Top 10 Cat Breeds With Steep Price Tags

By Mirka Santos

Getting a pet can hurt your wallet. As they say, you should be willing to spend some dough if you are planning on taking care of a pet. From getting the right documents for them and taking them to the vet when they are sick to buying all necessities and accessories for them, you can expect to spend a bit —or a lot — when you get a pet.

While these animal companions can make a dent on your bank account, many owners barely notice the expenses. After all, they are fur babies that offer companionship for many people. Moreover, taking care of and playing with them can help relieve stress.

But did you know that you can spend thousands and hundreds of dollars just buying one? When the most expensive dog costs $2 million, does it come as any surprise that some cat breeds also cost a lot of money? Here is a list of 10 cat breeds that have exorbitant price tags. 

10. American Curl

 

Price: $1,200

First on our list is the American Curl. This breed is characterized by the shape of its ears, which are – you guessed it – curled. Sources say that the upward-curl of their ears is a result of a mutation. This cat is medium in size and can come with long or short fur. 

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One odd thing about this breed is that American Curl kittens are born with straight ears. However, as they reach the 48-hour mark after birth, their ears begin to curl, giving them that distinct look. These cats are usually entered into cat shows.

9. Sphynx

 

Price: $1,200 to $3,000

This unique and remarkable cat is known for its lack of fur. It is deemed as one of the most popular breeds across the globe because of its incomparable appearance. Up to this day, there are only four other breeds that do not have coats. 

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If you are wondering why a sphynx cat is so expensive, then you only need to take note of the feature that makes it unique. So, yes, sphynxes (and other hairless breeds) cost a lot because they are furless. They can have skin patterns to make them more distinctive.

8. Scottish Fold

 

Price: $1,500 to $3,000

Take a second and think about Taylor Swift’s cats Meredith Grey and Olivia Benson. There’s one thing they have in common and that is the shape of their ears. Their ears fold downward, which is the identifying characteristic of Scottish Fold cats.

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This breed is considered rare and they can become rarer because some veterinarians and advocacy groups call for a ban on breeding these cats. This is because they have a genetic mutation that can cause deformities in this breed.

7. Russian Blue

 

Price: $1,700 to $3,000

Russian Blues are precisely named because of the bluish tint of their coats. They are sought after because of their good and loving nature, as well as their unique way of tiptoe-walking. 

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While you might think that these cats only come in blue-grey colors, there are rare individuals with black or white-colored coats. Their fur also offers an uncommon texture, which is silky and soft.

6. Peterbald

 

Price: $2,500 to $5,000

Another of the five hairless cat breeds, you can bet that this Russian cat is rare and is pursued because of this. These cats have pointed ears, elongated heads, and webbed feet, giving them bat-like characteristics. You can get them in a variety of colors and patterns.

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One thing you should know about Peterbalds is that they can come with a coat. This is because they have a dominant hairless trait, but its recessive trait can also emerge. Usually, those with fur have fuzzy, bristly or extremely thick hair.

5. Persian

 

Price: $3,000

This breed is also a popular one. They originally came from Iran, which was known as Persia in the past. In fact, they are called Iranian cats in some parts of the world. Usually, along with long hair, you can easily identify a Persian through its short muzzle and round face.

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They are known for having a sweet temperament. They are also intelligent, making them great show cats, especially as they are regarded for their beauty. 

4. Allerca Hypoallergenic

 

Price: $6,000

Back when Allerca Hypoallergenic cats were still being sold, these cats sold for a whopping $6,000. Allerca Lifestyle Pets, the company that bred this variety, became embroiled in controversy because it claimed to have a 96% success rate of being hypoallergenic.

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However, reports revealed that this breed can still cause an attack to owners that have allergies triggered by cat fur. In fact, one report even said that these kittens are not hypoallergenic at all.

3. Bengal

 

Price: $5,000 to $25,000

With the looks of a jungle cat, this breed is definitely a rare and expensive one because of its appearance. It closely resembles an Asian leopard cat, a wild animal native to some parts of Asia. However, this domestic variety is smaller and is suitable for a pet.

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The reason why they resemble the wildcat? It is because they were created by breeding a domestic cat with an Asian leopard cat. Despite being smaller, this domestic pet has similar features such as a white belly and body shape.

2. Savannah

 

Price: $25,000 to $50,000

Savannah cats are known for being a Persian and African Serval hybrid. Savannahs are sociable, smart and playful, making them a great partner for physically active individuals. They are fairly big, with their size depending on their sex and generation. 

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They come in different variations including brown-spotted tabby and silver-spotted tabby. You can also find a black-coated one with black spots, as well as a silver one with black tips and spots. They also have wide and large ears.

1. Ashera

 

Price: $125,000

Another controversial breed, Asheras are known to closely resemble Savannahs. In fact, both breeds are a combination of a domestic cat and a serval. Some say that Asheras are merely Savannahs which were brought from a different breeder.

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However, there are sources that claim that the Ashera is a combination of a domestic cat, a serval, and an African leopard. This makes them more sought after by many. Because of its genetics, these cats are quite large and heavy.

 

Now that you know the top ten most expensive cat breeds, you might be wondering how it feels like caring for such a precious companion. If you are a cat lover, would you purchase any of these breeds?

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