16 Rare Cat Breeds

In our world today, there are more and more breeds of cats emerging as we speak. Some can be seen commonly present in most households or in the streets. But some cat breeds are thought to be rare and only a few people get to have them as their pets. Not because they are wild or anything, but it is just really hard to catch them in your local pet shops. Let us get to know the 16 rarest cat breeds in the world!

So those are the rarest cat breeds! Did you already see one in the flesh? Well, some you might have heard of, but it is really difficult to catch a glimpse of these cats, so much so to pet them, because of their rarity. Now that you know about them; and you might chance upon them (depending on your luck), be prepared to be amazed and mesmerized by their beauty!

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1. Turkish Angora Cat

As this cat’s breed suggest, the Turkish Angora’s roots originate from Turkey. Angora means any long-haired breed of a cat, goat or rabbit. In Turkey, Turks (as some fondly refer to the Turkish Angora) are considered to be one of their national treasures. And so now we understand why this breed of cats is considered to be rare.

The Turkish Angora is majestic in so many ways. Their fur, bone structure, eyes and even their attitude simply emanate royalty. This does not mean that they are a snob and spoilt creatures; they are in fact very affectionate and very friendly.

It can easily adapt to any environment. The kids love them, the dogs like to play with them and humans (even if they haven’t met) simply love their company.

2. Korat Cat

The Korat was first found in Ampur Pimai. It was then called the Korat because Ampur Pimai can be found in the Korat province.

What is unique about the Korat is the unique glaze of its coat, making it look like it has a halo or some glow over its body. The color is said to be silver-tipped blue – the combination responsible for its shimmering coat.

The Korat’s senses are also superb: hearing, sight, and scent – all are at a top notch level. The Korat loves playtime but is quick to join in cuddles with its human companions and so also is part of our 15 friendliest cat breeds countdown post.

3. Exotic Shorthair Cat

The Exotic Shorthair is born from its Persian and American Shorthair origins. The mix not only brought Exotic Shorthair to the world but it also brought out a perfect mix of friendliness and playfulness!

But you know, despite its playfulness, you do not have to worry about fur being all over the place. The Exotic Shorthair is one of those cats that minimally shed. (Read: 25 low shed and CATS that don’t shed) They shed very little, making them easy to manage and maintain.

4. Scottish Fold Cat

The Scottish Fold was first seen on a farm in Scotland. Its exceptional characteristic lies in its ears. The Scottish Fold usually looks like an owl, a pixie or a teddy bear because of how its ears are folded: forward and downward on its head.

Scottish Fold cats come in two types: straight ears and folded ears. Kittens of the Scottish Fold are usually born with straight ears, after a few weeks, the ears will start to fold (or there is also a possibility that it will not fold at all).

5. Singapura Cat

Here is another cat hailing from the Asian region – the Singapura. The Singapura, the Malaysian word for Singapore, is a very extroverted cat. It loves to explore and is really curious about its environment.

You will rarely see a Singapura just lying around – you will see it moving around, playing, running, jumping, most of the time. But a Singapura also knows its boundaries and limits. Despite this playful nature, this attitude is not at all destructive.

6. Tonkinese Cat

Just like the Korat, the Tonkinese can be found in Thailand’s Book of Seventeen Good Luck Cats. A Tonkinese is a very sociable cat – it does not have any problems being introduced to a new cat (even a dog), a new home, or a new person apart from its human companion.

The Tonkinese, just like most cats also loves to be active all the time. Playtime is never a dull moment for a Tonkinese. He or she will always find new ways to enjoy whatever cat toy you gave him or her.

7. Colorpoint Shorthair Cat

The Colorpoint Shorthair has its origins traced back to the United Kingdom. Its shorthair characteristic sets it apart from most cats because it does not shed that much. If you are not looking into the rarity of a cat, but wants a cat that sheds at a minimum (or not at all).

There are a number of things to love about the Colorpoint Shorthair if you are someone who has an on-the-go active lifestyle; then a Colorpoint Shorthair would surely love to be in your company!

8. Manx Cat

The Manx cat draws wonder from everyone who sees it because a Manx has no tail! How about stuff said about a cat’s tail being responsible for its balance?

Well, apparently a Manx has another bodily function to compensate for it!

There is actually an interesting story behind the absence of the Manx’ tail. It seems that it is Noah’s fault why the Manx cat lost its tail. When Noah was about to shut the door of his ark, he accidentally shut it off – without the Manx cat being fully able to jump in! And so its tail fell off outside the ark!

9. Siberian Cat

Getting a Siberian cat may finally be the answer to all the people’ with allergies dreams! This cat breed lacks a certain protein in their saliva that is said to be the one responsible for most people’s allergies (sneezing and itchy eyes). Although, if it is in cat’s fur that you are allergic to, then maybe you should still further look for another cat breed.

Nevertheless, a Siberian cat is a good companion. It is affectionate and loves playtime too. The Siberian cat is good and very patient around children!

10. Japanese Bobtail Cat

Do you wish to see a real life Hello Kitty? Well, the Japanese Bobtail has your back! It is the inspiration of the hit, worldwide character – Hello Kitty! You would love to treat this cat as a member of your family because of its amazing personality – caring, affectionate, playful and yet very gentle.

11. British Shorthair Cat

The British Shorthair greatly resembles a teddy bear, because of its puffy coat and large round eyes! It is easy to get along with a British Shorthair. No matter the environment, the British Shorthair is easy to adapt – you will have little to no problems with it at all.

12. Kurilian Bobtail Cat

Here is another cat of the bobtail variety – the Kurilian Bobtail. It is a cat breed that is commonly seen in Russia. The Kurilian Bobtail is said to be a very good hunter. So you can expect it to keep your home safe from unwanted pests that may thrive in nooks and crannies like rats.

13. Chartreux Cat

The Chartreux cat is a really sensitive cat. This does not mean that he or she is moody, but sensitive in a way that he or she will respect your personal space.

They are extremely witty and smart – they would love to engage in games that would tickle their imagination and their minds. Just respect the Chartreux personal space as it does for you and you’re all good!

14. Sphynx Cat

Despite its name, the Sphynx does not have its origins in Egypt – it actually originated in Canada.

The Sphynx cat sports a really different appearance compared to most cats. It seems like a cat that had its fur shaved, but this is, in fact, natural to a Sphynx.

15. Devon Rex Cat

The Davon Rex appearance is also very distinct to its kind – oversized ears and very large eyes.

They are fun-loving cats that are ever so curious about anything and every person around them. Maybe this is also the reason why they get in trouble a lot.

16. Egyptian Mau Cat

Now, this is the cat that has its origins in Egypt! It holds the title of the fastest domesticated cat known to mankind.

The Egyptians think ever so highly of these cats that they are often sent with the dead and are also mummified.

17. Norwegian Forest Cat

If you are looking for a loyal cat, then a Norwegian Forest cat is going to be the right match for you! It is really tough yet gentle.

Read a post about the largest domestic cat breed. There are some big cats that will surprise you!

Rebecca Welters
 

Yes, I am that weird cat lady with 200 cats and live in the darkest corner of the city where no one dares to go! Joking! But I am a cat lover and have 2 Ragdoll cats called Toby, he's 3 years old and Dory, she's 8 years old. I'm 36 years old and live in the quiet town of Washington. PawsomeKitty.com does not intend to provide veterinary advice. We go to great lengths to help users better understand their cats; however, the content on this blog is not a substitute for veterinary guidance. Always consult a vet.

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