Bengal Cat Information, Colors & Photos

ABUNDADOTS/CATTICHROME cattery is inspected yearly by a licensed Veterinarian, to ensure our standards exceed the guidelines set forth by the International Cat Association's voluntary responsible breeder program. We find anything other then an EXCELLENT score to be unacceptable.

Should Bengal Cats be allowed to go outside alone?

     Bird and mammal mortality caused by outdoor cats is much higher than has been widely reported, with annual bird mortality now estimated to be 1.4 to 3.7 billion and mammal mortality likely 6.9 – 20.7 billion individuals. A study, which employed scientifically rigorous standards for data inclusion, demonstrates that the issue of cat predation on birds and mammals is an even bigger environmental and ecological threat than we thought.
      To maintain the integrity of our ecosystems, we have to conserve the animals that play integral roles in those ecosystems. Every time we lose another bird species or suppress their population numbers, we’re altering the very ecosystems that we depend on as humans. This issue clearly needs immediate conservation attention.
      There are misguided notions that outdoor cats represent some harmless, new component to the natural environment. The carnage that outdoor cats inflict is staggering and can no longer be ignored or dismissed. This is a wake-up call for cat owners and communities to get serious about this problem before even more ecological damage occurs. The magnitude of mortality may exceed all other direct sources of anthropogenic bird and mammal mortality combined. Other bird mortality sources would include collisions with windows, buildings, communication towers, vehicles, and pesticide poisoning.
     Despite these harmful effects, policies for management of free-ranging cat populations and regulation of pet ownership behaviors are dictated by animal welfare issues rather than ecological impacts. Projects to manage free-ranging cats, such as Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) colonies, are potentially harmful to wildlife populations, but are implemented across the United States without widespread public knowledge, consideration of scientific evidence, or the environmental review processes typically required for actions with harmful environmental consequences.

Are Bengal Cats non-allergenic?

Unfortunately no cats are truly "hypo-allergenic". Bengal cats may cause less issue to those who have allergies to cat fur, as bengals have hair, but if the allergies are to cat saliva or cat dander, the issues will be the same.
Since allergies to cats are generalized, and not pin-pointed to specific issues, we do not place our kittens into new homes on a trial basis. It is too stressful on the babies. We also have tried allowing people to visit the cats and kittens, and most do not show any reactions in short periods, but after prolonged exposure they may find issues.
You might want to consider looking into either the Sphynx or Rex breed of cats.

When are your Bengal Kittens ready for new homes?

Many people ask if they can have their kittens at eight weeks of age. And often, we hear customers tell us that a 12-16 week old kitten is no longer a kitten!!!!!!!!! This is so untrue, they are still very much little babies at this age. Remember, the Bengal cat is unlike a regular cat and continues to grow and mature for two years unlike other breeds that are mature at around 11 months of age. I know most of you are eager to get your new kitten, but there are several reasons we do not allow our kittens to leave for their new homes prior to at LEAST twelve weeks of age. Here's a bit of information:

1. We like to allow our kittens to wean themselves at their own pace, which makes for a less needy kitten, and a happier mom. Most of our kittens start eating solid foods around five weeks of age, but still want/need the comfort of Mom. Some kittens have such a strong urge to suckle, that if they are taken away too early from mom, will begin to nurse on each other, on clothing or even on their owner. Others become fretful without mom, and tend to cry often or have nervous habits. These habits can be difficult to break. In the wild, a kitten would never leave mom at six to eight weeks of age -- they would never survive. It's not natural for a kitten to be taken from its mother and littermates at such an early age, so we let mom and baby determine when it's time to be fully weaned.

2. Good litterbox habits are reinforced by watching mother. Most kittens don't start to use the litterbox until around four or five weeks of age. They watch mom dig and scratch, use the box. They learn to bury their waste in the litter, too. On the rare occasions when we've had to wean kittens early, these kittens took much longer to regularly use the litterbox. They have accidents around the house, and are unsure where to go. On the other hand, the kittens raised by mom until 9 or 10 weeks of age rarely had litterbox accidents. All kittens benefit from consistency and familiarity when young -- so a familiar environment, same litterbox, etc. makes for few, if any accidents, and reinforces strong litterbox habits. That way, when the kitten leaves for its new home, it continues using the litterbox faithfully.

