Exotic pets hold a certain draw. That’s the reason why celebrities and drug lords own huge jungle cats that they lock in bathrooms and do photo-ops with. If you’re looking for something a touch more practical, check out some of these breeds we’ve compiled. These can be both a conversation piece and a loving, manageable pet. Here at Countryside Animal Hospital, we’re dedicated to providing quality care to the Fort Collins area. So turn to us for your new pet’s veterinary needs.

Japanese Bobtail

Since they have the unusual aspect of a bobbed tail, when they were found in Japan, they were immediately brought into the palace as a pet for the emperors. They also acted as guardians of silkworms and grain supplies from the rodent populations. It’s an average sized cat and can be recognized by its short tail and longer back legs, much like a bobcat. It’s a medium-sized cat and weighs around 8 lbs. Interestingly, the cat is capable of fluctuating its tone and making various sounds. The bobtail enjoys being vocal, they aren’t ones for peace and quiet. The cat enjoys playing with water and is intelligent. If you’re so inclined, this cat is comfortable walking on a leash. You’ll find this breed to be pretty head strong and hard to train, though.


This is the breed where things get really interesting. This is a true wildcat-domestic cross. It’s the product of a domestic being bred with a serval—a beautiful, medium-sized, African wildcat. The first kitten was named Savannah which the whole breed was dubbed, in honor of the first successful production of the breed. They’re spotted with large, pointy ears. You can easily recognize them from their size. Even though they’re listed as medium-sized cats they can range from 8 to 20 lbs. Males can grow even larger than that range. This is not a sweet, quite, lap cat. This cat is adventurous and enjoys walks on a leash, mostly to go and play in the water. Their terrible witty and will certainly figure out your faucet, just so they can play in the water. Perhaps consider investing in child proof locks, and protect the breakables as they’ll definitely get to those. There a high-maintenance cat, so if you’re looking for something a little more independent and easier to deal with, choose another cat to buy.


This cat is truly unique and stunning. It was bred to look like a mini tiger, though its bloodline is purely domestic. Their personality even kind of mirrors a regular tiger, except that this little one isn’t going to eat you. Toygars are quiet and friendly, but they can be trained to walk on a leash, play fetch, and would make a great household cat. Their look brings to mind a tiger cub, which is why they’ve managed to steal most people’s hearts. The purpose of creating them was to raise awareness of tigers going extinct. They’re most likely to become obese because they’re so laid back. Come and talk to us at your Fort Collins veterinary clinic here at Countryside Animal Hospital to ensure that your little tiger is the healthiest he can be.

If you’re getting ready to purchase a unique breed like the ones listed in this article, and our previous entry, be sure to contact Countryside Animal Hospital to set up an appointment. We’ll get your new cat up to health standards with shots, dental, and other services to make sure your cat lives his best life. If you have further questions about pet ownership or our services any of our staff would be happy to answer your questions. Check out our page to find our services and newsletters that will keep you up to date on kitty psychology, new breeds and common health concerns for different bloodlines. Be sure to catch us next time to find out about more unusual breeds.