Top 5 Exotic Small Cat Species to Keep

gazeMost people believe that all exotic cats pose the same threats as a lion, tiger or leopard would. However, there are small exotic cats are not harmful and can make the best pets for a caring owner. These small exotic cats endure a lot of loneliness since no public attention is given to them unlike big cats like tigers, lions and, cheetahs. Most of the small exotic cats that are kept as pets are not of the endangered or threaten status thus making them the best pets.

When deciding to own a small exotic cat as a pet, you need to be open minded and know that it will not have the same behaviors as your normal dog or cat pet. With the right licensing and knowledge on how to maintain these pets, you can have an amazing experience with these exotic pets. This article focuses on the top five exotic small cat species you can keep as pets.

1.    Servals

Servals originated from Central and Southern African and have a lifespan of up to 19 years. Serval can be confused with a cheetah due to spotted markings and long legs in comparison to its body.

Like other cats, the Serval can purr, as well as chirp, hiss, growl, grunt, and meow. A serval is not a risk to the human but can prey on smaller animals such as rodents, birds, and small antelopes. Servals are aloof, quiet, and exceptional pets. They are used as educational animals demonstrating their amazing jumping to its audience. Despite their wild, predator demeanor, you can raise a serval to become a very cuddly and friendly pet.

2.    Bobcats

tabby catsThese North American origin exotic cats are stock and medium-sized. Bobcats are known as the best exotic cat pet due to its companion personality and ability to form strong bonds with the owners. One of its primary disadvantages is that it can prey and kill a human being. Bobcats should, therefore, be supervised around children and if possible kept away from them. Their cages should well-designed with a sturdy top to avoid their escape.

3.    Caracal

Commonly known as desert lynx, caracals are very rare with only 169 cats in zoos worldwide. Caracals can grow to a height of 16-17 inches and weighs between 30 and 50 pounds. Caracals are known to be well-mannered than servals. They, however, interact and play with their owners based on their terms. Caracals can be very destructive with household equipment such as furniture.

4.    Canada lynx

Canada lynx is a medium-sized cat characterized by its flared facial ruff, long ear turfs, and short bobbed tail. Canada lynx is similar to bobcats, but bobcats have shorter tufts on their ears and shorter legs than Canada lynx. They have the ability to form a devoted relationship with their owners. They are easy going and good with strangers but don’t like to go on walks.

5.    Ocelots

Ocelots are twice the size of an average house cat. They are sleek animals with a gorgeous dappled coat and glassy eyes. They are social cats with a pungent odor. They are nocturnal cats which use their keen sight and hearing to hunt rabbits, rodents, fish, and frogs.


Taking in an exotic small cat pet is a serious decision and requires proper research and care. This kind of pets need a lot of time to maintain, and one should be well equipped to handle and care for the pets. These pets are also very costly to buy, and some like ocelots may be rare to find.