Abyssinian Cat Prices in 2024: Purchase Cost, Vet Bills, & Other Costs

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Written by Christina Eck

Updated: July 14, 2023

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If you’ve wondered upon this page, there’s a high chance that you’re interested in an Abyssinian Cat. This stunning breed is known for its ticked tabby coat and affectionate personality. But before you go out and buy a cat, you should know the recent Abyssinian cat prices.

So, how much does an Abyssinian cat cost? Well, there’s more to it than just purchasing a cat. You need to factor in expenses for caring for the cat, including supplies and medical expenses. 

Beyond the purchase price, there are several other costs related to the care of an Abyssinian cat.

When it comes down to it, you should create a budget. That way, you know you can afford to raise a stunning Abyssinian Cat. If you’re unsure of where to start, don’t worry. We’ve crafted a guide that helps walk you through all the associated costs of raising an Abyssinian Cat.

How Much Does an Abyssinian Kitten Cost?

A kitten will be much more expensive than an older cat. You have a few options if you’re looking for an Abyssinian kitten. This includes either adoption or purchasing through a reputable breeder.


Abyssinians are a common cat that is easy to find in the United States. That being said, you can most likely find a young Abyssinian at a cat shelter or rescue. The adoption fee is a little higher than normal, but that’s because they are in high demand. A shelter or rescue will generally charge $100 to $250.


On the other hand, you can purchase an Abyssinian kitten from a reputable breeder. If you don’t know where to find any, the best place is The Fanciers Breeder Referral List and The International Cat Association’s breeder list. Breeders specializing in Abyssinian cats generally sell them for $1,200 to $2,400. However, you may find that specific traits will make the cat more expensive.

Abyssinians are a common cat that is easy to find in the United States. Breeders specializing in Abyssinian cats generally sell them for $1,200 to $2,400.

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Other Factors That Influence the Purchase Price of an Abyssinian Cat

Abyssinian cat prices have a few factors that impact their total cost. Some of these include pedigree, while other reasons include their coat type and color. Below, we’ll quickly go over why Abyssinian cats will be more expensive.


Pedigree is a fancy breeding term for a cat being bred to show specific physical traits and behaviors. Cats with higher pedigree and ancestry documentation will generally be more expensive. The Abyssinian breed has been around since 1871 in the United Kingdom, which means there has been plenty of time for breeders to weed out specific traits and characteristics.

Champion Bloodline

A champion bloodline means the cat has almost near-perfect traits according to its breed standard. Generally, the American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA) is the main organization that sets the standard. However, The International Cat Association (TICA) and others worldwide are also responsible for bloodline standards. Cats who have won in shows will have higher-priced kittens due to this.

Coat Color

According to the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), four main coat colors are recognized for the breed. However, there are a total of seven different cat colors that are common for Abyssinian cats. The coat colors are the following:

  • Ruddy
  • Sorrel
  • Blue
  • Fawn
  • Chocolate
  • Silver
  • Lilac

The CFA accepts the ruddy, sorrel, blue, and fawn. However, chocolate, silver, and lilac are rare coat colors. Kittens with these traits will tend to pay higher prices, even up to $4,000.

Cost of Vaccination and Other Medical Expenses for an Abyssinian Cat

Medical ExpenseCost
Preventative Medication (Heartworm, Fleas/Ticks)$140
Wellness Check$55
Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency$500
Patellar Luxation$4,012
Hip Dysplasia$1,500-$4,000

Regarding Abyssinian cat prices, you will also need to consider extra costs such as medical expenses. While upfront medical expenses are not a lot, there will be a time when your cat will need medical attention. Therefore, budgeting for all upfront costs is recommended. That way, you’re not surprised by any costs.

Cat Vaccinations

Vaccinations are mandatory for all pets in the United States. A vaccine can help a kitten become immune to deadly illnesses and diseases. There are three that you will want to get your pet, including the feline panleukopenia virus (FVR/FHV-1)feline herpesvirus-1 (FCV), and feline calicivirus vaccines (FPV).

