TEMERAMENT/HEALTH

Health Guarantee
Here at Deluxe Cattery the health of your new Bengal kitten is very important to us. We take pride in maintaining healthy and happy Bengal cats.

TEMPERAMENT

Just like health, temperament is not a guarantee, but after years of experience, we have figured out the secret ingredients to creating confident, friendly cats. Temperament is a combination of nature and nurture. On the nature side, our experience has taught us that the sire plays a powerful part in determining disposition. Therefore, we removed any shy males from our breeding program and only use confident, friendly boys.  

But it doesn't end there. Bengal Kittens must be raised in a home and have regular interaction with people. While we give the Moms the peace and quiet they need to be settled the first five weeks, after that, we move the Mom and kittens to the main living area of our house.  Here they are centered in the hustle and bustle of our lives which includes elementary-aged children and the family dog, Chinook. Chinook and the kids make sure the kittens are accustomed to noise and fast movement along with helping Delany and Luxem with play time.


Bengals are a lot of fun to live with, extremely intelligent, curious and active, they demand a lot of interaction. If you won’t be home during the day to entertain your Bengal, plan to have two of them. When a Bengal gets bored, he is capable of taking things apart to see how they work and opening drawers and cabinets to see what interesting toys or food might be available for him.

The Bengal loves his people and will do anything for attention from them. If he figures out that you don’t like something he does jumping on the kitchen counter, for instance, he will start doing it all the time because it will get your attention and force you to interact with him. He also likes to take things and hide them. Put your jewelry away in a place where he can’t get it (you hope).

Every cat is an individual, but most Bengals get along with other pets, including dogs. They are best suited to homes with older children who will enjoy playing with them, but as long as they have an escape route from toddlers they should do well with them.


PERSONALITY

This is a cat who needs a lot of vertical territories. Bengals love to climb, the higher the better. Provide them with tall cat trees and window perches. They are also fond of playing with water. Don’t be surprised if your Bengal wants to join you in the shower or bathtub. You may find yourself installing a motion-sensitive faucet in your bathroom or kitchen so he can turn the water on and off for himself. If that’s not on your agenda, he will appreciate having a pet fountain to drink from always.

They are also highly intelligent and enjoy the attention that comes with being clicker-trained. Challenge their brain and keep them interested in life by teaching them tricks and games and providing them with interactive toys or puzzle toys that will reward them with kibble or treats when they learn how to manipulate them.



HEALTH

All of our kittens are raised indoors, vaccinated, dewormed and examined by a licensed veterinarian for good health before going into a new home. Our breeder Bengals have all been heavily vetted and genetically tested to ensure supreme health (PK Def, FIV, FeLV, and FIP negative). Each kitten goes home with a 72 hour warranty for viral diseases, as well as a two year guarantee for congenital defects and genetic diseases. 

Qualified Veterinary Care
We are in a privileged position that we have developed a wonderful working relationship with our vet over the past several years.  Therefore our health set up and kitten care along with vaccination series timelines have been tailor made for us through an extremely experienced and trusted vet with firsthand knowledge about breeding and caring for Cats.

Weaning
We believe in letting our Queens, mother our litters fully. We do not early wean our litters from our queens unless for medical reasons.  This means that our kittens have a chance to learn many positive behaviors from their mother, like appropriate litter box habits, before she leaves them. 
We also recognize the importance in the first several weeks of our kittens lives and the benefits of the antibodies they receive from their mother’s milk.
We firmly believe that by allowing our Queens to naturally care for their litters, it gives our kittens a great start in their long term health.

All Wormer (Drontal)
We commence deworming of our kittens while still in embryo.  That means that our queen mothers continue to receive their deworming while pregnant to insure that our kittens are born worm free.  Once the kittens are born we then commence a deworming schedule as laid out by our vet. After 12 weeks of age your kitten will need to be dewormed every month till they are 6 months old after that you will deworm your cat every three months for the duration of their life.

Frontline
Once our kittens are 12 weeks of age we recommend commence with Frontline for the treatment of parasites.  This is a monthly preventative that is given by dosing the kitten with a drop on the back of their necks once a month for the duration of their life.

Immunizations
The F3 kitten vaccination covers:
  • Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus
  • Feline Calicivirus
  • Feline Panleucopenia Virus
Our Veterinary recommended vaccination series starts with the kittens receiving their F3 vaccination at 8+ weeks of age.  A second booster is due 2-4 weeks later.  The final booster is due at 2-4 weeks after that.  From then on your cat should have annual vaccinations for the duration of the cat’s life. At the time of our kittens first vaccinations they also receive a full health check from our vet to ensure that everyone is developing properly. 
Besides the general health and well being of our kittens, our vet checks the following:
  • Bite
  • Eyes
  • Ears                
  • Spine/Tail       
  • Joints
  • Patellas
  • Flex/Movement
  • Heart
  • Lungs/Breathing
  • Privates
  • Umbilical
Alteration (desexing)
We believe in responsibly breeding. In consideration of the unwanted cat population we have been practicing ES&N (Early Spay & Neuter) since the beginning.  We have had personal experience with ES&N for the last fifteen years and feel that the benefits far outweighed any perceived negatives.  We have truly only experienced excellent results with ES&N. 

