|Here are a few commonly asked questions about us or about Bengals in general. Remember these are
our personal opinions and are not meant to offend in any way. Every Bengal is a bit different!
1.) How do kittens get along with children or other pets?
Bengals do to their activity level usually do quite well with other pets as long as properly introduced. The key is
to take is slow and steady. You shouldn't expect any animal to instantly like another one. Many of our kittens
have gone to homes with children and other pets and have had no problem adjusting to this. Usually it's the
other way around and older pets aren't as welcoming to a new member due to jealousy. My kittens are hand
raised with my two children alongside so children are usually seen as another playmate! As long as children
know how to properly handle a animal they should soon be causing havoc right along side each other. I do
stress that if you want a kitten that likes to be dragged everywhere or carried constantly, I would look at a
ragdoll more than a Bengal.
2. I have heard that Bengal's don't shed, and I am allergic to cat hair. Are Bengals hypo-allergenic?
Bengals fur is low-lying and usually very silky. It is more like a pelt than fur. For this reason Bengals don't shed
as often as other cats and people with allergies can have an easier time living with them than with other cats.
However, allergies are caused by pet dander not fur. Contrary to popular belief there is no such thing as a hypo
allergenic animal. We encourage people with allergies to visit our cattery to see how they tolerate Bengals,
some do quite well however some do not. I would not trust a "miracle" cat, unless you get a full money back
guarantee from someone claiming their Bengals are hypo-allergenic.
3. What are some general characteristics of the Bengal breed?
Bengals are a high energy breed. They love to play for hours and don't often spend the entire day sleeping
away. Bengals also love high places so getting a cat tree may be in order. Some Bengals adapt to water very well
and you may find yourself sharing your shower or closing your toilet lids to keep them from playing in there.
Bengals are also very intelligent and can be taught to fetch, walk on a leash and can figure out how to open
kitchen cupboards. They are very busy and can be a bit demanding. Many owners end up with a second Bengal
or a rescue kitten to keep them company. We also recommend they are fed a high quality food (no grain is best
with high protein) and that you dont switch food on them often.
4. Do Bengals meow a lot?
Bengals are middle-of-the-road talkers, some are fairly quiet some can be quite talkative. Bengals tend to have
more of a wild sounding meow with chirps, growls and clicks rather than a simple meow. They growl when
playing and often make a "nom nom nom" sound when eating.
5. Will my Bengal grow to be a huge wild aggressive cat?
Bengals are a breed originating with the crossing of the Asian Leopard Cat and the domestic short hair (Maus,
Ocicats, Bombays, Burman, a few Moggies). Asian Leopards are small shy animals. They are usually timid and not
aggressive. Most breeders sell F4 Bengals as pets meaning they are 4 generations down from an ALC and
therefore are considered "domestic". F3's and above are more costly, can be sterile, and often require a permit
to own. We recommend you do a lot of research before bringing in a hybrid early generation just because they
arent for everyone and while owning your own leopard sounds cool, many arent prepared for a lifetime of quirky
behavior. Female Bengals average out anywhere from 7-11 pounds and males average 13-17 pounds. Some
Bengals also have an extra vertebrae so will be a bit longer than your average house cat, a bigger litter box
helps accommodate this. So although they are quite muscular they are not huge and should not act wild nor will
they grown to be "huge". Maine Coons, Pixie Bobs, Siberians and Norweigan Forest cats are a few breeds that
grow larger than a Bengal.
6. Which is better... a male or a female?
We get this question a lot and always have the same answer. It really is a matter of preference. Some say
females are sweeter, some say males. I have found both when fixed at an appropriate age can be sweet, loving
house pets. Females can be more playful but less inclined to sit in your lap. Males as they grow tend to be
slightly more loving but less playful. But this isnt every cat. So the only real difference is size. Males will be
quite a bit larger than a female. Also, if neutered from an appropriate age spraying does not factor in for both
the females or males.
