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Welcome to Empire State Lynx, located in Upstate, NY. Raising Highlander kittens, Est 2013.  Here our kittens are raised with our family, to ensure they come well socialized from our home to yours.  Remember when buying a Highlander if it's not registered with TICA (or ACFA)it's not a Highlander.  We've DNA tested our lineage to ensure healthy kittens.  

Breeder's of TICA Registered Highlander Kittens


Call Carol @ 607-381-0259              


Empire State Lynx  Est 2013  

Cats We Breed


We specialize in Tica registered Highlanders 


We no longer breed Highland Lynx, we came over to Tica in 2017


Empire State Lynx is located in the state of New York in an agriculturally zoned community.  What that means is we no longer live in a sub-division with rules & restrictions.  We never have more than four breeding queens, we are a hobby breeder.


We normally have 2-3 litters a year, we are a small in home cattery.  

Our cats are DNA tested through Optimal Selection.  




The Highlander breed refinement began in 2004, to distinguish the breed better from its foundation stock, and to seek competition status in major breed registries.  The name Highlander was adopted in late 2005.  Starting May 1, 2008, the breed was recognized by The International Cat Association (TICA) for competition in the Preliminary New Breed class, under the names Highlander Shorthair (HGS) and simply Highlander (HG) for the longer-haired variation.  

It took until 2016 for Highlanders to move from Preliminary New Breeds to Advanced New Breeds, which put them one class away from being part of the Championship class and being allowed to compete in competitions with other cat breeds.

Thanks to their new status, Highlanders have breed standards that outline their appearance and temperament, as well as a list of Highlander breeders available through TICA’s website.

The International Cat Association splits Highlanders into two categories under the breed’s name: Highlander Shorthair and Highlander. Highlander is the name for the long-haired variant of the breed.

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Empire State Lynx Highlander Cat Breeder: Located in Upstate, NY, Empire State Lynx has been raising Highlander kittens since 2013. Their kittens are well-socialized and come from a family environment. They emphasize the importance of TICA (The International Cat Association) registration for Highlanders. DNA testing ensures healthy lineage. They specialize in TICA-registered Highlanders with curled ears, polydactyl paws, and curly coats. You can contact them via email at or call Carol at 607-381-02591.  Remember that when buying a Highlander, ensure it’s registered with TICA (or ACFA) to guarantee its authenticity as a Highlander cat. Cat Kingpin’s List of Highlander Breeders: Cat Kingpin provides a comprehensive list of Highlander breeders with kittens for sale. You’ll find their website URLs, contact information, Facebook pages, and more, categorized by location. It’s a helpful resource when you’re ready to choose your Highlander companion.   Available Highlander Kittens for Adoption: If you’re specifically interested in adopting a Highlander kitten, you can check out listings on platforms like GoKitty. They often have information about available kittens and catteries.  Remember, Highlanders are unique and captivating cats with their distinctive features. Whether you’re looking for a playful companion or an affectionate feline friend, Highlanders can make wonderful additions to your family!

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