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02/29/2016 06:37 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Hardly A Purr-Fect Price - 5 Most Expensive Cat Breeds In The World

What are the most expensive cat breeds in the world? You might be surprised by the answers. We already covered the most expensive dog in the world (we'll get to the individual dog breeds later). But we were curious as to what kind of loot the affluent were shelling out for their very own royal puss in boots. The numbers will likely surprise you.

The Ashera

You usually won't find one of these for less than $15,000 USD. But premium breeds routinely fetch as much as $75,000 and sometimes more. This is due to the fact this pussy is a very rare find. If you do happen to find one for sale, you'll likely be placed on a lengthy waiting list.

The Savannah

The Savannah cat is one awesome feline. Of course, such awesomeness will cost you at least $15,000 or more. But who's counting such pocket change when you are rich? A cross breed between a domesticated cat and an African Serval, these larger-sized animals are certainly impressive. But you'll pay for such impressiveness.

The Bengal

This hybrid is nearly as popular as the Savannah, and is a crossbreed between an Asian leopard cat and a domesticated cat. They regularly sell for about $1,000 at the low end, but can go for a lot more depending upon the breeder. They are immensely popular in the U.K.

The Peterbald

A hairless feline, the Peterbald cat is a relative newcomer and is also a hybrid of the Sphynx cat and a Russian Shorthair cat. Known to be overly affectionate, and sinus-friendly to those who have allergies, this rare breed usually goes for $1,000 or more.

The Persian

Perhaps the most popular of all these pricey cats is the Persian. They are also the most affordable of any listed here, fetching between $350 and $1,500 (sometimes more) depending upon their pedigree. Known for their amazing eyes and unique fur, the breed is a favorite amongst the wealthy.

Adopt A Cat Instead

On the flipside, you don't have to be wealthy to own a great cat. I rescued mine, a feisty and awesome kitten named Arkei (pictured below), from a nearby veterinarian who helps with adoption of kittens that are born to stray cats. My cat cost me just the vet fees for neutering and his first shots (about $100).

He's pretty damn thankful for it too, as the above photo suggest. If you are looking to get a cat, consider adopting one and giving it an amazing life before you opt to buy one. The Humane Society can connect you to local shelters and vets that participate in cat and dog adoption programs near you.

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