How much do Bengals cost? -- The short answer is that it depends. Bengal kittens are priced individually, starting at $750 and going up to $1800 for pets. Kittens sold with breeding rights can be much more expensive, ranging from $2200-3500 depending on their evaluation.
Why do they cost so much? -- There is a lot that goes into breeding good Bengals. I'm sure if you look, you can find unregistered, cheap Bengals for $300-500. However, you get what you pay for. Our kittens are vet checked at least twice, given all their shots, and have been tested for internal parasites. The parents are PK def n/n and tested for HCM. We have also purchased from quality breeders who have several generations of ancestors, so we're confident in the quality and health of the lines. Also, all of our kittens are TICA registered. We also give a two year genetic health guarantee to protect our buyers in the extremely unlikely event that there is a problem. They are also highly socialized and worked with daily. Additionally, we feed only the highest quality homemade raw food in order to ensure all our kittens are getting everything they need nutritionally.
Why is one kitten $750 and another one $1500? -- In order to price kittens, they have to be evaluated. There are a lot of factors in an evaluation. We look at the background color, contrast with the pattern, head shape, ear size and shape, tail thickness and length, etc. The difference between a less expensive kitten and a more expensive kitten may not even be visible. It might be because of a small kink in the tail or because the ears are too large. It takes a lot of learning and experience to evaluate kittens and we're still learning every day. The best way to learn what to look for is to go to shows and find out what the judges are looking for. We price our kittens at $900 for pets, which is very average. However, some breeders charge a little more or less, or price kittens individually. If you have questions about the pricing, please email us.
Which is better: male or female? -- This is up to personal preference. Some people swear that females are less social. I don't believe that for a second. We have a female who will sleep in bed with me every night and cuddle like mad. We also have a female who will let you pet her all day, but prefers not to be held. My point is this: it's not about the gender, it's about the cat. Some males may not be very friendly. The important thing is to play with and handle your kitten every day. The more you pick him or her up and hold and cuddle, the better you will bond. Some cats, as with people, are just less social. Bengals can range from very sweet and loving to cautious. Some love to be held, others just want to be petted. A few prefer not to be touched. Again, your breeder can help guide you to the right kitten for you. It isn't uncommon to see different personalities even within the same litter.
Why doesn't my kitten come with breeding rights? -- This is actually a very common practice in the breeding community. Breeding any pedigreed cat is a huge undertaking, and not one that should be taken on by just anyone. There are many reasons why we don't give breeding rights with every kitten, but I'll just give you a few. First, not every kitten should be bred. If your kitten is being sold as a pet, it might just be pet quality. That doesn't mean it's not gorgeous with a phenomenal personality, it just means there is something that the breeder doesn't want passed on. Second, breeding is complicated. It's a lot of work, and there are a lot of cats without good homes as it is. Good breeders want to make sure their kittens don't contribute to the problem. Finally, it's our name on the kitten. We want to preserve the quality of the lines and make sure that each generation is better than the next. We do this by reserving only the VERY best kittens for breeding. For us, selling a cat with breeding rights is a huge responsibility. We make sure that any cats sold as a breeder are only to trusted catteries or to someone we are comfortable mentoring.
Do I need to feed a Bengal a raw diet? -- While you don't need to feed a raw diet, we highly recommend it. You can find more information on the Nutrition page, along with some links to resources. If you choose not to feed raw, we recommend feeding a high-quality wet food. TikiCat makes a wonderful line, as does Nature's Instinct. There are several frozen raw diets available at PetSmart and PetCo if you don't want to make your own. We recommend not feeding kibble, but if you choose to, we recommend Taste of the Wild Prey.
What kind of litter do I need? -- You can use whatever type you prefer. When your new baby leaves here, she will be using Tidy Cats Clumping. However, for our adults, we use and recommend the Cat Genie. It plugs directly into your water lines and flushes waste down the toilet. It runs automatically and has reusable granules instead of traditional litter. We, and our cats, love it.
Won't my kitten tear up my furniture? -- Well, if you don't teach him better he might. Cats will knead and scratch almost anything you'll let them. If you find baby doing something she's not supposed to, give her a toy or put her on her scratching post and show her what she CAN have. You can also use a spray bottle with water inside to correct bad habits.
What about vaccines? -- Good question! We recommend one round of the 3-way kitten vaccine that covers for panleukopenia, rhinotraceitis, and Feline Herpes virus. At 4 months old, baby will also need his rabies injection. At that point, we recommend a booster at 1 year of age, and another at age 2. Beyond that, we do titers on our non-show cats to ensure continued immunity. We do not recommend the FIV/FeLV or FIP vaccines. Keep in mind, the vast majority of cats will test positive for the feline herpes virus. In cats, this can cause a mild cold, but is most often dormant. Almost all cats raised in cattery environments, no matter how responsible the breeder, will come into contact with FHV.