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  • Cats are one of the few creatures on Earth that are universally accepted as "pet material'.

  • However, you may actually be surprised at some of the more rare and unique of the species.

  • I'm Bob from W5L and join me as I take you through 14 of the most rare and exotic cats.

  • 14.

  • Serval Let's start off with easily one of the most

  • exotic cats out there, the Serval.

  • You'd be forgiven for not knowing about this special cat, as it's from Africa.

  • But what I told you that the Serval is actually pretty popular in the US as a pet?

  • What makes this particular cat so interesting is its size and it's look.

  • It's actually pretty tall for a cat, and because of its look, if you saw one of these in the

  • confines of your hometown or city, you might think it's a cheetah.

  • Yet, it's not.

  • Funnily enough, the Serval is a rather docile cat.

  • It doesn't climb, it likes being quiet, and it only hunts small prey.

  • And for those wondering, no, there has been no confirmed cases of a Serval killing a human.

  • 13.

  • Peterbald Here's a unique cat that will make you do

  • a double take.

  • the Peterbald are a species of cat that are found mostly in Russia, and have a trait of

  • not having hair.

  • So they're quite literally bald cats.

  • Though, to be fair, not all of them are bald, some do get hair, but they do often lose it.

  • So, what kind of personality does a Peterbald have?

  • Well, it's actually quite a playful species of cat.

  • More than that though, it's intelligent.

  • So while it may not look the part, it'll likely understand you better than most cats on this

  • list or in the world today.

  • On a side note, this seems to resemble a cat who was owned by a certain Dr. Evil...

  • 12.

  • Korat Though cats are accepted in most cultures

  • in the world, that doesn't mean they don't get their fair share of superstitions attached

  • to them.

  • A black cat for example can be viewed as bad luck, but also, there are good luck cats.

  • One of which is the Korat.

  • Why is the Korat considered lucky?

  • Well, it's because of its rarity.

  • To the extent that during the 14th century they were a sign of status and honor in the

  • Thai government.

  • Some were even given away as gifts to foreigners as a symbol of good faith.

  • That's quite a gift, huh?

  • Fast forward to today, and the Korat is still extremely rare.

  • Their blue coat of fur is often never seen in the wild or in the home.

  • Even cat shows don't get this rare species that often.

  • This is likely because of their more reserved nature.

  • They apparently don't like loud noises, which means a city would drive them notes, and their

  • noses are very sensitive to smells.

  • Which would also rule a city out.

  • So hey, if do ever see a Korat, regardless of the circumstance, go buy a lottery ticket,

  • because your day might just be lucky.

  • 11.

  • Caracals Heading back to the exotic kinds of cats,

  • the Caracals is one that is both stunning to look at, and is very interesting in terms

  • of how it acts.

  • You see, Caracals are a type of Lynx, another exotic cat that has been known to have some

  • aggressive tendencies at times.

  • Because of this, you might think that the Caracals are the same , but you would be wrong.

  • In fact, many look at the Caracals as having the looks of a Lynx, but the personality of

  • the Serval.

  • Some even believe they are more "well-mannered" than Servals, which is saying something.

  • They also tend to act more like cats, as they use hissing as communication, and are very

  • independent.

  • Which...to be honest, is a problem at times, because they when they go into a playful state,

  • they've been known to wreck just about anything in their path.

  • They have been known to be taken in as pets, but these ones seem to be a bit more high-maintenance.

  • You've been warned.

  • 10.

  • The Norwegian Forest Cat Here's a cat story you might like.

  • The Norwegian Forest Cat is a breed of cat that is very popular in Europe.

  • However, during World War II, this particular cat was almost made extinct.

  • It survived however due to the efforts of the Norwegian Forest Cat Club.

  • They saved the cats and then used a special breeding program to help bring their population

  • numbers back up to acceptable levels.

  • Because of that, they were declared a species, the Norwegian Forest Cat, in the 1970's.

  • I find this particularly heartwarming because when you think of extinct animals, rarely

  • do you think of small cats like this one.

  • Yet, it happens.

  • Thankfully, it didn't happen here.

  • If you are up for getting this cat, you can be in for a long haul with them, as they can

  • live up to 16 years.

  • However, you need to make sure you take care of them, because they have been known to get

  • Kidney Disease and Heart Disease.

  • 9.

  • Serengeti Sometimes, you're not born into the world

  • an original, you're created, and cats have been breed that way for a long time believe

  • it or not.

