KATZIZI BENGALS is a home based Bengal cattery. We are appropriately registered and occasionally have Bengal kittens for sale.
We have been breeding for 12+ years and owned a number of truly amazing Bengals during this time. However we only ever have a small number of breeding cats at any given time. This allows us to give each of them individual attention and it enables us to focus on breed quality, health and temperament.
Our cats enjoy a harmonious life style, not too differently to those of “normal” pet cats. In fact they probably enjoy more freedom than many house cats as we provide them with access to two large escape proof gardens and two large enclosures where they can safely play, chill and chase insects to their heart’s content.
Our kittens are raised in our home where they get used to regular household noises from a very young age onwards. They receive lots of TLC, grow up with dogs, meet children and experience rides in the car.
Good temperament and stress resilience are essential for a well rounded Bengal shaped family member. Experienced Bengal owners AND MANY VETS will be happy to confirm this!
Becoming a breeder has many challenges. At times running a breeding program feels like an all-consuming vocation.
Acquiring a good quality breeding pair that hold the appropriate registration with a governing body, like TICA or the GCCF, is only the proverbial tip of the iceberg.
To understand what it takes to run a cattery and a breeding program in a professional manner one has to consider all expenses that occur. The sale of kittens just about covers the cost of food for all the cats in the cattery.
In addition there are repairs, pet safe cleaning solutions and equipment, cat litter, cat furniture, which needs replacing almost every year, routine veterinary fees and health screening, genetic tests, emergency veterinary treatments, show fees, web hosting, registration fees and countless other unexpected extras.
Setting priorities and preparing well for all eventualities is essential. A single emergency c-section can easily set you back several thousands of pounds!
An ethical breeder constantly reviews group dynamics, health and happiness of the group and the individual, monitors development and progress as well as routine health screening and veterinary treatments.
A responsible breeder will have their active cats checked for perfect health and a sound pedigree, backed up by long term health screened lines; and made sure to educate themselves on all relevant health matters that may potentially affect their current cats and future kittens.
Also they will not sell their kittens to just anyone willing to pay the asking price.
Kittens come each with their own unique personality. Some are bold and confident, others are perhaps more timid and like to take their time getting used to changes.
We make an effort to talk to any potential new owner about their expectations and home environment and then try to match them with a kitten that suits their life style. If we feel that we don’t have the right kitten, we will say so.
Our kitten’s needs and welfare has to come first. Letting them go to a home that doesn’t “feel” right for them would be unethical. Feedback tells us that this line of thought is well received by like minded people on the lookout for a new cat-shaped family member.
Business or Vocation?
While we go above and beyond for our animals, as outlined further up, we are not a commercial business. We only place our kittens into approved homes.
All income through kitten sales goes straight back into the cattery. If we are lucky this will cover our expenses, but mostly it does not. Still, we do try hard to keep our kitten prices fair and proportional. Finding the right home for one of our babies always takes priority over financial aspects. If it takes a little longer than usual to find the right pet home we will hold our kittens back for as long as it takes.
On the next few pages we have the pleasure to introduce our past and present Bengal cats.
We also provide information about Bengal kitten availabilities and adult Bengal cat adoptions.
If you consider one or the other please take time to also study our health and nutrition page (work in progress!) and find answers to some commonly asked questions on our FAQ page before contacting us.
We hope that you enjoy your virtual KATZIZI BENGALS visit.