What are BYB?
They will breed cats that are not close
to the Breed Standard. They may not look like a
Bengal (like the asian leopard cat)
They do not know what the breed standard
is for that breed (what it should look like)
They breed bengal cats which have bad
temperaments and pass that on
They breed bengal cats which may have serious
genetic faults (heart, eyes, blood)
They do not screen parents for genetic
faults (HCM-heart problems, eyes, blood)
They will breed the queen constantly
not allowing her to rest or get back into full health
before the next litter. This means less than
Breeding a queen with a bad temperament or that is
weakened, will mean poor mothering to the kittens and
therefore, not well litter trained or socialized
They will breed bengal kittens even if they have
no homes waiting. If no homes are found, they will
often, be sold for $50 to pet
stores or cheaply on the internet.
Once the bengal kittens are sold they are never
available when you call
or email to ask advice
They never vaccinate the kittens or only
do so once, then sell them quickly so they don't have to
spend the money to vaccinate them again .
They do not take the kittens to the vet at least twice
for needed checkups.
Bengal kittens are sold at 6/8 weeks.
This almost guarantees stomach problems for the bengal
kittens and their new families. Bengals are not
weaned before 9-12 weeks
Kittens are not litter trained/wormed
etc. (Coccidia and Giardia are problems you will
Kittens are not sold with a contract
insuring that the breeder will take responsibility for
the kitten if it needs to be re-homed or if you can no
longer house the kitten.
Kittens will not be registered with the
appropriate bodies, ie. TICA etc.
Bengal cats maybe allowed to roam outside, picking up any diseases that are present
Bengal adult breeder cats are not regularly vaccinated
and do not have health checks. This means their
lack of immunity will pass to their kittens. Any
undiagnosed problems will also pass to their offspring.
A BYB will not allow you to go and visit
the kittens multiple times unless they think they have a sale
and you give them a deposit.
Sometimes both parents may not be
available to view
The make excuses for bad temperaments or skittish
behavior in the kittens and the adults.
Ask to see BOTH parents and see that they are well
socialized and FRIENDLY. There is NO excuse for a
parent to act extremely shy or aggressive toward you.
The kittens should be easy to engage in play and want
human contact. IF NOT RUN!
The damage a BYB can create is astronomical
as most BYB do not require a contract saying that
the kitten will be spayed/neutered. This leads to
a chain where everyone decides they will have a litter of
kittens before they get her/him spayed/neutered. These
will usually be parents of questionable health and not well
socialized. They create offspring of the same quality.
Heart conditions in Bengals are EXPENSIVE and heartbreaking
to treat. Your beloved pet will live a VERY short life.
Eye problems cause blindness in bengals. Blood issues
can cause clotting problems and other health issues.
should I look for ?
A bengal kitten
that is 12 weeks old
sign of illness, bright clear eyes, nice full tummies and
Lift up the
tail and check for signs of Diarrhea or parasites
choose a bengal kitten that looks weak and ill just because you
feel sorry for it. It may not live long.
pot bellies, it may be that the kitten has parasites that
can be passed to your family
Check in the
ears, too much wax may be a sign of ear mites
No sneezing or coughing
from any cat in the cattery area.
IMPORTANT OF ALL
Bengal kittens should
friendly and want to engage and play with you and don't mind handling.
This doesn't change as they get older, it only gets worse.
should I receive when purchasing my kitten?
Pedigree, this should be at
least 3 generations with Registration Numbers and must be
signed by the breeder.
TICA Registration, unless
otherwise agreed that this will not be provided. Sometimes
breeders may hang onto this until you provide proof of
neutering or spaying.
Contract, most reputable
breeders will provide you with a contract, please read this
fully before signing. Pay special attention to refund
policies before leaving a deposit.
Feed Guide, Please check with
the breeder what food is being fed and continue this.
A sudden change in
diet can cause stomach upsets. It is also a good idea to see
which brand of litter they are using. A change can often
result in accidents.
Some breeders will
provide you with information about pet insurance. If you are given
the option to take out an annual policy, I would definitely
| How to Perform
Artificial Respiration or CPR on Your Bengal.
emergency situation, it is ALWAYS best to get your cat to
professional help immediately, rather than to try and help it by
yourself. However, if your cat has been injured and has stopped
breathing or has no pulse and you cannot get to an emergency
hospital, the following procedures may save your pet�s life.
Human CPR�the steps are basically the same. Think ABC�S.
