Frequently Asked Questions:
Thank you for your interest and taking the time to review our website. After a litter is 6 weeks old we update the kittens' page on availability, our website is current and updated regularly. Deposits are non-refundable and considered holding fees. For pet purposes, they are $250 or $500 for breeding purposes. Breeding kittens are only sold to pre-established reputable TICA or CFA catteries. Pricing of the kittens is not established till 4-6 weeks of age. Kittens go home around 12 - 14 weeks of age. Picks are offered on a first come - first serve basis. Non-refundable deposits are transferable to other available kittens or can be held for a future litter. Liberty Bengals reserve the right to cancel a reservation for any reason, in such event your deposit will be fully refunded. We do not accept personal checks, cashier checks or Paypal. We only accept credit cards via Square, cash, direct bank transfer or USPS Money Orders. All payments must process before delivery and ownership are transferred. We do not allow visitors to visit kittens or enter their nursery but do welcome pre-scheduled visits only for our adults. This is strictly enforced for health and safety reasons.
Is your cattery registered with a registry? Yes, our cattery is dual registered with TICA and CFA.
Are you a member of a breed club? Yes, Jessica is President and Michael is Treasurer for the United Cat Club Inc. Jessica is also the treasurer for the Bengal Alliance Cat Club Incorporation in CFA. Both are members of the TICA Capital Cat Club and Central Jersey Cat Club. Showing regularly in TICA and CFA in the Mid-Atlantic & Northeast Region.
Do you place kittens with a purchase agreement contract and health guarantee? Yes, all kittens go home under a signed contract from both parties with a 72-hour warranty against viral diseases and a 1-year warranty against cognitive and hereditary defects. Our kittens are guaranteed for life against PRA-b (Bengal Blindness), PK-Deficiency (Hemolytic Anemia) and PKD1 (Polycystic Kidney Disease).
Are your kittens' veterinarian checked? If so will I receive records? Yes, all kittens are checked by a licensed veterinarian prior to going home. All records are included with each kitten. Our cattery passed veterinarian inspection on 9/13/18 and received perfect scores for the CFA and TICA evaluation programs.
What medical screenings do you use routinely for your breeding cats? All of our breeders are screened for PRA-b (Bengal Blindness), PK Deficiency (Hemolytic Anemia), PKD1 (Polycystic Kidney Disease), FIV/FeLV (Feline Immunodeficiency & Leukemia Virus) and screened yearly after 12 months of age for HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy - Heart Disease). Test results are posted public as they become available on our Queen and Stud pages. Hard copies of test results are available upon request. For more information on these diseases: CLICK HERE
What is your parasite protocol? Parasites and bacterial are always present in all animals, it's more of a matter what their levels are and effecting symptoms. We have invested in our own laboratory equipment to screen for Coccidia, Giardia and TF (Tritrichomonas Foetus) and other common parasites with veterinarian assistance since often times transported fecal tests report a false negative result, we also use Zoologix or IDEXX PCRs for verification and detection of bacterial infections. For Coccidia, we use either Baycox or Albon at 4-6 weeks of age and then repeat 10 days later. For Giardia, Roundworms, Hookworms, Whipworms and certain Tapeworms they are treated with Panacur for 3 days at 2 weeks of age then repeated every 2 weeks till 12 - 16 weeks of age. For Tritrichomoas Foetus we use compounded Ronidazole (as needed) from a vet pharmacy. Campylobacter is a bacterial infection that is becoming more prevalent in the cat fancy, it's often combated with Erythromycin (Or Tylosin) and Baytril. We recommend monthly Revolution topical drops after going home to prevent fleas, ticks, heart worms, ear mites, and roundworms.
To view our recent random fecal PCR test result: CLICK HERE
Will the kitten have all vaccinations and wormings appropriate for its age prior to picking up? Yes, all kittens are given their core vaccinations and dewormed prior to going home.
Are parents on premises? All parents are on premises and available upon scheduled cattery visits.
Are your breeding cats kept inside or in outdoor enclosures? All of our breeders are kept indoors either within our personal home and/or their personal indoor cattery. When the weather is good they often play outdoors within a fenced area or indoors with us.
How long have you been breeding? We began breeding Bengals in 2016 after purchasing our own property. Since 2005 we have fostered and worked with feline rescue facilities.
Why do you breed Bengals? We breed Bengals because of their unique personalities, intelligence, and appearance. Our breeders are our pets and their charismatic behavior is an enrichment to our daily lives.
What do you breed for? Currently, we are focused on creating a jaguar pattern with ideal Bengal structure. In 2018 we will begin to work in a well-structured paw printed male to influence all offspring and hopefully begin combining traits together. Breeding is a hobby and we evaluate and retain any kittens to pursue this passionate and committed mission.
How frequently are your kittens handled? Where are they raised? Our kittens are handled daily in their private nursery inside our home by each member of our family. We strive for healthy, well-socialized kittens.
Do you allow Cattery visits? Yes, visits are welcome for our adults. Kittens under no circumstances may be handled by visitors. These policies are in place to prevent injury, disease, and stress on our kittens and breeders. We ask you to please wear clean attire, remove your shoes and use the rubbing alcohol provided before and after visits to protect our kittens and breeders.
What type of food and litter are used on your kittens? Our kittens are fed primarily raw and offered Life's Abundance Grain Free for an easier transition to new homes, our breeders are also fed raw and Life's Abundance Grain Fee. We use Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter withLitter Robot systems incorporated for our breeders and pine pellets in traditional litter pans for our kittens. For convenient prepackaged raw we highly recommend Fegnion - Feline Rare Nutrition. Please visit our Nutrition & Litterpage for more detailed information.
To view some of our favorite toys, click: Toys We Love
Transition Guide - Credit to Robyn Paterson
The International Bengal Cat Society presents an excellent brochure with information on the history and personality of this beautiful breed: