When you see a cat walking down the road you probably don’t give it a 2nd look. But after reading this post you might well do so. These are just ten of the worlds rarest cats and while some of them are domesticated species others are wild and their numbers are considered endangered. If you like cats as much as I do you should find this post quite fascinating…
The Kurilian Bobtail Cat
You have probably heard of bobtail cats in the wild and this is indeed a naturally evolve cat. While some people do keep them as pets they are classed as a wild cat and their love of fishing keep them alive. There are many other bobtail cats out there, but this one is the rarest.
The Serengeti Cat
It might look a lot like a more common Bengal cat, but this is one of the newest cross-species on this list and it is part Bengal and part Oriental Shorthair. While they are becoming more popular amongst cat fanciers they are still small in number.
The Korat Cat
This is not just a cat, it is a breed of historical significance and was once only breed for people of extreme importance. Their greyish-blue coat is what made people consider them as lucky and a pure breed Korat Cat is rarer than unicorn poo.
The Norwegian Forest Cat
You don’t need me to tell you this is a wild small cat, but what might surprise you is this cat is so rare it was once considered extinct. Thanks to conservation their numbers are on the rise, but they are still considered endangered.
The Jaguarundi Cat
It looks so much like a jaguar that this cat was once thought to be a younger version of the bigger (fully grown) wild cat, but it is a smaller, subspecies. While the colour of the fur varies its pointed face doesn’t and makes it very distinctive.
The Flat-Headed Cat
Small cats don’t get much more endangered than this one and it is thought there are less than 2,000 of them in the wild. But of course, there is a conservation program that is trying to save them.
The Sand Dune Cat
While some people have tried to domesticate them they are still considered a wild cat. They might look cute as a button, but they live in deserts and often eat small snakes!
The Oncilla Cat
It might look like a small leopard, but it really is a small, spotted wild cat and is probably the rarest on this list with numbers thought to be below 1000 of paired species.
The Pallas Cat
If you like your wild cats you should find this one (often called a Manul) to be the most perfect looking wild cat you will ever see. While their numbers are considered low they are not thought to be too threatening.
The Black-Footed Cat
While some cats will indeed have black feet this species all have black fur on the backs of their legs. It is a small African cat that is sadly listed as Vulnerable as their population is in decline due to people often taking them to be domesticated.