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Ashera Cats - $125,000 Felines, with Videos

Updated on May 13, 2010

Designer pets with a designer price

If you’ve ever plopped down 500 bucks for a Persian cat or some other high-end breed of designer pet and think you have a fancy feline, think again. You’re slumming, man! The latest rage among the furry elite is the Ashera cat, with the top-of-the-line model going for $125,000. No, that’s not a misprint – the six-figure price is correct. And fanciers of designer pets are clamoring for Asheras!

What is an Ashera cat?

The Ashera is a new type of pet cat that’s being marketed by Lifestyle Pets, which is based in California. It's the latest designer pet for feline aficianados. The Ashera cat is supposedly the rarest breed of domesticated feline. Only 100 Ashera cats are sold each year, and of that number, only 50 are sold to customers in the United States. Its breeding includes the Asian leopard cat, the African serval, and a “secret” domestic cat breed. It also claims to be the largest domestic cat – these guys can weigh as much as 30-40 pounds and measure up to four feet tall when standing on their hind legs. That’s a lot of pussy cat!

The Ashera cats look very exotic, somewhat like a cheetah or leopard. Most of the cats have a coat that’s tawny gold, along with dark spots and a striped tail, legs, and chest. Despite its wild look, the Ashera cat is reported to be very affectionate and loving, and they get along well with children. They’re also intelligent and easy to train. In fact, many have been taught to walk on a leash like a dog. The Ashera is very long lived. Many live to the ripe old age of 25 years.

Standard Ashera cat

Actually, you can get a standard Ashera cat for the bargain basement price of just $22,000. Once you place your order, expect to wait up to a year for the delivery of your Ashera kitten. Just can’t wait that long? You can get one more quickly by paying a “rush” fee, at $6,000. Oh, and don’t forget the shipping or delivery fee. That will set you back another $1,500.

Hypoallergenic Ashera cat

If you’d like to upgrade to the hypoallergenic version, plan on paying $37,000. This might be a great choice for cat fanciers who have the unfortunate predisposition of animal allergies. Think of the money you’d save on medications! And besides, how can you put a price on nasal comfort??

Snow Ashera

If you prefer the Snow Ashera, the price tag will be $65,000. These are truly magnificent animals. Their coat is a snowy white with dark spots. In my opinion, this is the most beautiful version of the Ashera. But hey – what do I know? I have a yard full of semi-feral alley cats, and not a designer pet in the bunch!

Royal Ashera

The $125,000 version of the Ashera cat is the Royal Ashera. Only four of these pricy pussies are sold each year, and just because you’re willing to pay the price doesn’t mean you can purchase one. These ultra-rare kitties are reserved only for special Lifestyle Pets clients.

The Royal Ashera looks a little different than the other Ashera cats. Its fur is cream colored, and it has orange spots and stripes instead of the darker ones found on the other Ashera types.

What do Ashera cats eat?

Anything they want! Seriously, Ashera cats eat the same things as regular domestic cats, although in significantly larger quantities. At least you won’t have to worry about importing a couple of zebras and gazelles every week to satisfy the Ashera’s appetite.

Beware the scams!

With the growing popularity of the Ashera cats and other designer pets, along with their hefty price tags, scams were inevitable. Some feline breeders are selling Savanna cats as Ashera cats, and they’re making a bundle. Savanna cats normally sell for a mere $5,000-$6,000 each, not the $22,000-$125,000 price that real Ashera cats fetch.

Would you pay this much for a cat?

I’ve always been pretty much a live-and-let-live type person. If someone wants to pay this much for a pet feline or other designer pet, fine by me! As a former owner of wolf hybrids, I understand the desire for exotic or designer pets, although my wolf-dogs didn’t cost any more than any registered dog would have cost. I can’t help but think, however, of better uses for the money. How many homeless pets could it save? How many hungry children could it feed?

Ashera kitten

An Ashera cat.
An Ashera cat.

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      Mary 3 years ago

      Hello,Everybody !I am from China! I want to ask some questions about Ashera cats, which email I can send? Please help me! Thanks!

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      Chris Achilleos 5 years ago

      Even if this was real, I don't think this is right to be doing at all and should not be supported. Even if it is to raise funds for good causes. There are other ways to raise funds. Mixing a cat with a leopard is accepted so well? Because people want an exotic and more domestic pet? and because the leopard spots are beautiful? Aren't other cats beautiful? What about the cats in shelters which have no where to go? Why don't the people who have the money to spend on one cat, spend it instead to save the life of tons of others? They are animals lovers if I am correct. How ironic. What else will scientists do? mix human DNA with an ape because people require a more intelligent and exotic animal? What is happening to the word. Nature is nature and we shouldn't interfere with that.

