You’re thinking of buying a cat but you’re wondering how much a cat costs…

Well, the answer to that is “it depends”.

It depends on the type of cat you buy and the age of the cat, and who you buy the cat from.

Some people virtually give cats away for free or almost free, or you may have to pay hundreds of dollars for one if you buy a cat at a store.

To give you some insight into how much a cat costs, here is some info from popular sources:

From Pet Cost Helper

Typical costs:
  • Adopting a kitten or adult cat from a shelter usually costs between $50 and $100.


Purchasing a pet quality purebred kitten from a breeder usually costs between $300 and $1,200depending on the breed and color. Pet quality kittens are considered the lowest quality because they have some aesthetic flaw not noticeable to the average person — such as a tail kink or an underbite — that causes them not to meet written breed standards.


Purchasing a breeding quality kitten from a breeder usually costs between $500 and $1,000 or more, depending on the breed, color and quality. Breeding quality kittens meet the written standards of the breed and have no major aesthetic flaws.


Purchasing a show quality kitten usually costs between $1,000 and $3,000 but can go up to$15,000 or more in some cases. Show quality is the top level of quality, though there are variations even among kittens that receive that designation. A top quality show kitten should be able to be shown at cat shows.


The prices for all levels of quality vary by breed, coat color and coat quality. Breeds that tend to fall at the lower end to middle of the price range include: the Siamese, the Maine Coon and the Russian Blue. Color can affect price as well; for example, lilac point Siamese — which have very light colored bodies and light, grayish purple markings on their ears, faces, paws and tails — can cost 20 percent more that the traditional seal point Siamese, which have slightly darker bodies and dark markings.


Breeds that tend to fall at the higher end of the price range include: the Sphynx, the Siberian and the Bengal. Exotic colors make the cats even more expensive. For example, a “colorpoint” Siberian — which is a solid light color with darker markings on the ears, face, paws and tail — can cost about 25 percent more.

Pet cost helper has a pretty accurate account of what a cat should cost from my experience.

But don’t forget the ongoing costs of owning a cat throughout your life. A cat can live 10+ years. The cost of cat toys, cat food, vet visits, kitty litter, and god forbid any cat health issues costs a lot of money.

Here are a few links that explain how much a cat will cost you throughout its lifetime:

9 costs every cat owner should budget for by Kiplinger

How much a cat costs by Our Freaking Budget

Annual cat care cost by Pet Finder

You can usually get cats for free. Check newspapers, Craigslist, ask your friends on Facebook, or visit an animal shelter.

Cats can have pretty big litters, and the owner of the cats needs people to adopt the cats. That’s how I got my first cat, by the way.

Good luck.

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