Persian Cat Cost- How Much Should You Pay?
So you've decided to buy one of the most glorious, beautiful cats around but what is the cost of a Persian cat.
The Persian cat is one of the most well-known breeds of cat, instantly recognisable by its flat face and long luxurious coat. The Persian cat is hugely popular around the world, originally from Iran, these fluffy flat faced cats have made their way into many a domestic household.
5 Factors that determine the cost of a Persian cat
When buying a Persian cat there are quite a few factors that will determine how much you should pay.
If the Persian cat you're buying is a full pedigree and has certificates proving this then generally you will pay more. Obviously, when buying your new Persian kitten you will want a full-breed Persian. I would always ask to see the parents of the kitten to verify that the Persian is pure and not a mix.
If you're buying an ultra-flat faced Persian then, in general, it's very hard to mix the breed without you knowing. If one of the parents is a normal cat with a pointed nose then the kitten won't have a flat face.
Show cats or cats that have champion blood in their family will normally come at a premium.
Doll face and ultra-flat faced Persians tend to differ slightly in price, the latter being slightly more expensive in my experience.
Certain colours tend to be more expensive than others, white tends to be a premium over darker colours as does blue eye colour. This, obviously, isn't a given and there may be some variance depending on the time of year etc.
This, in my opinion, will be the main reason you pay more or less for your Persian cat. In the UK where I live Persian cats are quite expensive and I know this is the same for most of the USA and Canada. In places within Eastern Europe, the price of Persian cats is substantially less than in the west.
I've seen full pedigree Persians going for 100 euros in Lithuania and Poland. Where in the UK the average Persian would be £500-£600+ and similar in the USA and Canada.
If you're buying from a registered breeder who's recognised by say the Cat Fancy association or any other of the nationally recognised bodies then usually you will pay a premium as a result.
It all depends on your budget really, buying from a registered breeder who's got a long history of breeding healthy litters of kittens is always a good place to start especially as a first-time buyer. Persian cats do, unfortunately, suffer from some hereditary issues such as Polycystic kidney disease (PKD), breathing difficulties, excessive tearing and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). Most of these can be bred out but it's worth bearing in mind that most Persian cats will have some eye related issues.
Kittens are usually much more expensive than an older Persian cat, most people prefer to get a kitten as they can watch it grow up and develop. And of course, kittens are incredibly cute!
Older cats shouldn't be discarded though as they can be brilliant companions and usually a lot cheaper, not to mention they're often fully litter and house trained. I really am a huge fan of re-homing rescue cats and giving a homeless cat a new home.
The other main benefit of buying a Persian cat that's not a kitten is that you can really get a good deal, if someone, for instance, has multiple cats and one cat isn't getting on with the other then they may need to sell the cat quite quickly and will often price it very cheaply as they aren't bothered about making money as such.
I've seen Persian cats very cheap on the classified ad sites before sometimes for as little as £200 for a 3 or 4-year-old cat and a well looked after Persian cat kept inside can live 15-20 years so they have plenty to offer even at 10 years old!
Ultimately your decision will be based on your budget, paying more doesn't always mean you will get a high-quality pedigree, I've seen many instances where people have paid lots of money for a so-called show cat and they really aren't any different to any other Persian.
It also depends on what you intend to do with the cat, if you have ideas about breeding then you may want to get a cat that's parents are either show winners or pedigree cats that are recognised by the governing bodies. This will ensure quality to some extent and good resale values of the kittens.
It's worth noting that you should always negotiate with anyone you're buying a kitten or cat from as you can often get a reduced rate. But be respectful when doing this as some people can get insulted.
It's hard to say exactly how much you should pay as there are so many factors as listed in this post but as a general rule in most currencies I would say mid three figures is a good place to be for a 12-week old kitten.