How much does a Persian Cat cost? All costs to be aware of.

Persian Cats are stunningly beautiful, there is no doubt they make wonderful pets. But how much does a Persian cat cost? You may be surprised about the price of a Persian.

How much does a Persian Cat cost? – Everything you need to know about buying a purebred

The first thing to know is that buying a Persian cat is not cheap – especially if you are buying a kitten. A kitten from a reputable breed is likely to set you back around £1000-£1500. The colour of the Persian kitten or cat is likely to affect the price as well, with white and ginger Persians being at the higher end of the scale.

how much does a white persian cat cost?
You will find a White Persian is one of the most expensive of the breed

The price will also increase if you are looking to purchase an Exotic cat, Exotics are cross-breedings of Persian cats (typically with Russian Blues or Burmese) to create what looks like a ‘short-haired Persian’. Typically cost of a Persian Exotic can be as much as £2000.

exotic short hair - a crossed breed of a persian cat which is often more expensive
Exotic cats are often even more expensive

(While this amount is a lot of money, it is not as much as the price of a Sphynx cat!)

When purchasing from a respected breeder, you may find some of your initial Veterinary fees are included in this – for example, the kitten may come with their primary vaccinations and even a microchip. It is a good idea to discuss this when trying to find a breeder and deciding who to purchase your kitten from.

Persian cats are expensive but do not be tempted to go for the cheapest option!

When buying a Persian kitten (or any pet!) it is not always a good idea to go for the cheapest price. While you do not want to get ripped off, you also do not want to buy from a backstreet breeder.

Do your research and buy from a respected breeder. By doing this you will ensure you are purchasing a healthy kitten who comes from a long line of well-bred Persians, it can also be a good idea to ask to see evidence of the kitten’s family line (this will also help to ensure you are actually buying a Persian and not being tricked into buying a cross).

While the cheapest option does not always mean bad, it is best to be suspicious and query how they are able to sell the kittens for a low price – especially if they are trying to rehome them quickly. A reputable breeder will always want to ensure their kittens are going to good, safe homes.

Why are Persian Cats so expensive?

Again, this all goes back to the reputation and standards of the breeder. If you are looking for a pure, well-bred Persian cat, it is going to cost you. A good, respected breeder will not be looking to make a quick buck, they will be breeding the kittens because they have a love for the breed.

A respected breeder will most likely only breed from the same Queen once a year and when finding a stud (male) will have to ensure there is no cross in the lineage (to prevent any inbreeding). Many respected breeders while also ensure they follow all of the guidelines set out by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy.

Black Persian cat

Other associated costs a Persian Breeder may incur include:

  • Stud fees (if they do not own the Stud)
  • Genetic testing -to ensure healthy lineage. This is especially important with brachycephalic breeds – We strongly advise you to do your research and understand the health constraints of a brachycephalic cat before purchasing one.
  • Annual vaccinations and preventive treatment for the Queen
  • High-quality food for the Queen and her kittens
  • Primary vaccination costs for the kittens
  • Veterinary health checks for the kittens
  • Breed registration fee
  • Microchips for the kittens
  • +/- Neutering fees – some breeders may insist of proof of neutering to ensure you do not use the kitten for breeding.
  • Time – While breeding cats may not be as time-consuming as breeding dogs, it still takes up a lot of time when done correctly and this will be factored into the cost of a Persian Cat.

As mentioned previously, when done properly and respectfully breeding Persian cats is not actually as lucrative as some people may think. It can often be more about continuing a good lineage of the breed.

How to find a good Persian breeder

If you are willing to pay for the cost of a Persian cat, you want to make sure your money is going to the right place.

Ways to spot a good breeder:

  • Asked your Veterinary surgery for recommendations
  • Ask friends who may have a Persian
  • Do not be afraid to ask the breeder questions! Questions may include: How long have you been breeding Persians? Do the Queen and Stud have regular Vet checks? How many litters does the Queen have a year?
  • Ask to see the kittens with the Queen – Do not purchase any kitten where you cannot see the mum with them (unless from a rescue)
  • With purebred cats, ask to see proof of their lineage – a good breeder will have access to this.
  • Ensure the kitten looks healthy. The cat’s eyes should be bright and free of discharge, ears should be clean and coat well kept. Have a hold of the kitten, it should be comfortable being held and not feel skinny or have a potbelly.

Before buying, ensure that you are satisfied with the health and conditions in which the cats and kittens are being kept.

Can you get Persians cats from a rescue?

While it is a rarity, especially for a kitten, it is sometimes possible to rescue a Persian from a shelter home. All types and breeds can sadly end up in rescue homes, so it can always be a good idea to talk to rescue homes as well.

If you are based in England, you may want to contact London Persian Rescue.

At Ginger Cat House we always support ‘Adopt Don’t Shop’ and believe you can find your perfect cat in a rescue – whatever breed they may be.

However, if you have your heart set on a particular cat, say a Grey Maine Coon Kitten, you are unlikely to find one in rescue and in this case you may opt to buy from a breeder.

What other costs should you factor into the Persian cat price?

So we have established the average price of a Persian kitten is £1000-£1500 but the costs do not stop there.

A cat is a long term commitment (around 10-15 years for a Persian) and with that comes costs. Other fees you will incur include:

Vaccinations and yearly boosters£40-£50 per year
NeuteringMale: £40-£60
Female: £60-£100
Food£20-£30 per month
Preventative flea and worming

£20 per month
Pet Insurance£15 per month
Depending on age and policy
Insurance from the age of a kitten is essential, especially when purchasing a brachycephalic cat
Toys and a scratching post Ongoing costs
Brushes – Find the best brushes for Persians and long-haired cats£10

All prices are an estimate and will depend on the Veterinary Surgery you use

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How big do Persians cats grow?

Typically, a fully grown Persian cat will be between 3-6kg, with males being bigger than females – meaning they are not a large breed cat and therefore are a good breed for those looking for an indoor flat cat.

Persians are also known for their wonderful fur coats. Their fur is typically long but also very fine, meaning it is prone to mats. Persian owners should be prepared to brush their coats daily, in order to keep them healthy.

Are Persian cats predisposed to any diseases?

As previously mentioned, Persian cats are predisposed to a few different conditions. Please see below the source from the GCCF for more detail –

The modern brachycephalic Persian has a large rounded skull and a shortened face and nose that may cause some health problems. This facial conformation may make individuals prone to breathing difficulties, skin and eye problems (you will also want to look into how to clean a Persian cat’s eyes).   Conscientious  breeders are, of course, aware of this and selectively breed to avoid these problems.

Persians can carry a gene that leads to kidney failure (called autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease) through the development of cysts in the kidney. This condition was found in more than a third of all Persian and Exotic shorthaired cats in the 1990s when screening tests became available. Using DNA screening, breeders are now working to try to eradicate the problem – always ask the breeder to show the PKD certificates for the cats used to produce your kitten.  

The GCCF Persian Registration Policy includes mandatory testing for PKD for breeding cats registered on the Active Register from 1st January 2016. Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is also present in the breed, but there is a DNA test for this condition, and hip dysplasia is seen more commonly than in many other breeds.  

This does not mean the cat will 100% get this disease within their lifetime, it is just something to be aware of. All most all pedigree breeds are predisposed to certain diseases.