How Much Does a Himalayan Cat Cost?
The Himalayan cat, known as one of the top ten breeds in the United States, is technically a Persian cat with Siamese markings. Originating in Iran, the Himalayan has long fur with distinct markings on its ears, legs and face. Built with round faces and short thick necks, this cat is considered to be a Persian breed according to the Cats Fanciers’ Association. The cost to adopt one is going to widely vary depending upon the geographical location, the age of the cat, and breeder selling it.
How much is it?
- There are many avenues you can use to purchase a Himalayan cat, but the two best ways are through pet stores or private breeders. Private breeders will usually post available cats on reputable websites built for this purpose. On average, plan on spending anywhere from $300 to as much as $1,200 for a kitten that is less than eight weeks old.
- For example, the website Terrific-Cats.com has a handful of listings from breeders across the United States. Most listings here can start in the low $300s and be as high as $1,000.
- On the website Felines4Us.com, the listings range anywhere from $500 to $800. For instance, a breeder in Alpharetta, Georgia has a 37 week old kitten available for $500.
What are the extra costs?
- If all the shots and vaccinations are not up to date, shots may be needed right away. In a kitten’s first six months of life, they will need shots such as FIV, PKD and Leukemia. Regardless, a kitten will need shots in the future, so budget for this and other health bills.
- Necessary expenses such as food and litter will not be included with purchase. It is wise to set aside $50 to $100 per month per cat in the house.
- If the cat is going to be purchased outside of your home’s immediate area, most will ship the cat through an airline. Depending on the airline, most will ship for $200 to $300.
- Like all pets, the cat will need to be registered with your local city. Registration costs vary from city to city.
What is going to be included?
- Since this cat is registered with the CFA, it is important to get the appropriate CFA papers if you want to ensure that the cat is a pure breed.
- All up to date shot records should be included with the appropriate health records.
- If the cat is shipped through an airline, the breeder will include an airline approved carrying crate.
Tips to know:
- These cats tend to be rather active but love to snuggle. They are good with most members in the house, including other pets and younger children.
- Like most cats, the Himalayan requires a lot of attention. If you spend a lot of time away from your home for business trips, it may be best to look into another breed.
- Due to the oil build up in a Himalayan’s face, it is necessary to wash its face on a daily basis. It is also best to brush the cat up to ten minutes a day since they can shed more than the average breed.
- These breeds are prone to certain medical conditions such as Kidney Disease, Hypertophic Cardiomyopathy and Periodontitis.
How can I save money?
- Consider checking local adoption agencies. If this particular breed is here, most are going to be over the age of three. It is a lot cheaper to adopt from a local agency rather than purchase from a private breeder.
- Talk and compare with a few different breeders. It is best to adopt one near your home as this will allow you to bypass airline fees.