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Bengal Kittens.

Updated on August 10, 2009

If you’ve reached a stage whereby you wish to purchase a Bengal cat – then you’re better to considers Bengals kittens over an adult. Bengal kittens are intelligent, quick to train and will soon become a favourite with the whole family.

And the Bengals' journey through kittenhood is extremely delightful and entertaining ... and not to be missed!

Bengal Kittens

A young adult or mature Bengal will already have ‘settled’, in as much as its personality traits and/or any bad habits it may have adopted will already be set in stone.

Better you start with a kitten and instil some form of training into it – that way; both you and your Bengal will adapt to each other and will enjoy a more positive relationship.

Bengal Breeders

Once you’ve decided on a Bengal kitten you need to source Bengal breeders. They are not hard to locate, check out your local press, the internet and pet stores for advertisements. All the Bengals that I’ve owned have come by way of advertising on the internet.

But – do look for more than one. There are many Bengals breeders out there and, between April and October, there will be a lot of kittens about. This relates to the general breeding cycle of the queens.

Most breeders mate their breeding pairs early spring and through the summer months. Bengal kittens tend to be thinner on the ground during winter.

Once you’ve selected a few breeders that seem to have what you’re looking for, contact them. They are a business after all and obviously want their kittens to sell – so they’ll be happy to take your call or answer any queries you have. If you find the response is different – cross them from your list.

After you’ve located some potential new addition/s (I once bought two from the same litter) then arrange to visit the breeders. Now you need to know what to look for – assuming that you’ve already chosen the sex. Personally, I recommend the male Bengals as they tend to be very bold and I prefer a cat with attitude. The females are very beautiful (both in character and looks) but they’ve always been a little too girly for my liking.

Kittens

They all need lots of handling and socialising.
They all need lots of handling and socialising.

Breeder Checks

Your chosen breeder should, in my opinion, breed from home. If – when you arrive – the breeders’ premises resemble something more akin to a puppy farm, walk away. I am not an advocate of such establishments and they do not breed quality animals. If, on the other hand, you arrive at a residential dwelling, you’re probably in the right place.

All kittens need the correct handling from birth and I would only advise an individual to buy a kitten that’s been reared indoors, within a family environment. Having come across many Bengal kittens that have lacked close human contact, I can vouch that they are wilder and more difficult to tame than most other cat breeds.

 

Breeder Pen

Any reputable breeder will have something like this in or around their premises.
Any reputable breeder will have something like this in or around their premises.

Once you are inside – without being too obvious, check out the surroundings. Ask to see the breeding pens/runs (they will resemble cages); they should be clean, free of debris and roomy. Let the breeder talk to you, explain their premises’ – and question anything that arises as you look around.

Look at the behaviour of their other cats - whether they’re in pens or inside the house. Are they confident, full of character, alert and look in good health? Cats that lack any/all of these qualities are not well cared for, so do bear that in mind. If possible, ask to handle one. Feel the pelt – is it silky soft. Does the cat enjoy being handled (Bengals are notoriously soppy) and/or is eager to play? All good signs. A male should feel considerably heavy; the females tend to be lighter but should feel lithe, supple.

 

Choosing A Bengal Kitten

If your breeder has passed your subtle inspection then it’s time to view the kittens. Bengal kittens are sold (usually) according to the following two categories: pet and show/breeding quality. Pet is the lowest price – increasing for show/breed quality.

Pet quality means:

  • It lacks great markings
  • It won’t have met full breed standards e.g. the ears are out of proportion

Show/breed quality means:

  • The Bengal markings meet standards
  • The pelt should be soft and silky 
  • The overall look/build of the kitten is considered worthy of potential future showing
  • Potential for breeding – though not recommended. Leave this to the experts.

 

Half Grown Bengal - Playing ...

So, armed with the above – choose your kitten. As with the adults you should have checked out, you need your kitten of choice to be alert, inquisitive, bold and extremely easy to handle. Do expect a Bengal kitten to squirm or claw you – that’s a natural part of play for any kitten. He/she should be energetic (if awake), curious and literally bright eyed and bushy tailed.

Of course – don’t make a snap decision, especially if you have several other breeders to visit. But if you feel your heart is set then of course the decision is yours. At the point you decide on a kitten, you will be required to pay a deposit. You should have already ascertained the prices of the kittens prior to visiting and the deposit fee.

