Cats are amazing animals. There are so many different breeds of cats in the world. Some of them are wild while others are domesticated. In this article, we’re going to talk about some of the most exotic cats that you can find today. These are really expensive cat breeds. However, owning them as pets can be extremely rewarding. The only thing that you have to be careful about is that they need extreme maintenance.

14 Exotic Cats

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the best exotic cats in the world today.

1. Ocelot

Ocelot

Ocelots are small wild cats found in South America. The beautiful markings on their body make them appealing and exotic. They have attractive eyes that can hold your attention and make you want to take them home. Having said that, these animals are very rare to be found as pets. 

Scientific nameLeopardus pardalis
Natural habitatSouth and Central America.
Size22–39 inches in length

Males can weigh between 15–34 pounds

Females can weigh between 15–25 pounds

DietMostly small mammals, birds, fish, insects, and reptiles
LifespanUp to 20 years in captivity

2. Fishing Cat

Fishing Cat

Found mostly in South and Southeast Asia, the Fishing Cat is an exotic pet that is rare in the pet trade. They love to be in the water and hunt for fish. They are considered an endangered species. Hence, there is very little information about this cat breed. They are traded in the pet trade industries in different countries through various illegal means.

Scientific namePrionailurus viverrinus
Natural habitatSouth and Southeast Asia
Size22–31 inches in length

Weighs between 11–35 pounds

DietFish
LifespanUp to 10 years in captivity

3. Jungle Cat

Jungle Cat

Jungle Cat is the largest among all Felis species. They are fragile and if you intend to keep them as pets, you have to ensure that they get enough space for privacy. The population of this species is gradually declining year after year, probably because of their absence from the wild and presence in the pet trade business.

Scientific nameFelis chaus
Natural habitatThe Middle East, South, and Southeast Asia, and southern China
Size14 inches at the shoulder

23–30 inches in length

Weighs up to 35 pounds

DietSmall mammals 
Lifespan15–20 years in captivity

4. Servals

Servals

Servals are fun-loving animals that can be wonderful pets at home. Originating from Africa, this exotic animal has now become one of the most popular pets in the United States. It very much resembles a cheetah with regard to its looks. In fact, there have been cases where people have reported seeing a cheetah in their neighborhood on seeing a Serval.

Scientific nameLeptailurus serval
Natural habitatSub-Saharan Africa
Size21–24 inches at the shoulder

26–29 inches in length

Weighs between 20–40 pounds

DietRodents
Lifespan20 years in captivity

5. Bobcat

Bobcat

Bobcats are native to North America. The best thing about this animal is that it has a strong bonding with humans. When you have this animal as a pet, you have to ensure that you train them well. They are muscular enough to attack humans (even though they haven’t yet) and therefore you have to be careful when they are around children.

Scientific nameLynx rufus
Natural habitatNorth America
Size12–24 inches at the shoulder

18–49 inches at length

Average male weighs

around 21 pounds and the average female weigh

around 15 pounds

DietBoth small and large prey including rodents and sheeps
Lifespan7 – 10 years

6. Oriental

Oriental cat

Oriental is an athletic cat that comes from crossing Siamese with other cat breeds such as the American and British Shorthairs, Abyssinians, Russian Blues and other domestic cats. It is one of the most exotic cats in the pet market today. You can find these cats in many varieties of colors and patterns. 

Scientific nameFelis catus
Natural habitatUnited States
SizeOverall height of 9 inches to 11 inches

11.0 inches to 14 inches body length

Average weight between 9 to 14 pounds

DietCommercial foods
Lifespan10 – 15 years

7. Sphynx

Sphynx

This is a hairless cat created through selective breeding. It looks weird and yet visually captivating. There are many who want to pay a good price to keep this cat as a pet. 

