Welcome!! Here I will provide you with a little bit about our Bengals. After years of research, we started our Cattery in early 2009. With such an incredible breed of feline and a lot of easily found "controversy"; it was decided that not only would we be the proud owners of a Bengal, but we would dedicate our love to providing others with the opportunity to add one of these beautiful felines to their own families!
Lets find out if a Bengal is right for you: If you are curious about Bengals and have some questions about them, here is probably the best place to get HONEST answers. When looking to add a Bengal into your home there are a few things that we feel you should be aware of... Please keep in mind our priority is to try and ensure the perfect match for you as well as our kittens!
Purrrrsonality: The first thing you need to know is that Bengals are brats! They are not mean brats, but they will go everywhere you don't want them to go. They are born to knock over the one precious collectable that you have up on the shelf; yes the same shelf that you "SWEAR there is NO WAY they can get up there". And they will do everything in their power to cause you a life time of amusement and pleasure! Bengals have a very intense drive to play in their water. How could this cause an issue? Well, they are very easily offended to find that you regularly soil in their water fountain (a.k.a. the toilet bowl), every time they want to drink from the real cat bowl they will dig in it like a puppy and throw water 4 feet in every direction. Once they have completed the task of making a hellacious mess, they will then follow you around and whine because the level of water in the bowl is insufficient. A Bengals over all personality isn't really comparable to that of another breed. They can be very independent AND very needy all at the same time. Many days you will find that he/she will be under your feet with every step you take, but they don't actually want a thing from you. Just to be near you and watch you stumble all over the house. Other times your little bundle of love may just sit in the window from sun-up to sun-down staring at the birds. Some Bengals want to be a permanent fixture to your body, just as some only want you to hold them on their own time. If they are on a mission to play and murder their toys, there is no room for snuggling in that instance. This breed is extremely comical and very devoted to sharing your love.
Bengal Health: Here is where I will try and give the shortest version possible. Bengals as a whole do have some health issues that you NEED to watch out for. The main concern is heart disease. This is NOT to say that all Bengals have health issues, what it boils down to in plain English is that there are certain blood lines where caution is not in the vocabulary. The Bengal is a gorgeous and popular breed, many breeders seem to get caught up in the fame and politics of Bengals rather than keeping the health and integrity of the breed as their main concern. Breeders should ALWAYS offer a reasonable health guarantee on their animals. There should NEVER be any excuses or reasons for not providing a health guarantee! One note I want to make about heart disease. I feel this is a very important point to make. I will not go overboard with information here, as I encourage you to do some of your own research: One year health guarantees: ... you can not get accurate readings for HCM (heart disease) until AFTER one year of age. If a cat is said to NOT have HCM and their test results are EQUIVOCAL... well, equivocal is a sneaky way of saying "equal to positive result".
Lately, there are a FEW specific bloodlines that are having additional health issues; Such as cataracts, kidney and hips. This is only listing some that I am aware of and may not be the whole list.
Now that we have shed some light on a few things to look for it is time for some more highlights!! With solid bloodlines and dedication to the BENGAL, (not to the "Breeding") YES you should be very comfortable with adding a Bengal to your family! Just always ensure you are not afraid to ask questions and get straight answers! Overall, I am willing to say, Bengals are a relatively healthy breed with minimal grooming requirements.