The Adorable Highland Lynx 2021 – Personality, Size, Features & Frequent Questions

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Several cat breeds aren’t recognized by major cat registries. The Highland Lynx is one of those handfuls of breeds. This cat is rare, exotic and a fun cat to own.

General Facts

  • The Highland Lynx breed development began in 1993 as a crossbreed of the experimental Desert Lynx breed and the Jungle Curl, to add the latter’s curled ears to the former. As a result, the first Highland Lynx was born on July 1, 1995, at Timberline Cattery, North Carolina, U.S.A.
  • The Highland Lynx (or Highlanders) are a cross between the Desert Lynx cat & the Jungle Curl cat.
  • Although Highland Lynx are not hypoallergenic, many owners have claimed that their Highland Lynx does not cause allergic reactions. This is mostly anecdotal, but the breed does produce less dander than other cats. So the Highland Lynx can be considered quite low allergy.
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I have owned my highland lynx for close to a year now, and I love every minute of it. I got my little highland lynx when she was only 4 weeks old. She was shy for the first day or so but quickly opened up and became super playful. My highland lynx is a seal spotted lynx, a polydactyly meaning she has six fingers and toes, has a very short tail (as you can see on some of my photos below), and straight ears (not curled like the typical highland lynx).

“Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.”

– Jim Davis

Highland Lynx Personality & Temperament

  • They are well-behaved (for the most part), intelligent and playful, and hence make great pets. Additionally, they also get along well with other cats and dogs.
  • These cats quickly form strong bonds with their owners and are very affectionate and loving to everyone they meet. My kitty usually hides in a corner when new people come to visit, but quickly gets back to her normal playful self after a day or two.
  • Highland lynx have a ton of energy at certain times of the day. Our cat is usually extremely active during the morning but quickly mellows out by lunchtime. She loves chasing things around and playing with all sorts of toys, especially ones with feathers.
  • I was told highland lynx love water, but that is definitely false. My kitty hates water with a passion. As a result, giving her the occasional bath is such an arduous task since she cries and tries to jump out of the tub with all of her might.
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“Just watching my cat can make me happy.”

– Paula Cole

Color & Size

  • Males usually can weigh as much as 15-25 lbs. Females weigh between 8-16 lbs. These cats can usually become bigger than the basic house cat. Additionally, it has also been noted that males only mature once they reach 3 years.
  • There are a wide variety of colors including (but not limited to): blue, marble, fawn, chocolate, ebony, sepia, milk, snow and cream. Their coat pattern underneath can also range from clouded leopard, spotted leopard & tawny. My cat pictured above is a seal point snow with a clouded leopard coat.

Highland Lynx Features

  • Hair – long hair, short hair, or medium hair. Enthusiasts say the shorthaired Highlander looks like a little cougar, and the longhaired cat resembles a little lynx.
  • Ears – tightly curled, curled at the tip, or no curls at all
  • Toes – can range from 4-8 toes on the front or back. My cat is a polydactyl, which means she has more than 5 toes. Click here to read more about cat toes and paws.
  • Tail – short, medium, or long
  • Eyes – gold, green or blue
  • The Highland Lynx features striking “wild-cat” looks, with a spotted coat pattern and gently curled ears (most of the time).
  • With its sloping forehead and distinctive curled ears, the Highlander captures attention with its unique “wild cat” looks. Its substantial body structure and muscular build add to its wild cat mystique, yet this breed is thoroughly domestic.
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“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.”

– James Herriot

Highland Lynx Health & Diet

  • The Highland Lynx cats don’t need any special requirements when it comes to diet for the most part. However, a meat-based diet will always be beneficial, For my cat specifically, I feed her Dave’s Naturally Healthy Cat Food, (Please note: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases) which you can purchase through Amazon, which is a high quality wet canned food. These cats cannot digest carbs that are typically found in commercial cat food. There is even a handful of food’s out there that are detrimental to her health such as Fancy Feast and Purina 7 lives. You should do your research before selecting a food for your cat, but generally, high-quality wet food should be the way to go. I’ve listed some resources below for both raw and wet cat food that are reputable, especially for your highland lynx.
  • In nature, cats are designed to get their water from their prey. This is another reason why we do not feed our cat dry food, only as a snack. Providing your Highland Lynx with high-quality wet food will ensure they avoid any sort of kidney-related issues down the road (usually due to dehydration).
  • To maintain health, regular checkups, grooming, and vaccination are required. You really only need to brush your highland lynx’s coat once a week. Highland Lynx cats tend to build up more earwax than other breeds, so a normal cleaning schedule of the ears is advised. You should also trim your cat nails beginning at a young age so they can get used to it and avoid infection.

