How much does a hairless cat cost?
The cost of a hairless cat varies depending on the cat's breed, its age, and other factors, according to Pawsitively.com. Generally, hairless cats cost between $150 and $500, depending on the breed and whether the cat is fully vaccinated. Hairless cat breeds include Pals, Russian Blues, Russian White, Sphynx, Devon Rex and Sphynx crosses, Russian Blue x Sphynx crosses, Cornish Rex, Abyssinians, Siamese, Burmese and Chinchillas.
About 4 million hairless cats and kittens are born in the United States every year, and cat owners spend more than $5 billion to treat their furry friends, Pawsitively.com reports. These pets are often more expensive to keep, since they need regular grooming and grooming products, and they often require more attention than other breeds, the website says.
"A lot of people say they're more expensive to take care of," said Sara Kibbey, a vet technician and cat owner. "It's a pet you're going to love, but it's going to cost more."
How can I get my own hairless cat?
If you have a budget and time to spare, you can always get a hairless cat yourself. To reduce the risk of rabies and other illnesses, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other agencies recommend that cat owners get cats from a reputable breeder. You can either buy kittens from a pet store or from a litter, and check the health history of the kittens.
Pet specialty stores also offer a hairless cat breed, but you may have to pay more for them. You can search for the breed on the website for Pawsitively.com, a website devoted to helping hairless cat owners.
The American Hairless Association (www.hairless-cat.org) is another resource for hairless cats.
Kibbey said that cats from hairless breeders are easier to care for than those bought from pet stores, since they don't have to spend time grooming and don't require medical treatment as often.
If you're thinking of bringing a hairless cat home, Kibbey says, the big decision is whether to get an adult cat or a kitten. "There's no difference in their needs," she said. "It's just going to be a matter of waiting for them to be a certain size."
In the meantime, she recommends making sure the cat has its own bed and gets lots of exercise. You can feed it dry cat food or moist cat food.
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A version of this story appeared in print on June 7, 2015, in the Health section of the Dallas Morning News.
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