BENGAL PROGRAM - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much can I expect to pay for a kitten?
An average starting point of $1000- $1500 can be expected for pet/family kittens. We do offer breeding and showing kittens at a higher cost to dedicated owners. We require a separate application for any breeding inquires as our priorities and values need to align especially in terms of education, advocacy and health testing. We occasionally have older kittens, retired adults, or outcross kitten available at a reduced cost.
Do I have to pay a deposit?
We require a $200 CAD deposit to reserve a kitten. It is non-refundable, but can be transferred or bumped to an alternate litter.
Is there a waitlist? How long is it?
Yes we often have a waitlist which we offer kittens to first before advertising publicly. Please get in touch for our current timelines.
Where do I pick up my kitten?
We are now located in Temiskaming Shores, Ontario.
When can I bring my kitten home?
An ethical Bengal breeder will not allow a kitten to leave home before reaching a minimum age of 12 weeks. We follow the standards of TICA (The International Cat Association) and do not send ours home until they are between 12-16 weeks of age. This is extremely important for their health, wellbeing and development. This also allows us to vaccinate when our kittens have matured further, reducing the risk of side effects.
Can I come meet the parents?
Yes, we encourage all new clients to come meet the sire (father) and dam (mother) of the kitten they are interested in as well as see their living environment and get a feel for what to expect. Due to increasing safety and biosecurity concerns, we now instead have a Facebook group with updated photos and videos posted of our cats 4 - 5 times a week, and send additional private updates/media to those who have reserved a kitten.
What should I feed my Bengal?
Bengals, like many cats, do best on a raw diet consisting of correctly balanced amounts of muscle meat, organ, and bone. Alternatively, a high quality canned/wet food pate that is low in carbohydrates is acceptable. Feeding on a small plate or shallow dish is recommended to reduce whisker fatigue.
What type of litter should I use?
All of our cats and kittens are accustomed to using pine pellets for their litter, which breaks down into sawdust when wet and has been the best option for us. Because our cats are fed primarily raw, their stool has no odour so we do not require any type of scent or odour control. It can be purchased in 40 lb bags at most hardware stores. Some cats prefer a more sand-like texture - In our experience, "Dr. Elsey's" (clay) and "World's Best Cat Litter" (corn) are both great brands.
How much exercise do they require?
Bengal cats are notorious for being high energy, and for good reason. If their needs are not met, they can become quite destructive, especially when younger. We do occasionally have the odd kitten that is more laid back and quiet, but for the most part they do need lots of stimulation. We highly recommend purchasing a running wheel - these provide an excellent outlet, and it's also quite entertaining watching them run! ZiggyDoo is a great wheel company, and OneFastCat is decent as well. Energetic kittens will also benefit from having a playmate of similar energy, and 30+ minutes of dedicated play before bedtime will help them settle down for the night.