Hypoallergenic Cats Price Overview
If you are thinking of buying a hypoallergenic cat, you would probably like to know how much do they cost. Obviously, the answer is not that simple as many factors can affect the final price. And also do not forget other things you will have to pay for such as cat food, toys, veterinarian and other cat-related equipment.
So if you do not know anything about the initial costs of cat and would like to purchase one, don’t worry. We are here for you and will try to make everything clear so you have a better idea about all financial expenses. As you will see, hypoallergenic cats price is not usually as high as you would assume compared to regular cats.
Speaking of hypoallergenic cats, the price will surely vary across different countries, breeders and especially “cat quality”. Cat quality is one of the most important factors affecting the final price of the cat. What does the cat quality mean though?
Well, in general, we can distinguish two main categories of cats – the regular quality and show cat quality. The show cat quality represents cat that was judged to be close to the physical ideal for its breed. The regular cat was not. As you can probably imagine the show cats can be worth thousands of dollars. Therefore we are not going to focus on cats within this category. There still may be quality differences even within the regular category, but we will only take the average prices into consideration, without any quality diversities. The majority of cats will fit into the specified range. So for the basic idea, the following overview should give you a better picture of cats costing.
How much do hypoallergenic cats cost?
|Hypoallergenic Breed||Average Price|
|Russian Blue||$400 ~ $600|
|Siberian||$1300 ~ $1600|
|Bengal||$550 ~ $900|
|Burmese||$700 ~ $900|
|Ocicat||$300 ~ $800|
|Siamese||$500 ~ $700|
|Balinese||$500 ~ $700|
|LaPerm||$500 ~ $600|
|Javanese||$600 ~ $900|
|Oriental Shorthair||$200 ~ $650|
|Cornish Rex||$300 ~ $650|
|Devon Rex||$400 ~ $800|
|Sphynx||$1000 ~ $1200|
What causes the price differences?
Well, there may be several aspects affecting the price. As we wrote in the introduction, the main cause is the quality. But aside from the quality, the other important aspect is the cat’s condition which is primarily represented by cat’s health. The cheaper, under-valued cats may usually have some health issues or may not have all necessary health examination.
Breeders who sell kittens at five or six weeks of age usually sell them cheaper. However, this is not a deal because in many cases they have no vaccinations. Additionally, they are losing immunity by being cut off from their mom’s milk. And they are more likely to catch some diseases. It is also not recommended for anyone to buy a cat until they have had their rabies shots. Furthermore, avoid buying a cat without its papers or else you will probably not know anything about cat’s history. So, think twice before making a purchase. The cheaper price may not always pay off. Make sure to research the potential seller thoroughly.
Hypoallergenic cats price is influenced by many factors. Paying for the cat is one aspect, however the cost of cat delivery may also play an important role while purchasing one. Not every hypoallergenic cat breed may be available in cattery or pet shop that is close to you. Not even the breeder. That’s when shipping costs will be reflected in the total purchasing costs. As this is very specific for every possible country, making an estimate of this fee is very hard or nearly impossible. But to give you at least some clue, the cost of shipping in the USA may range from $150 to $350 according to our experience.
Cat Essential Equipment
When purchasing a cat, some breeders or catteries may include essential cat supplies along with the cat. They may give you extras as food which the cat is used to, it’s favorite toy, bed, blanket, treats or e.g. drinking bowl. The offer may vary, but we consider at least the cat food as an absolute necessity. In our opinion, it should be always included. If such extras are part of the purchase, it gives you a hint about the seller’s professionality. But sometimes you may happen to receive no or very little cat supplies. In that case, the following list gives you picture of basic equipment your cat will need along with average prices.
|Cat Equipment||Average Price|
|Cat Food||$15 ~ $30|
|Treats||$5 ~ $15|
|Beds and Blankets||$20 ~ $80|
|Scratching Posts||$5 ~ $400|
|Food and Water Bowls||$3 ~ $150|
|Toys||$1 ~ $50|
(Brushes, Combs, Clippers, ...)
|$5 ~ $100|
|Litter and Waste Disposal||$8 ~ $150|
|Collars, Leashes, Harnesses||$5 ~ $20|
As you can see, the bare minimum can be afforded just around $60. Of course, should you want to provide your cat with items of higher quality, it will cost you more. It always depends on your possibilities and wants. The other optional cat equipment you may want to purchase includes cat enclosures, mats or liners. But we do not consider them to be essential requirements, therefore, those are excluded from the list.
Cat Veterinary Costs
The last very important cost you should count on are veterinary costs. You are going to take your cat to the first veterinary visit sooner or later. It depends on the initial health condition of the cat. If you got the cat from a good breeder, it should already have all essential examination done. Thus it will be less likely required to visit its veterinarian as soon as you bring the cat home. However, it is always a good idea to bring the cat to the vet as soon as possible as he can double-check the cat’s health and make sure there are no hidden health issues. The following veterinarian price list gives you an overview of possible medical intervention needed.
|Vet Visit||$20 ~ $50|
|Deworming||$4 ~ $8|
|Vaccinations||$25 ~ $120|
|Fecal Check||$20 ~ $25|
Again we want to point out it always depends on where you adopt the kitten from and what has already been done. Therefore not every intervention from the list may be required. Many cat shelters, catteries and breeders include one vet visit and you only have to pay vaccines that are needed at the time. You may also come across a veterinary clinic that offers so-called “kitten starter package” or similar. That is usually a bundle of several standard examinations including all routine care. Should this be interesting to you, consult this with your own vet.
Hypoallergenic Cats Price Summary
To sum up, the majority of hypoallergenic cats are not pricey. Most of them cost the same as regular cats which are not labeled as hypoallergenic or allergy-friendly cats.
The root cause of price differences within a specific breed is typically cat’s quality and health condition. A higher quality cat costs more money. And under-average price cats usually lack important health examination. Therefore you should consider both aspects and take the time to make a thorough research of the potential cat seller. Don’t worry, this is not rocket science. Just compare both pros and cons, calculate possible costs and everything will be fine. We recommend you not to hurry while purchasing the hypoallergenic cat. The time spent on all possibilities research usually pays off well. In the end, do not forget to include essential cat equipment and veterinary costs into final calculations.
In a nutshell, hypoallergenic cats price is usually not high in comparison with other, non-hypoallergenic cats.
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