Q. What is the focus of
the Bengal Breeding Program?
the Bengal Breed a good "fit" for me or my family?
agree that Bengal cats are highly intelligent. With their
"wild" appearance, they are really like having a sweet
"lap-leopard" all of your own. They can also be very mischievous
boisterous. They are active cats with a high energy level always
to play and entertain you! Some folks leash train them, and teach
to fetch, and play other games. The Bengals are also unique in
they actually love and enjoy water. It's so amazing! They
appear to be like big clowns! The Bengal mixes well with children
other animals. With their sleek, soft coat, which is more like a
than ordinary cat fur, people sometimes with allergies claim that the
Bengal Breed brings out fewer reactions. Frequent travelers may
this attention-seeking breed unsuitable as an only pet. If you do
travel some you may want to think about adopting two!
Q. Should I adopt a female
or a male kitten?
males and females make wonderful pets. There is little variation
their personalities, once they have been de-sexed. Some
cat care books state that males are more extroverted and more apt to
adapt themselves with strangers. These same books state females
standoffish, and need more time to bond with their owners or adapt to
company or strangers. We have found that with the Bengal breed
not necessarily true. Both sexes make fine pets!
Bengals get along well with other animals?
very well. Bengals are extremely
inquisitive, yet time is needed in meeting other animals.
see the usual "hissing" at first, but usually after slow introductions
a week or two)
and lots of reassuring, friends will be made.
We have placed our Bengals into homes with existing cats,
dogs, even large breed dogs, and they have adapted well. If the
existing animals are friendly and gentle, then there should be no
problems. We do, however, choose to NOT adopt-out our Bengal-Babies to
homes that have Pitt bulls or Rotweilers.
sets Bengal Cattery apart from other Bengal Breeders?
have over 15 years of experience breeding cats. We love our
Bengal-Babies and put forth every effort to give them everything they
need. We also put forth the effort to find the perfect home for
kitten. Each and every kitten has an individual personality and
to find the perfect home with the right "fit". Each kitten is
underfoot (in home) with lots of love and attention, and kittens are
only allowed to leave their mothers after they have matured
sufficiently and learned critical social skills (about 10-12
also take into consideration the vitality of our Breeding cats.
Adult Breeding cats are allowed sufficient time between litters to
maintain their own best health. We are not a kitten
breeding is not something that those motivated solely by money should
attempt. Please read:
Q. Is it
okay to declaw my Bengal after adoption?
Absolutely not. If
there is any chance that you would consider
declawing one of our kittens, then we would advise you to look for a
different kind of animal such as a dog for a companion. The
commonly called "declawing" is actually a form of mutilation and is
outlawed by almost all other countries. You are essentially
cutting off half the cat's toes and destroying the muscles, ligaments,
tendons, and nerves there. Some cats afterward may exhibit
behavior, like refusing to use the litter box, because their damaged
toes never feel right again digging in the litter. There are many
options that one can consider. We recommend having a cat
scratching post easily accessible to your kitten(s) at all times.
more stubborn cats, there are other humane alternatives, such as Soft
Paws®. Also, keeping
your kitten's nails trimmed is important. If
you're unsure how to do this yourself, you can always talk to your
veterinarian about scheduling a time where he or she can walk you
the process, and you can then learn to do it properly and safely by
happens if I want to change the food that my kitten is eating?
recommend feeding your Bengal kitten Bil-Jac kitten food until he or
she has reached at least one year of age. If in this time you
change the kitten's food, dramatically, it could cause some stomach
upset or diarrhea. What we recommend is a gradual transition,
bit more each day, slowly mixing in a little of the new food with their
existing food until completely switched over. This usually takes
approximately two weeks. There are many good foods on the market,
of course we want to see our kittens only eating "premium" quality
kind of litter do you recommend using?
First, what we DON'T recommend is any kind of "clumping"
litter; it can
be dangerous for kittens less than six months of age.
Bengals recommend Swheat Scoop or World's Best Cat
Litter. We have
had the best feedback on these two products. If neither one is
available in your area, then we recommend using a basic, unscented clay
litter. After SIX months of age you can start using a
litter if you wish.
kind of food and water dishes do you recommend?
Stainless steel or ceramic is
preferred. Please try to avoid using
plastic food and water dishes, as they can discolor the muzzle and
cause chin acne.
are the benefits of adopting a pure-bred kitten from a breeder?
A. Comparison Chart:
|Kitten from a Breeder
from an Animal Shelter
from a Shopping Mall Pet Store
Free From: Feline Leukemia, Feline Aids, Heart Disease, Kidney Disease
breeding of gene pools and care of breeding stock.
gene pool background (many interbred cats within the same familial
generation). Often ill, feral or abused parent cats.
from "kitten mills," therefore exhausted breeding stock.
feral and unsocialized
mills" don't properly socialize their animals for eventual buyers
that buying directly from a breeder is a process, not an impulse.
Be prepared to possibly have to "wait" for a kitten. Demand often
exceeds supply because responsible breeders "rest" their Queens between
litters. Breeders usually require a contract with the new
pet quality cat owner stating that the owner must remain committed to
the cat for its entire life, not declaw the cat, provide adequate
medical care, and that the cat will be (or has been) de-sexed.
Buying from a breeder ensures you a healthy pet and ongoing concern for