7. We have a cat that tends to hide from company. Will my Bengal do this?
We strive for our kittens to be well socialized and they tend to love people. After your kitten warms up to your
household you will most often have to try and get your cat to stop playing with guests that come over rather
than trying to get them to come out. Sometimes our Bengals do a "watch and see". They peer down at company
from a high perch or from down the hall and if they look interesting they won't leave them alone until they leave.
Some however, take a day or two to warm up. Always look a breeder thats very hands on if possible. However,
we only have kittens for a short period in their life (about 3 months). The more time you spend with your Bengal
and the more you socialize them with people (after settling in!) the more they'll love people as an adult.
8. Will a male "spray" if they are neutered?
I have never known a male to spray as long as they are neutered by the time they are 6 months old. Males will
start to "spray" at different ages but the average is 9-12 months old. If they start to spray before they are
neutered, it may take awhile for them to stop. This is why we HIGHLY recommend neutering before 6 months of
age if you cant find a breeder that does ESN (Early spay/neuter). Females can also spray when in heat and call
quite frequently and loudly when they go into heat. We also recommend pet females are spayed before 6 months.
9. Can you tell me if Bengals are prone to getting HCM?
HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy) is a heart disease that results in heart failure. (Its a thickening of the hearts
walls) Any cat can get it, not just Bengals. But sadly this disease can be found in Bengals now. Many Bengal
breeders are testing for HCM and I buy my queens/kings from lines where BOTH parents have tested negative. It
is believed to be genetic and I do not use any lines that have had known HCM in the line. We also scan on a
yearly basis. (Cardiologist must scan the heart every 12-18 months). This isnt failproof. Negative scans means
they show no signs of the disease yet but it may show up later on in life. Right now, its the best tool we have as
breeders until either a genetic blood test or a cure is found for this disease. I highly recommend buying from
breeders that scan thier breeding adults every 12-18 months and can show proof (not just say so on thier
website) from a feline cardiologist.
10. What is the benefit of buying from a breeder that takes their cats to cat shows?
This is a question that is asked a lot and this is MY personal opinion. Breeders that show their cats know what
direction the breed is going in and where the standard is headed. They are able to view award winning cats in
person. They teach us and know what we should be striving for in the breed. This doesnt mean you are required
to buy from parents that both have extremely high titles. If even half thier cats have a CH status it means they at
least attend to keep themselves educated. And sometimes, if you are simply looking for pet quality it may not
matter to you. This helps avoid mass producing kitten mills though as usually if they have "one litter a year" they
are just pairing the cats together for kittens without thought to the results. I do not often show myself due to
working full time, raising two kids and owning a business; therefore I purchase my cats from breeders that DO
show. This does not mean I don't attend shows to keep myself educated or that I never show my own cats.
Almost all my cats are from championship or above lines meaning the parents or grandparents have been shown
to be superior cats that conform to the breed standard. And I have great mentors who also show. I RARELY sell
"show quality" cats. I do know and understand the breed standard and how to recognize standard faults but do
not like to guarantee a show cat since there are a lot of different factors when it comes to showing. I do have
options for show rights. Be wary of breeder who always have "show or breeder quality cats" available. Out of a
litter of five lets say, probably one or two really meet show or breeding standards. All breeders should be able
to pick out the good and bad about their cats. I have let higher quality pets go as show alters and they have
done quite well and owners have had tons of fun showing them. I have also shown a few girls to CH status and
my male to QGC status.
11. What is your kitten price?
I have it posted on the kitten page but kitten prices start at $800 and can go as high as $1300 depending on
quality, color, and contrast. Many people ask us why kitten prices are so high. We feel compared to breeders
across the United States our prices are very reasonable and on a scale to other reputable breeders. I dont price
gouge and we do a lot for the kittens before the go home. (See below) I have had several Bengal kittens owners
who bought a cheap Bengal on Craigslist, from a breeder with only "one and only litter", the newspaper, or
random pet websites come to me with questions regarding the health, temperament and quality of their kittens.