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      kitty 5 years ago

      Ashera is a SCAM, it's been known for a while that it's a scam, DNA tests done in 2008 have proved that it's a scam. There is no such thing as "real Ashera", ALL Asheras is a scam.

      DO SOME RESEARCH! 1. According to TICA the largest registry of pedigreed cats ALL cats descended from Serval-domestic hybrid is Savannah. 2. Any cat descended from Asian leopard cat and domestic hybrid is a Bengal. 3. Bengals were used in the past in Savannah breeding programs. Hence, many Savannah cats have Asian leopard cat blood. 4. Simon Brodie in charge of Lifestyle pets is a known scam artist with history of similar scams. He's since changed his name to Simon Carradan and is now selling Carradan skis - skis for $18,000 made from materials never before used in skis. Google "murky background of Ashera and Allerca". AND DO YOUR RESEARCH!

      Catlover - you should've done your research. Savannahs and Bengals existed for quite a while, nobody have caught any diseases from them. As to Asheras, anybody who knows anything about cat breeds would've immediately recognized that there is nothing new there.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Catlover, I agree. That amount of cash could rescue/feed/care for a lot of unwanted animals!

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      catlover 6 years ago

      Hmm... I hope the people who pay for these pets are aware of dangers of zoonotic diseases these animals are susceptible to. Big cats, more often than purely domesticated ones, have higher risk for transferring diseases to us humans! Eek.

      I can admire this beauty, but it's sad to see people cross breeding just for the sake of a buck and people's sheer vanity. I do love Savannah and Bengal cats, but I can't help but feel guilty for all the homeless kitties out there who need to be loved and rescued. Even if they aren't as aesthetically pleasing.

      I have a beautiful Sokoke who was given to me by a friend who could no longer care for her (it was only by chance I got this free purebred) and I wouldn't trade rescuing her over a $125,000 kitty any day! ;)

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      K9, Ashera cats are too expensive for me, too, but they are beautiful!

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      This has to be the coolest cat ever! A little pricey for me, but nothing this cool is cheap!

      K9

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Funny, Thorrin! And of course, you're right! lol

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      Thorrin 7 years ago

      Nice cat... Way over priced though. I'll just wait till some of them runs off and breeds out of control in some alley. Just a matter of time.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Good for you, outdoors! Kudos for being an animal rescuer!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      You're right, Corey. Too bad most people don't realize that. I've always wanted a Maine coon!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Syd, if I bought one of the Ashera cats, it would probably die the next day.

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      outdoorsguy 7 years ago from Tenn

      great hub, but Ill stick to my rescued. adopted or dumped on my doorstep cats and dogs. Still they are nice looking animals. 125K Great googly moogly, a cat that cost the same as some homes.

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      Corey 7 years ago

      I have 2 Maine Coons and they are enormous for house cats and they wont be 1/3 the size of an Ashera ... I used to work at Henry Doorly which is the 3rd ranked zoo in the country... Cats that get this large are abused and neglected because people think they would be awesome to have as pets, then when they get that large and need exercise, all the food they require, enrichment, medical care... the owner cannot provide or just doesn't know how... Exotic Animals are not pets, please think long and hard before you make one of the cats a "member" of your family!

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      Sydnianne 7 years ago from Illinois

      They sure are beautiful, but I'll take my mutts any day. That "Royal" one is more than my condo. Yicks! My hubby would ring my neck. :)

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Yes they are - and they should be with that price tag! lol

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      michifus 7 years ago

      What beautiful cats!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Same here, Dolores! Now if only I could figure a way to market these wild south GA alley cats...

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sun, if I paid that much for a cat, it would never leave my sight!

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      habee, I've never heard of these designer cats. The price tag is absurd. What with so many animals placed in shelters, it seems kind of decadent. But they sure are interesting. I picked my cat up out of the gutter on a rainy night and saved the $125,000 (hehe)

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      Sunshyne1975 7 years ago from California, US

      Very interesting hub. That cat is so beautiful, yet I would be a little scared to own it. lol

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      But Audrey, for just a few thousand more you can get a hypoallergenic Ashera! What a great deal!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      OMG - my poor Bob better not see this - although we can't 'do' cats because of his allergies and his problems with cats (more hubs to come) - you have absolutely got to be kidding me - but interesting that people actually fork out this kinda dough for exotic. I kind of think malamutes or any purebred dog is 'exotic' as there are so many needing homes.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Ethel, I just can't imagine paying that for a cat - especially for one you can't breed!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Deb, I could get a REALLY nice horse for that price!!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Herbi, a friend had a pet lynx, but it was never fully domesticated. She always had deep scratches on her arms from "playing" with her lynx!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Ewww, Granny - I hadn't thought of that! Scary!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Lockerman, you are correct. And if I spent that much for a cat, there would be LOTS of controversy in my house! lol

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sam, I like cats, but I LOVE dogs!!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Kaie, I'm afraid one might hurt my Danes! lol

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Chris, I'll stick with my dogs, too - along with my alley cats!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      They are beautiful, Sandy!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sorry, Austin - no breeding. they come already spayed or neutered.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Beautiful but way overpriced. Of course if people will pay the price it will be charged

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Habee, Very informative hub! Nothing surprises me, but that is a bit much... I can't even use it for transportation; I think I'd rather buy a horse! Thank you for sharing, In His love & Blessings!

