Buying any cat or dog from a breeding program costs more than rescuing or adopting a cat of unknown breed.
From the right breeding programs, that extra cost goes into getting you a cat that is well-behaved and has the traits you want from a Bengal cat.
Knowing what to expect in terms of Bengal cat price can save you money you can use to shower your new hairy baby in toys and treats.
What’s The Price Range?
Bengal cat price, as with any price in the pet world, can vary significantly based on several factors that are more significant to the industry than the owner.
A Bengal cat can cost you anywhere from $500-$3000 from a breeder. Prices go down significantly if you’re lucky enough to find a Bengal at a shelter.
This is an extremely broad range in price. For people just looking for pets, it should be easy to find a Bengal cat price at the lower end of that spectrum, between $500 and $1500.
Knowing of the range you should be paying for a Bengal cat can stop you from getting ripped off. But knowing about which factors will make that price cheaper or more expensive, will save you money in the long run.
What Influences Bengal Cat Price?
Breeding cats is an expensive and time-consuming endeavor. Cats evolved not to be around other adult cats after reaching maturity.
This means that the more cats breeders have, the more they need to pay in vet costs.
In addition, the first cat a breeder buys will cost at least $500, and that’s just before starting their breeding operation.
This and other factors mean that buying a Bengal from a breeder will never be cheap.
There are a few things you should know about that can get you a higher or lower Bengal cat price.
The most cost-effective option when looking for a pet is always a shelter or rescue program.
If you are interested in buying from a breeder, you should know that different breeders will charge different amounts for Bengal cats based on their individual overhead expenses.
Things that can lead to a difference in base Bengal cat price when buying from different breeders include:
- Whether or not that breeder abides by a code of ethics.
- The size and scale of that breeder.
- The individual cats that are a part of that breeding program.
- The location of a breeder or breeding program, which can have an influence on overhead costs such as rent.
Different cats are assigned different “quality levels” by the breeding industry.
These levels have nothing to do with how nice, gentle, or beautiful the cat is. Instead, they measure how well that cat would do at a cat show or as a potential breeding cat.
The quality levels of cat are:
- Pet quality cats, which are the least expensive. They tend to have minor “imperfections” that make them not ideal for cat shows, but that doesn’t make them any less “purrfect.” This tier of cat starts at $500.
- Show quality cats, who represent the desired qualities of Bengal cat by the cat show industry. This is the second most expensive level, and these cats will usually cost you at least $1500.
- Breeding Quality: cats destined for breeding. Usually breeding quality Bengal cats would represent both the traits desired of Bengals at cat shows, and have a likelihood to pass those traits on. Breeding quality cats will cost you at least $2000.
Even within quality levels, other traits can lead to extremely different prices. Here are some other things to look out for when you go to your breeder.
Age has a significant influence on Bengal cat price, especially at the higher tiers.
Older, retired cats are a lot cheaper than kittens.
This applies not just to the pet level, but also to cats of show and breeder quality.
The best part about retired Bengal cats is: in spite of being so much cheaper than show quality kittens, they’re just as pretty and well-behaved.
As with most pets, adult cats are significantly more low-maintenance and well-behaved than kittens or juniors. Though even with a senior Bengal cat, you should still be willing to give your attention to this smart and energetic breed.
The pedigree of your cat will influence its price. With this measure, you should keep in mind that unless you’re planning on using your cat for cat shows or breeding, having a “high pedigree” pet isn’t important.
Pedigree is used by breeders and show judges to measure the lineage of a cat. It is frequently used to distinguish between pure Bengals and Bengals that have had other breeds in the family.
It’s also used to determine what the trend is in that family for traits desirable to Bengal cat breeders and judges.
If you’re looking for a pet: pedigree does not matter. You agree to neuter your Bengal cat kitten after buying one at pet quality from a breeder unless it has already been neutered.
So don’t let an industry measure raise your Bengal cat price for no reason.
How Expensive Are They After Purchase?
Buying a cat or a kitten is a big decision and can be an expensive one. Know about all of the expenses associated with your pet before buying it.
Know about all of the expenses associated with your pet before buying it. Don’t get shocked by a high vet or food costs just because you thought you could find a low Bengal cat price.
When you buy an adult pet quality Bengal cat, it has already been neutered or spayed.
When you buy a kitten, you will have to sign a waiver agreeing to neuter them within 6 to 8 months.
Spaying and neutering are the healthiest choices you can make for pets. This is especially true with cats, where it can help you avoid being part of the stray and feral cat epidemic.
Spaying or neutering usually costs around $200.
The good news is, in spite of the rumors, Bengal cats do not need to eat raw meat.
So although you can take some trips to the butcher shop off of your calculated Bengal cat price, cat food is still an expense.
When buying food for your Bengal cat, try to stick to a meatier brand to fit the diet of a Bengal cat. A 16 lb bag of dry cat food costs around $25.
Whatever brand you choose to buy, avoid cat food with a lot of fillers, such as grains and corn, at all costs. Cats require more protein and meat in their diet than other animals.
Be aware that wet cat food is significantly more expensive than dry cat food.
All pets need to go to the vet regularly for checkups, shots, and treatment.
Young cats should go to the vet twice per year, and older cats need to go more often.
The average vet visit costs $50. So when calculating Bengal cat price, consider the extra $100 a year you will need to pay.
After doing that, keep in mind that cost is only for expected visits to the vet. If you think your cat is sick or has an allergy, the prices of vet visits may go way up in both the short and long run.
What Else Should I Know?
Bengal cats are a breed unlike any other.
Their behavior has been classified as very “dog-like.” They’re social and energetic, and some will even walk on harnesses.
This means that owners looking for a “low-maintenance” cat breed should avoid Bengals. This is not a matter of Bengal cat price, but of Bengal cat behavior.
Bengal Cats are also very intelligent. Expect them to find their way past “obstacles” you set for them, into places you may not think they’re supposed to be.
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