3. While the kittens are nursing from mom, they receive passive immunity from mother's milk. At around six weeks of age this slowly begins to taper off, and our kittens are vaccinated around nine or ten weeks of age. It is from six to nine weeks that a kitten is most vulnerable to disease and stress. Just another reason they are left with mom and allowed to continue to nurse. By the time a kitten is around twelve weeks of age, the immune system has developed enough to give the kitten much needed protection when going through the stress of adoption. Vaccinating nursing kittens is pretty much a waste of time and vaccine, since mother's antibodies interfere with the vaccine -- basically rendering the kitten still unprotected. Therefore, we do not vaccinate kittens until at least one week after they've been weaned.

4. Kittens that leave for their new homes around 12 weeks of age are well socialized by this time, and can handle new experiences without much fear and/or stress. This socialization comes not only from their human family, but also from mom and littermates. They've learned how to play, without getting too rough, how to use the litterbox, how to stay well-kept through daily grooming, and how to interact with humans and other cats. Our kittens have well-formed litterbox habits, have been eating solid foods for at least four weeks, and have become quite used to the daily activities of our household. They learn a vacuum cleaner won't eat them up, and that dogs are not dangerous to them. When it is time for them to leave for their new home, they are mentally and physically ready to make the big change.

Do Bengal Cats have to eat raw meat?
Just because the Bengal breed was created from the Asian Leopard Cat, that does not mean they are "wild" animals. The Bengal is a fun loving, playful and inquisitive domestic cat breed that requires the same care and feeding as any other kitty cat.

Bengal Cat terminology:
ALC: Asian Leopard Cat (Felis bengalensis). A small (6-13 lb) forest-dwelling wild cat used in the creation of the Bengal cat breed.

FOUNDATION CATS, F1, F2, F3: Refers to generational status, specifically the first three away from the leopard cat. F1 is first generation bengal (one parent is an ALC) F2 is 2nd (one grand-parent is an ALC) and F3 is the last generation before SBT.

SBT: Stud Book Traditional, TICA's registry code referring to the cat's generational status. This is the 4th or more generatoion of bengal breeding without any wild cat. Only the SBT Bengal is eligible for showing.

Bengal Cat Coat terms:
FUZZIES: A stage Bengal kittens go through. Beginning at 4 weeks and can last up to 16 weeks of age. The coat texture becomes course, and the pattern becomes obscure and undefined. Colours also fade and grey out.

PELT: Refers to the exceptionally soft feel and density of the fur; not all Bengals are "pelted".

OCELLI: From the latin "oculus" meaning little eye. These are the white spots seen on the backs of the ears, and are mostly seen in the early generations.

WHITED: A highly desirable trait and refers to the white underside (belly) of the Asian Leopard Cat. This trait is seen in most wild cats, and is unique to the Bengal cat breed. Black spots should be seen on the belly ontop this whited base.

LOCKET: A patch of white fur (devoid of color) that are most commonly found in the groin or throat area, but can be found anywhere, even at the tip of the black tail! Often undiagnosed as it may consist of one single white hair where is does not belong. Although the fault does not affect the cat's health in any way and is merely a cosmetic inperfection, it is a penalty in the show ring and is passed on through generations.

PATTERN TERMS: ARROWHEAD- Spots horizontally aligned and formed into arrowhead shapes. ACREAGE- The amount of distance between pattern and ground color. BULLSEYE- An undesirable closed circular swirl on the side of the body with a spot in the centre. Most often seen on the marble, but also seen on the spotted coat. CHAINING: Spots linked together to form chain like patterns. Most often seen along the top of the cats pattern along the sides, flanking the spinal column.

Do your Bengal Kittens come neutered/spayed?
YES!!! And we urge you check out the following link to find the pros and cons of early speuters:

Why does the Bengal kitten have no whiskers/short whiskers in the photos you sent me?
Kittens have whiskers to "feel" their way around the world. Once the babies start leaving the nest box and exploring on their own, moms can become over protective. They chew off the whiskers (or cut them short) to try and deter the babies from leaving. But not to worry, this is common and the whiskers will fully grow in as normal!!!


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