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Frequently Asked Questions: Bengals, Maus, and General Info

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Do Bengals get as large as my dog?
We get asked this question a lot. The answer is NO. Bengals are derived from the Asian Leopard Cat, which is a very small (domestic cat sized) forest dwelling cat. (Go to the Bengal breed info page for more detailed info on the history of the breed.) People confuse the small Asian Leopard cat with the large African Leopard, and expect a Bengal to be very large as a result. This is not the case. Bengals are like any other domestic cat. The average size for a female Bengal is around 8-10 lbs and a male can average somewhere between 12-16 lbs.

What do Bengals/Maus/Savannahs eat?
Bengals, Maus, and Savannahs are the same as any other domestic cat. They eat domestic cat food, dry, canned, or even a raw diet. They do not require any specialized diet, just a regular domestic cat diet. We feed all of our adult breeding cats a properly balanced raw meat diet. However, we realize that not everyone wants to deal with the work and mess of a raw meat diet, so all of our kittens are raised on premium canned and dry cat foods only so that their new owner can keep them on a regular cat diet if they choose. Please visit our LINKS page under the Nutrition/Supplement section to see a list of premium foods we recommend.

Do Bengals/Maus require any special health care?
No. Bengals and Maus are cared for the same as any other breed of domestic cat.

Is it true that Bengals like water?
Yes, a lot of Bengals do like to splash around in the water. This includes your toilet bowl! They often will dunk their toys in the water bowls, splash around in their water bowl until they dump it over, things of this nature. Some will sit on the edge of the bathtub while you take a bath and might try to splash the water a little bit with their paw. Or likewise when you are in the shower. The sound of running water seems to attract Bengals! Playing in water and being given a bath are two different things to a Bengal though.

Can Bengals be leash trained?
Yes, if you start working with them at a young age, and do it on a regular basis, they will walk great on a leash. We recommend that you use an extra small roman style dog harness instead of just a collar, as they can slip their heads out of a collar if something really frightened them. A harness is much harder to get out of.

Are two Bengal/Mau/Savannah kittens better than one?
Yes, most definitely. All three of these cat breeds are very active cats, and they do well to have a playmate to help burn off all that extra energy. This is especially something to consider if you work all day long, and the kitten will be left alone at home a lot. Even if you can't afford a second Bengal, Mau, or Savannah, any other kind of cat or even a dog that can be a playmate with your pedigreed cat will be good for them.

Do Bengals, Maus, and Savannah get along with other pets?
Yes, in most cases these breeds will get along with other cats and dogs, as long as care and patience is exercised when first introducing them. First introductions should be done slowly to ensure they do start off on the right foot. Usually it is the resident pets that are reluctant to let the new kitty into the household, they experience some jealousy of the new comer. Once they get used to each other, they can be lifelong companions. Supervision and care should be taken with smaller pets such as birds, ferrets, small reptiles, and rodents, around Bengals and Savannahs.

Are Bengals, Egyptian Maus, and Savannahs compatible?
We are asked this a lot because we offer all of these breeds. Yes, they are compatible as all three breeds are very active. We find that the breeds are very similar. Maus are active, with Bengals just a notch more active, and Savannahs just another notch more active than the Bengal. But they can all get along. We have all three breeds living together here without any problems. This similarity in the breeds may be because in the beginning of the Bengal and Savannah breeds, Egyptian Maus were used as a foundation to start the Bengal and Savannah breeds, and it is likely they have retained some of the Maul's personality traits and intelligence.

Which make better pets, Male or Female?
A lot of people ask us this. Each cat is an individual, so it's very hard to answer this question. We don't see that it makes any difference in one gender being a better pet when they are spayed and neutered. Females and males can both have undesirable behaviors for a pet if they are not spayed and neutered. We have males and females here that are all very affectionate and loving to us. We make it a point to breed for excellent temperaments in our kittens, so either gender will make great pets. It is really a matter of personal preference for you. The biggest difference in a male and female cat is that the males will be slightly larger than the females. If you already have resident cats, it should not make a difference on what gender your new kitten is either, as long as all the cats are spayed and neutered.

Will a male cat still spray urine even if neutered?
If a male kitten is neutered before about 5-6 months of age, then they should not start the behavior of spraying urine. If you wait too long past 6 months to neuter, they could start spraying, and it is hard to stop it once it starts.

Are there any health risks to a male if he is not neutered?
Yes. Besides some undesirable behaviors for a pet that a whole male may exhibit, there are health risks for whole males such as testicular cancer. Neutering a male will eliminate any chances of testicular cancer, they will be less likely to contract diseases such as FeLV and FIV, have a decreased risk of mammary cancer, they will not suffer abscesses from fighting other cats, and they will be less likely to develop “stud tail”, caused by overactive glands in the tail. In addition, they will be less likely to spray strong urine, lose the urge to fight, and be less likely to try to escape.

What if I do not want to spay my female, even though I don't plan to breed her?
Female cats will spray urine just like a male if they are not spayed before about 5-6 months of age. After about 6 months of age, a female cat will start going into monthly heat cycles, lasting about a week at a time. During this time, they get very vocal, often howling loudly all night long. Your cat will make you feel as unpleasant and uncomfortable as she does during this time. But there are also valid health reasons that female cats should be spayed. Spaying eliminates the risk of Ovarian or Uterine Cancer. It also decreases the risk of Mammary Cancer. Ideally, to give a female cat protection against mammary cancer, she should be spayed prior to her first heat. Each subsequent heat brings a greater chance of mammary cancer at a later time. Spaying eliminates chances of Pyometritis as well, which is very common in unspayed females. Pyometra is a virulent bacteria that attacks the uterus of cats, usually a week or so after estrus, and is a potentially fatal infection.

