Thanks to our human desire for destruction we are constantly ruining the habitats for a lot of animals some of them of course are cats. While we might find it beneficial, we are not aware of we decide to just look away that we are destroying the homes for a lot of cats. In the process we also make them endangered species just like most of the cats on this list. Take a look at the rarest cats in the world:
1. Pallas Cat
What people mostly know about these cats is that it is considered to be one of the most expensive cats in the world. They live in the Himalayan foothill and what makes them different from other cats is their pupils. Instead of having the usual cat shape their pupils are circular enabling them to show a lot of expressions.
2. Fishing Cat
This cat can be found in the South and South East Asia. It is twice the size of the average cat and what makes it very special is the fact that it is able to make “chuckling” sounds. Another thing that will be completely different from the average cat is the fact that they love to be in the water.
3. Sand Cat
The Sand Cat is one of the rarest cats that can be found in North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Having thick fur on its feet helps them endure the extreme temperatures of the places they inhabit. Making high-pitched barking noises while looking for a mate is what separates them from the average cats.
These cats are one of the best climbers among all cats. They are the only ones though, that can climb down a tree head first. The Margay cat can be found in Central and South America.
These nocturnals creatures can be found in Africa, the Middle East, India and Central Asia. Before the 20th century they were tamed and used for hunting in Egypt. This doesn’t come as a surprise since they are able to catch birds by jumping 10 feet into the air.
The Jaguarundi are usually inhabitants of dense and tropical areas. They can be mostly found in South America and the southern parts of North America.
7. Borneo Bay Cat
The Borneo cats are endangered species with less than 2,500 in the wild. It got its name from Borneo of course where it can be found. People who are aware of its rarity try to trap them since the zoos and breeding facilities would pay a lot for them.
8. Flat-Headed Cat
There are less than 10 of these cats living in captivity. They are endangered species since the wetlands that they inhabit are getting destructed. They are native cats to the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Borneo, and Sumatra. What’s interesting about them is that the noise they make is similar to the domestic cats and they also purr.
9. Andean Mountain Cat
The Andean Mountain cat is another endangered species located in the high Andes. Unfortunately there are less than 2,500 in the wild since they have been haunted for their fur. What makes things worse is that their food sources are diminishing because of the destruction of their habitat. In every country that these cats can be found there are laws to protect them.
10. Pampas Cat
The Pampas cat can be found in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Ecuador. Their population has been decreasing because of the destruction of their habitat which has also made it hard for them to find food. Some scientists believe that there are three distinct species since they come in three different types of coats. Each type of coat is distinct for a certain region.
If you think we missed some of the rarest cats, let us know!
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