  • A great example of this is the Serengeti.

  • This species is a recent addition to the cat world, as they were "developed" in the 1990's

  • by crossing the Bengal and Oriental Shorthair species.

  • Because of this, they have a look that has been likened to the Serval, yet they're entirely

  • different in every way.

  • The Serengeti has been described as a "confident, active, and graceful" cat, which sounds like

  • a perfect cat in my mind.

  • How about you?

  • Add to that, the breeding technique that helped create this particular cat has inspired others

  • around the world.

  • Makes you wonder what will be "developed" next.

  • 8.

  • Ocelot Ocelot's are one of the more known exotic

  • species of cats in the world.

  • Mainly because they're gorgeous, and people have tried to make them pets for quite some

  • time...with mixed results.

  • Have you ever seen Archer?

  • Yeah, that's a good example of how not to raise an Ocelot.

  • Though you can truly understand why people would want to try and make an Ocelot into

  • a pet.

  • Their fur is stunning, and the way they look at you with those eyes is something special.

  • But, they can be a handful.

  • For example, they don't take well to commands, and will downright ignore you at times (cats,

  • am I right?)

  • Furthermore, they have a particular odor that can be overwhelming at times.

  • Oh, and they have a very "unique" mating call that will likely terrify you.

  • Thankfully, depending on how you look at it, Ocelots are very hard to obtain nowadays.

  • Maybe people have started to wise up?

  • 7.

  • Ragamuffin While this may have an odd name, the Ragamuffin

  • is surprising unique in terms of other cats.

  • This particular breed was only recognized in 2003, but has taken the cat world by storm

  • since then.

  • It's a mix of specials including the Ragdoll and certain breeds of street cat, but when

  • you look and touch its fur and see its eyes, it's clear how special it is.

  • The Ragamuffin's further is almost unnaturally soft.

  • Even being compared to rabbits.

  • And for those of you who know how hard it is to keep a cats' hair from not clumping,

  • that's honestly not an issue with the Ragamuffin.

  • So it's honestly a cat you don't have to do much maintenance on.

  • Cool huh?

  • As if that wasn't enough, the Ragamuffin is actually pretty large for a domestic cat.

  • it has heavy bones because of it, which adds to its strength.

  • 6.

  • Geoffroy's Cat From a rather big domestic cat to a very small

  • exotic one, let's talk about Geoffroy's Cat.

  • No, this isn't a cat owned by a specific person, but a whole species, and one that measure

  • in as one of the smallest cats on Earth, to the extent that when they're fully grown they

  • only weight at max eight pounds.

  • Yet, Geoffroy's Cats are survivors.

  • They were born in South America, and are so well adapted that the heat nor the cold will

  • affect them.

  • That's pretty neat.

  • People have an odd fascination with this breed of cat.

  • They apparently use it to breed a form of Safari Cat, and some have tried to make it

  • a pet.

  • Because of this, getting one is extremely hard, as their entire species are regulated

  • when it comes to trading for them or trying to obtain them.

  • Though known to be sky, they can attack when nervous or threatened.

  • They also prefer the quiet life, which is likely why South America suits them so well.

  • 5.

  • California Spangled Developed in the US at the "urging" of anthropologist

  • Louis Leaky, the California Spangled is now one of the rarest cats in the world today.

  • Proving that even cat breeds can go out of style.

  • As you can see, the California Spangled was made to resemble the cats of Africa.

  • And you have to admit, they did a really good job.

  • As it looks like a Leopard, among other things of course.

  • Sadly, the desire for such cats also breed the Bengal and the Ocicat, which made the

  • popularity of the California Spangled take a nosedive.

  • Thus why it's so rare.

  • 4.

  • British Shorthair It's well known that cats live long lives,

  • and have been around for a VERY long time.

  • But this species is one of the oldest known cat breeds ever, the British Shorthair.

  • This cat is so revered in the UK that it's inspired many things, not the least of which

  • was the look of the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland.

  • Plus, it's the most pedigreed breed in the country.

  • To be honest, it's not hard to see why people are attracted to it.

  • It's big, those copper eyes are both piercing and intimidating (in a good way of course),

  • and it has several different fur color possibilities.

  • Though its most famous fur is its blue-gray combination.

  • Thankfully, unlikely the Cheshire cat it inspired, this one doesn't vanish...or talk...that I