Sphynx cats are beautiful and there is no doubt they make wonderful pets, but how much does a Sphynx cat cost? You may be surprised about the price of a hairless cat!
Sphynx cat cost – Everything you need to know about buying a purebred
The first thing to know is that buying a Sphynx is not cheap – especially if you are buying a kitten. A kitten from a reputable breed is likely to set you back around £1000-£2000 (average price £1500).
Hairless cats are not as readily available as other breeds and breeding them is more complex, this makes the price of a Sphynx more expensive than say the price of a Maine Coon or the price of a Bengal 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.
If you are considering purchasing one, you will also want to know if Sphynx cats are hypoallergenic.
Do not be tempted to go for the cheapest option
When buying a Sphynx cat (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 Sphynx cats, it can also be a good idea to ask to see evidence of the kitten’s family line – remember this is a hairless breed of cat – do not get confused with siamese cats, who have a similar face shape but do hair fur.
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 re-home them quickly. A reputable breeder will always want to ensure their kittens are going to good, safe homes.
Why are Sphynx 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 Sphynx, 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.
and again, hairless cats are rare, especially in the UK. They are not the easiest cat to breed from and they have complex needs, therefore this will raise the price.
If you are still not 100% certain about having a Sphynx cat you may want to consider a Siamese cat. Siamese cats have very similar personalities, however, they are not as high maintenance with health care. The price of a Siamese cat is also considerably cheaper than the cost of a Sphinx cat.
Other associated costs a Sphynx Breeder may incur include:
- Stud fees (if they do not own the Stud)
- Genetic testing -to ensure healthy lineage
- 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 on 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 price of a hairless cat.
As mentioned previously, when done properly and respectfully breeding Sphynx 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 hairless cat breeder
If you are looking for reputable Sphynx breeders in the UK, I recommend checking The Sphynx Cat Club.
If you are willing to pay for the cost of a naked 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 Sphynx cat
- Do not be afraid to ask the breeder questions! Questions may include: How long have you been breeding hairless cats? 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, skin well kept and not dry. 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 Sphynx cats from a rescue?
While it is an extreme rarity, especially for a kitten, it is sometimes possible to rescue a Sphynx 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.
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 hairless 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 a Sphynx cat price?
So we have established the average price of a hairless kitten is £1500 but the costs do not stop there.
A cat is a long term commitment (around 13 years for a Sphynx) and with that comes costs. Other fees you will incur include:
|Vaccinations and yearly boosters||£40-£50 per year|
|Food||£30-£50 per month|
Because of the lack of hair, their body has to work harder to keep themselves warm, this creates a higher metabolism. Which in turn means will eat more often than regular cats
|Preventative flea and worming|
|£20 per month|
|Pet Insurance||£15 per month|
Depending on age and policy
|Toys and beds||Ongoing costs|
Sphynx cats love to play just like other cats but they also love to snuggle somewhere warm. Invest in cosy beds and blankets, especially during the winter months to keep them warm.
|Bathing and Grooming||£20 |
Due to their lack of fur, hairless cats need regular grooming and bathing in order to keep their skin in a good condition. They will also need well-groomed nails to prevent causing themselves injury.
Are Sphynx cats predisposed to any diseases?
A few health conditions have been known to affect sphynx cats, including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), which is a disease that causes thickening of the heart muscle and can be detected with an echocardiogram, and hereditary myopathy, a condition affecting muscle function.
Sphynx cats are sometimes also prone to skin conditions such as urticaria pigmentosa, which causes crusty sores to form on the body. This breed is also prone to periodontal disease and should be provided with regular teeth brushing and dental checkups.
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.
Are Sphynx cats hypoallergenic?
Despite what many people say, Sphynx cats are not hypoallergenic. Allergies to cats a generally related to their ‘dander’ not the fur, hairless cats still produce normal amounts of dander from their skin. Many people also have allergies to cat saliva, which is obviously still present in this breed.
Do they make good pets?
Sphynx cats maybe costly but they do make wonderful pets. They are one of the most affectionate cat breeds and love nothing more than be sociable with all members of the family.
They have high energy levels and love to play but it due to their lack of fur, they should be kept as indoor cats due to their skin being prone to sunburn.