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  • What is a Bengal cats temperment like?
    Many people may say Bengals are wild but the breed is actually very sweet and loving. Bengals attach very closely with their people and become loyal companions for life. Bengals are a large and athletic breed that will need to run and jump to feel content. Bengals make fantastic outdoor adventure partners. If Bengals are provided a consistent routine of attention and stimulation they are amazing companions.
  • Are Bengals hypoallergenic?
    Bengals are not fully hypoallergenic cats. However, they are less likely to cause allergies than other cats. One reason behind an allergic reaction is not from the fur, but from the dander (dead skin). Dander is tiny, airborne, and accumulates on clothes, furniture etc. Bengal coats are short and sleek that it doesn't get dirty as quickly and reduces the need to self-groom, which means less shedding and less allergic reactions. We always recommend finding out if you have any allergies to cats/dander and the severity of it before purchasing any cats.
  • How are Bengals with kids?
    Generally, Bengals are very kid friendly. They should be introduced, handled, and played with early on as a kitten to socialize. We socialize our kittens the first week they are born. Once they open their eyes they will see us regularly and they are handled lovingly each day up until the day they go to their forever home to be loved on by their new families. We've always had wonderful feedback from our families about their adjustment into their new homes. They are so well adjusted that they explore, play, and snuggle the very night they are brought home. Temperment is one of the things we are most proud of here at Bengal Born.
  • Do Bengals need a special diet?
    Bengals don't need a special diet, however, it is highly recommended that they are fed a healthy nutritious diet. Here we feed our Bengals a balanced raw diet (a recipe we provide our kittens families when they go home) and they also are TIKI CAT Dry Food. If families aren't able to provide a raw diet for their cats, that not a big deal. There are plenty of good food brands that offer a nutritious diet for your Bengal. One thing an owner should provide if not raw, is wet food. Cats in general get their hydration from their food, so it's recommended to offer wet food a couple times during the day.
  • Do Bengals get big?
    Yes, Bengals can get quite large for their size. While all cats are different, Bengals can easily reach 15 pounds or more. Bengals are a very muscular breed as well. A few of our adult boys are at least 15 pounds and very large in size.
  • How much do Bengals cost?
    Each breeder you may come across has a different price listed for their kittens. Typically, Bengals range between $2000-$5000 depending on different factors such as the quality of the coat/color, markings, generation, pedigree, genetics, physical traits per TICA standards, etc. At Bengal Born we generally price our pet kittens for $2500. Breeders will vary mostly between $3500-$5000.
  • Will the kittens be vaccinated prior to going home?
    Yes, when you pick up your kitten, they will have their core vaccinations at 8 and 12 weeks old. They will receive their FVRCP vaccination against Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calicivirus, and Feline Panleukopenia. We do NOT give our kittens the FELV/FIV (Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) vaccine. The FELV vaccine can cause vaccine-related sarcomas and FIVs efficacy can cause tests to show a false positive. We also do not recommend kittens receive Bordetella, Giardia, Dermatophytosis, and yellow fever vaccines as they may have serious side effects.
  • Do you Spay and Neuter the kittens?
    Yes, we do have our pet kittens spayed and neutered prior to them going home. We schedule our kittens to be fixed by our vet at around 12 weeks old. They will remain with us for an additional week to ensure they heal well. Breeding rights are also sold only to registered breeders. Spaying/Neutering before going home also prevents some big behavioral problems. Males will mark more incessantly than females, as females will mark mainly during heat cycles (monthly), whereas males will mark on a regular and consistent basis. A habit that will be difficult to break, even after neutering. Unfixed Bengals WILL be more territorial and can become quite aggressive. They will lose their loving and affectionate temperment because their hormones are too strong to ignore and they will be fully focused on territory and mating and quickly develop poor potty habits. They WILL also find places other than their litter boxes to use the bathroom. This is far too common, they will pee on beds, laundry, couches, carpets, by the doors. Sadly the outcome in these situations I see most people looking to rehome their Bengal because even after being fixed the problem can persist. This all can be prevented by Spaying/Neutering before they develop these very strong hormones, hormones they cannot control.
  • Can Bengals be trained to walk on a leash?
    They can! Bengals are very active and love exploring. It is recommended to start harness training at a young age so they become comfortable with it. Ensure you have a harness that fits well because if they get spooked they can slip through it. We put our kittens in a harness on and off during playtime last 2 weeks with us so they get comfortable with wearing it when they leave.
  • Do Bengals get along with other cats?
