Friendly or energetic, furry or hairless, care-free or clingy – cats come in different forms, with each one being as fabulous and unique as the next. With over 250 cat breeds in the world, picking your fave out can be a chore in, and of, itself but one thing’s for sure – a cat is a lifelong investment.

We’ve narrowed down some of the most expensive breeds and are here to show you the upper echelon of the cat world. Here goes!

Norwegian Forest Cat

This cat’s origins have been traced back 2,000 years ago to the Vikings, which explains why it makes such a great hunter and can stand harsh frost. A kitten’s price varies between R8,000 and R40,000.

 

Himalayan cat

It looks much like a Persian cat but the Himalayan is characterized by blue eyes and a dark face, ears, feet and tail. They have a calm temperament, are friendly and cost between R6,500 and R20,000.

 

Egyptian Mau

These cats have been around since the time of Ancient Egypt and have not only a spotted coat but spotted skin underneath. To become an owner of one of these beauties, you’ll have to fork out between R6,500 and R20,000.

 

Scottish fold

One of the most noticeable features on this cat is the fact that it’s ears don’t stick up – they hang. Caused by a genetic mutation, it’s ears make it one of the cutest cat breeds in the land and as a result, kittens in this breed cost between R2,500 and R20,000.

 

Maine coon

The Maine Coon is one of the largest breeds of cat in the world and can weigh between 5 and 15 kg. Despite it’s brutish appearance, this cat is affectionate and gentle and will set you back between R6,500 band R20,000.

 

LaPerm

The LaPerm is one of the most unusual cat breeds, owing to their curly hair and the fact that they are hypoallergenic. They’re clearly a perfect choice for allergy sufferers and will set owners back between R2,500 and R26,000.

 

Russian Blue

This is one of the most popular shorthair cat breeds and aside from being absolutely stunning, they are also believed to bring good luck to households. A Russian Blue kitten will cost you between R5,500 and R26,000.

 

Elf Cat

This young cat breed was developed in the USA in 2006 and is friendly, charming, mischievous and devoted. You’ll have to pay around R26,000 to own an Elf Cat though.

 

Toyger

This large cat breed resembles a tiger, which explains it’s name. The breed’s founder has stated that he developed the breed to inspire people to think more about tiger conservation. The Toyger doesn’t come cheap though, with a kitten costing between R6,500 and R40,000.

 

American Curl

Developed in California in 1981, American Curl kitten are incredibly adorable, with their ears turning back from as soon as 10 days after birth. With admirers the world over, an American Curl cat will set you back between R13,000 and R40,000.

 

Bengal Cat

This breed was developed through the crossing of an Asian Lepoard cat and a domestic cat. Strangely, these cats love to swim and despite being rather large, they can often be seen climbing on their owner’s shoulders. This awesome mini leopard comes with a hefty price tag though, costing between R13,000 and R53,000.

 

Caracal

The Caracal is in danger of extinction, which explains why the breed was moved from the category of wild predators to expensive pets. A kitten costs between R95,000 and R130,000 but is totally worth it as far as preserving the species is concerned.

 

Khao Manee

In ancient Siam, Khao Manee cats only lived with royal families and were considered a symbol of luck, longevity and wealth. These lucky charms sell for between R93,000 and R145,000.

 

 

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