If you’ve been wondering about exotic cats as pets, there are several things that you should know.
First, there are some domestic house cats that are exotic cats. These breeds, like the exotic longhair cat and the exotic shorthair cat, are very docile and they are very popular with cat owners.
On the other hand, exotic cats like bobcats are illegal in most states. In states that do allow exotic cats, a permit or license is often required and those permits are not usually given to pet owners. These exotic cats are expensive. Be prepared to pay anywhere from $1,500 to $20,000 depending on the cat.
If you have an exotic cat, it will need a large outdoor cage or a dedicated room. Exotic cats will mark their territory by spraying everything in sight, including walls and furniture.
Exotic cats must be treated by veterinarians who are experienced in treating zoo animals. Those vets can be hard to find and treatment may come at a very high price.
If you have issues with exotic cats, they are very difficult to rehome.
Owning these types of exotic cats is not a decision to be taken lightly. Exotic cats might seem like challenging animals, and rightly so. There is a big difference between owning a regular domesticated cat and an exotic cat. But for the adventurous pet owner with the income and the proper living situation, it can be a very rewarding experience.
Have you wondered what you would feed these types of exotic cats? Oftentimes they are fed raw, whole carcasses. Wet food is another good option and some dry food can also be included in the mix.
Check Out These Exotic Longhair Cats
There are some types of exotic cats that are domestic house pets. Exotic longhair cats are house cats. Created out of Persian and Himalayan hybrids, they are a long-haired version of the exotic shorthair cat.
Exotic longhair cats look like Persians with a flat face and lots of fluffy hair.
This exotic breed was first bred only as a shorthair version. The goal was to breed a cat which had the characteristics of the Persian, but with a shorter, plush coat. When shorthair cats were bred to Persians, the exotic shorthair cat was the result – but exotic longhair cats continued to be born to new litters. Exotic longhair cats were the occasional result of that long-haired Persian gene making itself dominant.
Originating in the 1950s, this medium-sized cat has a very luxurious coat and tiny rounded ears. It is a sturdy breed with males weighing as much as 20 pounds or more. Female exotic longhair cats are smaller than the males.
Exotic longhair cats are great companions – sweet, gentle, affectionate and very loyal. This is a good-natured cat with a great temperament. Exotic longhair cats live for love. They love playing with toys and cuddling up with their human companions. Exotic longhair cats are definitely lap cats. They are very much in tune with human emotions and are very devoted to their humans.
Check Out These Exotic Shorthair Cats
Exotic shorthair cats, also known as exotics, are the result of breeding a Persian with an American shorthair. If you love the look of the Persian cat but don’t want to burden yourself with the daily grooming that is required, the exotic may be the perfect cat for you. Exotic shorthair cats have the look of a Persian but with a short, plush coat that is very easy to care for.
Exotic shorthair cats are basically a short-haired Persian. They are more lively than the laidback Persian, but for the most part they love to sit in their human’s lap. Affectionate with an easy-going personality, exotic shorthair cats are very undemanding.
This is a big cat that can grow up to 15 pounds.
This is a brachycephalic breed, which means that the face is short and broad with a flat muzzle. This type of facial structure can lead to some health problems, such as breathing, sinus and tear duct issues. Also, there can be some problems with tooth alignment because of the shape of the jaw. The breed is also prone to heat sensitivity.
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You can also read this article – Choosing an Exotic.
What You Need to Know About Legal Exotic Cats
The smaller sized exotic cats that are sometimes kept as pets in the United States are not animals that would tend to prey on humans. These legal exotic cats can make reasonable pets for the right owners, but they are not for everyone. Let us tell you about some of the more popular exotic cat species that can legally be kept as pets in the USA.
Wild cat breeds are quite expensive, with prices ranging anywhere from $1,500 to $20,000. Also, the amount of money that you would have to spend on care and upkeep with legal exotic cats is much higher than you would pay for a regular cat breed. Veterinary expenses can also add up quickly as these cats require special health care from a veterinarian specializing in zoo animals.
If you are interested in owning one of these animals, you should find out about your state’s laws regarding the keeping of exotic cats.
Here is a list of some legal exotic cats.
- Canadian Lynx
- Geoffroy’s Cat
- Asian Leopard Cat
- Jungle Cat
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All About Exotic Cat Breeds
While you may love the majestic beauty of the lion, the tiger and the cheetah, you would never have them as pets. These wild cats are too dangerous to keep as pets. But that desire to own a wild animal is what drove cat breeders to develop exotic cat breeds that fulfill the desire for an exotic cat without the danger.
When it comes to exotic cat breeds, the word “exotic” means that the cat is a wild species, or part wild (hybrids). These cats are wild, not domestic. Most of these species are extremely difficult if not impossible to litter train or housebreak. And spraying throughout the house by both males and females is a given.
Oftentimes an owner cannot handle the activity level, size and often destructive behavior of these exotic cat breeds. And rehoming these animals can be very difficult to do. So be careful and think it through before jumping into ownership of an exotic cat breed.
Here are some of the most common exotic cat breeds.
- Egyptian Mau