    Bengals are super social felines. They can be content if its just you and your Bengal but they are very active so if attention and stimulation is not provided they can get rowdy. Having a buddy can help with wearing each other out. They do become very close with each when they bond. It is recommended to get a kitten if you already have an adult cat at home. This way the older cat at home doesn't feel so threatened and the new kitten will adjust much more easily than a second adult cat. If you don't already have a cat, getting 2 kittens would be ideal since kittens are much more accepting and resilient in their new homes. If both kittens are neutered/spayed, getting either gender wouldn't be a big deal. Personally I've seen males tend to be more affectionate than females, however it can be said vise versa, it really just depends on the cats personality as well.
  • How can I join your waitlist?
    To join our waitlist please contact us so we can exchange more information regarding what you're looking for. I will then add you to our waitlist. When we have a litter we will reach out to our waitlist families first about the next steps in picking and reserving your kitten.
  • How to avoid being scammed when purchasing a Bengal kitten?
    Unfortunately scammers are everywhere these days. The best way to avoid a scammer is to know what to look for when you're purchasing your Bengal. Here's a few indicators of a scammer: *Price- An unusually low price can be an indicator that you're dealing with a scammer. Bengal kittens aren't usually less than $1000, at least not from ethical breeders. If you find someone selling their Bengal kitten for something less than $1000, you may want to investigate more into that kitten. * Vague- Scammers do not have a lot of details about the kitten. They steal adorable kitten photos from other breeders and try to pass them off as theirs. They will avoid answering in-depth questions regarding the kittens background. They typically do not have any other social media sites because they do not have history of a registered cattery. They will avoid doing any Facetime videos with the kitten. *Presence- Scammers only want to make a quick buck. Many tend to become very pushy. They will say you're not the only one interested in the kitten and that you will need pay immediately to show you're serious, once you've paid they cut any further contact. While the above notes some typical signs of a scammer it is best really ask as many questions as you can about the kitten. Especially ask to do a video call in real time with the kitten. Ask to see the parents pedigree and do some research on the cattery. If you're still in doubt, simply don't buy. Listen to your gut. There are amazing breeders out there who want to make you feel as comfortable and at ease with purchasing your Bengal kitten.
  • How does delivery of the kitten work?
    Outside of Arizona: We work with a courier delivery service that transports our kittens to their new families across the US. The courier we be in touch with both parties (breeder and buyer) to arrange nearest airport, dates, and all important flight details to ensure everyone is on the same page during delivery. The kittens are flown in-cabin to ensure the kitten is safe and comfortable during flight and will have be delivered with all their kitten belongings. Within Arizona: If you are within 2 hours of us, we will be happy to deliver your kitten to your door. If you are a bit further out, we are also happy to arrange some plans for meeting or pick up of your kitten.
  • Can we visit the kitten before our pick up date?
    We used to allow in home visits with our past litters, but due to many unfortunate and scary events that have happened to fellow breeders we are not allowing in home visits anymore. We raise our kittens within our home, with our children so for the safety of my family we recently made a change to our policy of in home visits. It is also a risk to our cats health if we allow many folks to come and go from our home as bacteria can easily be transferred. We are always happy to do real time video calls. We will do video calls, share images and post updates of your kitten weekly so you can watch them grow and learn their little personalities.
  • What kind of toys do Bengals like?
    Bengals are very energetic felines. They enjoy a good chase. I'd say 99% of Bengals I've know do love those feather wands. They also really enjoy tossing and chasing springs around. Bengals are also known to play fetch, a good feathery bird toy or soft and lightweight ball they can pick up in their mouth would be great for playing fetch. Another thing to consider is the cat wheel. They will run circles on the wheel til they can't run no more. The cat wheel is also a very great investment for cats that do not have access to large areas to free run. It will help relieve some of the built up energy they have.
  • Thoughts on de-clawing?
    We do not believe in de-clawing. There isn't any benefits to having this done. After learning more in detail about the surgical part, it sounds like an awful recovery for the cats to go through. And, the cat does not fully recover, which is fairly common, they will forever have pain in their feet. Cats cannot communicate verbally but, they will tell you through behavior. De-clawed cats will end up having more behavioral issues after being de-clawed, especially bathroom issues. After using the litterbox cats will scrape the litter to cover their urine and feces, if the cats don't have their claws anymore they are going to find new places to use the bathroom. Places that are soft on their paws are going to be their next target. So, the couches, laundry, your bed, carpets, anywhere that is soft is going to become a target for the bathroom, and this behavior cannot be fixed once their claws are removed. Please click the link below to read more about the de-clawing procedure from the American Veterinary Medical Association.
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