Raw Cat Food Companies

Wet Canned Cat Food Companies

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Costs Associated with Owning a Cat or Highland Lynx

Description One – Time Cost ($) Recurring Cost ($)
Food Bowls $20
Cat Food $50
Litter Box/Mat $40
Litter Genie $20
Litter & Genie Refills $25
Cat Carrier $40
Cat Boarding $20
Grooming Tools $20
Toys $5
Cat Bed $30
Scratching Post $30
Collar $10
Cat Tower $75
Vet Visits $50
Other Misc. $10
TOTALS $285 $160

Again, these are estimates based strictly on my experiences. Some of these costs may vary from owner to owner but this will give you a good idea of how much it could cost.

Cat Food

This cost will really depend on the type of food you choose to buy. I feed my cat high quality wet canned food because my cat’s stomach is very sensitive. If you choose to go with dry food, this cost can be greatly reduced each month. As mentioned before, we suggest feeding your cat with the highest quality food you can afford. It will extend your cat’s life and keep them healthier in the long run.

Cat Boarding

I estimated that throughout the course of a year, I plan to be away for 2 weeks where I can’t bring my cat (such as an out of country vacation). I board my cat at the local animal hospital and it costs $17/month. Depending on where you are, the cost to board can be higher or lower. You may also be traveling alone more or less than I would so calculate accordingly.

Vet Visits

Visiting the vet may be one of the biggest difference-makers when it comes to the overall cost of cat ownership. If you end up getting a kitten, you will end up spending a lot more during the first year for vaccinations, spaying & neutering, and other miscellaneous trips. Once your cat gets older, this cost may significantly drop assuming your cat remains healthy. My local vet has a $50/month plan that I currently use, and it covers all shots and random vet visits. I’ve used that number to estimate these recurring costs but always be prepared to spend more if, for example, your cat breaks her leg from a fall and surgery is needed.

General One-Time Costs

Many of the one-time costs I’ve mentioned really will be up to you. You may decide you don’t need a cat tower or room is too small to even have one. You may also decide that you don’t need a litter genie. Make sure to add and subtract what you feel may be necessary for your situation.

Use my experiences as a guide so you can have an idea of what to expect. Remember nothing is set in stone and many of these costs can be different depending on your situation. However, be aware that owning a cat is not cheap. There are certain one-time and recurring purchases you will need to make to ensure your cat is both happy and healthy.


Are Highland Lynx hypoallergenic?

The short answer is no. However, many owners have claimed that their Highland Lynx does not cause allergic reactions. I and my wife have allergies, and for the most part, we do not have any issues with our Highland Lynx.

Do Highland Lynx cats shed?

Yes, they do. When we first got our Highland Lynx kitten, she did not shed at all. However, the older she gets, the more she is started to shed. If you want your Highland Lynx to shed less, a great diet is quite important as well as frequent grooming.

How big do Highland Lynx cats get?

Males usually can weigh as much as 15-25 lbs. Females weigh between 8-16 lbs. These cats can usually become bigger than the basic house cat.

When does Highland Lynx stop growing?

Male Highland Lynx can grow until they are roughly 3 years of age. Females usually grow until they are 2 years old.

How long do Highland Lynx live?

A healthy Highland Lynx can live anywhere from 13 – 16 years. One of the main factors will be diet – the better the diet and nutrition, the longer your Highland Lynx will live.

How much are Highland Lynx cats?

The price range can vary, but in the United States, a Highland Lynx kitten can cost you anywhere from $600 – $1,300.

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If you are looking for a new (or first) kitty, I would highly recommend the Highland Lynx. They are beautiful, exotic & loving creatures to own. You will not be disappointed! To read more posts like this, check out my blog The Quintessential Guide.

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