Adopting a Bengal
Questions and answers
CURRENT WAITING LIST:
INITIALS OF WAIT LIST CLIENTS FOLLOWED BY THEIR REQUESTS
MF- Female Snow
JA- Female, No color preference
WP- Male Snow
AM- Male Brown, May be open to Female
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT WE ARE NOT A HIGH VOLUME KITTEN PRODUCER AND CAN NOT ALWAYS PREDICT HOW MANY KITTENS WILL BE BORN IN EACH LITTER. IF YOUR WANTING TO GET ON THE WAITLIST, PATIENCE IS KEY TO GET THE RIGHT BABY AND SOMETIMES THAT CAN TAKE 6 MONTHS.
Since our website is updated almost daily, most people fall in love with an available Bengal kitten. Once you decide which of our special kittens is meant for you, please fill out our kitten application questionnaire and deposit agreement found under the page labeled 'Step 1, 2 & 3' and then place your deposit. After your application is approved and $300 PayPal deposit has been received you will receive notification that your application was approved and your deposit has been received.
Your kitten will be ready to go home between thirteen and fourteen weeks of age. All Bengal kittens will have received at least two vaccinations of Fel-O-Vax IV before leaving.
We generally know a week in advance when a kitten will be ready to travel. At that time, we will contact you to be sure you’re available to receive your kitten. Your kitten is then taken to our vet for a check up and altering along with Microchipping. When buying a Bengal cat, final payment will be due upon picking up your Bengal cat/Kitten. PayPal is not accepted for this final payment, nor are personal checks.
More information can be found on our 'Questions and Answers' page.
If you wish to be placed on our wait list or reserve an available Bengal kitten then you will want to go to the page labeled "Adopting a Bengal STEP 1, 2 & 3". This is where our kitten questionnaire, Deposit agreement and PayPal link can be found. This is also the process for getting on our wait list for upcoming litters.
The Pre-Birth wait list. If you have a particular color, and gender in mind, the Pre-Birth wait list gives you first right of refusal as kittens are born, before their photos are posted on our site. Once you’ve decided on a Bengal kitten, the procedure is the same as above. The Pre-Birth Wait list requires a $300 deposit which is applied to the total cost of the kitten. It does not commit you to any specific litter or kitten and is non-refundable but is transferable to another litter at a later date. Depending on the time of year relative to “kitten season,” we generally have more than one deposit for each parent.
Please note: The total deposit with PayPal will be $310 due to their fee's. $300 is actually applied to the kitten fee.
To start this process, visit our page labeled "Adopting a Bengal STEP 1, 2 & 3".
Questions and Answers......
How long is the wait list? or How many people are on the wait list?
We get these questions the most. There is no easy answer because of all the variables involved such as, someone decides to wait for another litter or wants two kittens and then decides they just want one, the genders of the kittens are all girls and someone wants a boy, and how many babies a mother has. We generally fulfill the wait list within 3-6 months so it is always changing depending on how many kittens each queen has at a time. We recommend planning ahead and getting on the list as soon as possible because sometimes a kitten that was reserved becomes available. Mother nature plays a big role also so patience, planning and being prepared for a Bengal kitten is really beneficial. We almost prefer this so that we can answer questions along the way and you can be better prepared. This is a life long commitment and waiting a little while for that perfect companion is a good thing.
What to expect while on the wait list.
We are available anytime during the wait to answer questions for our wait list clients. Contact is faster & easier thru Face Book Messenger so we encourage all our wait list clients to join, even if it is just thru this process. The link to our Facebook page is here; Facebook. (You will get a friend request from our personal page so we can communicate easier on Messenger). Messenger is also the easiest form of sending out video's to you so please consider joining to get more notifications from us.
During the wait, depending on if a mating has already occurred at the time you have joined, you can expect to see updates on the momma's progress. Then at birth, you will see group photo's of the newborns posted on our facebook page to announce the arrival. After a week or two from birth, a group photo will also go on our website as an announcement.
During the first 0-8 weeks, kittens are under evaluation for health, temperament and structure. At times individual photo's may be posted. Please keep in mind, occasionally a kitten will be kept back for evaluation as a breeder and may be offered at a later time. If you see an individual photo of a kitten, you are welcome to inquire about it.
At 8 weeks you will be contacted individually to be notified your turn has come for a kitten pick. We will share our evaluation with you as to the personality, gender & color of your wishes. Because of our experience with these babies and the knowledge of your household dynamics, we will often recommend a kitten that we feel will fit your requests or your family dynamics. Kittens are not like puppies in that they necessarily pick you, especially at this age, so relying on our
experience is part of what you are paying for. Please keep in mind that you have 24 hours to reply about the kitten or we will move on to the next wait list client.