Pedigree Papers

Once you’ve paid a deposit, all you now need to do is wait. No breeder should part with a Bengal kitten prior to its 13th week. At that stage it should be fully socialised, wormed, free of fleas, and have 6 weeks free insurance. Further, you should take possession of the pedigree papers, which should include:

  • Signed Pedigree certificate
  • Registration document
  • Vaccination certificate from a Vet

If, at any stage prior to purchase you are informed that the kitten has ‘no papers’ – do not buy it. Any Bengal that does not come with papers is not a pedigree. Don’t give your money away for something you could have got far cheaper. If you truly want a Bengal cat, keep this in mind.

Kitten Pictures

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Kitten Checklist

And so, in conclusion:

  1. Locate several different breeders
  2. Visit the premises of each
  3. If anything doesn’t ‘feel’ right, walk away
  4. Any doubts about the breeders adult Bengals, walk away
  5. Check the parents’ pedigree papers
  6. Make sure that your kitten of choice is sparky, curious and in overall good health
  7. On collection, make sure you have all the relevant paperwork.

And then it’s time to go home – and unleash your new addition onto his/her new family. Have fun … and welcome to the world of Bengal kittens and cats!

 

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    • David Alderson profile image

      David Alderson 7 years ago from Cat Lovers, Indiana

      Being a cat lover I love your article. Both of my cats have been rescued from our local shelter.

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      Beth100 7 years ago from Canada

      I have always dreamed of having these kittens. I'm in love all over again!! Thanks Froggy! :)

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      oliversmum 8 years ago from australia

      frogdropping Hi.Wow what beautiful kittens.I believe I would love one.The pictures are georgous.:) :)

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      MollyBlue 8 years ago

      Adorable! They look like happy little kitties.

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      Andria 8 years ago

      Pacal - hey again :) I'm a sucker for a sob story. Or rather sob animal. I've had so many waifs and strays ... not just cats but dogs, rabbits, mice, birds ... fish um ... lol ... I've had a lot anyway :) Oh yeah even a horse at one point!

      And I'm canny with money. I spend little. I'd save a lot if I had more than I do. Nowadays I earn a get-by wage. Still, I'm not complaining. I eat well and live above a great café that serves delicious coffee and cakes!

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      Pacal Votan 8 years ago

      I see you've had your rounds with them. :) It's refreshing to see someone who knows what she's talking about.

      I've spent my money foolishly more times than I like to remember. But I'm known to go back and set things right if I feel deceived in money matters. :)

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      Andria 8 years ago

      Pacal - hey :) They're wonderful animals, truly. The first chance I have to own another, I will buy one. I know that's awful when there's so many homeless cats but I've truly earned the right to just go out and buy one - I've had many many homeless cats and dogs down the years, some of which I've fostered.

      And you do need to be careful. They're not cheap and some breeders are clever when it comes to parting fools and their money. Their eye is on cash, not the cats or their prospective owners. Fortunately, most are great at what they do :)

      Simões has his moments ;)

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      Pacal Votan 8 years ago

      Hey, frogdropping. I've thought cats were so carefree it's a completely vein effort to try to teach them anything. Now, it turns out I've been living in the dark.

      You seem to be picky when it come to Bengal Breeders. It's good you brought all these factors into the reader's attention. Scrutiny is you. Simoes must be perfect, lol. :)

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      Andria 8 years ago

      David - they're beautiful cats. As is yours. A very bonny cat you have :)

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      David Fallon 8 years ago from Pomona, CA

      these cats are so adorable looking :) they look a lot like my kitty Paco who has the same marking only he has almost no orange (he is pictured on my profile)

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      Andria 8 years ago

      ethel - they certainly are. And they're cool to the chromosones. Wonderful cats. Providing you understand the breed that is!

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      They are such beautiful looking cats

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      Andria 8 years ago

      Candie - hey :) Bengal cats are quite naughty and some oftheir play is centred on their 'humans' and can be rather rough!

      I still theink they're beautiful though and will be buying another in the future.

      Babbly connection? Lost me!

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Frog - Are you sure that that video of a bengal is playing? Or preparing to dine? Looks a lot like "predator in training" to me.. cute cats!! Where is the "Babbley Connection?"

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