One lady bought a $250 female "bengal" only to have her veterinarian tell her it was at best a Bengal cross and
was a male with ringworm. We try and breed gorgeous, healthy, breed conforming kittens without over-breeding
our females and having too many litters at a time therefore becoming unmanageable. We try to never cut
corners when it comes to our pets and they are our pets first. I dont raise my litters in cages (do have a kitten
room for youngsters not potty trained) and my males enclosure is usually 3x the size of what you'll find at other
breeders homes since males spray and cannot live in a house with unspayed females.
12. Do you breed for profit?
I do not breed for profit. Many reputable breeders will tell you it is extremely hard to breed for a profit! A lot of
time, effort, money, and love go into raising Bengals. Some litters you have to be with around the clock feeding
every 2 hours, some foundation females may cost you thousands and not produce a single kitten, you may lose
kittens and experience heartbreak, you may expect gorgeous browns and get surprise melanistic kittens! I have
purchased countless toys, crates, houses, replaced carpet, and bought pounds and pounds of food and litter. It
all depends. Is it possible to make money off of one litter? Of course. But that money then usually goes back into
health testing, echocardiograms, the next TICA show, new cat trees or a new kitten for our program. We don't
use Bengals to pay our bills or as our retirement fund. If I quit breeding tomorrow, I could still pay all my bills. I
also dont have litters constantly available and dont believe in having so many litters that we cant manage
socializing them. We stay small by choice. My husband and I both work outside the home.
13. What is the difference between you and other breeders?
I explain this a bit on my purchasing page. Before I answer this, I do know and think highly of many many Bengal
breeders both in my state and out of state. Theres always going to be good and bad breeders of any sort. When I
dont have particular kittens- I refer out to those I respect. I got into Bengals because I absolutely loved them
and come from a background in show dogs. I owned a pet first then bought a breeding one. It wasnt a good
experience and I've tried to learn from it. I treat my breeding stock like pets. If I have to spay one, I dont freak
out that she didnt "pay me back" for her cost. They live in my house, cause chaos, sleep with my kids, have peed
on my bed, gave birth under my TV stand (only once when I was off on dates!), tear up my toliet paper, steal my
hairbands, sneak food off my table if they're fast enough and bring us so much love and joy. I in turn try to make
that happen for both breeders and pet owners alike. I want your experience with Bengals to be a good one and
ideally I'd like for you to have that pet for life.
1.) We try and keep our prices reasonable. I dont price gouge and price higher than any of my other reputable
breeders in WA or tell you my lines are "rare or we have rare colors" but we do careful research and bring in
what we think is best for our program. We also show and do have cats with titles. $850-$1100 is pretty common
for a pet Bengal kitten. I have lowered my price on special needs or lower quality kittens, taken payments,
lowered older kittens prices, have retired Bengals sometimes and can refer you to rescue groups if its a
unreasonable price for you at this time but we dont negotiate or trade. Bullying us or telling us all breeders are
greedy doesnt encourage us to sell to you.
2.) I spay/neuter all my kittens before they go home. This is included in the price and there are no exceptions. I
dont sell breeders to anyone with money that walks in the door or thinks having one litter would be fun. Nor do I
think all my kittens should be breeders. Show and breeder quality do not happen in every single litter no matter
how hard to you try or what breeder tells you. :)
3.) I tell you the good AND bad of owning Bengals. I'm not selling you a used car. I want you to be happy with the
breed and your kitten. They arent perfect and they arent for every family. We've made mistakes and although its
pretty rare, we've had a kitten and a teenage Bengal returned for people that couldnt handle the breed.
4.) For the reason stated above we offer a seven (7) day money back guarantee. If you have properly isolated
your kitten, taken him/her to the vet within they required 48 hours and you are having troubles, issues or arent
bonding with your kitten we take back the kitten and give you a full refund minus deposit. Deposits are used
help us pay for vet costs. I've yet to meet a breeder that refunds deposits.
5.) We offer both pet and breeder references. We also have our kittens shots, worming and checkups are done
AT the vet and we provide proof. Theres nothing wrong with breeders doing shots themselves but we prefer it
done by a professional that can also look them over for things we might have missed.