Scientific nameFelis catus
Natural habitatThe United States, European nations
SizeOverall height of 8 inches to 10 inches

13 inches to 15 inches body length

Average weight between 10 to 12 pounds

DietCommercial foods
Lifespan10 – 15 years

8. Bengal

bengal cat

Bengal cats are the result of breeding between Asian leopard cats and domesticated cats. They are one of the most beautiful cat breeds in the world. They have leopard-like spots on their body that make them look unique and fascinating.

Scientific nameFelis catus × Prionailurus bengalensis
Natural habitat/Country of originUnited States
SizeOverall height of 8 inches to 10 inches

14 inches to 18 inches body length

Average weight around 15 pounds

DietCommercial foods
Lifespan12 – 16 years

9. Abyssinian

Abyssinian

Abyssinian cats or Abys can be wonderful pets. They are short-haired and look charming. They are easygoing animals and they like to spend their time around humans. They are watchful and like to analyze everything around them. They are social and loyal cats.

Scientific nameFelis catus
Natural habitat/Country of originEthiopia (earlier known as Abyssinia)
SizeOverall height of 8 inches to 10 inches

12 inches to 16 inches body length

Average weight between 8 to 12 pounds

DietCommercial foods
Lifespan9 – 13 years

10. Asian Leopard Cat

Asian Leopard Cat

Asain Leopard cats are more adaptable to live in the wild. They are nocturnal creatures and they try to keep away from humans. Apart from their looks that resemble a leopard, they don’t have any traits that make them suitable for keeping as pets. 

Scientific namePrionailurus bengalensis
Natural habitat/Country of originSouth Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia
SizeSame size as a domestic cat
DietSmall prey like rodents
LifespanUp to 13 years in captivity

11. Savannah

Savannah

Savannah cat a.k.a Ashera cat is a crossbreed between a domestic cat and a Serval. It is one of the most beautiful spotted cats you can find today. It has the grandeur of a wild cat and the liveliness of a domestic cat. 

Scientific nameFelis catus × Leptailurus serval
Natural habitat/Country of originUnited States
SizeOverall height of 16 inches

16 to 18 inches body length

Average weight between 10 to 13 pounds for female and 14 to 20 pounds for male

DietRaw chicken and commercial foods
Lifespan12 to 20 years

12. Geoffroy’s Cat

Geoffroy's Cat

Geoffroy’s cat is native to South America. You can find them mostly in the southern and central regions of the continent. It is a very small cat species and it is rarely found in the pet trade market. 

Scientific nameLeopardus geoffroyi
Natural habitat/Country of originSouthern and central South America
SizeSame size as a domestic cat
DietBirds, fish, reptiles, rodents, etc
Lifespan14 years

13. Canadian Lynx

Canadian Lynx

This is a thick-furred animal that lives in the northern parts of North America. They have excellent climbing skills and they like to show it off all the time. They are easygoing and friendly. 

Scientific nameLynx canadensis
Natural habitat/Country of originCanada and the northern US
SizeOverall height of 19 inches to 20 inches

31 inches to 39 inches body length

Average weight between 11 to 40 pounds

DietSnowshoes hares.
Lifespan14 years

14. Caracal Cat

Caracal Cat

Caracal Cats are also known as the desert lynx. They are exotic pets but you can’t expect them to be friendly all the time. Although they possess the domestic cat attitude, they are quite fussy at times.

Scientific nameCaracal caracal
Natural habitat/Country of originAfrica, India, the Middle East, Central Asia
SizeOverall height of 16 inches to 21 inches

29 inches to 31 inches body length

Average weight between 26 to 40 pounds in males, 19 to 29 pounds in females

DietBirds, rodents, small mammals, antelopes
Lifespan16 years

Those were some of the most exotic cats you can find today. Some of these animals are found all over the world while others are rarely found in the pet trade. However, knowing about them helps in figuring out which kind of cats are suitable for you. 

Conclusion: Exotic Cats

There is a lot more information about cats on this blog. Whether it is about the best cat breeds in India or the most interesting German cat breeds, there is so much you can learn about the feline world through this blog. If this is your first time visiting this blog, make sure to bookmark this site so that you come back to read all the other articles here.

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