What kind of personality does a Bengal have?
Bengals are curious creatures by nature, and amazing problem solvers. If there's something you don't want your Bengal getting into, trust that they will make you work for it! They are playful, loving, agile, and very active! We have found laser pointers to be an amazing way to keep them entertained, they like toys that move fast, and often get bored with your run of the mill cat toy. Many Bengals will also learn to play fetch, ours fetches better than the dog! They can be amazing for children with the right socialization, our Bengal plays for hours with the small children in our family, rarely do they claw or bite, and often will just try to push away or run off before causing any hurt. Of course you should always monitor small children around animals. They have also been proven to be amazing for allergy sufferers, something about their tight pelt holds in allergens, and people who have strong reactions to other cats can often be around Bengals with no problems. Of course they are not completely hypoallergenic, so you will want to see for yourself! All in all Bengals have an amazing active loving personality, and for the right person are extremely rewarding.
How much does a Bengal kitten cost?
Pet Price: $1200-$1400
Breeding Price: $2500-$3500
Breeding Price: $2500-$3500
How do I purchase a kitten from you?
Our kittens are ready to leave at 14-16 weeks old. A $300 deposit will hold your kitten as a pet, a $500 deposit for kittens reserved as breeders. We rarely sell kittens with breeding rights, and will require additional information.
Can I get an a waiting list for your kittens?
Yes, however the only way you will have a spot held is by placing a deposit. If you have contacted us and ask to be notified when we have kittens or if you are waiting for a specific mating, then we will do our best to get ahold of you when those kittens are expected, however if someone has placed a deposit they will be able to choose before you, even if they contacted after you did. This is due to the high number of people that are interested but then in the mean time find a different cat or kitten. Placing a deposit is the only way a kitten will be held for you.
What can I expect from your kittens?
Our kittens are raised in our home under our feet, and will be well socialized and used to human contact by the time you pick them up. Our kittens are normally ready to go home around 14-16 weeks of age. Before going home they will receive a vet exam for clearance to leave us. They will have been raised around other types of animals as well as people of all ages. They will be eating raw food, and will be litter box trained. Please keep in mind once you take your new kitten home it can be a shock, so don't be surprised if your kitten doesn't eat much or is shy. Keep them confined to a small area and show them where food, water and the litter box is. While they may have an accident, doing this greatly lowers that chance, and within a few days they should have adjusted to where their food and litter box is and use it regularly. Even so, we recommend keeping your new kitten or cat confined for a few weeks, this gives them time to adjust, and is also beneficial for their over all health. Our kittens are guaranteed against contagious diseases for up to 72 hours of being brought to your home, with a vet check within that time provided. Our kittens are guaranteed against HCM, pk-def, and pra-b for up to 2 years from the date of birth, and congenital defects for up to 1 year. Pet kittens will be neutered/spayed before leaving for their new home. You can also ask for a copy of our kitten contract. Our kittens are raised with much love, and we know you will love them just as much as we do!
Am I able to visit your cattery?
We do allow people to visit our cattery by appointment during daylight hours, however do not allow people to play with or handle the kittens until they are 8 weeks of age. While we do allow visits for people who haven't placed a deposit, this is at our discretion and there is no guarantee you will be able to come when you are wanting to. This day and age you can never be too safe and we put our health and the health and well being of our cats/animals before any potential sale.
What diseases do you screen your cats for?
Our cats are screened for the following diseases:
-All of our cats are screened for FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) and Felv (feline leukemia virus). These viruses are comparable to the HIV virus in humans. This is a viral disease.
-We test for PRA-b, which is Bengal Progressive Retinal Atrophy. This disease causes the destruction of the photoreceptors in the retina, leading to blindness at usually around 2 years of age. In order for a Bengal to inherit this disease they must carry two copies of the mutant DNA, a cat that only carries one copy will have no symptoms and only produce kittens that have this disease if bred with another cat that is also a carrier. For this reason we test our cats to determine if our cats are carriers so they are not paired with another carrier.
-We screen our cats for HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) beginning between 1 year to 18 months of age, and annually after that. This is a genetic or hereditary disease that causes a thickening of the heart muscle. While research is still being done on this particular disease, it is generally believed that two negatively screened cats cannot produce a positive kitten.
-We screen for P/K Def or pyruvate kinase deficiency, however most of our cats are P/K def N/N by parentage. This disease can only be passed on genetically, and can cause anemia in infected cats. Affected cats posses two P/K def genes which means both parents were carriers. Cats that are carriers have inherited one P/K def gene, but do not suffer the disease. These cats can be safely bred to cats that are N/N (not carriers).
-As needed we also perform both fecal and respiratory PCR panels. These are tests that screen for a variety of diseases common in cats. These tests are performed on any new cat we bring into our cattery and as needed if we have a cat exhibiting symptoms.
I also want to take a moment to mention FIP (feline infections peritonitis). This is a viral disease caused by certain strains of feline coronavirus. This is a common virus, and most cats that carry the virus never develop FIP, however roughly %5-%10 of cats with the coronavirus develop FIP. Unfortunately there is no way to screen for this disease, as a titre test only tells you if a cat carries the coronavirus, but cannot tell you if it will develop into FIP. We have never had an incident of FIP in our population.
How do you select cats for your program?
Our cats are selected based on a few different criteria. First and foremost is that they come from healthy lines that have been screened for HCM, pk def, and pra-b. We also select based on temperament, we want our Bengals to be outgoing, curious, and smart. We look for expression and structure, we love the wild exotic look of the Bengal and do not wish to sacrifice that under any circumstances, even if a Bengal has the most outstanding color we have ever seen. Contrast and stand out rosettes are also something we look for.