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What is your philosophy?
The Bengal breed is still relatively new, but in its short time has added a variety of rich colors and patterns, vivacity, personality, and intelligence to the domestic Feline that has never been seen before. I consider it an honor and a privilege to be a part of such a special and lasting legacy left behind and continued today by so many great people. Not only do I enjoy what I do, I also see Breeding as a great responsibility. As a lover of animals and of people, my job is to treat both with the utmost respect, love, and care to the best of my ability. My Bengals are loved as the family members they are the minute they come into this world, and forever after. My job is to help improve the Bengal breed overall, and to place each kitten in the right home to ensure their safety and happiness.
What is the price range for your Bengal kittens? What factors go into determining your pricing?
Pricing on our Bengals ranges from $1,200 to $2,500. Pricing is determined by the quality of the pattern as defined by the TICA Bengal Breed Standard. Kittens whose patterns exemplify this standard in an exceptional way will be higher in price, and can go as high as $3,500-4,000. Kittens who have less ideal traits and characteristics sought after in a show ring usually have lower prices. I always include lots of extra goodies to go home with each kitten, regardless of their price, to make the transition as smooth as possible. For more information, please visit our Pricing Criteria page.
I'm only looking to adopt a Bengal as a pet. Will this affect pricing?
Pricing is determined by the kitten's pattern only - the more desirable traits he or she displays, the more expensive the kitten will be. If you have questions regarding the pricing of a specific kitten, please contact me.
I am in love with your kittens, but I just can't afford one. Do you offer any kind of discounts, reward programs, or other opportunities to adopt a Bengal?
I offer special discounts for anyone that has military experience, civil servants (such as Police Officers, Firefighters, and Teachers), and students that are currently enrolled at a college or university. If you don't fit into any of the aforementioned categories, please contact me with more information about your current situation, and we can discuss your particular case further. My main concern is that the kitten loves you and it is a good match, so I require all my Bengal families to come in person for a visit and spend time with the kittens before anything else happens.
You must make a lot of money doing this! And how hard can it be?
Breeding is a full-time job that can be very exciting, very joyful, very heartbreaking, very exhausting, very expensive, very beautiful, very stressful, and at the same time, very rewarding. Not everyone is cut out for doing this, and the best candidates are those that simply love the cats themselves, and are not looking to make Bengals their primary source of income. This is a huge mistake that will suck the joy out of your life, but more importantly, the lives of the Bengals that are in your hands. These are living beings, NOT money machines. If you want to breed as a hobbyist, go to cat shows first. Learn all you can about the Bengal breed, talk to as many breeders as you can, LEARN, and be serious about it! Breeding Bengals is like building Mac computers. You have the best quality materials (parents) and craftsmanship (genetic traits), because you not only made a huge initial investment in quality, you are making a continual investment into the care and maintenance of your kittens. My Bengals cost me over $8,000, and monthly expenses are easily over $500, just for TWO adults and their kittens. This is money, this is time, this is hands-on experience, this is sometimes making mistakes you'll never forgive yourself for, and this is tons of reading, research, and self-motivation. If you want to make massive profits, I encourage you to check out Than Merrill's Real Estate classes, and learn how to make your money that way. If you mess up there, it would have been with other people's money, and no lives will be lost.
I just want to have one litter, so that everyone in my family can have their own Bengal kitten.
(I love this one.) If you have no prior experience, I really don't recommend doing this. So much goes into having healthy, well-adjusted litters. Work starts long before your Queen's first heat roll, and continues for the life of the kittens. If you love your animals, this is an automatic response. In addition, people value things more if they have to work for them. Bengals are not your regular barnyard cats - these are pedigreed, health screened, hand-picked Feline Rolls-Royces. If you are thinking of breeding your Bengal just to give the kittens away, are you looking out for the well-being of the kitten, or are you wanting the recipient of the kitten to like you? You would be doing yourself a favor and saving yourself a lot of time, frustration, money, and heartache if you were to just adopt a kitten for yourself and let your family come over and enjoy a pleasurable visit with him as often as they like.
Do you sell Bengals as breeders?
I prefer to sell my kittens as beloved pets to excellent and loving homes. This means price won't be affected if you intend to breed. A Bengal kitten must meet TICA show quality standards to be sold as a breeder. Kittens that have "pet quality" patterns and/or characteristics are not sold with the option of breeding. (Details are included in your Bengal contact.) If you are interested in breeding, please contact me with your Cattery name, registration, years of experience, organizations you are registered with, your website address, and photographs of your current Cattery setup. I'll only sell breeders to those that are ethical, responsible, love their animals, and can prove it.
This is a lot of reading! Would you be so kind as to summarize some of this stuff!?
This IS the short version. :)
How can you really know if a Bengal is "show quality?"
What are the Rabies and licensing requirements for my County?
-Charlotte, Mint Hill, Pineville
What do Bengals eat?
Nutrition in a Bengal is the single most important thing to consider in maintaining good health and well-being. Wet food is MUCH better for your Bengal than dry food, and the quality of the wet food is determined by what is in it. The IDEAL thing to feed your Bengal is a raw diet, ground at home by you (not the supermarket), and that includes all useful components of the animal, including bone, skin, and fat. So why don't we feed raw? As a breeder, I have to take my families into consideration. Not everyone is going to be able to do the full raw diet at home, per the specific instructions recommended for cats. It is better to start the kittens on food that can easily be continued in their new homes, rather than get them accustomed to the raw diet, and then have it taken away from them when the new family can't keep up with it. Feeding canned foods and supplementing with various vitamins A proper diet and lots of water will definitely help keep you out of the vet's office, so choose what you feed carefully, and learn to read the labels on everything. Unfortunately, all commercial canned foods have fillers in them. and much like voting, you'll find yourself having to choose the "lesser of two evils." Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they must eat meat.