Kitten Care A few kitten tips

If you have not owned a Bengal kitten, it would be wise to formularize yourself with the Bengal breed so you are not disappointed later and giving your cat up for adoption. They are from the wild Asian Leopard bloodline, but generations away separate them from the wild to a domesticated tame cat. They are Hypoallergenic Cats.

But they are very curious and have a lot of energy in their adolescent stage from 4 weeks to 6 months old. They need plenty of scratchier and toys to keep them occupied. Having two kittens will be much easier on them and you, they will play with each other, instead of crying because of being alone. When they are older being alone is ok, they don't mind it.

There are many good books and the Internet to read up on them, and this information will be useful to you. It's just a few steps of knowledge to owning a healthy kitten and understanding the Bengal personality. 

You should not sleep with your new kitten until they have learned where their new litter box is and gets used to using it. Kittens will pee in the bed, they are not going to jump out of a cosy bed looking for a place to go pee, so they will simply pee on your quilt, or pillow. I suggest keeping your new kitten in a bathroom for the first few nights with their carrier and a worm blanket for them to cuddle up with. Sometimes they will sleep in their carrier and after a few days they will adjust to their new surroundings and be fine. Have their litter box, a water bowl, and dry food in with them. Sometimes they won't eat for the first day, that's normal, but by the next day will chow down. They start using their litter box at 4 weeks old and are litter box trained before they leave our cattery, but when introduced to a new home new environment and new smells, they need to be reintroduced and monitored to be sure their are using their litter box. Then you can slowly introduce them to new areas of the home. If they're not trained in the new home, they may find new spots to potty and it will become a habit, so you don't let it start.

Try to use litters that are not clumping, because the litter sticks to their paws and they lick their paws and eat it. I was told by a Veterinarian, that from licking their paws, they swallow the clumps and it gets stuck in their stomach and make them very sick. She has had to perform many surgeries to clean them out. Pine Litter in the Pallets, this is healthy for you, your cats and kids. 

Be sure the clean you litter and box once a week so bacteria and odor doesn't get a chance to linger into the kitchen or guest areas. Just use soap and water, you don't need abrasive ammonia's, cats are very sensitive to smells and won't use the litter box.

 Keep an eye on their stool, that it is not runny. It should be hard like a tootsie roll. If runny you can try giving them steamed rice. Runny stool can mean a lot of things, they need to be dewormed again, stress, change diet, new home, not getting enough water or getting tow much wet food and they can get girradia (diarrhea) and that can dehydrate them and can become fatal. If your kitten has diarrhea. Kittens will step in their runny stool and lick their paw that will give them girradia, they can get stool stuck to their nose when smelling it, and can't smell. If kittens can't smell their food, they won't eat it. So check their paws, and clean them off with just water. If stuck to their nose, just use a warm clean wet towel to gently wipe it off. 

Very important: Their water bowls need to be changed 2 times a day. Bengal cats love to play in their water bowls and will contaminate the water they drink. Many times after they use the litter box they will lick their paws and even play in their water, contaminating their water they will drink. This is very unhealthy and they will get sick with diarrhea. So Save yourself a trip to the vet and change your cats water bowl frequently.

Ear mites are black little bugs in your kitten or cats ears that have to be treated every few months. you can use Revolution or your pet supply store will have over the counter supply's and treatments.

Fleas are an on going treatment, you have to stay on top of that or your home will get infested with them. So every few months, read your instructions. Capstar will kill fleas in 30 minutes but you still need to have your cat or kitten treated by your vet with Revolution flea, tick, worm and ear mites medications to keep the fleas and parasites off! One flea can cause many illnesses. 

Your kitten will have their first vaccination and de-wormed at 8 weeks, but needs 3 sets of vaccinations 3 weeks apart so continue the next 2 sets with your veterinarian.

Most important, never hit you kitten or she/he will be afraid of you forever. Always love and stroke your pet with love and they will love you back.

Always ask your vet if you have questions, it could save your kittens life.

Good Luck!

Kitten Buying Guide
 when you take your kitten home from a Breeder!

Kitten Care and Health Issues

Kitten Health Issues and Medical

FYI...Please read below before buying a kitten, Don't be scammed!​

Take your time before buying a kitten a new addition to your family,
 you will have for 12 to 20 years or more! Do your homework and ask questions!

#1.  I have HCM testing on all my breeders. HCM is an ultrasound on a cats heart to make sure no HCM. A disease that they can pass on to their kittens, like heart murmurs. Its a very expensive test not all breeders can afford to have done.

