Norwegian Forest Cat
Don't go away thinking this luscious fur is merely decorative. Because you may be surprised to learn that this breed was bred by vicious Vikings some 2,000 years ago. A cat like this is well prepared to stand the ice-cold frost of a Scandinavian winter, while out hunting. So, if you have a rodent problem, this could be a few thousand dollars well spent!
Asking price: $600 - $3,000
Despite its name, this cat was first bred as recently as 1950 in the good old USA. It's blue eyes, white body and dark extremities make it a particularly gorgeous cat that resembles the famous Persian variety. The Himalayan is reported to be calm, friendly, loving and obedient.
Asking price: $500 - $1,300
The wonderful and endearing thing about this cat is that its ears don't stick up, rather they hang like a dog's. Furthermore, they can stand on their hind legs and look up at things they wish to. These features seem to complement their inborn cleverness. They are also typically playful and friendly. I bet I'm not the only one who's thinking of pulling out their credit card right now.
Asking price: $200 - $1,500
Otherwise known as the Petersburg Sphinx, this little curiosity was bred in Russia in 1994. You can see they have several unique and unusual features. They are elegantly slim, with an elongated face and prominently pointed ears.
Asking price: $400 - $1,200
This Egyptian breed has remained much as it was for some 3,000 years. The leopard-like spots are present on the skin as well as on the fur. If you have some spare money, you might want to own this living and loving piece of Ancient Egypt.
Asking price: $500 - $1,500
This is a very large breed: some grow up to weigh 33 lbs and measure 4 ft in length. But, though they may appear somewhat threatening - given their size - the Maine Coon is especially fun and playful.
Asking price: $600 - $1,500
This is also a relatively new breed, first appearing in 1980 in America. Its curly hair makes it so cuddly you just can't wait to get your hands on it. And what makes it even more remarkable is that it's actually hypoallergenic. Meaning, if you have cat allergies, they won't be felt when you come across a LaPerm. Brilliant! The only thing I dislike about this cat is the name!
Asking price: $200 - $2,000
Known as a lucky charm, this shorthair breed originates from Russia. It became known to the world sometime in the late 19th Century. The only mystery is how it took so long for the world to catch on to its beautiful feline beauty.
Asking price: $400 - $2,000
Unlike a typical tabby, this stunning cat weighs up to 26 lbs and has wondrously long legs. It actually originated in California in 1994.
Asking price: $600 - $2,000
This Elf cat is sure expensive at $2,000! And that doesn't even include the free jersey or bed sheet it so obviously needs! First bred in America in 2006, these cats always surprise people with their friendly and curious manners.
Asking price: $2,000
This gorgeous animal has such a fun name, but the original breeder has said that he actually bred it in order to raise awareness about the dangerous plight of real wild tigers. It's incredible to see that someone could have actually bred such a dead ringer for the real thing! Who doesn't want their own little toyger?
Asking price: $500 - $3,000
When a kitten of this Californian breed reaches its 10th day of life, its ears curl back like little horns. It's funny how nature throws up these interesting little mutations.
Asking price: $1,000 - $3,000
The Bengal cat is a real class act. It was originally born from the union between an Asian Leopard cat and a common domestic cat. So if you want to adopt your own miniature leopard - and one that can actually swim - a few grand of your hard earned dollars will do the trick for you.
Asking price: $1,000 - $4,000
Bred from the coming together of a simple domestic with a South America wild Geoffroy's cat in America in the '70s, this rare breed was actually conceived in order to combat Leukemia. The adult will weigh an average of 24 lbs.
Asking price: $4,000 - $8,000
This Siamese wonder from ancient times was a constant companion of royal figures in the old government, and thus it has remained a potent symbol of wealth and fortune.
Asking price: $7,000 - $11,000
This cat was also bred from the coming together of a wild cat and domestic. The result is one of the rarest of all pets your money can buy. The chausie is renowned as an extremely social animal. So, unlike the typical domestic feline, this cat will seek your company at all times.
Asking price: $8,000 - $10,000
Until recently this breed was categorized as a wild predator species. Now, thanks to a deplorable diminishing of its numbers, the cat has now become so rare that domestication might give it the best chance of survival. So, if you have $10,000 dollars spare to adopt one of these cuties, you'll actually be helping preserve it.
Asking price: $7,000 - $10,000
This is probably the biggest cat you could ever adopt. Part African Serval and part domestic, this sublime variety is known to be very smart and calm. It likes taking baths and strolling around outdoors. The average weight of an adult is 33 lbs; its average height is nearly 2 ft.
Asking price: $4,000 - $22,000
This wonderful beast is the most expensive cat on the market. It was bred as a result of the commingling of a domestic breed with an Asian leopard. It's so pricey that it'll cost more than most cars, and even quite a few houses. No wonder the owners tend to keep them on a leash. Imagine if this pussy escaped. You'd be inconsolable!
Asking price: $22,000 - $100,000!