How Much Does a Siamese Cat Cost?

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The Siamese cat, also known as the Siam or Thai cat, is one the most recognized breeds of all Oriental cats.  Originating from Thailand, this rare breed has quickly become one of the most popular breeds in all of America and Europe today.   Siamese cats are known for their distinctive markings and usually have a slim and stylish body.

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How much does a Siamese cat cost?

The price of a Siamese cat will depend on the age, the breeder, quality, its bloodline and inclusions.  On average, it can cost anywhere from $100 to as much as $600.  TCA/CFA registered cats — a type of certification that states the cat in question is the quality of a show cat — for example, can often be on the higher end, costing upwards of $600 per kitten.   Your older cats and even kittens, often found at a local shelter, can almost always be adopted for less than $150.

The Siamese Cat Rescue Center located in Virginia, for instance, allows those who meet their guidelines to adopt a Siamese cat for $125.  This will not include the application fee or health certificates.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

Reputable breeders should include a health certificate, health guarantee, up to date vaccinations (panleucopaenia, rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and rabies) and a travel crate if it’s going to be shipped.  Some breeders may also include the microchipping, spay/neutering and/or a starter kit with some valuable supplies.  A breeder should let you visit their premises and won’t let you adopt the kitten until they reach eight weeks old.  This will allow the kitten to become well socialized and receive the much-needed nutrients from their mother.

Pedigree kittens, if you’re adopting one, should come with the proper registration and pedigree certificates.  They should also be sold with an insurance policy to protect your investment.

Types of Siamese cats

Seal Point

This is the “original” color most people think of when they envision a Siamese cat.  These cats will have a very dark, almost black seal brown point, and the face, ears, tail, paws and nose will all be the same color.  When they are young, they will be paler in color and will darken as they age.

Chocolate Point

The Chocolate Point will have a lot more white than other varieties, but their face, ears, tails and paws will be a chocolate-like color.  While others will darken as they grow old, the Chocolate Point, even though it has the word “chocolate” in it, will still have a lot of white on its fur.

Blue Point

Related to the Seal Point mentioned above, the Blue Point will have a deep slate grey-blue-like body with silvery-blue points on its face, ears, tail, paws, nose and paw pads.

Lilac Point

A Lilac Point will have a bit of Russian Blue in their genes and will be the palest of all varieties.  It will have lighter pink-gray color from their ears to the paws.  The eyes will be a pale blue color.

Lynx Point

Also referred to as a Tabby Point, these cats are known to be related to the wild lynx.  This cat will have well-defined stripes, an outlined ear color the same as the stripes on the face, along with legs and a tail marker with rings of colors extended up to the tip of the tail.

Flame Point

These cats have a reddish-gold like point with pale blue eyes.  Their coats will be a creamy white, similar to that of a Seal Point.

Tortie Point

The Tortie Point will have a look that closely resembles a tortoise shell.  Their face, ears, nose, legs, feet and tail will have a spotted combination of either blue, seal or caramel.

What are the extra costs?

If the cat has to be shipped through an airline or via the road, this can be an additional $200 to $400.

Most adoption centers will charge an application fee that can start at $10.

Recurring costs such as the food, cat litter, accessories and vet visits need to be budgeted.  It is best to budget at least $30 to $50 per month for a healthy cat and much more if the cat were to come down with a serious illness/surgery.

Tips to know:

A Siamese cat has a slim, sleek body that can come in a variety of colors, including seal point, lynx point, flame point, blue point, lilac point, snowshoe and chocolate point.  They are known for their almond-shaped eyes and shorter hair, often silkier than other cat breeds.

A male will weigh 11 to 15 pounds, while females will weigh slightly less, usually around eight to 11 pounds.

The average Siamese, as long as healthy, can live 11 to 15 years.

Its temperament is known to be active, agile, clever, sociable, loveable and energetic.

A Siamese cat is known to be very playful and curious.  Make sure you have the time and energy to keep them occupied throughout the day.

Some Siamese cats can do well with children while others will not.  If adopting an older cat, be sure to ask how it interacts with children.

These cats do not do well outdoors.  Since they are an indoor cat only, it is best to keep them inside throughout the day and as much as possible.

The best place to buy a Siamese cat is from a reputable and licensed breeder, and while it may be tempting to adopt from a local pet shop, it can often be hard to know where these cats came from.  It’s hard to see the living conditions, how they were raised and what the owners were like.  A reputable breeder will allow you to see their home, how the cats were raised and even what the parents were like.

If adopting a kitten, avoid a cat with a runny nose, dirty ears or any sign of a cold.

They won’t require much in terms of grooming but may shed occasionally.

Health conditions often seen with this breed may include early onset kidney disease, a weakness to the immune system, megaesophagus and/or eye twitching.  Most purebred often come with an increased in these conditions due to the selective breeding process.

How can I save money?

Consider adopting a cat that is older.  Siamese cats older than two to three years can often cost a lot less than a kitten and are commonly found at local rescue groups and shelters.  It never hurts to check a local Humane Society to see if they have any available for adoption.  Adopting is also a great way to save an older cat’s life instead of spending hundreds of a “designer” cat that comes from a breeder in it for the money.  Even though many breeders say they “justify” their costs, most still make a nice profit; don’t let them fool you with their “it costs so much to raise a cat” theory.

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