Majestic cats come with a high price tag.
I am shocked to know the fact that the oldest pet cat known to human beings existed around 9,500 years ago. A French archeologist found a grave of a cat in Cyprus in 2004 that was around nine thousand and five hundred years old. It also means that cats and humans have been associated with each other for around 10 thousand years. This is absolutely crazy. Cats are one of the most popular and loved pets in the world. There are about 500 million domestic cats in the world.
Cats have a very old history with Egypt. In ancient Egypt, people used to worship cats. Bastet was the name of the ancient Egyptian goddess which was worshiped in the form of a cat. Ancient Egyptians believed that cats were very magical and powerful creatures. They believed that cats have the capability of bringing good luck to those who housed them. Therefore, they honored cats like royalties and treated them like royalties by feeding them treats that were fit for royalties, wealthy families of that time dressed them in jewels. and when the cat died, they would mummify it. Cats were treasured. Whoever would try to hurt or kill a cat, would get punished and cursed at that time. However, no such beliefs are practiced in Egypt as of now.
Hence, it proves why cats are so majestic even now. They demand the same attention, fear, obligation, and slavery. And we, humans, undoubtedly do keep on providing them with that. These royal creatures are of 40 to 70 different breeds. We bring you the top 10 most expensive and rare cat breeds in the world. Keep scrolling to find out…
1. Starting with Egyptian Mau.
An Egyptian Mau cat can cost up to $500 to $1,500. This cat breed is considered very rare, thus why it is so expensive. The exact origins of this breed are unknown but ancient Egyptian texts and paintings dating back to 1550 BC show people worshipping spotted cats. They are short-haired and medium-sized cats. They come in silver, bronze, and smoke colors. Egyptian Mau lives up to 12 to 15 years. They are also one of the very few naturally spotted breeds of domesticated cats. These Mau spots only occur on the tips of the hairs of its coat and they also have spotted skin. ‘Mau’ means cat in the Egyptian language.
2. Elf cat.
Elf cat is a new and extremely rare hybrid breed of cat. This breed was successfully developed from the cross between Sphynx and American curl cats. These cats cost a large sum of money around $2,000. They are very playful, active, smart, and mischievous cats. An elf cat is one of the most intelligent breeds of cats. Elf cats are hairless and are of all colors and patterns. They are medium to large in size and weigh around 10 to 15 pounds. These cats make great pets because of their extremely sociable, gentle, and friendly in nature. These cats are generally considered to be the most low-maintenance breed of cats because they are hairless therefore the owners do not need to worry about them shredding.
3. Himalayan cat.
This fluffy furbaby costs $500 to $1,300. The Himalayan cats are also known as ‘Himmies’. This is a long-haired cat breed, very much similar to the Persian cat breed but with the exception of its ocean blue eyes. It is a hybrid breed of a Persian cat and a Siamese cat. They are medium to large in size with a wide, broad chest and round abdomen. They come in chocolate, cream, lilac, blue and grey colors. They weigh around 7 to 12 pounds and have a life expectancy of 15 or more years.
4. Peterbald cat.
These are very rare cats and these cats cost around $400 to $1,200. This cat breed is of Russian origin. It is a mixed breed, crossed between Donskoy and Oriental Shorthair cats. Peterbald cat breed was created from experimental breeding in St Petersburg, 1994. These cats are exceptionally affectionate and loving. They live up to 12 to 15 years.
5. Russian Blue.
The Russian blue cat commonly referred to as just Russian blue costs around $400 to $2,000. They were formerly known as Archangel cats. This is one of many old cat breeds and most recognized too. They love playing fetch. They are dense but short-coated and they mostly have green-colored eyes. Their length is 2 feet and they weigh approximately 7 to 12 pounds. They can live up to 15 to 20 years which is a lot for cats.
I am so much in awe, I am deeply impressed by these cats and their unique qualities are so incomparable. I have never heard of any of these cats but I am glad I had the opportunity to educate myself and you guys. even though these are very expensive breeds of cats but I am sure they are totally worth it. we are not done yet, there are five more expensive breeds of cats left, keep scrolling to find out…
6. Serengeti Cats.
It was developed by the cross between Bengal and Oriental shorthair cats. This cat costs about $600 to $2,000. It is a domestic cat. This breed requires a lot of exercise and daily playtime. Its origin is the United States. Serengeti cats have a life span of 10 to 15 years. This breed of cats is known to be very active and agile. They are very speedy, spirited, and energetic. Besides that, they are also very caring.
This cat breed is very rare and unusual because of its bouncy, loose curls coat. Laperms are very affectionate and easy to groom cats. They cost up to $200 to $2,000. They are very clever, they are also known to have a sense of humor. Laperms are often described as clownish. They are mischief-makers. This breed of cat is very affectionate, patient, and gentle. Not very vocal. They make great pets. They are small to medium-sized, live up to 10 to 15 years, and weigh around 5 to 8 pounds.
8. Maine Coon.
This breed of cats costs $600 to $1,500. It is a large domesticated cat breed. They are really big in size, they hold the record for the world’s biggest cats for being four feet long. It is the oldest natural breed of North America, they are the natives of the US state of Maine. Their nickname is gentle giants. Maine Coons are affectionate but not needy. They are adaptable and they still have their hunting skills. They live up to 9 to 15 years and weigh around 9 to 18 pounds. They have very thick double coat hair which is suitable for the harsh cold weather in Maine.
9. Scottish Fold.
This cat is a domesticated cat breed. Scottish Fold costs around $200 to $1,500. this is a very loyal breed of cat also a one master cat. They bond with one person of the family more than others. They are super sweet, not very vocal, and very adaptable with new people. They are very devoted cats but not very clingy or touchy. They prefer to be near you, not close than that. They like personal space.
10. Norwegian forest cat.
It is super expensive, can cost up to $200 to $3,000. Norwegian forest cat is a domesticated cat breed in Northern Europe and they are natives in Norway. This breed of cat is naturally adapted to very cold climates. They are also known as ‘Wegie’. Super friendly and gentle breed of cats. They have a life expectancy of 12 to 16 years. They weigh 13 to 22 pounds and are about 12 to 18 inches in length.
Now, these are what I call majestic and royal cats. These cats show us why they were worshipped in ancient times. The most amazing and common fact in all of these breeds of cats was that they all are domestic cats. That is so cool, I am astounded by the uniqueness in each one of their qualities. If you found this article informative and enjoyable, let us know in the comments down below…