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Bengals

Bengal

Sire Thor & Sire Frosty 

Thor is our sire he has beautiful markings he also has a great temperament and loves walking on his cat wheel

Frosty country paws one of our sires .
Frosty country paws one of our sires .

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Country paw Bengals 
Our Sires country paws
Our Sires country paws
Thor
Thor

TRAVEL

Travel 

Since we are located a little farther out in the country we do understand it may be hard for some to pick up their new kitten so we are willing to drive and meet up as long as the distance is reasonable for us.

Is a bengal right for you?

Cats have all kinds of different personalities, so is a bengal best for you?

We want our Bengals to find the perfect family and we want their new owners to be totally happy with their new addition!

First thing you should know about Bengals is they love to climb! 

Second is the can be very mischievous and curious.

Third is a crave for meat more than domestic cats.  I feed my Bengals a mixture wet and dry cat food.  To ensure your bengal is getting everything they need nutritionally you should look at the ingredients and make sure it mentions real meat as a main ingredient. With my adults, I supplement with cooked chicken. The bengals love chicken!! So Bengals can be more expensive to feed than a domestic cat

Fourth is to make sure your city and state allows Bengals! Some states and cities have laws prohirbiting Bengals.  so please check out beforehand.

Please before deciding that you want a bangal do some online research your self and just make sure they are perfect for you and your lifestyle!!! I wouldn't suggest buying one if you have a small apartment or if you would be away a lot.be sure to check out my page on coloring and patterns it has info that helps explain a little about them as well.

      Colorings and patterns

Colorings / Patterns

           Brown Bengals are the result of the breeding of the Asian leopard cat to a domestic cat. They like other Bengal colors, have the same patterns. Rosetted, Spotted, Arrowhead ,marble are all examples of bangal patterns. Their eyes are usually green or gold they can have glitter coats as well. They can be light in color, more orange or even quite dark. They should  NEVER have white paws if they do then they are not purebred Bengals!!!

Glitter Coat     

                All of our Bengals have beautiful glitter coats! are where the Bengals have translucent hair shafts which gives them a shiny metallic glittery look when looked at in the direct sunlight. It is very hard to get a picture of the" glitteriness"but it is simply breathtaking and soft.

                            FUZZY STAGE

             The fuzzy stage is simply the mutating of their coat pattern. It is done for self protection to help hide from predators in the wild. It can occur from anywhere around 12 weeks to a year of age and sometime more depending on the cats coloring.

                       PATTERNS (MARKINGS)

   There are a few different kinds of markings. There are spotted, Arrowhead spots, marble and Rosetted spots, I know confusing right? There are different kinds of spots some are like arrowheads some are just spots. Some have circles around spots. That's called a Rosetted spot. A circle with no spots is just a rosette or a donut rosette marbled is like the bread at the store The marble pattern should flow in a horizontal manner there are some that look like bull's eyes and some that look like ice cream.

                    Colorings / patterns

                           Colorings

           Bengals come in a variety of colors from the white snow Bengals to the black Melanistic Bengals. All are spectacular if you ask me I currently breed snow Bengals and now browns is well we are hoping to add silver to the Bengal family too soon Snow Bengals come in three colors ;seal Lynx, Seal Mink and Seal Depia .I will try to explain the difference in the color.

                          SEAL LYNX

             The seal lynx it's the whitest of the snows. Snow Bengal kittens are born all white with very little-no markings like little Dalmatian puppies.  Their patterns begin to show after about two to four weeks if age. Their markings will enhance until they are about 12 weeks or so, and then they go into a fuzzy stage; at that point it will be hard to see their spots/marbling as well. They take the longest to fully get their markings back after this stage our male took a little over a year to achieve full markings. Some bengal markings can take up to two years before fully developed and expressed to their full potential. Please be patient with the markings as they transition from this phase and may be lighter in color as well. A Seal Lynx here's beautiful blue eyes The strength of the blue can be vary but a seal lynx always has blue eyes!

                  SEAL MINK

         A Seal Mink has a darker background color than the seal lynx.sometimes you can see a little bit of their markings at birth but usually by the end of the first week you can see them better also they  will get better around week 12 then the fuzzy stage comes and then they will get blurry. But they don't stay that long like the seal lynx does. Usually by the time they are 5 months they start looking better.