Do you ship kittens?
No, we no longer ship pet kittens to any location as of November 2013. The reason for this is due to a new federal regulation for all pet breeders (of any kind of mammal including dogs, cats, rabbits, pet rodents, exotic pets) that went into effect in November 2013. These new regulations requires all pet breeders to get a USDA commercial breeding license IF they want to ship pets or do any sight unseen sales (such as over the Internet). We do not have to get a USDA commercial breeding license as long as we are a small hobby breeding program and meet our buyers face to face for the kitten pick up. The reason we do not want to become a commercial breeder is because the USDA regulations, for housing the breeding animals and offspring, do not allow the kittens to be raised in an in-home environment, but must be in cages at all times. We prefer to raise kittens in our home where they are socialized more and desensitized to all the activity and noises of a normal home environment. Being raised in a home environment helps the kitten to be a more confident pet that makes the transition to their new home much easier on them and their new owner. Unfortunately, these federal regulations will force breeders to either become a big commercial cattery or kennel, and makes it hard for a small hobby breeder to compete with large facilities. Please keep that in mind when you are searching for your pedigreed animal and looking for the right breeder for you. Support small hobby breeders who work with their breeds of choice for the betterment and enjoyment of the breed, which do not just generate as many offspring as they can in order to financially support the operation of a large commercial facility.

If I change my mind, is the deposit refundable?
No, please do not send a deposit unless you are absolutely certain you want a specific kitten.

Why do Bengals/Maus cost so much?
Our kitten prices are in line with the average market price range of these breeds, which can be based on many factors such as individual quality of desired breed traits and demand. It costs a lot of money, time, and effort to raise quality purebred animals. The purpose of buying a pedigreed cat is to receive an animal that exhibits certain physical traits as well as personality and temperament traits. The only way you can be certain you will receive an animal with those desired traits is to purchase your kitten from a reputable breeder who selectively breeds their cats with the integrity of the breed in mind. While you are searching for your perfect Bengal, Savannah, or Mau companion, please be aware of "backyard breeders" or "kitten mills" . These are situations where kittens are mass produced from below average quality cats, raised in questionable conditions, and they usually sell Bengal, Savannah, or Mau kittens very cheap, usually without registration papers, or when papers are provided it is usually without any restrictions. Any reputable breeder selling quality pure breed cats will always offer TICA registered kittens but will put breeding restrictions on the registration. These restrictions are to protect the integrity of the breed traits, plain and simple. If the breeder is offering a pet quality kitten without any registration restrictions, this is a red flag to the buyer. It is detrimental to any pedigreed breed as a whole to just allow any two cats to be bred without discretion to quality of their breed traits that they will pass on. When Bengals, Savannahs, or Maus with poor breed traits are bred without discrimination, or they are highly inbred, it is a disservice to the entire breed, perpetuating incorrect personality/temperament, dilutes proper physical traits in the breed, not to mention the higher risk of passing on genetic and health defects in their offspring.

These backyard breeders often produce Bengals, Savannahs, and Maus that resemble ordinary tabby cats with spots and will not exhibit all the personality traits that these breeds should have. This is why these type of cats are so cheap, they are not the "Real Deal". If they were the "Real Deal" they would be selling their kittens at the same rate as the reputable breeders who put a lot of time and effort into producing healthy animals with good temperaments. If the price seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Backyard breeders also will not offer any kind of genetic or health guarantee on their kittens, because they are not breeding selectively enough to guarantee these things. If specific breed traits are not important to you, you would be wise to adopt a kitten from a shelter or rescue, who greatly needs a home instead of buying a pseudo Bengal, Savannah, or Mau from a backyard breeder and supporting their less than quality breeding practices.

Buyer beware: You get what you pay for. Don't expect to get the vivid markings, big rosettes, and contrast that you see photos of Bengals,(or Maus and Savannahs) in magazines for a cheap price. These are top show quality cats that you see in magazines, and you generally won't find cats like that for sale cheap in the local newspaper. If you spend any money at all on a Bengal, Savannah, or Mau, make sure that your kitten is TICA registered (Maus can also be registered with CFA instead of TICA), and that a written health and genetic guarantee is provided, otherwise you are throwing money away and supporting "backyard breeders" who are a great disservice to any pedigreed animal breed. A reputable breeder will also provide support to you for the lifetime of the cat in case you ever have any problems or questions come up in the future with your cat.

I would also urge you that in any case that you might visit a breeder and you find that all their cats and kittens are in poor health and being kept in poor or neglectful conditions, that you do not purchase anything from that breeder. While it is sad to see cats in poor and neglectful conditions, and as much as you probably want to get a kitten right away, if you give ANY money to that breeder, you are supporting their abuse of animals and allowing them to continue to make more cats suffer. You might feel compelled to "save" a kitten from these conditions by going ahead and buying a kitten from that horrible place, but you will be bringing a lot of heart ache on yourself with huge vet bills and a perpetually sick cat. It is better to walk away in this type of situation and refuse to buy from that person so they will stop breeding animals sooner rather than later. The only way that will happen is for people to refuse to buy their animals.

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