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Everyone wants to get exotic cat breeds as pets, because of how great they look. Posting pictures of these felines on Instagram or Facebook will draw a lot of likes from your friends. You will be the center of attention in several discussions, especially when it comes to pets.
If you want to buy exotic cat breeds, you have to spend a large sum of money, to get a single kitten. However, you should know that there is a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to these felines. While they look incredible, there are several reasons why you should think twice, before making the decision to purchase them:
Myriad of health problems
Incredible beauty comes with a great price, especially when it comes to breeding exotic cats. For starters, breeders don’t follow the best practices, as they want to keep up with the demand of the market. They force breeds which don’t generally mate, to create kittens which people will spend thousands of dollars to have one with them.
Most of the breeders abuse the felines and force them to live in unsanitary conditions. As a result, they suffer from various illnesses. As breeding is unnatural, it causes a lot of genetic problems. The exotic cat breeds will be healthy for a couple of years, before falling sick due to their genes.
Plenty of behavioural issues
When you first get an exotic cat breed, it will be like the honeymoon, where everything is perfect. However, once you start to learn more about the feline, you will begin to understand why people find it challenging to keep them at home.
Due to the unnatural nature of breeding, these cats tend to exhibit plenty of behavioral issues. For example, most of them won’t use the litter box, despite extensive training. They like to mark their territory, due to which your house will end up smelling. Also, they tend to destroy various objects in your property.
Worsens overpopulation in shelters
Everyone wants to have beautiful-looking cats, as it is human nature, the major reason why exotic cat breeds are popular. However, pet owners who emphasize aesthetics over everything else come at a huge cost.
There are millions of cats in shelters, who are looking for a forever home. Due to the fact that they don’t look like exotic feline breeds, most people pass them over. As a result, these shelters have to put them down, as they don’t have the resources to support these cats.
If you are looking to get a new member to your family, consider adopting. The cat/kitten you bring to your house will be forever grateful for saving its life. Plus, all the money you save in adoption, you can use it to buy high-quality food and toys!