Airway: First step..Is
your cat breathing? Gently tap your cat and call out the name
and see if the cat moves. If they do not move or open their eyes
CALL FOR HELP (help is always a good thing at a time like
this)�lean down and LOOK, LISTEN, and FEEL for breathing.
LOOK: at the chest of the
animal to determine if it is moving.
LISTEN: to see if you can
hear them breathing.
FEEL: their breath on your
cheek or the back of your hand.
Breathing: If you assess that
your cat isn�t breathing, you need to do rescue breathing
collar (if there is one on them)
Lay the cat
on a hard surface with its right side down and the body elevated
slightly higher than the head. Keep the head and neck straight
to maintain an open airway.
mouth and clear secretions. Check for an observable foreign
object. If an object is found remove it with a finger sweep
being careful not to push the object further down the airway. If
you cannot reach the object, perform the Heimlich maneuver.
attempting to ventilate and are not successful:
animal upside down, with its back against your chest.
arms, give 5 sharp thrusts (bear hugs to the abdomen.
check to see if the object is visible in the airway. If
so�remove it and give 2 mouth to nose rescue breaths.
breaths do not go in, go back to step a.
proceed with CPR, even if the animal goes into cardiac
arrest. You MUST clear the airway first. Otherwise you are
circulating UNOXYGENATED blood.
Pull their tongue
slightly out of their mouth and close the mouth�GENTLY, do
not press hard on the tongue�this will clear their airway.
Observe the cat�see if the cat has started to breath on
their own. (Think of it as the head tilt part of people CPR.
The tongue is the most common obstruction in the airway
respirations. If you observe NO breathing�place your mouth
over the cat�s nose. Blow gently into the cats nostrils.
Watch to see if the chest expands. You want to only put in
enough air to make the chest expand. Remember�cat�s lungs
are small. Excess air will escape through the cat�s lips.
Think like Human Infant CPR�a little puff of air�just enough
to make the chest rise.
Repeat Rescue breaths
every two seconds until the cat begins breathing on it�s own
or as long as there is a heat beat.
Next step is
to see if there is a heartbeat. You only want to do what is
necessary. Do not attempt this on a cat that is breathing or if
there is a heartbeat.
Does your cat have a pulse? There are pulse points located in
various areas of your cat. For a cat, the best place to find the
pulse is on the inside of the left front leg., just behind the
shoulders. This is the Apical Pulse. The Femoral pulse is
located on the inside of the rear legs toward the top of the
behind the cat at the shoulder level. Place the fingertips
and thumb on either side of the sternum, at about the fifth
rib, just above and behind the elbows of the cat.
(sandwiching the animals heart between your hand)
Compress the chest wall � to � of an inch at a rate of about
80-100 times per minute.
animals 11-60 lbs: 80-100 compressions per minute.
animals 10lbs and under: 120 compression�s per minute.
Perform Artificial Respiration�s once every 3 compressions.
Compress, Compress, Compress�Breath�Compress, compress,
every two minutes for 5-10 seconds to check for pulse and
Continue until the heat beats and cat breaths freely, or
until no heartbeat is felt for 30 minutes.
emergency it is very important that you remain calm. Animals can
sense your unease, but cannot understand what is happening and
you cannot verbally tell them. Your body language is very
important�be calm, deliberate in your actions, and have a calm,
low voice. When you have determined that you have either
corrected the life threatening problem, or are unable to
stabilize the animal, you should transport it to an emergency
clinic that you are coming in with an animal in
respiratory/cardiac arrest. Give them all the pertinent
information�your name, your ETA, type of animal/size, steps you
have taken (cpr/rescue breathing), if it is an foreign body-what
the suspected object is, if a poison or medication has been
ingested or mechanisms of injury�fall/hit by car ect. NEXT�MOST
IMPORTANT�Write the phone number of the 24 hour animal emergency
hospital nearest to you BY YOUR PHONE. You do not want to go on
a hunt and search at this time.
and advice given here is for your knowledge and information
only. It is NOT a substitute alternative for veterinary
appointment or an actual diagnosis of your pet. If you feel your
pet has a health or behavior problem please consult your
veterinarian immediately for specific advice tailored to your
Emergency seconds count. Take the time today to find your cat�s
sternum, elbows, femoral artery BEFORE you need them. That way
it wll be one les thing to worry about should you need CPR. Ask
your vet about Cat CPR and to help you find your landmarks
before you need them.
Hopefully, you will never need to use this information
Submitted by Alshar Cattery
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