How Much Does a Serengeti Cat Cost?

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The Serengeti breed is a hybrid cross between a Bengal and an Oriental Shorthair cat.  Recognized by the TICA in tabby, ebony silver, ebony smoke and solid black colors, no other first-generation crosses can be recognized by the association, according to Wikipedia.

The cost of a Serengeti cat will depend on the gender of the cat, the quality of the cat, the breeder, as well as the geographical location.

How much does a Serengeti cat cost?

The average price for a Serengeti can range anywhere from $600 to $2,000.

For example, Kingsmark Farms, a breeder of Serengeti cats and kittens, can cost anywhere from $400 to $800, while quality breeds can start at $800 to $2,000.

Terrific Cats offer regular breeds for anywhere from $600 to $850, while the quality breeds can be purchased for $850 to $1,500 or more.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

Depending on the owner of the cat, the inclusions can be different.  Most reputable breeders will include all the necessary vaccinations, health records from a reputable vet, a microchip and/or a spay/neutering.  Some breeders may also include a start-up package that includes sample cat food, toys and coupons.

What are the extra costs?

Since most of the cats are sold by another person, often in another geographical location, the shipping fee may be an additional cost since this is often not included with the payment for the cat itself.  The fee varies depending on the location, but most airlines charge $250 to $400 to ship a cat.

If the cat is not yet registered, you will need to have it registered, and these fees will depend on local state laws.

The general upkeep that comes with along with cats such as food, litter, toys, shelter and future vet checkups for vaccinations, need to be considered.  A healthy cat can cost up to $700 per year and can be much more if it were to need surgery or come down with a disease.

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Serengeti cats will have longer legs and necks than most domesticated cats, often resembling an African wildcat.  Most will have a clear yellow or gold coat with spaced black spots, and most will have similar patterns.  Common coat colors include black smoke, the silver-spotted tabby, solid black and the brown spotted tabby.

Males will be slightly heavier, weighing close to 10 to 15 pounds, whereas a female can weigh eight to 12 pounds.

This breed is known to be highly energetic, almost running and climbing at all hours of the day.  High perches and cat trees are highly recommended to prevent the cat from becoming bored throughout the day.

While this cat may look like something straight from the wild, it actually has a domesticated temperament.  While it is known to be friendly, it will want to take some time to know its owner before it warms up and becomes best friends.  Once they do warm up, they often are known to be the “velcro cat” since it will never leave its owner’s side. says the cat is known to be affectionate, intelligent, playful and even social.

Due to the breed’s tight and short-haired coat, grooming sessions won’t be necessary; however, it doesn’t hurt to brush its coat once per week.

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How can I save money?

There are hundreds of people selling Serengeti cats online, which gives you the freedom to choose which one to buy; however, don’t adopt the cheapest one you find.  Be sure to research the breeder’s reputation, registration, licensing and try to see firsthand how the breeder raises their cats.  Remember, a lot of breeders are in it for the money and don’t care about who they adopt to.  Most breeders will allow you to adopt a kitten at about 16 weeks old.

While this cat may not be at a local Humane Society or rescue group, it doesn’t hurt to look as you may be able to find a cat that resembles the Serengeti’s look.  Adopting a cat is a great way to support local rescue groups and help a cat in need.

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  1. Yoko (San Bernardino,  California) paid $ and said:

    She and the rest of her brothers and sisters lived behind the building that I worked in at the time. When one of my coworkers went to her car to grab something, a kitten had approached her. She brought her in but was unable to keep her. That’s when I decided to take her in and name her “Yoko”.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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