A breeder will begin vaccinations at six weeks of age. Once you get a kitten, you must follow up with a vet to administer vaccinations until the cat reaches 16 weeks. Each visit will cost $50, and all vaccinations will range between $115 to $210.


Microchipping is where a vet inserts a small scannable tag into your pet’s ear that holds your contact information. Animal control or other veterinarians can scan the microchip to find your contact information when a pet becomes lost. Instead of sending your pet to the pound or a shelter, they will contact you to come to get it. We always recommend getting your pet microchipped, as it only costs a small amount and is worth the investment.

Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency

Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PK) is a genetic disease where a red blood cell causes chronic hemolysis. There is no definitive “cure” for PK, but vets have found that bone marrow transplantation can help. Bone marrow biopsy for cats costs $500, which includes submitting lab tests. However, the surgery can cost a few thousand.

Patellar Luxation

Patellar luxation affects a cat’s kneecap, specifically the trochlear groove. The disorder causes the kneecap to pop out of place on general occasions. This can cause discomfort and prevent the cat from walking. The cost of treatment for patellar luxation, which includes surgery and pain medication, totals $4,012.

Hip Dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia is where the hip’s ball and socket become misaligned. As a result, the cat’s hip is partially dislocated, and moving will cause the bones to grind against each other. Over time, this can wear down the bone, cause pain, and make a cat bedridden.

The cost of hip dysplasia surgery, or femoral head and neck excision, costs around $1,500 to $3,000. However, a hip replacement will cost up to $4,000.

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Regarding Abyssinian cat prices, you will also need to consider extra costs such as medical expenses.


Cost of Food and Supplies for Abyssinian Cat

Cat SuppliesAverage Cost
Cat Food$10-$50
Cat Food & Water Bowls$10-$30
Nail Clipper$10-$30
Litter Box$10-$200
Cat Litter$5-$60

In addition to medical expenses, a future cat will also need supplies. One-time purchases include items you may need, such as a bed, bowls, and collar. It’s also best to factor in the monthly food, treats, and litter expenses.

You must also consider supplies that may raise the price, such as specialized diet foods, treats, and pill pockets. Another expense is if your Abyssinian is more destructive, you must buy extra toys for your cat.

Extra purchases that owners should also buy are scratching posts, name tags, and perches. These items are necessary but help give your cat something to do at home. In total, you should expect an average cost of $610 for the first month.

How Much Does It Cost to Insure an Abyssinian Cat?

Cat insurance is one of the most important aspects of owning an Abyssinian cat. Not only does it help financially, but it also ensures that you can afford to get your cat the necessary treatment for medical issues. In most cases, Abyssinian medical insurance will cost anywhere from $20 to $50. 

Do You Need Pet Insurance?

Pet insurance isn’t mandatory, but it is much cheaper than human insurance and covers various medical services. An Abyssinian cat is prone to serious health conditions, which could lead to thousands of dollars of out-of-pocket payments at the vet. If you can’t afford this expense, getting pet insurance is best, as it can help cover most of the cost.

Where Do You Get Pet Insurance Quotes?

You can get pet insurance at your local vet, who will provide a list of insurances they accept. However, if you want to find the best deal, we suggest using Geico and Professive’s pet insurance search. Double-check to see if your local veterinarian’s office accepts your chosen one.

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An Abyssinian cat is prone to serious health conditions, so it’s better to get pet insurance.

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Total Abyssinian Cat Prices

Abyssinian cat prices will total close to $1,075 to $9,862, depending on expenses. This includes the original adoption breed fee of $100 to $2,400. Then, add the medical expenses, which can total $840 or $6,852 if genetic issues exist without insurance. Now, we add in the supplies, which can be a total of $135 to $610.

As you can see, the total cost of owning an Abyssinian isn’t cheap, but you should expect a minimum of $2,000 on average. As a potential owner, you must budget well to care for this lovely breed. Hopefully, this guide has helped you plan for your future furry friend!

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About the Author

Christina Eck is a writer at A-Z Animals, primarily focusing on animals and travel. Christina has been writing about and researching animals for more than seven years. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, which she earned in 2019. As a resident of Washington State, Christina enjoys hiking, playing with her dog, and writing fiction and non-fiction pieces.

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