Bengal Facts

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What is the temperament of the Bengal cat?

  • The Bengal cat’s temperament depends on their pedigree, the environment they live in and how they are brought up. Generally,  purebred Bengals are very social, intelligent and playful. They like to be around people, children and other pets, snuggle under blankets and have the largest vocal range of any domesticated cat. They love to play fetch and will keep themselves entertained with just about anything. Bengals also love water and will drink out of the faucet, join you in the shower or play in the dishwater. If you decide to buy a Bengal cat, they will keep you entertained with a smile on your face for years to come.

I have allergies but I heard Bengals are hypoallergenic. Is this true?

  • Yes, but saying Bengals are hypoallergenic only means that they have less allergies than most cats. Everyone’s allergies are different and every cat is different. It is always important to test your allergies with an adult Bengal just as much as a kitten, as most people do not react to kittens. Most people do not have allergies to Bengals, but I highly encourage and recommend anyone concerned to test this out before considering bringing a Bengal home.

 

How much do Bengal cats shed?

  • Bengals have only one short tight layer of hair known more as a pelt. Other domestic cats have 2 layers of hair consisting of an undercoat and an overcoat. One pelt equates to less grooming and thus less allergen-causing saliva to permeate their pelt.

  • Bengals have zero to minimum shedding. Who wouldn't want a house and wardrobe that was free of cat hair not to mention no hairball problems? So not only is there less saliva on a Bengal's pelt, there's also less of that pelt spreading around causing any allergy symptoms.

 

How are Bengals with young kids?

  • All bengals are different and the environment Bengal kittens are socialized in at an early age plays  role. We raise and maintain a cage free environment at Bengal Dynasty. All of our Bengals are used to being picked up, carried around and socialized so they usually do very well with young children. Always supervise your children with kittens to prevent accidental harm, dropping, etc. Bengals are great family pets!

 

Do Bengals get along with other animals?

  • Yes. Bengals are very social animals and they get along well with most cats and dogs. Our Bengals at Bengal Dynasty are raised with other cats and large dogs. Most people who purchase one Bengal kitten decide to purchase another at some point or add another active pet to their home because Bengals are happiest in active households and don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time.

 

How big do Bengals get?

  • Bengals are usually the size of a typical housecat. However, they can run a little larger. Bengals have a very long body and are very muscular cats. We feed our Bengals a raw mix diet with high-grade kibble and canned food, plus additional supplements here and there. Full-grown females can average 8-14 lbs. and full-grown males can range 14-18 lbs. There is always a possibility of them being bigger or smaller.

 

Do Bengals need a special diet?

  • No, not specifically. The best diet is a raw diet for a Bengal but transitioning to full raw should always be consulted first by a knowledgeable vet and the breeder so your kitten’s stomach has plenty of time to adjust to a dramatic change. Kittens leave us on a kibble and canned diet. Our adults get transitioned to dehydrated raw. Be careful to not overfeed your Bengal when feeding kibble when adults as they tend to gain weight quickly and can become fat. A fat cat is an unhealthy cat!

 

How much do Bengals cost?

  • Our Bengals vary in price according to their quality, color and what they will be used for (breeder, show, pet). Contact us for pricing.

 

How do you reserve a kitten?

  • Contact us or fill out the application on our website first. Once reviewed (and if approved), we will contact you about leaving a deposit to reserve a kitten. Giving us all the knowledge as to what gender and color kitten you are looking for helps us time out your reservation and determine when and if a kitten is available for you. Purchasing a Bengal kitten is like adding someone to your family and if you are seriously interested, a well-bred, quality, purebred Bengal is well worth the wait and price.

 

Why are your kittens so expensive?

  • All of our bengals are registered with TICA and all of our litters are registered. We do a lot of health testing on our adult breeding Bengals to ensure they are in top condition for breeding. We are responsible breeders and all of our kittens get age appropriate vaccinations, are dewormed several times and are licensed veterinarian health checked before they go home. We also offer a health guarantee and lifetime support for any questions for the entire life of your kitten.

  • If you purchase a Bengal from a “breeder” who does not TICA register their kittens or adults, there is not guarantee they are purebred, and most likely are not! These “breeders” are called backyard breeders and don’t health test their kittens. Rather, they overproduce poor quality cats in poor quality conditions to make money, rather than breed properly bred cats who are socialized, health tested, purebred and registered.

  • When purchasing a purebred Bengal, you really get what you pay for!

  • If you are going to spend money and invest your heart into a Bengal that will be a part of your family for the next 15-18 years, you want to be sure to buy a documented TICA purebred Bengal.

 

Why is it important to get a documented TICA purebred Bengal?

  • If you are purchasing a Bengal from a “breeder” that does not TICA register, there is no guarantee they are even 100% Bengal. That means they will not have the characteristics and social personalities a purebred Bengal should have. Many people who purchase Bengal cats want an exotic looking pet with a dog-like personality and superior intelligence.

  • A Bengal that is not purebred and that is poorly bred may have an altered personality with negative or aggressive personality traits. In addition, they may have unconventional coloring and patterns, as well as unforeseen health problems.

  • TICA (The International Cat Association) is the world’s largest genetic registry of pedigree cats. TICA follows a strict code of ethical laws that its members must adhere to. These laws make sure that ethical breeding is being practiced and protects the rights of the sellers and the buyers. Breeders that are found in violation of these laws can be kicked out of TICA.

 

Things to remember if you are purchasing a cheaper Bengal:

  • You get what you pay for. There must be a reason for the lower cost you don’t see.

  • Breeding Bengals may be lower quality and lack the “wow” factor vivid markings.

  • Kittens may come from a kitty mill and caged for most of their lives in poor conditions without human interaction.

  • May not be TICA registered with a documented pedigree to back it up.

  • Shortcuts may have been taken to save time and expenses that will impact the kittens later in their life you don’t foresee.

  • Health guarantee may be non-existent.

  • Kittens may come with no vaccinations or deworming.

  • Breeding cats may not have had genetic health testing.

  • Breeders whose sole income rely on Breeding have profit as a bottom line.

  • It is never good to encourage irresponsible breeders and poor breeding practices

      as purchasing a cheaper kitten will allow them to continue their poor practices.

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