There are many rare cat breeds that have not been known of until modern times. Some can be quite old breeds, some are the result of a spontaneous mutation that may have happened only a short while ago.
These are cats you may not even find in your own country. The breeders may interview you deeply before deciding on selling you a kitten, so be prepared for it.
But each of these breeds is a wonderful addition to the feline family, and their owners are ready to swear they are the best breed there is. (Well, we all know how cat owners are partial to their own cat's breed, but that is only natural.)
The Egyptian Mau
The Egyptian Mau is the oldest cat breed in the world - and genetically proven to be so. Already revered by the Egyptian Pharaohs in ancient times and saved as a breed by a Russian Princess in the 20th century - a breathtaking story of a cat breed of breathtaking beauty.
You might think this is a wild cat, looking at those spots and that hunter's walk... But the Ocicat is actually a totally domestic breed with a lovely, friendly character. Originally it was a mix of Siamese and Abyssinian, later spiced up with American Shorthair. And the result is a cat of breathtaking beauty... It is still considered to be one of the rare cat breeds. The "Cat of the Connoisseur" it is called - and for a very good reason.
If you have ever seen a Scottish Fold cat, one of the rare cat breeds of the world, you never forget it. It is simply way too endearing - huge round eyes, and at first it looks like the cat has no ear. It really reminds an owl.
Scottish Fold is a newer addition to the cat family, originating in Scotland. Originally a spontaneous mutation caused the ears to fold, and now these affectionate, quiet and adorable looking cats have gained great popularity. But because not every cat in a litter is born with folded ears, the waiting lists can be long...
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