Millions of people around the world adore the short, characteristic stature of the munchkin cat, but this feature comes at a price in a very literal sense.
The average munchkin cat price can vary immensely depending on where you are adopting and purchasing the cat from. If you are purchasing the cat from a shelter, and that cat has an unknown background and history, the shelter may increase the price simply because munchkin cats are a designer breed.
When adopting from a shelter, the munchkin cat can cost between $75 and $100 USD, sometimes more depending on the specific standards set by the shelter.
On the other hand, if you choose to purchase a munchkin cat from a reputable breeder who will provide genetic histories, a pedigree, and ancestor charts of the cat, often for the purpose of showing the cat off, the price of a munchkin cat can skyrocket into the $1,000 to $2,300 USD range.
It takes a lot of work to breed these cats to reach the stature that gives them their name, and that effort and time is reflected in the price from a reputable breeder.
Keep in mind that often, when a breeder is charging this much for munchkin cats, it means that these cats will also have an extensive history of ancestors and the ancestors’ health, allowing you to plan for any hereditary conditions that the cat can develop.
Adopting a cat from a shelter will not provide you with such information.
Why Are Munchkin Cats So Expensive?
The munchkin cat is what is known as a designer breed. These are breeds of animals that are created solely for the sake of appearance, with secondary thought into making sure that the cat’s temperament isn’t too moody or aggressive.
In a sense, it is a breed of cat that one is meant to show off, much like designer apparel. Similar to designer apparel, much of the price goes into the sake of being able to call your cat a munchkin cat by show standards.
Show standards tend to be strict, meaning that the breeding process is equally as strict. The amount of work that the breeder will have to go through is often reflected in the price.
On top of all of this, the color of the cat’s fur will also play a role. While this doesn’t affect anyone aside from people who are planning to show their munchkin cats off in a show, it will affect the overall price.
Rare colors, as well as colors that can only be obtained through rigorous breeding and genetic selection, are going to be far more expensive and closer to the multi-thousand-dollar range of price.
After all, these cats will be both in high demand and hard to get, which inflates the price drastically.
Colors that are considered “undesirable” by these standards are going to be far, far less expensive. These may be colors that are very common and easy to breed, or they may be color patterns that are considered “imperfect” by show standards. Because these cats will not reach the strict “show standards” some breeders may consider them to be unacceptable cats, thus selling them at a much lower price.
Depending on where you are and how lucky you can get, you can find a munchkin cat in the price range of $600 to $800. While this is still considerably expensive, it is far less than the show-perfect $2,000 that one would pay.
Can You Decrease the Price of a Munchkin?
There are a few ways that you can try and find a munchkin cat for less than several thousand dollars.
One good way is to search for retired show cats. These will be cats who have run their career and are ready to settle down in a home. Because these cats will have no more appeal to cat shows, their price will be far lower as the demand (and subsequently the demand for quality) will not be as high.
In that same line of thinking, you can also search for older munchkin cats. Young cats are more desired as they are easier to train and teach in the ways of show business, if they are going to be used for such a purpose.
Older cats tend to be more stubborn, making them unwanted for show business, and lowering the overall price in a similar fashion.
If you are up for the task of wrestling with a cat with a bad temperament, you could also consider looking for a cat who is not considered show-ready due to behavioral issues.
These cats may be fearful, aggressive, or even just too stubborn to be trained.
These are all ways that you may be able to adopt a munchkin cat at a lower price than the several thousand-dollar price of a show-ready cat.
Looking For the Right Breed
As with many different types of pets, there are times when you realize that you may want something more than a standard mixed breed cat that you can find at a shelter.
It could be that you want to begin showing your cat off at local shows, or it could be that you simply want an animal that looks a specific way.
For some people, the search for a certain breed is due to a desire for specific traits. For example, someone who lives a busy life may want to adopt a cat that is known for being independent and doesn’t require constant attention.
A family with younger children may want to search for a cat that is known for being laid back and able to get along with children who may not realize that cats don’t appreciate certain behaviors. These are just a few of the many, many reasons why people may want to search for a certain breed of cat.
With all of that being said, there are a few downsides that come with searching for a purebred cat.
As many people know, there are a variety of hereditary health issues that can come with the pure-breeding process.
If you are worried about the cost of a purebred cat, you will need to factor in the costs for potential health problems that your cat might encounter.
Speaking of cost, this is another major hurdle that people come across when planning to adopt a purebred cat. By the nature of it, purebred cats are going to be more expensive than standard cats that you can adopt at a shelter.