Bengal 101 and FAQ
What Should I expect to pay for a Bengal?
There are many factors that go into the pricing of Bengal kittens. The breeder's reputation and the quality of the kitten are very important. The quality of the kitten is based on the Bengal Breed Standard and any
small imperfections they may have. A responsible breeder will charge anywhere from $1,000.00 - $1,800.00 for a pet quality kitten. Sometimes you can even get a show kitten for the price of a pet. It is very important
that you check out the breeder's reputation before you buy. They should be registered with TICA which makes them sign a strict code of ethics. The breeders should provide adoption contract as well as a health and hereditary guarantee. We ask that you take your new kitten to your vet within 72 hours, to have your vet confirm the health of your kitten.
What is the Temperament of a Bengal?
Bengals are extremely intelligent and like to interact with others. They usually have a very happy and active personality. The exotic heritage of the Bengal can be seen in them every day in the activities they do. They are active most of the day but, they will stretch out beside you or in your lap for their naps. Most Bengals have natural love of water and are extremely playful. Their temperament has a lot to do with how they are raised. To help determine the temperament of your kitten or cat we suggest you visit the cattery. If the cattery is a “warm” cattery with lots of love and attention, then you are more likely to receive a friendly and loving kitten or cat. If the cattery is a “cold” cattery with less interaction and love, then you are extremely more likely to have a kitten or cat that is skittish or standoffish. Please visit the cattery you want to buy your kitten or cat from.
How intelligent are Bengals?
Bengals are highly intelligent and usually learn things very quickly. Some like to walk on a leash and play fetch with you. This does depend a lot on their individual personality, how much socialization, love, and handling they recieved during the first couple of weeks of life, and how much interaction you have with your Bengal kitten. Also, most Bengals love water so don't be surprised when they get in the bath tub or shower with you.
What if I have another cat, dog, or small children? Will my new kitten get along with the other members of my house?
Young kittens can adjust to almost anything, however sometimes this may take some time. You want to put your new pets in a room with food, water, its toys and bed. Let the kitten get used to its new surroundings and introduce your kitten slowly to your pets and/or children. This could take 1 to 2 weeks or longer depending on you and your kitten. They usually become quite close to dogs. All of our kittens are allowed to romp and play with our two Bullmastiff dogs, who just adore the babies! We also have 3 children from 5 years to 14 years old and they are all very hands on and interact with the kittens. As with all animals, I highly recommend that you watch the children and the cats together very closely at first.
When should I have my kitten altered? Do they have to be?
Kittens that have been altered make more loving pets. TICA responsible breeders usually have a spay/neuter contract that you will sign at the time of purchase. This will require you to have your kitten spayed/neutered by the time they are 6 months old if we haven't already had them spayed/neutered. We will hold their TICA papers until this is done.
Can I find a less expensive quality Bengal?
Yes, but as the saying goes: “You get what you pay for”, and “If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.” It takes a lot of time and money to insure great bloodlines and a healthy kitten and this is reflected in our prices.
What is the average size of the Bengal cats?
Bloodlines and the sex of the cats have a lot to do with this. Males are usually bigger than the females. The males are more muscular and weigh in at about 11-22 lbs. Females are smaller ranging in size from 8-16
lbs. Every bloodline produces a variety of size and musculature.
What are the "Fuzzies"?
The Bengal kittens do have some wild traits in them and some breeders believe this is one of them. The “fuzzies” are when the kitten is about three weeks old; their coats will become tacky looking. This happens in the wild because the kittens begin to explore and this helps camouflage them from predators. Usually this will clear up about 12 weeks of age with a clearer contrast and become silky to the touch when they are about 6 months of age.