Why Buy from Quality Bengal Kittens
Bengal Cat Appearance
Most people are attracted to Bengals due to their appearance. Quality Bengal Kittens produces a consistently distinct appearance. We have very specific breed goals, and we have established a priority of physical characteristics which distinguishes our cats from other Bengal breeders. In regards to the physical appearance of our cats, our first priority is to maintain as many attributes of a southern subspecies of Leopard cat as possible. For more explanation of what this means, please read the article on Bengal Type.
You may be asking yourself - what is the flip side? The flip side is that our priority is not large rosettes on a glittery, clear coat which is what drives the majority on Bengal breeding programs. To us, the proportionately over-sized spots on the clear glittered coat look like a Hollywood version of a wildcat. We prefer the natural look of the wildcat - ones that look like the small cats who live in jungles around the world. You will find many Bengal catteries that prioritize rosette size, glitter, and coat clarity over the natural look, and if this is what is important to you, we are not the right breeder for you.
The bottom line - our focus is specific; therefore, we have consistency in what we produce. If you have noticed the distinct look of our cats, then you should consider buying from Quality Bengal Kittens.
Bengal Cat Health
Buying a live animal has no guarantees. No one can guarantee any animal will not become sick or develop a disease. Therefore, allowing any pet into your heart is a risk. The best guarantee against health is for you to meet us and see for yourself our love for our animals. We don't want to see them sick, so we take good care of them. We don't want people who buy kittens from us to suffer untimely loss, so we do what we can to ensure that we sell healthy kittens.
The two genetic tests available for Bengal cats are PK-Def (PK - Deficiency) and PRA-B Bengal Progressive Retinal Atrophy. All of our cats have either been tested or are from parents have been genetically tested to not have these diseases. We can guarantee your kitten will not get either of these two diseases.
The most common disease in cats is heart disease. For this reason, our cats visit Board Certified Cardiologist Dr. Lori Siemens for an echocardiogram on their hearts each 12 to 18 months. Dr. Siemens has been scanning Robyn's cats' hearts since 2004, and Jon started scanning his cats' hearts in the UK when he started breeding in 2007. Scanning cats to older ages provide more security. Since we have been testing for heart disease for over ten years, we have cats in our pedigrees who are still testing negative for over ten years. In most cases, even when breeders do test (many don't), they stop testing their cats at under five years old. This doesn't provide the same security as testing cats that are over five years old.
The bottom line - illness, suffering, and death are not enjoyable experiences, and we couldn't breed cats if we weren't finding joy in it. We utilize all resources available through our regular vet, specialist vets, and genetic testing to bring only the healthiest Bengal kittens into this world.
Bengal Kitten Temperament
Just like health, temperament is not a guarantee, but after years of experience, we have figured out the secret ingredients to creating confident, friendly cats. Temperament is a combination of nature and nurture. On the nature side, our experience has taught us that the sire plays a powerful part in determining disposition. Therefore, we removed any shy males from our breeding program and only use confident, friendly boys.
But it doesn't end there. Kittens must be raised in a home and have regular interaction with people. While we give the Moms the peace and quiet they need to be settled the first five weeks, after that, we move the Mom and kittens to the main living area of our house. Here they are centered in the hustle and bustle of our lives which includes children and the family dog, Chinook. Chinook and the kids make sure the kittens are accustomed to noise and fast movement along with helping Jon and Robyn with play time.
A comment we frequently hear from people is, "Your cats are all happy." See for yourself how our house is different from the rest. Breeders who don't genuinely have a passion for the cats will raise their kittens in tiny cages for inside sheds, barn, garages. This does not result in the same temperament as those raised as members of a family.
The bottom line - we want you to be happy with your kitten because we want our kittens to live in happy homes. All of our kittens are raised in our home, and once they are litter box trained, they have free range of our house.
Finally, the Commitment, Knowledge, and Experience of Jon and Robyn
We are committed to one another, committed to our cats, and committed to bettering the Bengal breed. Robyn got her first Bengals in 1999; Jon in 2007, so we have both already been at this for some time. The average breeder lasts about five years. Only the passionate ones last longer. Our time with these cats has given us lots of experiences from which we gain knowledge. We stay current on developments in the medical world of cats often bringing the latest research to the attention of our veterinarians. We participate in research projects via Stanford University and UC Davis. We ask questions and probe for answers. Our next quest is to work towards certification in cat behavior and cat nutrition. We are in it up to our eyeballs and loving every minute of it. The Bengal cat is the center of our world. We won't be disappearing out of the Bengal world for years to come - not until the day comes that we are physically unable to keep the cats happy. Therefore, you can trust that we will still be here to answer your questions as your kitten grows through adulthood and into its geriatric years.
To get a sampling of what how our experience can serve you, read some of our articles on Bengal cats.