On what grounds do you consider a cat to be rare? Is it based on appearance? Or that they can be hard to find? The existence of cats dates as far back as most ancient civilization. According to ancient Egypt, cats were worshipped as magical creatures that could bring good luck, fertility, justice and power.
Today, they have become pets and a significant member of most families. According to the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) the rarity of a cat depends greatly on the breed. This ranking of cat breeds is based on the information provided by the CFA.
Because of their breeding process, rare cats are indeed exceptional in terms of appearance and personality. Before adopting a rare cat it is important to learn more about each cat breed in order to be able to properly care for them. Keep reading to find out more.
There are various organizations that provide a ranked list of cat breeds every year. According to the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), there are about 44 different breeds, 73 for The International Cat Association (TICA), and 49 for Fédération Internationale Féline (FIFE).
This list is compiled and organized based on the feline breed registered. The list covered in this article is based on the ranking provided by the CFA. Here is a list of some of the rarest felines in the world:
The American Wirehair
This specie originated from New York, America in 1996. It is a descendant of the American shorthair. They have coarse wiry fur which doesn’t require much grooming as it can damage their coat.
They look very powerful and majestic with their broad chest, muscled neck and their long and thick legs.
They are good predators, especially with small rodents around the house. Do not let the fact that they are predators to rodent discourage you.
They are very great companions to their owners. They can be really calm, friendly and ready to bond with every member of the family. You can check here https://www.pethealthnetwork.com/cat-health/cat-breeds/american-shorthair to learn more about them.
This particular breed has only been added recently to the list of rare cats by the CFA. The great thing about them is that their appearance is pretty unique. As the name implies, they are known for their short bobbed tails.
The American bobtail is a naturally existing breed of cats and it shows in their appearance. This breed can be long or short haired and their coats can be either dense or shaggy. Their furs tend to shed a lot which makes them an unsuitable option for owner with allergies.
American bobtails are pets with so much love to give and receive. They are very affectionate and laid back. As much as they are playful, they are not over energetic, and as long as they get a little one on one play time each day, you can leave them to play on their own.
The Turkish Van
Like the American bobtail, the Turkish van is also a naturally existing breed of cats. They are said to have originated from the mountains of turkey. The reason for their name, ‘’Turkish van’’ is because of the coloration pattern on their bodies.
The Turkish van is well known for its playful, active nature and intelligence. They also have a great fascination with water and they have a propensity for swimming. It may take a few months for you to get used to their energy as they are famous for their energetic personalities.
Vans are known to develop strong attachment to their owners which makes it quite difficult to transfer then to a different home. In one household, they can form attachments to one or two people and stay loyal to that bond for their lifetime.
Because of their love for water, having a cat water fountain is an awesome idea; you will find that they can stay in front of the fountain staring at the water for hours on end. A lot of them enjoy a good dip in the pool, sink or bathtub.
The good part is that bath time will be hassle free, but you have to make sure to keep them away from any body of water unsupervised. This is because not all vans can swim but they are still fascinated with water.
Therefore, they not only run the risk of drowning but also messing up your home. They can get really naughty and do things like dunking their toys in water, playing in the tub or sink and dripping water all over the house. You can check here to learn more about the Turkish van and how to care for them.
The idea of having a rare feline can sound fancy and even exotic. You can almost imagine the attention it will get when you take it to the park. The way its unique features will stand out amongst other cats makes you want to put out an ad for one.
As new breeds of cats continue to surface, it can get really tempting to purchase one. You might need to refrain yourself from such impulsive action as it can be detrimental to both you and the feline. Not all rare cats are registered and this can cause a limited amount of information about such breeds making it difficult to care for them especially if you lack the time.