Our Top Quality Pet kittens and Altered Show Quality kittens are altered (desexed) at 11 weeks of age.  This allows the kitten to be mature enough to handle the surgery but early enough to be healed by the time they leave us for their new homes.  This cost is included in our kitten pricing.
  1. All parents of our Bengal kittens have been tested for FeLV (Feline Leukemia), and FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus). All kittens are guaranteed to be free of these diseases at the time of purchase. 
  2. Our Bengal kittens are guaranteed to be free of PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease). All of our breeders have been DNA tested through the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory. We guarantee PKD free for the life of your kitten. 
  3. The buyer has 3 business days to have the kitten examined by a licensed veterinarian. You will have 10 business days to send Deluxe Cattery a copy of the veterinarian's report. If we do not receive the vet report within the 10 days, the guarantee will be void. You should set up a veterinary appointment in advance before your kitten gets to you. 
  4. Your new Bengal kitten will be up to date on all vaccinations. You will receive a record of vaccinations given to your Bengal kitten. The buyer is responsible for any further medical costs once their Bengal kitten leaves our cattery. This would include an initial vet exam, office visits, vaccinations, surgeries, lab tests, medications, or time off from work. No medical care will be authorized or be paid by our Cattery. 
The most common disease in cats is heart disease (HCM). For this reason, our cats visit a Board Certified Cardiologist for an Echocardiogram on their hearts each 12 to 18 months
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About HMC
HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Mutation) is a disease of the heart in which a portion of the wall is thickened without any obvious cause. HCM results in a reduction of chamber volume, thereby reducing the volume of blood that the heart can pump with each contraction and in severe cases premature death can occur.

HCM can be found in any breed of cat, so make sure you ask your breeder what testing and breeding practices they use to as much as possible ensure the health of their cats and kittens. If your breeder does not know what HCM is or claims that they don’t need to test because they have “clear lines” be VERY cautious.

Right now there is no DNA genetic test available for HCM in Bengals. However they have been working on a DNA test for the Ragdoll and Maine Coon cat breeds. Unfortunately it is only one genetic marker that is at this time able to be tested. While the test is available to these two breeds the results can be quite limited. More studies are required and are being done, notably by the Washington State University in the USA.

For humans there are well over 130 genetic mutations that can cause the HCM disease. It’s likely that this may be true for cats, too. Therefore a 100% DNA test resulting in eradication of the disease is highly unlikely.

So while the efforts to develop a DNA test for the Bengal breed will be helpful, it will still be of limited use as it is only one of possibly many markers that contribute to the cause. For this reason just because a cat tests negative via the DNA test does not mean the cat will not develop HCM from some other mutation; it just means the cat does not have that particular mutation.

Of course gaining the ability to know more about our cat’s genetics and the ability to test for known mutations will help breeders continue on in breeding responsibly. So while it is a step in the right direction it is not going to be a substitute for ultrasound screening of breeding cats.

Ultrasound screenings are necessary and will continue to be necessary for detecting HCM. In our opinion HCM testing of all breeding stock is part of “best breeding practices” for any responsible Bengal breeder.

For this reason Deluxe Cattery strives to select our Bengal breeding stock from HCM ultrasound tested lines and do ultrasounds on all our breeding cats that are in our program. Having multiple generations of negative ultrasound results helps responsible breeders ensure, as much as possible, that they are breeding healthy lines.

You should be aware that HCM in cats most often does not show up until they are between the ages of two to five years of age but can present earlier or later than that. For this reason we commence testing of our cats around the age of one year and before the age of two years and then biannually during their time in our breeding program. When possible we also secure test results on the sires and dams of our lines.

We hope that you have found this information educational and helpful.
The bottom line -
  • We want you to be happy with your kitten AND we want our kittens to live in happy homes. All of our kittens are raised in our home, and once they are litter box trained, they have free range of our house.
  • Illness, suffering, and death are not enjoyable experiences, and we couldn't breed cats if we weren't finding joy in it. We at Deluxe cattery utilize all resources available through our regular vet, specialist vets, and genetic testing to bring only the healthiest Bengal kittens into this world.

You are Guaranteed a HEALTHY and HAPPY Bengal Cat.