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KNOXVILLE, TN, January 15, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Should exotic hybrid cats be kept in houses? We talked to a cat breeder who says yes. With the release of the Tiger King series on Netflix consumers want to know more about the secretive underbelly of exotic pet ownership. Astonishing many homes across the entire world call an exotic or hybrid a "pet". Not only are they expensive to purchase initially the after-care costs are pricy. The Savannah Cat is one of the controversial hybrid pet cats. Savannah Kittens For Sale have a shocking price range that starts at $2500. In fact, the most expensive pet cat ever sold was $150,000, he was a Bengal Cat. It's controversy stems from the debate if a hybrid cat, a cross between a domestic cat to an exotic cat, should be kept as a house cat. We interviewed a Savannah Cat Breeder to get an insight into the stunning and intimidating breed.
What started this strange career of breeding hybrid cats?
My fascination started a lot like yours, research into an interesting pet that led me to this leopard for my living room. I have been a TICA-registered Savannah Cat Breeder since 2006. I've produced some of the rarest pet cats, F1 Savannah Cats. Only a handful of breeders around the world can produce them. My savannah cats are sought after for their large size, spotted coats, and reliable temperaments. Making them highly intelligent, engaging, and devoted pets. I have sold to celebrities however my first priority is always to find the best home for the individual kitten. This breed is more than a novelty to own, they are extremely intelligent and loving animals.
Do people really pay up to $50,000 or is that a social media exaggeration?
Yes and no. It is far from common. On average a purebred Savannah Cat which is three or more generations removed from the exotic cost around $2500-3500 which is what a purebred dog usually costs. The more expensive Savannah Cats are extremely hard to produce, we are talking about only a handful produced around the world each year. Maybe 1% of the breed falls into that category. I've never seen a Savannah Cat go for $50,000.
In fact, I want to point out that Savannah Cats don't hold the record for the most expensive pet cat ever sold and many purebred cats have a standard cost similar to the more expensive Savannah Cats.
The most expensive cat ever sold was named Sarez Zeus and he sold for $150,000! Still a Guinness World Record to this day. He was extremely rare and valuable, as the only cat of his type to ever be produced in the world. He was an astonishing 10% domestic cat and 90% Asian Leopard Cat making him an F1 Bengal. He was sold in 2003 when they had just hit celebrity status. Internet usage had just started to take off and Celebrity pets were all the rage. This was indeed a once-in-a-lifetime cat.
Savannah Cats followed the popularity of the Bengal Cat. Originally breeders didn't believe a large cat like the Serval could mate with a domestic. Breeders found the Savannahs to be significantly larger in size and temperament was also more level in the cats closest to the Serval Cat. This meant you could own a larger more wild-looking cat with a more reliable temperament.
What domestic cats cost as much as a Savannah Cat?
The Dollface Persian Cat's price ranges from $2,000 all the way to $18,000! The most expensive Dollface Persians descend from the Fancy Feast Cat. Dollface Persians are considered the "original" Persian Cat type with a Non-Short face. Modern-day Persians are short-nosed with flat faces making them generally less healthy.
Maine Coon Cats range from $2,000 all the way to $10,000! Recently the Maine Coon Breed has been divided into two distinct types, the European style, and the Traditional style. European Maine Coons have exaggerated features such as large muzzles and long ear tips giving a wild look with a gentle temperament. Coming in every color imaginable they are an ideal cat for any home. A Maine Coon Breeder is difficult to find especially if looking for the more exotic-looking expensive bloodlines. A Maine Coon named Altair holds the Guinness World Record of "Longest tail on a living cat" as of 2022.
Why would someone spend that much money on a pet?
Why do low-income households buy luxury items? For some consumers, a luxury good can go a long way in increasing self-esteem or providing a sense of belonging. Their lower position in the social hierarchy is more obvious and more consequential. Researchers at Yale have determined that this quest for authenticity develops early in childhood. The memory or feeling that comes from having purchased a genuine luxury good is part of the reason that we seek authenticity. A sense of accomplishment is another reason why some people buy luxury goods. Consumers don't behave rationally all of the time. The biggest takeaway is that these cat breeds are a luxury. Other options exist when obtaining a pet cat from low-cost to completely cost-free.
We are left to wonder.... does your neighbor have an exotic cat running around the house?
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