FROSTY 

SNOW BENGAL 1 1/2 WEEK OLD

 a week and a half old

  kittens 7 weeks old

KITTEN 1  1/2 WEEK OLD

kittens are a week and a half old here

BENGAL HISTORY

  History With his distinctive spotted coat and large size, the Bengal looks like a wild cat on the prowl, but although one of his ancestors is the small, wild Asian leopard cat, he’s a domestic cat through and through.Bengals take their name from the Asian leopard cat’s scientific name, Felis bengalensis. They were created through crosses between an Asian leopard cat — which in the 1950s and into the 1960s could be purchased at pet stores — and domestic shorthairs. Jean Mill, a breeder in California, was the first to make such a cross, but not because she wanted to create a new breed. She had acquired a leopard cat and allowed her to keep company with a black tom cat so she wouldn’t be lonely. To her surprise, since she hadn’t thought the two species would mate, kittens resulted, and Mill kept a spotted female. Breeding her back to her father produced a litter of spotted and solid kittens.At about the same time, Dr. Willard Centerwall was crossing Asian leopard cats with domestic cats at Loyola University. The leopard cats were resistant to the feline leukemia virus, so researchers were interested in finding out if the trait could be passed on to hybrid offspring.Various breeders became interested in developing the cats as a breed. Mill was one of them. Changes in her life had caused her to give up cat breeding, but she was ready to begin again. She had acquired some of Dr. Centerwall’s hybrids and sought out suitable males to breed to them. One was an orange domestic shorthair that she found in India, of all places, and the other was a brown spotted tabby acquired from a shelter. Bengals today are considered to be one and the same with domestic cats, and any Bengal purchased should be at least four generations removed from any ancestors with wild bloodlines.The first cat association to recognize the Bengal was The International Cat Association, which granted the breed experimental status in 1983, followed by full recognition in 1991. The Bengal is also recognized by the American Cat Fanciers Association, the Canadian Cat Association and the United Feline Organization.Bengal cats are so sought after, that a British woman paid over $50,000 for her bengal cat in 1990, dubbing them the “Rolls Royce” of feline companions.SizeThis is a large cat. Bengals weigh 8 to 15 pounds or more.PersonalityThe Bengal is highly active and highly intelligent. This makes him fun to live with, but he can sometimes be challenging. On the whole, the Bengal is a confident, talkative, friendly cat who is always alert. Nothing escapes his notice. He likes to play games, including fetch, and he’s a whiz at learning tricks. His nimble paws are almost as good as hands, and it’s a good thing he doesn’t have opposable thumbs or he would probably rule the world. Bored bengal cats can also adopt some unconventional (and slightly destructive) habits, including: turning light switches on and off, fishing seals out of drains and excitedly plucking CDs from your DVD player.Fond of playing in water, the Bengal is not above jumping into the tub or strolling into the shower with you. Aquarium and pond fish may be at risk from his clever paws. He also loves to climb and can often be found perching at the highest point he can reach in the home. A tall cat tree or two is a must for this feline, as are puzzle toys that will challenge his intelligence.On the rare occasions that he isn’t swinging on chandeliers or swimming in your pool, the affectionate Bengal will be pleased to sit on your lap. It goes without saying that he will share your bed. And yes, he steals the covers.HealthBoth pedigreed cats and mixed-breed cats have varying incidences of health problems that may be genetic in nature. Bengals are generally healthy, but the following diseases have been seen in the breed:Distal neuropathy, a nervous system disorder that causes weakness. It can occur in Bengals as early as 1 year of age. Fortunately, many cats recover on their own, although a few relapse.Flat-chested kitten syndrome, a deformity that can range from mild to severe. Kittens who survive to adulthood usually show no signs once they reach maturity.Hip dysplasia, which in severe cases can cause lamenessHypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease that is heritable in some breeds.Patellar luxation, a hereditary dislocation of the kneecap that can range from mild to severe. Severe cases can be alleviated with surgery.Progressive retinal atrophy, a degenerative eye disease.CareThe short, thick coat of the Bengal is easily cared for with weekly combing to remove dead hair and distribute skin oils. A bath is rarely necessary.Brush the teeth to prevent periodontal disease. Daily dental hygiene is best, but weekly brushing is better than nothing. Trim the nails every couple of weeks. Wipe the corners of the eyes with a soft, damp cloth to remove any discharge. Use a separate area of the cloth for each eye so you don’t run the risk of spreading any infection. Check the ears weekly. If they look dirty, wipe them out with a cotton ball or soft damp cloth moistened with a 50-50 mixture of cider vinegar and warm water. Avoid using cotton swabs, which can damage the interior of the ear.Keep the litter box spotlessly clean. Cats are very particular about bathroom hygiene, and a dirty box may cause them to start using other places in the house instead.It’s a good idea to keep a Bengal as an indoor-only cat to protect him from diseases spread by other cats, attacks by dogs or coyotes, and the other dangers that face cats who go outdoors, such as being hit by a car. Keeping him indoors also protects local birds and wildlife from this avid hunter. If possible, build your Bengal a large outdoor enclosure where he can jump and climb safely. Bengals who go outdoors also run the risk of being stolen by someone who would like to have such a beautiful cat without paying for it.Coat Color And GroomingThe Bengal could never be called delicate. He is an athlete: agile and graceful with a strong, muscular body, as befits a cat who looks as if he belongs in the jungle. His broad head is a modified wedge shape, longer than it is wide, with rounded contours. Atop it are medium-size to small ears that are relatively short, set toward the side of the head. Large oval eyes are almost round. Joining the head to the body is a long, muscular neck. Supporting the body are medium-length legs, slightly longer in the back than in the front, with large, round paws. A thick, medium-length tail tapers at the end and is tipped in black. When a Bengal rolls over, you can see that another characteristic is a spotted belly.Enhancing the Bengal’s wild appearance is a short, thick pelt that feels luxuriously soft and silky. It comes in several colors and patterns, including brown tabby, seal mink tabby, black silver tabby, and seal silver lynx point. The coat can be spotted randomly or in horizontal patterns, or it can be marbled, with horizontal stripes arranged randomly on a lighter background. Some Bengals have a coat that is described as “glittered.” The fur shimmers in the light, as if it were tipped with gold dust.Children And Other PetsThe active and social Bengal is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He will play fetch as well as any retriever, learns tricks easily and loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect. He’s smart enough to get out of the way of toddlers but loves school-age children because they are a match for his energy level and curiosity. Nothing scares him, certainly not dogs, and he will happily make friends with them if they don’t give him any trouble. Always introduce any pets, even other cats, slowly and in a controlled setting.Like many active cats, bengals have a high prey drive and should not be trusted with smaller prey animals such as: hamsters, smaller rabbits and guinea pigs.
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Kimberly Folino