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Do Purebred Cats Require More Expensive Care?

By Jaime Lynn Smith

Do Purebred Cats Require More Expensive Care?

Someone recently asked me, “Do purebred cats require more expensive care?” My initial reaction was a resounding, instinctive, “Heck yes.” But why is that?

I went on a personal mission to answer this question. Jenny Dean, who owns the blog FloppyCats.com , a site all about the famously furry Ragdoll breed (and famously costly as well), was happy to put to rest any notion that a purebred cat costs the same as a mixed or rescue. Unfortunately, it’s simply not true. Case in point?

1. A Ragdoll kitten can cost as much as $1,000. (Jenny paid $800 for hers.) A typical shelter rescue costs about $100.

2. A purebred kitten’s price is usually determined on a number of factors. According to KL Walker, a renowned cat rescuer, the quality of the kitten and the rarity of the breed are taken into account.

3. Breeders use certain criteria early in the cat’s life to ascertain what type of purebred it will be and how much it might end up costing, including pet alter quality, show alter quality, breeder quality and show/breeder quality.

“In addition to that cost as a kitten, purebreds are known for having more health issues, so there’s an even higher possibility that they will cost even more in the long run,” says Dean.

As far as special vet care, that would only be necessary in cats that have a health problem. Purebred cats also may eat special food, and take special vitamins and supplements. Some might also require regular grooming or special vet care to keep up appearances, all based on the owner’s preferences.

In essence, raising a purebred cat costs more than raising a regular cat -- only if you are going to show it, and only if you decide to give it extra-special grooming trips to the vet and/or supplements. Sure, they have a higher initial price tag as babies. But after that, it’s all up to the owner on how much to spend.

Jaime Lynn Smith is an accomplished writer and pet owner from Cleveland, Ohio. She owns the popular pets blog ThoughtsFurPaws.com and frequently volunteers at local and national pet welfare organizations

Posted on April 27, 2011

teri says: My purebread siamese were 800 for the pair and cost less to care for than the pet-store cats I had before. The pet store cats required frequent vet visits, medication, and only lived 10 years. So please don't slant your article so much, it just conveys misinformation not borne out by facts. Any by the way, my siamese are now 10 years old and are healthy and going strong.

Posted on June 10, 2011

asMike says: Infinite discussion

Posted on June 11, 2011

ahMike says: Certainly.

Posted on June 12, 2011

EdwardkTed says: Clearly, thanks for the help in this question.

Posted on August 18, 2011

Melody says: I think it's important to note that purebred rescue cats can be found in many shelters, and that care and maintenance varies by breed. My adorable Turkish Angora was a shelter cat. I've also helped rescue a stray Himalayan.

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