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      Oh my!!! lol I have a Persian which now looks like a rodent compared to this kitty. haha. I would really love to have a lynx which I didn't know was available as a pet until the other day...OK Habee....we'll bring a couple of these cats along to our animal island just for fun! :)

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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      I have seen these cats on tv. also. They are pretty but you know the damage a domestic cat can cause with its claws I dread to think what this cat could do. WOW!

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      I have seen these before. Kinda freaky...some controversy over this breed I think.

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      Austinstar 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      What beautiful cats! I'll take two please! Then I can breed them and get my money back! Think of it as an investment. Oh wait, I don't have a half mil just laying around. Darn it. Do you think we could just kitty sit for a while?

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hello, Ictodd! We have lots of feral and semi-feral cats that claim us. Only one, however, will allow us to hold it.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Mike! I don't think I'd pay that for a cat, even if I were Warren Buffet! lol

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Right, Pam - I mention the Savanna cat in the hub. I think they're very similar.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Michael! We could start our own "exotic" cat breed - the Alageo - caught in the wilds of the two states! lol

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Yeah, it's crazy, HH!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sheila, I agree with the obscene spending point!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, LArry! Great to see you!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Laurel! I could find a lot of other ways to spend that kind of cash!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Nicomp, I've always wanted a Maine Coon! They're beautiful!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Johnny! Great to see you!

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      samboiam 7 years ago from Texas

      $125,000 for a cat! This world is definitely going to the dogs. Great hub. Even though I am not a cat lover they are some beautiful creatures.

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      Kaie Arwen 7 years ago

      Beautiful cats........... but I don't think the wolfies would like them much!

      Thank you,

      Kaie

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      yoweeee..... thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars for a kitty cat? I'll stick with my dogs from the pound, I guess...

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I seen the price on these cats before. Insane! Those are some cool looking cats.

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      lctodd1947 7 years ago from USA

      Habee, I have seen these on TV and this is a wonderful hub full of information but I think I'll just keep my Siamese and then my three other just "kitty cats." One is grey, one is black and another one is who knows what. That makes four and they are so funny. They go outside and come in to eat....except Abby the Siamese...she doesn't go outside period. They are my grandchildren I guess and they make laugh. This is a lovely article but I could not afford such....I love my Abby, Kitty Girl, Sugar and Blackie...

      Thanks for letting us know more about this "different" kitty. Linda

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      I have a cousing that sells imported cats, but I don't think anything she's sold has had a six-figure price tag on it. They are beautiful cats, though.... if I had a few hundred grand to spare and no allergies to animals, I would be tempted.

      Mike

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Habee, That price is ridiculous and why do we have to play with Mother Nature! This looks very much like the Savanah cat I wrote about a few months ago. It used an African several and a domestic cat weighing about 28 pounds and costing in the thousands. I think we should leave mother nature alone.

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      Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Whew wee! I think we should start trapping the ones we got in Alabama & Georgia Habee & we could make a killing on eBay! LOL! Good topic.....

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Some people more money than sense. Even if you have that kind of millions, I would think of people who starve to death for a slice of bread. Sorry being a dampener. Thank s for the hub but they won't make any business with me hahaha

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      sheila b. 7 years ago

      I'm like you, if someone wants one and can afford it, fine. But I won't be impressed. In my own life I set limits, such as how much I'll spend on a dress. To me, there's a point where a price becomes obscene.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      What a coat of fur !!..What a voice !...What a price !! That's a lot of bucks for vanity, and that's what it is...Vanity of the owners..I guess that's the future, designer cats, dogs, and babies...That reminds me...I need to change my vanity plates to SARAH12...

      Great Hub, thanks, Larry

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      Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Lord, Holle-Talk about conspicuous consumption...As a cat lover, I enjoyed the videos, but as you said, think about how much the homeless animals would benefit from that kind of cash!

      Wow.

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      The Ashers looks like a tiger. I'd pay for a Maine Coon, but not $125K.

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      kowality 7 years ago from Everywhere

      Interesting hub Habee. They certainly are beautiful, and they come with options. Sweet.