What is a Bengal Cat?
A Bengal cat is a domestic breed of cat originally bred by crossing an Asian Leopard cat to a domestic cat. They are notoriously known for their beautiful vibrant rosetted coat which is typically glittered. They look like small versions of a Leopard.
Bengal cats are extremely outgoing and can be very mischievous. Most enjoy the water so having one pop into the shower with you should be no surprise. They are very smart, some learning how to turn on lights and sinks. They crave attention from their owners and can play for hours. They like to climb, run, and jump. Some will even play fetch!
Is a Bengal Cat Legal In My State?
We recommend checking state and local laws. In most places, SBT Bengals are legal. Some areas have laws specific to early F generation cats (F1,F2, etc).
It's important to check your state laws before purchasing and bringing home your new pet!
How Much Does A Bengal Cat Cost?
I'm sure you've heard the line "you get what you pay for". This is true, especially with Bengal cats.
You will find Bengal cats range in price from $250-$3000+ but price does reflect quality.
Typically, the lower cost Bengal cats are from catteries that aren't registered with TICA, don't health test, don't breed for type or temperament, and a lot of the cats have very poor markings. They may not even come with papers at that price.
Typically, a well bred Bengal cat will run between $900-$1500 for a pet, $1500-$2000 for a "top pet" and $2000-$3000+ for a breeding/top show quality cat.
Early F generations (F1,F2, F3) typically cost more and follow a different pricing scale.
Prices definitely fluctuate but be sure to do research on your breeder before purchasing a kitten from them.
What Do You Feed Your Bengal Cats?
We feed our cats Chicken Soup For The Soul. Raw diets are great diets as well, but there is always a risk of bacteria from the food. We have a page setup with the ingredients and information for a raw diet we have used.
We have been asked, why feed both Raw AND Dry. Well, we have two MAIN reasons for this.
1- We believe cats should never be kept on a dry food diet only. Cats, need the moisture from a wet food as some do not drink as much water as they should (generally not too much of a problem with Bengals, but you never know). What better "wet food" than raw?
2- Not everyone feels comfortable feeding their new cat/kitten raw food. Feeding a combination of Raw and Kibble ensures that the cat or kitten you get from us will have an easier diet transition with less of a chance for gastrointestinal upset.
What is HCM?
HCM- Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
HCM is a disease that causes thickening of the heart muscle. It is unknown what causes this, but there are certain breeds of cats that seem to be predisposed to this condition, including Bengals.
Screening for HCM typically starts around 1 - 1 ½ years of age and is done annually or sometimes biannually by breeders to ensure their cats do not develop this disease. Unfortunately there is no genetic test for this disease in Bengals yet so this is the only means of testing that can be done.
What is PK-Deficiency?
Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency
PK-Def is a form of inherited anemia which causes severe lethargy, weakness, weight loss, jaundice, among other things. Severity of symptoms and age of onset is variable from cat to cat.
This condition is inherited recessively, meaning if one of the parents is NOT affected, none of the kittens will be affected. This disease is common in Bengal Cats, but proper testing and breeding practices make it easy to prevent affected cats. N/N-Non carrier N/K- Carrier K/K- Affected
What is PKD?
PKD- Polycystic Kidney Disease
PKD is a disease that causes fluid filled cysts to form within the kidneys. Athough Bengal cats aren't common carriers of this disease, it is not impossible. Cysts are present from birth but are very small. They increase as the cat ages causing kidney failure.
PKD is a dominant gene, which means there are no carriers, only affected cats. If bred to a non affected cat, approximately 50% of the offspring will be affected.
This disease is considered a late onset renal disease.
What is the average cost for a Bengal Cat in the first year?
This is going to vary based on your cat, the diet you choose, toys and supplies you buy, vet you use, etc, but here is a rough breakdown of cost.
Cat- This price will vary based on the cat you choose. Estimate $1500
Food- What diet do you plan to use? The raw diet posted feeds 1 cat for approximately 16 days.
I buy in bulk and make 10X the quantity and it costs me approximately $50.00
So feeding raw costs about $5.00-$10.00 per cat per 16 days and $120-$240/year
Litter box/scoop- Expect to pay about $10.00 for a basic box and scoop
Litter- I use Wegmans brand Multicat clumping litter. I love it and it works great. One box fills 5 litter
boxes for 1-2 weeks and costs just under $10.00. Figure $104/year
Toys- This will depend on how many toys you would like to get. I recommend a cat tree, feather toys, and balls. I would estimate at least $200.00 in toys or more for the year. You want to have a cat tree and scratching post for your Bengal. Bengals love to climb and are very active. They need these items to be happy!
Vet Bills- Your cat already comes up to date on shots and fixed if you get him/her from us. You are just responsible for boosters, which, for the first year should only cost you around $200 (depending on your vet).
The following year might be more or less.
Love and Attention- Free!
With all that, expect to pay approximately $2200.00 in your first year.
Again, this will VARY on many factors. You should always have a safety buffer and vet fund for your cat just in case.
You'll also need to price supplies at your local stores to get an accurate estimate.