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thinking of getting a Bengal

post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 
Hello all,
I am new here. I met my first Bengal cat at our local farmers market this last week. The owner had the cat on his shoulder and was walking all over with her. Many people came up to him to see this cat and pet her, she was very clam and sweet. This man and his wife breed these cats, for this type of temperment. I have read all I can find on the web about this breed, but would love to hear from Bengal owners and breeders about your cats.
Before I saw this cat I had fallen in love with the American Bobtail,I loved the temperment of this breed also.
post #2 of 34
There was a similar thread about a week ago to this, to which I detailed my bengal's personality:


I most *definitly* couldn't carry my bengal around on my shoulder through a crowd. He barely likes to be held. I can sling my other cat over a shoulder like it's nothing. Also "calm" isn't a word to describe him either. "Sweet" definitly is though. Maybe one from this specific breeder would be though. Each cat is different though, and I'm sure they selected this one to display for her easygoing nature. However, that said my kitty has inspired to begin long term planning for breeding bengals.
post #3 of 34
If it's calm and sweet you're looking for, Ragdolls definitely fit the bill there. Mine is the most laid back cat I've ever met! But I would definitely NOT try to carry all 25 lbs of Sasha on my shoulder, I would likely end up with a sprained neck!

I have heard that Abyssinians like to ride on shoulders.

But all things being equal, it's just as likely you could find a cat with these personality traits right at your local shelter. (Actually, that is how we got Sasha, we couldn't believe there was a Ragdoll at the SPCA, but there he was in all his fluffiness! ) You'd not only be adopting a friend, you'd be saving a life as well!
post #4 of 34
Well, there's few bengal cats in Russia and I saö them only on pics. But I likeâ them much also!
post #5 of 34
Thread Starter 
I am going to see this breeders cats and kittens this week.
I have heard he is well known here as he takes his cats to schools and the like.
post #6 of 34
Good luch! Tell us about!
post #7 of 34
I am so amazed by the exotic and wild "look" of the Bengal breed! I have emailed a few local catteries about pricing. I want to finally introduce my current kitten, Pixel (8 months old) to a new companion, which she so desperately needs. (we work late hours at work and feel awful about leaving Pixel all by her lonesome)

What is general pricing like for this type of breed? Are there any in Quebec, Canada? I have found one in Ontario.

here is Pixel at play:

and here is a gorgeous Bengal example:
post #8 of 34
That bengal looks like a foundation cat, not an SBT. But beautiful non the less! Anyways, in Canada expect to pay $1000 for a neutered/spayed pet. More for breeding/showing.
post #9 of 34
Oh, and you could probably buy a nice male foundation cat if you want to pay a bit more. I think they can be a bit more shy than sbt's.
post #10 of 34
I agree looks like a foundation. Do you really pay $1000 for a pet in Canada? This just seems really high to me. Here in the states pets start at $500 and go up.
post #11 of 34
my goodness, no. I've inquired at a local bengal cattery and prices start from $400 for the "pet" category. Included in the price is a list of things, including neutering/spaying.

$1000 cdn is the "breeder" or "show" category I believe.
post #12 of 34
Nope, I paid $1000 for my neutered male. This price is pretty standard as I've done a LOT of research on this. Also consider the exchange rate. Canadians pay more for everything. Although our dollar is recovering nicely lately. Do you have a website for the cattery that sells pet quality at $400??

This is the only site I could find offhand that has listed prices:


I'm sure you could find some willing to sell for less, but I don't mind paying this price to support caring, quality breeders.
post #13 of 34
Oh and people pay around $4000-5000 for purebred dogs, so why not.
post #14 of 34
I'm not sure that I would trust a Canadian breeder that would sell Bengals for $400, especially including the spay/neuter, which generally costs around $100-200. I agree with Lynx, all the breeders I spoke to before getting my baby were around $1000 for a pet kitten. It just seems odd that someone would be selling them so much lower than 'market value'.
post #15 of 34
I paid $500 for Tigger, our female bengal and she came from a good breeder. She sold me to her as a pet, but I also have show right since she has the quality of a show cat.
I paid $350 for Gizmo, our spotted snow bengal. And $250, for his younger brother, a snow marble. Maybe to you, those prices are cheap for Gizmo and Scooter, but I can tell you this; I got them both when they were young, at about 6 weeks of age. They came from a small family run cattery the mom, dad and their son. Tigger came from a bigger cattery, where I believe she was caged because of her temperment. Would I go back and buy another kitten from Tiggers breeder? No. I would go back to where I got Gizmo and Scooter from. They are very nice people who I talked to a few weeks ago about getting a kitten.
Also, just because they are cheap does not mean anything. There is another well known reputable breeder, who has sold kittens for $350 and up, so I think it depends on the breeder. Lke Gizmo & Scooter's breeder, she told me they dont do it for the money, but for the hobby and breed
post #16 of 34
Those prices are cheaper than what you could find in Canada, but that's to be expected. I considered buying a cat from the states but when exchange and shipping came in it ended up being $1000 anyways. Plus I'm not comfortable with the whole shipping process.
However, I don't know of *any* breeders that let their kittens find a new home before 12 weeks of age. They have a pretty long list of reasons why too.
post #17 of 34
Well, I am glad she released them at that age. It gives you a chance to hand-raise them yourself and that I think makes them have abetter temperment & personality. Tigger, our female... we got her @ 14 weeks, and she is an extremely timid cat, but is coming around. It was enough for Cinnamon to sense when she was that age, which is why Cinnamon probably bit her tail.
Both of the boys were already litter-trained and were eating solid food at 6 weeks as well.
post #18 of 34
Check out the breeder. We learned our mistake from Isis. She's a precious kitten, but the breeder did ship her at nine weeks of age and she wasn't the healthiest when she arrived. That's my only suggestion.
post #19 of 34
Reputable breeders will not allow their kittens to leave mother and littermates before 12 weeks. Although they are weaned, the kittens have much to learn from mother and playing with their littermates. Of course, during that time, they should be receiving loads of human attention!
post #20 of 34
Thread Starter 
I got my kitty on May 24 and he was born on March 31. The breeder gave him his first shot the day I took him, and told me to bring him back in one month and he would give him one more shot.

