Animals The Best, Most Unusual Exotic Cat Breeds  

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List of the best exotic cat breeds. Out of all the exciting exotic breeds of cats and kittens that exist in the universe, those on this list have been ranked as the best of the best. These cat breeds are from all over the world and you can tell by their looks and character that they are not exactly the cats next door. 

If you are looking for a cat that is not just the usual classic kitty from television or film, then these breeds of cats should help you narrow down the unique cat that's perfect for you. Many of these exotic cats are either wild species or hybrid species, resulting in unusual fur and beautifully intense eyes. The whole globe seems to be represented here thanks to cat names that begin with "Russian," "Arabian," "Japanese," "Thai," "Turkish," "Ukrainian," and "Norwegian." Find your beautifully exotic kitty cat on this list of the best exotic, strange cats out there.

Vote up the exotic feline you think is most unusually beautiful or vote down the cats you think are just plain weird.
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Lykoi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best, Most Unusual Exotic Cat Breeds
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The word "Lykoi" actually comes from a Greek word meaning "wolf," which is fitting, because little Lykoi kitties look just like baby werewolves! Their unique, wiry hair pattern and distinct features make them worth nearly $2k per cat. They lack hair on their underbellies, as well as around their eyes, noses, and muzzles. Some people are terrified of these sweet little babies, because they look more like dogs than cats, but many cat-lovers have overlooked that in favor of their spooky appearance. 
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Manx is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best, Most Unusual Exotic Cat Breeds
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The Manx cat, in earlier times often spelled Manks, is a breed of domestic cat originating on the Isle of Man, with a naturally occurring mutation that shortens the tail. Many Manx have a small stub of a tail, but Manx cats are best known as being entirely tailless; this is the most distinguishing characteristic of the breed, along with elongated hind legs and a rounded head. Manx cats come in all coat colours and patterns, though all-white specimens are rare, and the coat range of the original stock was more limited. Long-haired variants are sometimes considered a separate breed, the Cymric. Manx are prized as skilled hunters, and thus have often been sought by farmers with rodent problems, ...more on Wikipedia

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Maine Coon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best, Most Unusual Exotic Cat Breeds
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The Maine Coon is the largest domesticated breed of cat. It has a distinctive physical appearance and valuable hunting skills. It is one of the oldest natural breeds in North America, specifically native to the state of Maine, where it is the official state cat. Although records don't exist for the Maine Coon's exact origins and date of introduction to the United States, there are multiple competing theories. The breed was popular in cat shows in the late 19th century, but its existence became threatened when long-haired breeds from overseas were introduced in the early 20th century. The Maine Coon has since made a comeback and is now one of the most popular cat breeds in the world. People ...more on Wikipedia

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Russian Blue is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best, Most Unusual Exotic Cat Breeds
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The Russian Blue is a cat breed that has a silver-blue coat. They are very intelligent and playful, but tend to be shy around strangers. They develop close bonds with their human companions and are sought out as pets due to their personalities and coat. ...more on Wikipedia

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