Shortly after your pick we will set up a time to come visit your kitten at 9 weeks. This always happens on weekends due to our work schedules and can sometime fluctuate depending on our family plans. When your appointment day arrives, please be prompt, as there are often other clients scheduled the same day. If you arrive late or early, you may have to wait outside.
Our location address will be given out the week before your appointment.
When can I come to visit my Bengal kitten(s)?
Without exception we do not allow visits to see the kittens until after they have recovered from their first set of vaccinations at 9 weeks of age. This is to ensure that the kittens are not exposed to any outside parasites or infectious illnesses that come in on visitor's shoes, clothing and hands. When a visit is scheduled, please limit the exposure to the kittens by bringing immediate family members only. The less exposure to potential infectious diseases at this young age, the better for the health of the kittens, until they have had time to develop immunities. It is also stressful on them to have a lot of visitors at one time, so please consider carefully who you bring to your first visit.
When can I bring my Bengal kitten home?
Your kitten will be able to go home with you a few days after he/she has had their last set of vaccinations and neuter/spay surgery (that happens at12 weeks for Males to 13-14 weeks of age for Females) along with their health exam. We DO NOT, under any circumstances allow kittens to leave before 12 weeks of age. For females it is important to allow for proper growth before being spayed so please be patient if you are wanting a female. Spay surgery is more complicated then the Neuter surgery so girls often need more time to heal.
Although we do have an Import/Export license, WE DO NOT SHIP KITTENS so it is important to note that you must be prepared to pick up your kitten from us in person. We do not want the added stress that comes from Airline travel and have chosen this method to allow us to get to know you and you to see where your baby was raised.
When you are scheduled to pick up your kitten, please bring a cat carrier. Your final payment will be due at this time. You will be provided with all their paperwork, toys and food. We recommend having a small room ready for them when you get them home so that they can decompress and start their journey to feeling secure in a new home. Pellet litter is recommended for the next few weeks while they adjust to their new environment.
How can I make sure I am completely prepared for my Bengal kitten coming home?
We have put together some very detailed information on all things "Bengal" that you should be aware of well before bringing your kitten home with you. You can find all of this information on our website. If you have any additional questions we have not answered on our website, please send us a note and we will answer all your questions.
**Keeping your new baby confined in a small room (with litter, food and water) to adjust to your house, your house noises and smells is very important for a good transition. This is especially important if there are other pets in the household. The transition to a new home, with travel and being away from their siblings can be stressful. They need time to decompress and adjust.You should plan for at least a week to two weeks for this transition to prevent any accidents of bad behavior. Kittens can get confused and stressed in a new home. They will also be confused about where their litter box is at. Confining them until they are adjusted helps to get them acquainted to their new home.
If I need help or have any questions when I get my kitten(s) home, what should I do?
With each kitten that leaves our cattery, we provide verbal guidance for the entire lifetime of that kitten. You are welcome to contact us at any time for advice. In fact, we encourage our clients to stay in touch over the years so that we can see how the kitten has developed as it grows up! We don't really care for the Dine & Dash method of selling kittens. That is not our style.
What comes with my Bengal kitten?
With each of our kittens you will receive their TICA registration (Breeders slip) to show that they are purebred Bengals. You will also receive one month of free Pet Insurance from Trupanion to be activated within 24 hours of pickup (before or after). We spay and neuter all of our pet kittens as well as Microchip, Vaccinate twice and give worming medicine. On the day of visitation you will receive a copy of the contract as well as other information. We often have kits with toys and food we send home, as well as a kitten blanket.
Can I harness train my Bengal kitten?
Absolutely! You should consider starting this at a young age. Placing a harness on them after they have adjusted to your new home and letting them wear it most of the day will get them used to a new contraption on their body. They are not used to wearing clothes, so be patient, this takes time!
What kind of litter should I use?
We have recently changed our recommendation on litter for the kittens first 6 months of life. We recommend using pine pellet litter until the kitten is 6 months old. Intestinal issues and even health issues can occur from a kitten that eats and swallows clumping clay litter.
Should I order a Ziggy Doo Cat Wheel?
YES! At some point during the first few months with your new kitten you will notice they have a lot of energy. Having a Ziggy Doo Cat wheel helps them burn off some of that energy and allows you to sleep better as well as your new babies. It may take them a while to grow into their wheel but I will tell you the sooner you can put one in your house, the sooner they will get used to it. There is no training required, they just learn and FAST! We have had kittens as young as 5 months old to start running on it. If they seem hesitant you can coax them with a wand toy. Trust me, they will catch on fast and it will allow the humans to sleep at night.
There are often questions or situations that come up that are new so we are constantly updating and adding more information to this. We promise not to change anything without letting you know. We try our very best to accommodate our clients and their needs as well as the kittens.