cat. These cats are a cross between a Munchkin, Sphynx, Devon Rex and Burmese.
They were developed in Boston in 1998 by a man named Paul McSorley. The Minskin cat was bred to be small. They have a small body, medium tail and large eyes.
They can have incredibly short hair or no hair at all which means little to no shedding or hair balls! Their life expectancy is between 12-14 years, however, they do have a tendency to contract Feline Lower Urinary Tract Diseases and some eye diseases.
The hairless ones are very supseptable to sun burn, Skin Cancer and yeast infections. They require special attention when outside and even blankets or sweaters to keep warm.
The Minskin cat does not adapt well to new environments, so this kitty will not be all loves and cuddles the first few days you bring it home.
Once they come around the Minskin can be very friendly and full of energy. These cats normally run between $300- $1,000 to purchase and $1,100 annual in care.
Finally, we have the Sokoke cat. These cats were discovered in Kenya, Africa in 1978 by Jeni Slater.
She imported kittens to Denmark for fear the breed would become extinct in Africa. Soon after the cats were being sent all over the world.
These are medium sized carts with slender, well muscled bodies, strong bone structures and long legs.
They have short, glossy coats that do not need a lot of maintenance, though most do enjoy a good brushing out every now and then.
They have a blotched tabby pattern that ranges from light brown to dark brown in color. The Sokoke cats have large, wide set eyes that are slightly slanted.
These cats are very active, and playful cats. They are also very smart and trainable.
They are independent and do not mind being left alone.
However, they do tend to bond to one person and be very affectionate. The Sokoke cats are not any more likely to get specific diseases than any other cats.
Though, with their less dense fur they do tend to get cold easier than other cats and need to be kept inside especially in colder weather.
They are mostly bred in the UK. The last breeder I could find in the US actually stopped breeding six years ago and has asked to remain anonymous. The average cost to have one of these exotic pets is $800.
These are what you need to know about four rare cat breeds right MEOW!