The most expensive cat breeds possess an air of royalty that can only be justified by their hefty price tag. From cats who resemble leopards to ones that are built to withstand even the coldest temperatures, there’s a cat for everyone on this list.
But take note that some of the best-looking cats aren’t as pricey as you might think. See for yourself on LifeDaily’s list of 22 Most Expensive Cat Breeds In The World.
22. Norwegian Forest Cat
The Norwegian Forest cat is a natural breed adapted to a very cold climate. They have a woolly undercoat for insulation, which is similar in some ways to the Maine Coon. This breed is great at climbing since they have strong claws, and as their name suggests, they are adapted to survive Norway’s cold winter. These cats usually cost around $500-$800.
21. Egyptian Mau
Owners of the Egyptian Mau finds these cats unique in many ways besides their striking spotted coats. They are cats who display their intelligence and are also fiercely loyal to their owners. Even though these cats are domesticated, some aesthetics of their early ancestors, remain. These cats will run you around $500-$800.
Siamese cats are one of the best-known breeds and also one of the oldest. The Siamese is the perfect cat if you enjoy conversing all day long, as this cat will love your company. The Siamese is curious, vocal, demanding, and endlessly curious. This is a cat who has a passion for his people and will want to be a part of everything they are doing. With a price tag of $200-$800, this furry companion is hard to beat.
The Korat originated from Thailand, making him a living symbol of luck and prosperity. He is quieter than the Siamese, but will definitely let you know what he’s thinking. The Korat has a short, easy-care coat in bluish gray tipped with silver and most of them have striking eyes. Ranging in price from $500-$800, he’s one of the most affordable cats on this list.
18. Selkirk Rex
Selkirks are people-oriented and they stay playful even as adults. This trait does, however, make them require a lot of human companionship and they don’t do well in isolation. This $500-$800 cat is not always a lap cat but he does like being around people and other animals.
The Siberian cat has a thick double coat with a neck ruff, making it perfect for surviving cold northern Russia winters. At heart, the Siberian is a sweet as can be with an adventurous spirit. This $1,000 cat wears a magnificent fur coat that not only protects him from the elements but also gives him a glamorous look.
16. American Shorthair
The American Shorthair may be a medium-sized cat, but a powerful one. All components of this cat are well-developed, from a broad chest to a muscular neck and strong jaws. The Shorthair is a pleasant companion cat who is easy going and will attach herself to all members of the family. If in the mood, she will even bring her parent a toy. This cat will cost you anywhere from $400-$900.
15. British Shorthair
The British Shorthair is a slightly reserved cat, who is quite affectionate once he warms up to you. The cat’s short and dense coat comes in many patterns and colors and it’s so luxurious that you’ll want to roll around in it. This easygoing feline will run you $800-$1,000 which isn’t too pricey compared to the other cats on our list.
The Ocicat is an all-domestic breed that resembles a wild cat but has no wild DNA in its gene pool. It originates from interbreeding of Abyssinian, Siamese, and American Shorthair and will cost you around $800. Available in twelve colors, the Ocicat is a large animal with an athletic appearance and distinct “house cat” personalities.
13. American Wirehair
This cat’s wiry coat is thick, hard and springy right down to the whiskers. It has even been described as resembling steel wool and it’s coat comes in almost any color combination or pattern. While the American Wirehair’s coat may look high-maintenance, it requires almost no brushing or combing except during the spring, when old growth sheds. The cost of the cat is around $800-$1,200.
The Ragdoll cat has flowing, sapphirine eyes. The Ragdoll is derived from the tendency of individuals from the original breeding stock to go limp when being picked up. Ragdoll cats are often known as “dog-like cats” or “puppy-like cats” due to behaviors such as their tendency to follow people around and their ease at being physically handled. They also lack aggression toward other pets which makes them the perfect addition to any home. They generally cost anywhere from $800-$2,500.
11. American Curl
The American Curl is one of the youngest cat breeds in the world and its distinguished by its back-curled ears. American Curl kittens are born with straight ears, which begin to curl within forty-eight hours. Then, after four months, their ears will not curl any longer, instead they’ll be hard and stiff to the touch at the base of the ear with flexible tips. These cats should be handled carefully because rough handling may damage the cartilage in the ear. These beautiful cats start at $800 and go up to $1,200.
The Sphynx is a hairless breed which was produced through selective breeding in the 1960s. While some people are not inclined to buy a hairless cat, others are compelled to. The cat’s warmth and exotic appearance combine to make him a favorite among cat lovers. This $900-$1,200 cat is the ultimate lap cat, who is happy to snuggle in their owner’s lap all day.
9. Scottish Fold
The Scottish Fold cat is characterized by their unique appearance and named for their folded ears. These distinctive ears face forward and down toward the face and they’re caused by a naturally occurring dominant-gene mutation that creates a crease in the cat’s ear cartilage. Scottish Folds can be found with long or short hair and in a variety of fur colors and patterns. They cost anywhere from $800-$1,500.
8. California Spangled
California Spangled cats have an exotic appearance and it was bred to resemble spotted wild cats, like the ocelot and leopard. They were originally bred in the 1980s and are a crossbreed of many strains, including the Abyssinian, American Shorthair, and British Shorthair. Despite their wild appearance, they are completely domestic and rang in price from $800-$2,500.
7. Russian Blue
Famous for their silver coat and green eyes, the Russian Blue cat has a distinguished look. Its believed to have originated in the Russian port city of Arkhangelsk, making it a favorite among Russian czars and British royalty. While the Russian Blue has a reputation for being aloof, the cat is certainly intelligent and observant and will cost you up to $3,000.
This sophisticated Russian breed cat with cost you around $1,700-$3,000. The Peterbald is a hairless cat that was created in 1994 as a result of experimental mating of an Oriental Shorthair female and a Don Hairless male in St. Petersburg. The breed is known for being smart and energetic its perfect for those seeking a playful cat.
Originating in Persia, this breed is known as the glamour puss of the cat world. The $3,000 cat is known for its long flowing hair and its gentle disposition. The sweet face and calm personality of the Persian cat have combined to make him one of the most popular cats to purchase. While this cat is high maintenance and has its share of health issues, its good looks and personality overcome any drawbacks.
4. Maine Coon
The Maine Coon is a Native Englander and was originally bred more than 100 years ago. This plus-size cat will cost anywhere from $1,000-$3,500, but it’s well worth the price tag. The Maine Coon has a rugged appearance, from its large size to its long, water-resistant coat. The cat’s tufted feet resemble snowshoes and it has a big, bushy tail that he can wrap around himself when he takes a nap.
Just like the Savannah, the Bengal has both wild and domestic ancestors; it descended from Asian Leopard Cats bred with domestic cats. Still, it’s one of the most expensive cats you can own, costing anywhere from $2,000-$5,000. The cat has unique spotted and marble markings, with an exotic, leopard-like appearance. The Bengal was originally bred to have a calm personality and they love bonding with their owners through cuddling.
The Savannah cat is a cross between the African Serval and a domestic house cat. The cat reflects both its ancestors with its personality and appearance and has striking spotted markings reminiscent of wild cats. Its long ears and hooded eyes also give the cat an exotic look, although it will cost you at least $25,000.
The Ashera is a hybrid of genes from several cats, including the Asian leopard cat, the African serval, and the domestic housecat. First bred by the Lifestyle Pets Company, the breed has patterns similar to those of a snow leopard and they sell for as much as $125,000. The world’s most expensive cat can also be the most controversial, however, as some people believe the Ashara is just a different name for the Savannah cat.