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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Some animal lovers are saying designer pets are the new cat’s meow.

However, as CBS 2’s Dana Tyler reported Thursday, as beautiful and exotic as these not-so-ordinary house cats are, they’re also illegal in many states.

The cats might look like Asian leopard cats or other wild felids, but they are actually house cats.

“What people are trying to do is replicate a wild cat look in a smaller cat,” said animal behaviorist Dr. Stephen Zawistowski. “Through several generations of back-crossing through the domestic cat, you can sort of dilute the wildness out of that line of cats, but try and keep that physical appearance.”

The cats have a physical appearance that includes stripes from the top of the head down the neck, which transition into spots, and has people spending up to $30,000 just to own one, Tyler reported.

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