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Exotic Cats – The Unusual & Challenging Legal Cats

Exotic Cats
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Exotic cats are more unusual than other typical house cats. The exotic breeds look like wilder cousin but they meant to be petted. Challenging animals “exotic cats” due to their threatened statuses in wild grabs the attention of people.

However, these adventurous pet owners with the right living situation, income and permits (by law) can be rewarded because it’s very challenging. In this article, let’s learn about 10 legal exotic cats people keep as pets.

Servals Cat

  • Native – Africa
  • Life expectancy – 12 – 20 years
  • Size – Medium sized
  • Weight – 9 to 20 kg
  • Height – 85 cm
  • Coat – Tawny-gold in colour marked with round black spots
  • Talkative – Medium
  • Grooming pattern – Little grooming required
  • Attention requirement –Require attention
  • Activity level – Playful
  • Hypoallergenic – No

Servals Cat Temperament:

Servals can jump up to 10ft in the air and can catch birds in flight. They are a great tree climber, runners and good swimmers. With the help of both front paws, they used to grey their prey by landing and leaping on their victims.

These solitary animals like to travel many miles while hunting.

Servals Cat Health problems:

Generally, Serval cats are healthy but they swallow foreign objects and it will be lodged in their throats.

Servals Cat Interesting facts:

  • Servals are great hunters. They catch 50% of their prey where other cats only 10%.
  • They have excellent sight, hearing and sense of smell.
  • Due to their long legs, they can run 40 to 50 miles per hour.
  • This wild animal is a rare pet.


  • Native – North America
  • Life expectancy – 6 – 8years
  • Size – medium-sized cat
  • Weight – 13-30 pounds
  • Height – 30-50 inches
  • Coat – Coat colour varies and spotted coat
  • Grooming pattern – regular grooming
  • Attention requirement –Need attention
  • Activity level – Active

Bobcat Temperament:

Bobcat has excellent eyesight, hearing and sense of smell. They are proficient swimmers and great climbers. Using the element of surprise they hunt their prey.

Bobcat Health problems:

Bobcats face deadly health disease, weakened immune system due to household rat poisons.

Bobcat Interesting facts:  

  • Mountain lion, foxes, coyotes, birds and grey owls are main predators of bobcats.
  • They are territorial and solitary animals.
  • Mostly, bobcats live in dens.
  • Usually, they occupy rocky shelters and caves, fallen trees and hollow logs.
  • February to March is the mating season.

Ocelot Cat

  • Native – United States
  • Life expectancy – 8 – 12 years
  • Size – Medium
  • Weight – 28-35 pounds
  • Height – 16-20 inches
  • Coat – soft creamy yellow with a Spotted coat
  • Grooming pattern –Medium
  • Attention requirement – Attention required
  • Activity level – Active

Ocelot Cat Temperament:

The main activity of the ocelot cat is hunting. They are an excellent tree climber. Their hunt range up to 18 km2, taking small mammals. It mostly hunts prey smaller than it. These cats have excellent vision which includes night vision.

Ocelot Cat Health problems:

Zoonotic diseases:

The zoonotic disease is an infection that can be transmitted from animal to human.

Common zoonotic diseases of cats:

  • Rabies
  • Hookworms
  • Roundworms
  • Giardia infection
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Salmonellosis
  • Ringworm
  • Cat Scratch Disease
  • Cryptosporidium infection
  • Campylobacter infection


  • Feed cats with high quality and nutritious foods.
  • If you are feeding meat to your cats then cook them well.
  • Keep your cats at indoor to prevent from hunting.

Ocelot Cat Interesting facts:

  • Ocelots are active during night time (i.e.) nocturnal animal.
  • They are excellent swimmers and not afraid of water.
  • These cats are active 12 hours a day.
  • For searching for foods, they travel up to 7 miles.
  • When they are ready to mate they produce loud yowls.

Fishing Cat

  • Native – South Asia
  • Life expectancy – 10-12 years
  • Size – Small to medium sized
  • Weight – Females: 11 to 20 pounds, Males: 18 to 31 pounds
  • Height – 14 inches
  • Coat – Olive grey and patterned with rows
  • Grooming pattern – Medium
  • Attention requirement –Attention required
  • Activity level –Active

Fishing Cat Temperament:

The fishing cat is a territorial animal. They are interested in fishing technique. The tail is used as a rudder while swimming. They used to catch prey with paws. This cat doesn’t afraid of water.

Fishing Cat Interesting facts:

  • Fishing cats adapt semi-aquatic life.
  • They can also kill large prey like civets, dogs and domestic cattle.
  • They have interesting fishing techniques.
  • Fishing cats communicate through chuckling calls.
  • Their toes are adapted to swimming.

Geoffroy's Cat

  • Native – South America
  • Life expectancy – 14 to 20 years
  • Size – Small cats
  • Weight – 1.8-7.8 kg
  • Height – 15-25 cm
  • Coat – Brownish-yellow coat
  • Grooming pattern – Medium
  • Attention requirement – Attention required
  • Activity level –Active

Geoffroy’s Cat Temperament:

Geoffroy’s cats stand on their hind legs and use tails to balance. Mostly, they are nocturnal and eat birds, frogs and rodents. They The fishing as fishing cats and they enjoy the water.

Geoffroy’s Cat Interesting facts:

  • These cats look like Geoffrey sosemi-aquatic named as Geoffroy’s cat.
  • They are active in both day and night but it hunts at night.
  • It is a great swimmer and it loves to swim in water for hunting fish.
  • Geoffroy’s cats are known as Geoffroy’s Ocelot.
  • Due to nervousness, these sky cats become aggressive.

General Rules To Have Exotic Cats As Pets

  • Spray their territory which includes walls, owners and furniture.
  • They need a large room or large outdoor caging.
  • These cats’ needs a vet experienced with zoo animals.
  • Some exotic cats require permits and license to grow as pet.
  • May prevent owners from travelling.



Exotic Cat Care

  • Cat’s ears and claws need weekly care.
  • Worm your cats on regular basis.
  • Annual checkup and vaccination are very important to your cats.
  • From the age of 6 months, your kitten should be neutered.


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