How Much Does a Himalayan Cat Cost?

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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 vary depending upon the geographical location, the age of the cat, the quality, gender and breeder.

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How much does a Himalayan cat cost?

On average, based on the factors above, plan on spending anywhere from $300 to as much as $1,200 for a kitten younger than eight weeks old.

A non-registred cat that often come from a backyard breeder will be in the $300 to $600 range, while a CFA certified Himalayan cat can be in the $900 to $1,200 range.  However, if it’s an older cat older than one year old, you can often find one for less than $200.

For example, the website 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 listings range anywhere between $500 to $800.  For instance, at the time of this writing, a breeder in Alpharetta, Georgia, has a 37-week old kitten available for $500.

What is going to be included in an adoption fee?

Any reputable breeder should include registration paperwork, up-to-date vaccinations, a health guarantee, a healh check-up by a licensed vet, and if it’s being shipped or transported, then they should include a travel crate as well.  Also, since this cat is registered with the CFA, a breeder should include the appropriate CFA paperwork.  Some shelters and breeders may also include a microchip and the spay/neutering.

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, at a minimum, the FIV, PKD and Leukemia vaccinations.  Regardless, a kitten will need shots in the future, so budget for this and other health bills.

If the cat is going to be purchased outside of your home’s immediate area, most will ship the cat through an airline or via a ground transportation method.  Some breeders may also personally deliver the cat at either your home or will meet in the middle.  Depending on the airline, most will ship for $200 to $400.

Recurring costs, of course, need to be factored in.  This will include the cat food, accessories, toys, cat litter and surprise/routine vet bills.  An owner should be prepared to budget $600 to $800 for a healthy cat.

Tips to know:

Its coat is known to be longer, brushy and extremely soft to the touch.  Common colors can include white, chocolate, lilac, seal, blue, red, cream or a mix in between.

If healthy, indoor cats can live nine to 15 years.

Owners who own this breed often consider the temperament to be gentle, quiet, social and intelligent.

Males weigh about nine to 15 pounds, while females will weigh a pinch less around nine to 11 pounds.

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 who know how to properly handle a cat.

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, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and Periodontitis.

According to, the cat also is known as a Himalayan Persian, Colourpoint Persian, Longhaired Colourpoint and Himmy.

Are they hypoallergenic?  Just like any other cat breed, unfortunately, the dander, urine and saliva inside the cat’s coat can act as an irritant for allergy sufferers.  Since this breed sheds more than the average cat breed, the tiny particles of this allergenic protein will become airborne, causing runny eyes, sneezing, wheezing and other symptoms.

How can I save money?

Consider checking local adoption agencies.  If this particular breed is here, most are going to be older, but it is a lot cheaper to adopt from a local rescue rather than purchase from a private breeder.

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Average Reported Cost: $700

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  1. Emily Blair Hunter (Dyersburg,  Tennessee) paid $700 and said:

    My kitten I bought from a private breeder and he is a male seal point Himalayan with no breeding rights.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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