Don’t let these cats out of the bag or out of the house! Find out which popular kittens are most likely to be stolen.
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Do you have one of these very desirable feline friends? If so, it is important to note that these eight cats are probably stolen at a higher rate than some of their fellow cat breeds. And why, could you ask? Because the most popular cats are also the most valuable to breeders and retailers. “Valuable cats can, of course, make even more money for the thief while breeding. But some people simply resell the stolen cat, and that could be a faster way to make money for these people,” says Peter Laskay, a pet health blogger on petworshiper.com. Make sure you check if your purrfect pet is on this list, and if so, keep them a little closer to your side. Then take a look at which dog breeds are stolen most often.
The Bengal was the name most noticed by experts when asked which breeds were most likely to be stolen. The popularity and unique coat of the Bengal are the main reasons for this pedigree issue. “This is probably because of its beauty and, I hate to say, ‘Instagramable’ coat that stands out with an almost tiger-like imprint,” explains Charli Burbidge, co-founder of Petz. “Because of this, people know they can sell it much faster than regularly seen domesticated cats, and they can also try to breed and crossbreed for even more opportunities to make money.” The Bengal cats get their unusual coat markings from the Asian leopard cat, bred with domestic cats to create the beautiful Bengal. So, despite their roots, don’t let these cats roam around too much in the wild, fearing that someone else might steal them away.
A constant favorite of cat owners is the Siamese cat. Originally from Thailand, the agile and muscular cat is known for its “points,” which are the darker colors on his ear, face, tail, paws, and feet. The Siamese is considered one of the first breed cats after the Cat Lovers Association’s official recognition in 1906. Unfortunately, the prestige of the Siamese makes it not only a popular cat by cat owners, but also by cat thieves. “They are great indoor cats, very social, and have a low health risk. They do not need much grooming either, so they are perfect pets for busy people,” explains Mollie Newton, founder of Pet Me Twice, why Siamese cats are so sought after. “Siamese cats are also one of the most popular breeds in the United States, so it’s easy to find a buyer if someone is stealing for breeding. Remember this twist on the old saying: Keep your friends close, but your Siamese closer!
It may seem unlikely that a cat is more elegant than a human being, but this can sometimes be the Russian Blue case. These cats, known for their shimmering blue-gray fur and beautiful green eyes, are believed to be possible descendants of the Russian Czar’s pets (does their elegance and attitude make sense now?). In 1912 these royal cats were officially recognized as a breed, only six years after the Siamese. They are not only beautiful, but because of their temperament, they are also great pets. “The Blue Russian is calm, with a sweet temperament, and gives their owner undivided attention. This cat loves to be cared for and shows affection, but he is not affected by the owner’s prolonged absence in the house,” says Blake Trooy, owner of Pugsquest.com. However, their friendly attitude and striking appearance make them an important target for cat theft. Russian Blues are also notorious hunters, known for wandering far from their homes, Trooy points out, making them an even easier target. This is a cat you shouldn’t let out of your pocket.
As the fifth most popular cat breed of the Cat Lover Association, the Ragdoll owes its name to its relaxed posture and limp movements when picking up. These cool cats (pun intended entirely) have big blue eyes and a silky coat. The Ragdoll originated from California in the ’60s and was created by mating a white Persian cat female and a Birman (or Birman-type) cat. Like the other cats on this list, the Ragdoll’s popularity is the main reason it is one of the most stolen cat breeds. These valuable cats can make a (literal!) cat burglar a lot of money, whether they decide to breed with the pet or resell it.
The Maine Coon brings a completely new definition of the term “big cat.” These felines are the largest domesticated cat breed, with a record-breaking cat that stretches to over four feet in length. However, the Maine Coon is a gentle giant, with a good-natured and playful personality. These cats are also skilled mice hunters. Unfortunately, because of all the unique characteristics that distinguish them as perfect pets, they are also susceptible to cat thieves. “The rare and unique looking breeds tend to get stolen the most,” explains Nicole Ellis, a qualified dog trainer at Rover. “People think they’re more valuable or they see something unique and want it themselves. So while the Maine Coon might like a good game of cat and mouse, make sure your friendly cat doesn’t play the role of the trapped mouse for a thief’s cat.
The Sphynx is a cat breed that certainly stands out: they are one of the few natural hairless cat breeds globally. However, not all Sphynxes are completely hairless; there are different hairlessness degrees on this friendly feline. And they’re pretty friendly – the Sphynx is one of the most energy-rich cat breeds, sometimes even standing comparison with dogs. They like to be around people, dogs, and other cats. Their sweet personality and lack of hair (perfect for anyone who wants a purrfect pet, but that’s allergic to fur) make it clear why they are one of the most popular cat breeds today. Nevertheless, a quick Google search shows that the Sphynx, like the other popular cat breeds on this list, is likely to be stolen. Keeping your hairless friend indoors, both for their health and safety is an award-winning move.
If you look into a Scottish Fold’s face, it may look like the cat has your tongue, but no, it’s just the too-cute-for-words characteristics of the breed. Among the most extraordinary things about the Scottish Fold cat is how their ears are folded down, giving them the impression of a fairy, an owl, or a teddy bear (and just cute!). Some of their ears fold at about three or four weeks, but others don’t. Because the fold is the result of a genetic mutation, it’s quite random that Scottish Fold cats get the trait they’re named after. These cats with the unique fold that are most desired by cat owners show breeders and cat thieves.
The domestic cat is a bit different from the other cats on this list: Instead of being desired for their pure-bred and unusual traits, these cats actually offer the opposite. Instead, the Domestic Shorthair cat is a cat of mixed ancestry, not belonging to any particular recognized breed. Instead, they are known for their short coat and spiding-infected pet qualities, giving them the nickname “domestic cats.” So why are these cats being stolen? ” Domestic Shorthair is also one of the cats breeds most often reported stolen, probably because it makes up 55 percent of the cat population,” says Alexandra Rodriguez, a veterinarian technician and veterinarian advisor at CatPet.club. So even if you don’t own an award-winning pet, it’s important to stay vigilant and take care of your cat, regardless of the breed.