I have since read that most breeders do not let their kittens go until 12 weeks.
post #21 of 34
Many people don't know this. I had books on the care and breeding of Siamese Cats, and the Breeder's Forum here agreed with my books. The public usually expects to get a 6-8 week kitten, not realizing they are doing a disservice to the kittens.
post #22 of 34
Thread Starter 
Since, I got him at such a young age, is there anything I should do so he will adjust without undo stress?

He receives a lot of attention from myself and little Granddaughter, she loves this kitty. She would hold him all day if she could. I give him a lot of free time in the house now, but still leave him in his own room when I leave, as there is nothing he can get into in this room.
post #23 of 34
This link should be very helpful. I'm sure you'll give the kitten so much attention he'll be all right. But the article is worth reading.
post #24 of 34
Thread Starter 
for the link.
I am rather upset with myself, for not reading more and speaking with more breeders before I got this kitty. From what the breeder told me he sells all his kittens at this young age, and if he keeps them longer he drops the price, as he say's most people want the little ones.
Live and learn. I realize now just how small this kitty is.
post #25 of 34
I have also found some breeders let the kittens go around 9-12 weeks. It depends on the kitten. I have found some stay behind and others are ready as early as 10 weeks. I thin it should be judged on the kitten however i do not think they should go before 10 weeks.
post #26 of 34
Thread Starter 
Your cat's are so very pretty!!!

May I ask you since you breed Bengals, what do you like most about this breed? I have only had my kitty a week but I notice he is vey bonded to me. I love their looks but also they seem like very smart cats. Knock on wood(lol) he is using his litter box with no problems eating well, and loves to follow me all over the house. My Son came to see him today and he ran right up to him, he is not shy, just wants to be loved and held.
post #27 of 34
Bengal Cats, I would have agreed with you about the age of kittens leaving their mother and littermates some years ago, but I have yet to find a reliable source that agrees with you or the source you mentioned last year. Since the primary reason for this site is the well being of cats, I have to quote the experts in the field.
post #28 of 34
Since most of our members are not breeders and because of the fact that this site is often used for educational purposes, I will quote from the article, which was written by Barbara C. French and printed in Cats Magazine in February of 2000:

Kittens should leave their homes at a minimum age of twelve weeks," says Dr. Betsy Arnold, DVM, a veteran Siamese breeder and veterinarian with an all-feline practice in Rochester, New York called Caring for Cats. "In my practice I have seen kittens coming in at six and seven weeks who weight twelve, maybe fourteen ounces. These are infants. They needed to stay with their mothers."

Twelve weeks may seem old to people accustomed to seeing newspaper ads advertising kittens who are "ready to go" at six or eight weeks of age. Most of us who have had cats have acquired kittens that young. They are cute at that age, and most people enjoy having such young kittens to watch them grow. However, we may permanently harm kittens by separating them from their mothers so early. There are crucial mental, emotional, and developmental milestones that a kitten experiences between six and twelve weeks of age. Separating the kitten from mother, siblings, and familiar surroundings at that age can cause undue anxiety and stress at the least, and serious medical problems or even death in the very worst cases.

Although some kittens will want to nurse as long as mother allows it, even those kittens who are not nursing have much to learn from interacting with both mother and siblings.
post #29 of 34
You certainly have a right to your opinion, but as a moderator on an educational site, I have a duty to report expert opinions on the subject.
post #30 of 34
How can you be mad after looking at HIM:

Yes...I thought you would co-operate. Now let us all collectively say "awwwwww"
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