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Ashera Cats - $125,000 Felines, with Videos
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??
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!
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?