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Choosing a Kitten & Breeder

What are Back Yard Breeders?

What should I look for?

What should I receive when purchasing a kitten?

How to Perform CPR on your Bengal

Further Breed Information

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Snow Spotted Bengal KttenA lot of you out there are probably thinking what are Back Yard Breeders (BYB).  They are people who bring two breeding animals together regardless of their quality to earn some quick money.  Some BYB are from upper class homes and may really look after their cats, however getting your kitten from a BYB is a gamble I would not like anyone to take.  It may look like a bargain, a Bengal kitten for $2-300, but in the long run you may end up paying a lot more in vets bills than you would from a reputable breeder.  These irresponsible breeders are contributing to the millions of young kittens/cats found in rescue centers across the world.  Please, if you cannot afford to go to a reputable breeder for your kitten why not take a look at bengal rescue ?  Many adult bengals are in need of good homes.


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 healthy offspring.

  • 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 kittens.

  • 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 frequently find)

  • 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. 



So what should I look for ?Brown Spotted Bengal Kitten

A bengal kitten that is 12 weeks old

No physical sign of illness, bright clear eyes, nice full tummies and healthy weight.

Lift up the tail and check for signs of Diarrhea or parasites

Do not choose a bengal kitten that looks weak and ill just because you feel sorry for it.  It may not live long.

Check for 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.


Bengal kittens should be 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.



What 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 recommend it.


How to Perform Artificial Respiration or CPR on Your Bengal.

In any 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.

Think about 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 immediately.

Remove their 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.

Open the 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.

A. Heimlich Maneuver

After attempting to ventilate and are not successful:

  • Turn the animal upside down, with its back against your chest.

  • With both arms, give 5 sharp thrusts (bear hugs to the abdomen.

  • Stop, check to see if the object is visible in the airway. If so�remove it and give 2 mouth to nose rescue breaths.

  • If the breaths do not go in, go back to step a.

  • DO NOY 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 problems.)
  • Perform Mouth-Snout 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.
  • Circulation:

    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.


    Pulse Check: 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 leg.

    NO Pulse�begin CPR

  • a. Kneel 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)

  • b. Compress the chest wall � to � of an inch at a rate of about 80-100 times per minute.

    • For animals 11-60 lbs: 80-100 compressions per minute.

    • For animals 10lbs and under: 120 compression�s per minute.

  • c. Perform Artificial Respiration�s once every 3 compressions.

  • i. Compress, Compress, Compress�Breath�Compress, compress, compress�Breath.

  • d. Pause every two minutes for 5-10 seconds to check for pulse and spontaneous breathing.

  • e. Continue until the heat beats and cat breaths freely, or until no heartbeat is felt for 30 minutes.

  • During an 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 facility.

    Notify the 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.


    Medical care 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 animal.


    In an 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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