Everyone is always going on about the most popular cat breeds. But we’re not (at least, not today). Instead, we’re introducing you (figuratively) to five rare breeds of cat. Of course, being cats, there’s one thing they all have in common: they’re all adorable!
Absolutely no relation to Tyrannosaurus, this kitty is a newcomer to the Cat Family. The Devon Rex has only been living it up, cat style, since the 1960s. Her downy undercoat is all she wears. Before you call her a hussy, remember she is a product of the swinging 60s and thus has her own retro-daring style. Her lack of fur makes her velvety to the touch.
Another cat hailing from the 60s! The Scottish fold is indeed of Scottish origin, having been discovered in a barn, and then bred by a neighboring cat fancier. While she does indeed have roots in Scotland, this cat (like most cats) refuses to dance the Highland Fling. Her name comes from the fact her ears are lopped, or folded, making her look rather owlish in appearance. She is, of course, cute as a button (we offer Maru & yesterday’s kitten video as proof).
This kitty has been living it up for many, many years. In fact, she’s been around since at least the 1600s. A cool and quirky cat from cool and quirky Japan, she is proud owner of a distinctive, puffy tail (rather like a rabbit!), and will often hop about, rather than run. No, she isn’t part rabbit, she’s just into being different.
While the name may sound like a dish on a Thai menu, it most certainly isn’t. But this cat is most definitely Thai. In fact, the Khao Manee was the royal cat of Siam (before the name changed to Thailand). Stealing one was punishable by death. They only recently ventured forth into the rest of the world (try 1999!), and, in keeping with their royal heritage, are available to us commoners for a cool 5 to 10 thousand dollars.
The Savannah cat doesn’t hail from the Deep South. Rather, her name reflects her African roots. The Savannah is a product of cross breeding an African wild cat known as the Serval and the common domestic cat. The result is a gorgeous and unusual cat. She is very large and very loyal and has a penchant for greeting people with a loving head-butt, or a pounce.