Why You Should Think Twice Before Buying Exotic Cat Breeds

Depending on where you get your information, there are anywhere between 15 and 71 cats breeds in the world. Many of those breeds come with a price tag to match their pedigree. The most expensive cat breeds range in price from $1000 up to $125,000.

This article actually began as a list of amazing cat breeds. After researching the article, though, showcasing exotic cat breeds just didn’t feel right. Here’s what did.

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Exotic Cat Breeds are Less Healthy

It might sound appealing to own an exotic cat, but that doesn’t mean you should. Engineering cats is yet another example of human hubris. It’s simply not okay.

Pedigreed cats are often the result of genetic mutations which can (and often do) impact their health, mobility and overall wellbeing.

Hybrid Cats are Neither Wild Nor Domestic

Hybrid cat breeds (crossing a domestic cat with a wild one) pose an even bigger problem. The result may be a large and attractive looking cat, but as International Cat Care points out, “There are many concerns and unknowns about the temperament, behaviour and safety of these cats in a home setting.”

Big Cat Rescue sums it up perfectly, “Allowing the private possession of exotic cat hybrids is like strapping a nuclear warhead to the feral cat problem.”

A lot of US states (and whole countries, for that matter) have surprisingly lax laws and regulations for exotic animals. And now we’re complicating matters even further by creating a species that’s neither wild nor domestic.

Our homes aren’t meant to house wild animals. Whether they’re a hundred percent wild or only partly wild is a matter of semantics. We’re messing with nature, and when our plans go awry the animals pay the price.

Exotic Cats Make Shelter Overpopulation Worse

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City pounds are bursting at the seams with potential feline friends in need of a forever home. But, much like imperfect produce, they often get passed over because of their pedestrian looks.

Some ethicists say we should stop keeping pets entirely, but that’s both idealistic and impractical. For now, anyway.

First, we need to figure what to do with all the stray animals. Animal companion overpopulation is a huge problem, with more than six million dogs and cats entering animal shelters every year in the U.S. alone.

3 Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Cat


Whether you choose to adopt a senior cat or a pair of kittens, your life will be irrevocably changed for the better when you bring them home. These are just a few of the benefits of adopting a pet instead of buying one.

1. You’re Saving a Life.

When you adopt from a shelter you’re giving someone a second chance. How awesome is that? Sometimes it ends up being a mutual rescue, with the animal saving the human who adopted them.

2. You’ll Help Put an End to Kitten Mills.

Kitten mills (like puppy mills) view animals as commodities. They don’t care who buys the animal, all they want is the payment. If everyone opted to adopt instead of buy, we could put an end to the business of selling animals for profit.

3. You Encourage Others to Follow Your Example.

People sometimes have preconceived notions about what adopting a rescue animal entails, but when they hear about your experience, they might just change their minds.

There is lots to consider before adopting a cat, and once you make the decision, there are some things to do beforehand. After that, though, it’s pretty much fur buddy love and snuggles all the way.

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Daniel N
Daniel N1 days ago

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Anna R
Anna R8 days ago

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Thomas M
Thomas M9 days ago

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Sophie A9 days ago

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Glennis W
Glennis W10 days ago

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Glennis W
Glennis W10 days ago

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Glennis W
Glennis W10 days ago

Adorable cats Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W10 days ago

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Chrissie R
Chrissie R10 days ago

Please don't BUY...while millions in our shelters DIE!!!

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Michael Friedmann
Michael F10 days ago

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