Named after the Arabuko Sokoke National Forest in Kenya, the Sokoke cat is a natural breed of domestic cat from Africa. They have a long, leonine, wild appearance, and they might be the rarest breed of domestic cat in the world. Finding good breeding stock is becoming harder. This isn’t the kind of cat that likes a lot of attention or being cuddled. However, they’re still friendly and will show it by following you around the house.
They adapt well to changes such as moving or new family members and aren’t very timid compared to most other cats. It can be a boatload to get one of these cats – up to two thousand dollars.
When You Want a Little Cat
Most cats seem to hover around a certain size, but if you're after a feline that can fit anywhere, you want a member of the Singapura breed. It's the smallest breed of cat – a fully-grown female usually only weighs about four pounds, while a male is about six pounds. As you might imagine, this breed is quite playful.
They like human interaction and will be quite affectionate, as well as active and curious. They like climbing and can be taught games like fetch. This little breed can come at a big price – up to about two thousand dollars, depending on the kitten in question.
It's All About the Feet
When a breeder found a Siamese cat whose kitten had white feet, a new breed was in its infancy. Originally called “Silver Laces,” the name eventually settled on the Snowshoe. Despite existing for forty-five years, they're relatively rare thanks to the careful breeding required to get the proper markings. But their fur isn't the only plus here – these cats are affectionate and docile, making them great additions to a family with children.
Like any Siamese offspring, these cats are very vocal, though not as loud as a true Siamese. They can learn to open doors and pull a few tricks, and they love the water. Most Snowshoe cats cost between six hundred and twelve hundred dollars.
Quite the Foxy Kitty
While you may think this is a wild animal, it's actually a Somali cat related to the Abyssinian. One of the nicknames for it is the Fox Cat. Somalia borders modern-day Abyssinia (which is now Ethiopia), so the name was a simple one. These cats are energetic and social, and their long fur, sleek bodies, and large ears make them incredibly noticeable.
They have few health issues, and they're the kind of cat that loves to spend time with humans and other animals. Seems like a dream come true, right? Well, as long as you can afford the price – the low end is a thousand dollars, with pricier cats costing fifteen hundred or more.
Something Specific for Your Needs
Another contender for the world's smallest cat breed, the Toybob cat is a particular mix of traits. Related to the Siamese, this breed also has a bobbed tail, and it's incredibly small. A full-grown member of the breed will look like a standard cat at six months old. While it might not be the most active cat, this is one of the few Siamese descendants that isn't painfully vocal.
They're still playful at times and make for great lap cats due to their size and gentle nature. If you want one of your own, you're going to have to hand over a bundle – around two thousand dollars, according to sources.