How Much Does a Somali Cat Cost?
The Somali cat is a popular breed that traces its origins to the long-haired Abyssinian cats as far back as the 1950s. So what makes the Somali cat extra special? This breed is intelligent, curious, playful, and easygoing unlike the Abyssinian. Somali cats shed less hair unlike their Abyssinian counterpart. They have a bushy tail, large ears, and they look similar to a fox.
How much does it cost?
- The cost of a Somali cat will depend on the breeder, the age, quality and if any inclusions are involved. On average, the price for a Somali cat is going to be between $700 and $1,200. Show quality cats are going to be near the higher price range.
- According to Somalicat.com, the cost of a Somali cat varies between breeds. Older kittens cost less, but the usual cost is around $900.
- The Somali cat is rare compared to other cat breeds, according to Animal-world.com. Prices usually start around $800 and can be as high as $1,000.
What is going to be included?
- A deposit may be required for reservations for kittens. This is because cats have small litters and demand is often high for this type of cat.
- Depending on the seller, a Somali cat may already come with vaccinations such as rabies and at least three rounds of upper respiratory tract vaccinations. Other vaccines may include feline leukemia and feline infectious peritonitis.
- At Somalicat.com, for example, a signed contract is required when you buy a Somali cat. Among the terms and conditions included therein are that the cat or kitten will be kept indoors at all times, that he will be given regular check-ups with the veterinarian (at least once a year), and that he will be returned to the seller in case the new owner cannot keep him anymore, etc.
- This particular breed tends to be very social, playful and have a wonderful temperament, making them ideal for children. If you want to play, it will play; if you want to relax, it will most likely lie down and relax with you.
- Most Somali cats have a medium length coat that is “ruff.” Many state that it is similar to a fox’s appearance. Colors include a rusty red, blue and colors similar to a fawn.
- The average weight of a Somali cat is between 6 and 15 pounds and it can live up to 13 years.
What are the extra costs?
- Buying a Somali cat may require extra costs for shipping. This is on top of the regular price of the cat. The crate in which the cat is sent may be included, but the buyer will have to purchase the actual ticket or transportation costs.
- Grooming may also incur additional costs. Somali cats have moderate grooming requirements. They basically need a weekly brushing except during shedding season where they have to be brushed on a daily basis.
- Aside from grooming, having a Somali cat will also require extra money particularly for food, vaccines, medicines, vitamins, shelter, toys etc. This breed feeds on meat. The cat also needs enough space in which it can run and play.
Tips to know:
- Raising a Somali cat is usually a good investment. Before buying one, do research on your own. Ask around or check online for sites that sell this breed. This way, you can compare prices and get the best deal.
- Take good care of your pet. In order to keep it healthy and increase its life span, be sure to regularly feed your cat and have regular visits to the veterinarian. You can also invest in vitamins for your pet to ensure a healthy diet.
- This particular breed is recognized by the Cat Fancier’s Association, known as CFA.
- Unlike other cats who shed year round, the Somali cat only sheds twice a year. During this time, the cat will need to be brushed and groomed daily, but other times of the year the cat can pretty much be left alone.
How can I save money?
- Since older kittens tend to cost less, you can get one of them instead of younger ones in order to save money.
- If you do not mind adopting an older cat, they tend to be a pinch cheaper than kittens.
- While it could be rare, it never hurts to call up a local shelter to see what kind of cats they have available. If there is a Somali cat, you will probably spend less than $100 for the cat and its supplies.