Rather than raising show-quality, registered cats, our aim with the Bengals we raise is simply to produce beautiful Bengals for people to have as household pets. Years of animal rescue left me a bit burned out, but my love of cats and kittens had to be addressed in some way. The only way I could justify bringing kittens into a world where thousands of unwanted cats are euthanized every year was to raise a fullblood cat of a breed in high demand. The Bengal was the only one for me; I never really considered any other breed.
Spotted or marbled; brown, silver, or snow; short-haired or long; few breeds can match the Bengal for beauty and eye appeal. While there are other breeds that can be similarly traced back to a cross of a domestic cat with a wild cat (the Bengal is originally derived from a hybrid of the domestic cat and the Asian Leopard Cat), a lot of them are still quite rare and high-priced. The popularity of the Bengal has meant that they are now a little more accessible, and good fullblood unregistered Bengals can be found that are reasonably priced.
My preference has always been for the brown, so that is what we breed. Using a brown male exclusively means that if the queen (both of our queens are spotted) carries the recessive gene for the marble coat pattern, she will throw both spotted and marbled brown kittens. This is what we saw from Seraphina, who carried the marble gene. Jasmine does not carry marbling but she does carry the recessive gene for longer hair, as did Mercury, our previous male. So occasionally Jasmine would throw a fluffy kitten; these are known as the Cashmere Bengal. We recently discovered that Otto, our new male, also carries the marbling gene, as well as glitter! Lucy had three kittens in October of 2013, her second litter and still no marbled kittens, so it is unlikely that she carries the marble gene. (Lucy's litter is probably spoken for, although there may be one male left, site will be updated. Jasmine's litter from August is already sold. The newest additions, Smudge and Rider, will not have kittens until 2014.) Though I do prefer the brown, we recently added a lovely snow female to the crew. We know she carries for marble, as her sire is a marble, but since we do not know if Otto carries for snow, we cannot know yet if this new addition will throw any snow colored kittens or not; only time will tell! And during a recent trip to eastern Canada, we found our latest brown rosetted female, Rider, in Quebec. Hoping for great things from the new girls!
We do not charge excessively for our kittens, because we prefer to see them go to forever homes as pets only; however, do keep in mind that the price of $600 per kitten is firm. Keeping the price reasonable is our way of trying to encourage buyers to use the money they saved on the purchase price to spay/neuter.
Please contact us as to availability of kittens in 2013/2014.
A Note to Our Buyers:
I recently decided to be on the lookout for a new female, as Seraphina was getting older. While I do not register cats myself, I am not against buying from a breeder who does, so with that in mind I stumbled across a TICA breeder's website. I was very appalled to see that they had posted on their web page that people should only buy from registered breeders, because (I am paraphrasing) unpapered cats are not vaccinated or dewormed, are not properly cared for, are from inferior parents, and come from breeders who do not care about their health and well-being. I would never dream of bad-mouthing all breeders of pedigreed cats with gross generalizations like that, and I would expect the same treatment in return. We do not breed for pedigrees, we do not show cats, and our buyers do not show cats. We have never said that our cats are from champion lines or that they are the best to be found. However, we do raise what our buyers want- beautiful pet-quality Bengals that were never meant to be shown, and never meant only for the elite who can afford to pay thousands for a cat and a piece of paper. If you are looking for a pedigreed cat, by all means buy from an elite breeder. If you are looking for a pet Bengal, and you choose to buy one of ours, we thank you very much and ask you not to believe the blatant misinformation that you may hear from certain elitist pedigree breeders. Papers may be seen as a guarantee (which they are not), but that does not mean that a lack of papers means anything (except a lower price!), and we love our kittens and take good care of them without being members of any association. Fortunately, a full-blooded Bengal is obvious, and if a Bengal is not pure, you can tell just looking at it. You do not need papers to know your Bengal is pure, as long as you know what to look for. Cheers!
The new girl, Smudge, a spotted snow.
The best kitten of 2012- SOLD!
Phoenix, pet-only daughter of Seraphina and Mercury; brown marble with glitter.
SERAPHINA: In loving memory of Seraphina, who has crossed the rainbow bridge.
JASMINE is a brown spotted with glitter who carries the gene for long hair.
Where is my milk?
Otto, our new breeding male: brown spotted with arrowhead rosettes
Jasmine's kittens from March 28, 2013. Gone to their new family in Airdrie, AB!
Our beautiful brown rosetted girl Lucy, expecting kittens early October 2013.