Savannah cats are a hybrid cat breed. Double the size of a domestic cat. They can cost up to $50,000, making them the most expensive pet cats in the world. Owned by celebrities, influencers and everyday people. Should people live with mini leopard hybrids?
KNOXVILLE, TN, Jan. 15, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — Should exotic hybrid cats be kept in homes? We spoke to a cat breeder who said yes. With the release of the Tiger King series on Netflix, consumers want to know more about the secrets of exotic pet ownership. Surprisingly, many homes around the world call an exotic or hybrid a “pet.” Not only are they expensive to purchase initially, but the follow-up costs are high. The Savannah Cat is one of the controversial hybrid pet cats. Kittens for sale have a shocking price range of $2,000 to $50,000. In fact, the most expensive pet cat ever sold was $150,000, it was a Bengal cat. Its controversy stems from the debate over whether a hybrid cat, a cross between a domestic cat and an exotic cat, should be kept as a domestic cat. We interviewed Savannah cat breeder Michelle Tuck to get some insight into the beautiful and intimidating breed of Savannah cats.
What started this strange career of breeding hybrid cats?
My fascination started much like yours, the search for an interesting pet that led me to this leopard for my living room. I have been TICA registered Savannah cat breeder since 2006. I have produced some of the rarest pet cats, the F1 Savannah Cats. Only a handful of breeders in the world can produce it. My Savannah cats are prized for their large size, spotted coats, and dependable temperaments. Which makes them very intelligent, engaging and devoted pets. I’ve sold to celebrities, but my first priority is always to find the best home for each kitten.
Do people really pay up to $50,000 or is that a social media hype?
This is by no means an exaggeration, but it is not common. The expensive guy Savannah cats are extremely difficult to produce, we are only talking about a handful produced worldwide each year. Perhaps 1% of the breed falls into this category. In fact, Savannah Cats do not 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 called Sarez Zeus and it sold for $150,000! Still a Guinness World Record to this day. He was extremely rare and valuable, as he was the only cat of his type ever produced anywhere in the world. He was an amazing 10% domestic cat and 90% Asian leopard cat, which made him an F1 Bengal. It was sold in 2003 when they had just achieved celebrity status. Internet usage had just started to take off and celebrity pets were all the rage. It was indeed a once in a lifetime cat.
Savannah cats ranging from $2,000 to $30,000! Savannah cats followed the popularity of the Bengal cat. Originally, breeders did not believe that a large cat like the Serval could mate with a servant. Breeders have found Savannahs to be significantly larger in size and also more balanced in temperament in cats closest to the Serval cat. This meant you could own a bigger, wilder cat with a more reliable temperament.
Which domestic cats cost as much as a Savannah cat?
The Dollface Persian cat ranges from $2,000 to $18,000! The most expensive Dollface Persians are descended from the Fancy Feast Cat. Dollface Persians are considered the “original” type of Persian cat with a non-short face. Modern Persians have short noses with flat faces, which generally makes them less healthy.
Maine Coon Cats ranging from $2,000 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. Available in every color imaginable, they are an ideal cat for any home. A Maine Coon breeder is hard to find, especially if you are looking for more expensive and more exotic lines. A Maine Coon named Altair holds the Guinness World Record for the “longest tail of a living cat” in 2022.
Why would anyone spend so much money on a pet?
Why do low-income households buy luxury items? For some consumers, a luxury product can go a long way to boosting self-esteem or creating a sense of belonging. Their inferior position in the social hierarchy is more obvious and more consistent. Yale researchers have determined that this quest for authenticity develops early in childhood. The memory or feeling that comes from purchasing an authentic luxury product is part of why we pursue authenticity.
The sense of accomplishment is another reason why some people buy luxury goods. Consumers do not behave rationally all the time. The biggest takeaway is that these cat breeds are a luxury. Other options exist when getting a pet cat from low cost to totally free.
It makes you wonder…. Does your neighbor have an exotic cat running around the house?
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