Here are a few of our most frequently asked questions to help you get better acquainted with our process and how we serve our clients. If you would like to add to the list or don't see your question here, please don't hesitate to contact us using our Contact page!
Bengal cats are the result of the cross between leopard cats (Asian Leopard Cat, ALC) and domestic cats, usually Egyptian Mau or Domestic Shorthair, and subsequent generations of their offspring. The Bengals’ leopard cat ancestors are the size of domestic cats and are commonly found in the wild over most of Asia. Bengal cats are medium sized cats with muscular build and a strikingly spotted, rosetted, or marbled pattern, reminiscent of that of a wild cat. The most popular color combination is black or very dark brown pattern on a rich, warm brown, rufous or sandy-beige background. The breed standard for the Authentic Bengal Cat emphasizes resemblance in conformation and pattern to the leopard cat, while allowing color combinations, such as seal lynx point pattern on beige, light-brown or sorrel pattern on tan, and black pattern on silver or pearly-while, which are not found on wild leopard cats. The Bengals’ fur is often luxuriously soft and frequently has glitter or sheen to it.
Show quality bengals display championship characteristics, and are considered the highest quality of Bengal cat. Championship characteristics for all breeds of cat are defined by TICA.
Breed quality bengals display some championship characteristics, but usually not enough to qualify as a show cat, but exhibit characteristics that are important for breeding (temperament, color variation, or very distinct markings, or good instinct in females for raising kittens).
Pet quality bengals are not show quality, but are bred to exhibit characteristics (good disposition, temperament, and healthy) that will make them great pets in a home of cat enthusiasts after being spayed or neutered.
In general, the price of a Bengal is determined by several factors:
- Whether it is classified as a Pet or Show/Breeder
Bengal prices depends on many factors, such as the quality of breed (show, breed, and pet). A pet quality Bengal can range in price from anywhere to $2000 up to $4000, with breed and show quality Bengals ranging anywhere from $3500-7000. Reputable breeders work very hard at providing healthy kittens and exceptional blood lines, and all of these costs add up very quickly once you factor in food, housing, vaccinations, and day-to-day care.
You will find bengals offered at substantially lower prices online. RESEARCH IS KEY! There are many backyard breeders and scammers out there that will not allow you to see the pets in person, provide a suitable health guarantee or registration papers. This is why there are laws in place - to protect you as pet owners. If the price is too good to be true, there's an unfortunate reason for it.
Bengals have many advantages over other breeds of cats, including easy care (little to no shedding). However, be aware that bengals are definitely:
Although each individual cat will differ from the others, Bengals in general do not make good pets if you are seeking a quiet, lazy sort of companion or a companion who won't be able to figure out how to open those cabinet doors!
Bengals will entertain and amaze you. They will want to actively participate in your life, and they'll want you to actively participate in theirs. Don't choose a Bengal if you'd really rather have a pleasant dim-wit or a couch potato!
This is a question we receive often. At this time, we are not allowing visitors to the cattery. There are three main factors to this decision:
Our cats need to feel safe in the environment that they are to give birth and raise their kittens. In order to make them feel more comfortable and to make them feel safe, we do not allow visitors.
At this time the cattery is inside our home. As we do not generally get to meet the people who come to look at the kittens before they come to look at them (since most live out of town), we do not get to screen out people who may pose a threat to us or our treasured animals. We are not very comfortable with giving out our address to just anyone whom we meet on the internet - as we are sure none of our clients would be either!
Disease is easily spread through contact with the kittens. If you have come in contact with any other animals or their feces, you can easily spread their germs on and infect the mother or the kittens - which has been known to happen and can wipe out entire litters, along with their parents.
Safety is a major factor in running a cattery, so we prefer to meet in public any time after the kittens are three weeks old. We prefer to keep our trips to a minimum because the mother cats does not enjoy them very much, but we are willing to travel up to twenty minutes out of town or to meet at any public place here in town, whichever is more convenient for my clients.
Bengals are like other domestic cats in that they can be fed dry, soft-moist, or canned food. You should always read pet food labels to ensure you are selecting a quality cat food to meet all your cat’s nutritional requirements and it is a good idea to consult your local veterinarian on recommendations he or she may have for your Bengal depending on the age and/or health of your pet.
Treat your feline occasionally with raw or boiled shredded chicken, ground beef or turkey - they will appreciate it!
Most do. Most Bengals will prefer to drink running fresh water (as in from a faucet or a water fountain) although they have no problem with drinking from bowls either. Many will play with the water in their water bowls. Some bengals enjoy getting in the shower or tub with their people during bath time. If you want to create a fantastic adventure for your Bengal, fill up the tub with water, place some live fish in it and watch your feline go after them!
The average Bengal is not fully grown until it is between one-and-a-half and two years old. At maturity, an average Bengal female will weigh between 8 and 10 pounds, while an average male will weigh between 10 and 15 pounds. Some adult male Bengals may weigh in at 20 to 22 pounds, but this is unusual. Note that these average weights are for healthy, not fat, cats. A healthy Bengal's weight comes from its bone structure and muscle, not from excessive flab.
Bengals have a short coat that is more like a pelt than cat hair. The coat is generally very silky and low-lying. They tend to shed less than other cats, so some people who are allergic to cats do not show signs of allergies with this breed.
Bengals have made the top 10 most hypoallergenic cat list. Most people who are allergic to cats have either no allergic reaction or a more milder reaction to Bengal cats when compared to the majority of other breeds.
Yes. Bengals are active and enjoy human interaction. (Some, actually enjoy hours of “playing fetch” just like a dog!) They enjoy children and other household pets. Of course, children must be old enough to understand about proper handling of a kitten or cat. Most animals require a period of adjustment to new sights, sounds and smells in their new home. If you have other animals, we recommend getting the animal used to your home one room at a time, usually starting with a bathroom. This way, the animals can get used to each others’ smells under the door before they meet face to face.
The earliest we allow our kittens to leave is 12 weeks. We do this for several reasons, all of which are not only in the kitten’s best interest, but also future owner(s). Kittens need time to wean themselves on their own, acquire good litter box habits, develop a strong enough immune system, and establish proper social habits with other cats and humans. By the time a kitten reaches 12 weeks, all of the above should have taken place and your new kitten will be able to adjust the initial stress of a new home with little or no difficulty.