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Why Are Persian Cats So Expensive?

There is no doubt about their beauty, but why are Persian cats so expensive?

Persian cats are so expensive because they are highly coveted for their long, luxurious coat, unique round face, short muzzle, and gentle temperament plus they are purebred. Purebred cats command high price tags and often have health issues which can be expensive to treat.

Persian cats are one of the most expensive cat breeds in the whole universe. Just one look at the beautiful coat, “ugly” cute round face and gorgeous glossy coat and you can see why this pedigreed cat is so incredibly popular.

An air of regal grace radiates from the precious Persian cat. It’s almost like it knows it’s one of the most costly cats on earth.

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Factors Contributing To Persian Cat Costs

Persian cat lying in bed

A well-known breeder with a great reputation and long history of producing the best cats can command a high price for their services. If you are buying such an expensive cat the breeder you use is quite important.

You should buy from a breeder that you trust, has a great reputation and is helpful in answering your questions.

Like what we have said above, the type of Persian cat, its gender, fur color, age, history and lineage can also contribute to the cost.

For example if a breeder can show a cats lineage includes parents that have been successful in shows then you can expect to pay more. Another example is gender.

Females that are not spayed and may be used for breeding later can command a higher price than male cats. Of course if the female Persian has already been spayed this is not an issue.

There are two kinds of Persian cat – the show and doll-face. Show Persians have flat, squished-up noses, small ears and round copper eyes.

Doll-face Persians have rounder faces and normal pointed noses. The Show Persian is generally more expensive than the Doll-face.

How Much Do Persian Cats Cost?

Persian cat with dollar sign and dollar notes

Of course around the world price varies but you can expect to pay between $1,000 to $5,000 for a Persian kitten or cat.

Don’t be tempted to buy a cheap Persian cat. It likely will come with health problems and may not be a fully purebred Persian.

As well as the high initial cost you have to consider the cost of keeping your perfect pet.

Are Persian Cats Expensive To Keep Too?

Persian cat in a vet clinic

Here is a list of costs you can expect to pay for owning a cat. Some costs are ongoing and others are infrequent or one-offs.

  • Food
  • Veterinarian bills
  • Toys and accessories
  • Grooming
  • Spaying or neutering
  • Pet products such as shampoo
  • Pet sitter or cattery service when you go on holiday
  • Vitamins and medicines
  • Pet insurance

While these costs are what you can expect from a normal breed of cat for the Persian some of them come in at a higher cost.

For example Persians require a lot of maintenance in the grooming department. Since they shed a lot of hair you should brush them every day.

Persian cat grooming

Many Persian pet owners will send their whiskered friend to a professional pet groomer every fortnight or every month for extra grooming services in additional to what they do at home.

At the same time they can have their claws trimmed and most pet groomers will offer an array of add-on services. Get the credit card ready as your posh cat will love the cat spa!

Persian cats need a combination of wet and dry food so they get a healthy and balanced diet.

On the market there are pet foods marketed specifically towards Persians. This food can help reduce fur balls which Persians are prone to developing. It is also the right texture for Persians which can have dental issues which are common with Persians.

Persian cat looking at a bowl of food

Finally Persians, which originated from Iran (Persia), are known to be fussy eaters. Probably your luxury cat will choose the pet food that is most expensive.

Many Persian cat owners also make their own special blend of homemade cat food to cater for their Persians particular tastes.

So regarding the pet food it can be more expensive to feed a picky Persian cat compared to other breeds. It is worth noting since the lifespan of a Persian cat is 10 – 17 years.

Another important factor to consider regarding the cost of your Persian cat is its health.

Being purebreds, Persian cats are prone to many health issues, including haircoat disorders, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, bladder stones, cystitis (bladder infections) and liver shunts which your breeder will try to prevent through the breeding process.

But, you still need to accept even with the best breeding a Persian cat can develop health problems.

This can lead to vet bills. Many Persian cat owners take out pet insurance to cover unexpected costs.

Where Can You Buy Persian Cats From?

a lady wants to take a persian cat home

Always buy a Persian kitten or cat from a licensed breeder. For the best connections ask your veterinarian for recommendations.

You can also search online and join any groups or forums online so you can get contacts from people who already own a Persian cat.

Your breeder should give you plenty of information about Persian cats to make sure you are fully aware of their ongoing costs and high maintenance care needs.

Also a good breeder should offer to be available any time you have questions or need advice on raising your precious Persian.

Before you buy a Persian cat you should be aware that they have common hereditary health issues including polycystic kidney disease and progressive retinal atrophy.

If a breeder is professional and experienced they will make sure your car is unlikely to develop these conditions. So it is worth the extra cost of using a reputable breeder that specializes in Persian cats.

A major attraction to Persian cats is their appearance. With their exotic looks, long hair and fine features that come in an array of colors including blue, brown, white, silver and red it is no wonder they are so popular.

They are also extremely affectionate, friendly and loving. Persian cats make excellent pets.

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If you are considering investing in one of the most expensive cats money can buy you will surely find a faithful friend with a Persian cat.