Cats are currently the number one choice as household pets, and why not? They are compact enough for smaller living spaces and don’t eat a lot. But that doesn't mean it's not an expensive animal.
Cats are one of the most exotic pets, so it is expensive to care for them as pets on a regular basis.
What about purebred cats? This further increases the cost of their maintenance and acquisition, due to their rarity. Take a look at the most expensive cat breeds:
3. Bengal: $25,000
This breed can be a challenge to keep at home as they are inquisitive and satisfy their curiosity by jumping into aquariums, playing with switches, hanging from chandeliers and doing other antics.
Because of its feral origins, the Persian cat is much larger in size compared to your average pet cat. A gorgeous Bengal with the right pedigree, generation, and coat quality can fetch up to $25,000. Personality-wise, Bengals are affectionate, child- and dog-friendly, and very social. In addition, they are energetic and extremely playful.
2. Savannah: $50,000
Like dogs, Savannah cats are extremely loyal. They are open to socializing with other pets and strangers if trained at an early age.
Savannahs that are not used to strangers start growling and hissing. These cats are strong and agile and can easily jump onto high cabinets, refrigerators, and door tops. In addition, they are smart, curious, playful, and active, and need plenty of exercise.
Savannahs can be classified into five types from F1 TO F5. F1 cats are around 50% serval, while F5 cats are about 11% serval. The price of this breed depends on their gender and classification and a prize F1 female can command up to $50,000.
1. The Ashera: Up to $125,000
The Ashera can cost as much as a whopping $125,000 because it is an extremely rare breed. A Los Angeles-based firm produces only 5 kittens of this type each year. So if you buy one, you will be among the very few owners of this amazing cat breed. In aesthetics, the Ashera resembles a snow leopard in its pattern.
But its behavior and temperament are similar to Savannah cats. In fact, some experts argue that genetic testing reveals that Ashera cats are nothing but Savannah F1 cats.