7 Things to Consider Before Adopting an Exotic Cat

Have you always dreamed of having an exotic cat, such as a lion, panther, or tiger, as a pet? This sounds glamourous in theory, but reality is quite different. While you can find exotic cats for sale, you should definitely think twice before buying one of these pretty cats. A local vet lists some things to think about below. 


Exotic cats can be quite expensive, and can cost thousands of dollars. The exact price will vary on the type of kitty you’re planning on getting. Mid-sized kitties, like Servals, range from about $1700 to $3000. Ocelots can cost as much as $15,000, while tiger cubs (which are now illegal in many places) can cost a whopping $7500.


Your typical house kitty can do just fine in a smaller home, such as an apartment. Exotic cats, however, are bigger and more energetic than domestic cats, and require a lot of room to run and play. You may need to build a fairly sizable enclosure for your feline friend. Keep in mind that a large cat won’t be happy in a bare pen or cage. You’ll need to provide plenty of furniture and toys, as well as features like trees and plants.


The laws on owning exotic pets vary wildly, depending on where you are. For example, Savannah cats are illegal to own in several states, but not in others. If you have an HOA, you may also need to look at their regulations. This is also something for you to consider if you may eventually move to another area. 

Veterinary Care

Another thing that is crucial is finding a good veterinarian that is experienced with exotic cats. Most—if not all—veterinarians are well-trained when it comes to providing care for domestic cats. Exotic cats, however, have different needs, and require special training. 


We understand the appeal for exotic pets. They’re mysterious, beautiful, unique, and fascinating. Unfortunately, many of them just aren’t well-suited to being pets, or living in captivity at all. This goes for kitties, too. Consider donating to a reputable cat rescue instead.


If you’re thinking that an exotic cat will act like a giant housecat, think again. Some don’t take to litterboxes, while others dislike being handled. For example, an ocelot really won’t enjoy domestication, and tend to ignore commands even more than the average housecat would.


Is there a middle ground? Maybe! You may want to consider a Bengal. While these adorable, charismatic kitties are considered exotic, they’re really no bigger than the average housecat, and they have tons of charisma!

Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us today! 

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