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List Rules Exotic cat breeds with unusual looks, features, and personalities.

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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Manx


Manx is listed (or ranked) 1 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

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Siberian


Siberian is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best, Most Unusual Exotic Cat Breeds
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The Siberian is a landrace variety of domestic cat, present in Russia for centuries, and more recently developed as a formal breed, with standards promulgated since the late 1980s. A longer name of the formal breed is Siberian Forest Cat, but it is usually referred to as the Siberian or the Siberian cat. Another name for the formal breed is the Moscow Semi-Longhair. The cat is an ancient breed that is now believed to be ancestral to all modern long-haired cats. The cat has similarities with the Norwegian Forest Cat, to which it is likely closely related. It is a natural breed of Siberia and the national cat of Russia. While it began as a landrace, it is selectively bred and pedigreed today ...more

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Russian Blue


Russian Blue is listed (or ranked) 3 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

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Thai Cat


Thai Cat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best, Most Unusual Exotic Cat Breeds
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