#2.  I have PRA testing for eye disease to make sure my adult breeders don't pass blindness gene to their kittens.

#3.  I have PKD Deficiency test to make sure my adult breeders don't pass kidney disease to their kitten, that later can cause kidney failure. 

#4.  I treat all my adults for any fleas, ear mites or parasites before breeding because you can't treat them when pregnant or when nursing. Most breeders don't take time to treat their adults to assure they don't pass that on to their kittens.  

Watch for Scammers!
 They take your money and don't send your kitten, I know this from my own breeder friends and I hear all the time from clients. They switch kittens, and sell you sick kittens with diseases you can't see like heart murmurs, or parasites.
 It can cost you more in vet bills then the cost of the kitten.
That is why I have colored collars on all my kittens to assure you are getting the very kitten you picked. I have my kittens health checked for Heart Murmurs and Parasites. I don't breed (son to mother) or (father to daughter), that is in home breeding and will cause issues you can not see.

  It's hard to tell who is a scammer!
They have a website, they are tica registered, they are sweet on the phone, but are they real, are they honest?

 You can't always believe what you hear, what you read or what is true.
 To avoid scams, it's good to see in person,
 don't be afraid to ask questions. 

Most breeders do their best to watch out for those kind of scams and will keep
 each other informed. If you see or hear about scammers, please report them.

When buying a kitten from a breeder, watch for:​
*A website with kitten pictures but no parents showing next to them, it could be because of they don't want you to know who the parents are because of inbreeding. Inbreeding causes birth defects like heart murmurs, kinks in the tail and cleft pallets. So Beware!

*Ask: who is the sire and queen are of each kitten and make sure sire is not related in any way to queen?
*See tica papers
​ * See pedigree on both Breeders
*Ask to see vet health checks for heart murmurs, parasites, giardia, coccidia, runny eyes, runny stool and so much more. Look at bottom for fleas, dried stool or redness around butt.

*FYI Stud Mufasa is retired as of 2016, if shown as parent, it is not possible.
 He is post to another websites that has no business being there!

I do my best to have healthy kittens by starting with my adult breeders, feeding them the best foods and nutrition, keeping up on their yearly health checks, ear mites, worms, fleas and HCM testing for healthy hearts and C-1 blood panel test for the corona virus, but sometimes my best is not always good enough. Every cattery will still have a few kittens get sick, and if so...
Return it, no questions asked. 

All my kittens sell out before they are weeks old from returning clients, and clients that have seen or heard about Bengal babies. They know I'm a reliable
 and a very reputable breeder.

All Queens and Studs test negative for HCM 
Parents test for Felv/Fiv and health checked and vaccinated yearly
before breeding to assure kittens health and excellent bloodlines.

Understand FIP

I DON'T SELL KITTENS WITH FIP, NEVER DID! But I get more then a handful of clients a year that come to me after their devastating experiences with a kitten they bought through another breeder unexpectedly died from FIP or Heart Murmur, but you don't hear about them. 

NOTE: FIP comes from a virus called Feline Coronavirus. Most strains of feline coronavirus are avirulent, which means they do not cause FIP. Most, if not every cattery carries this virus, it comes from multiple cats using the same litter box, that is why I don't let my cats share the same litter boxes, and my cats are test for the virus before breeding. 5 to 10 percent will actually get FIP from the coronavirus and will die by the time they are 3 months old, but others can have the coronavirus and live a normal long healthy life.

Understand Hear Murmurs

A Heart murmur is an abnormal heart sound usually heard by listening to the heart with a stethoscope. A heart murmur is caused by turbulent blood flow within the heart, sometimes a murmur is determined to be pathologic or caused by disease. Pathologic heart murmur can be caused by a structural problem within the heart.

What is an innocent or physiologic heart murmur?
 "An innocent or physiologic heart murmur is a heart murmur that has no impact on the cat's health." 

One type of innocent heart murmur is often found in young growing kittens, particularly kittens that are growing rapidly. The murmur may first appear at 6-8 weeks of age, and a kitten with an innocent heart murmur will usually outgrow it by about 4-5 months of age. This type of murmur is benign. Some normal adult cats may have an intermittent heart murmur that shows up when their heart rate is increased due to stress. This type of physiologic murmur disappears when the heart rate is normal, and has no impact on the cat's health.
In general, a physiologic or innocent heart murmur will have a low intensity (usually Grade 1-2 out of 6), and does not cause any symptoms or clinical signs.

Kitten Care
 when you take your kitten home from BengalBabies
what to expect!

Understand FIP

Understand Heart Murmurs