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Kitten Information

 

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Kitten Information

If you would like the companionship of a Bengal in your life, please follow us on Facebook for the most up to date information on availability, or contact us at indiancreekbengals@msn.com. We breed the best to the best. Our standards are high. Not only do we look for beauty but we work with bloodlines that are proven, through generations, to be genetically sound. Though many of our cats would show well, we are keenly aware that, ultimately, we are breeding family pets, a responsibility that we take very seriously. As show cats must have friendly, outgoing temperaments, the same is true for pets.

In most cases, we have a waiting list for our kittens year round. To be on our waiting list, you must place a $200 non-refundable deposit which will later be applied to a specific kitten. Then, you will receive notice of all confirmed breeding’s along with photos and updates of each litter as it arrives. Deposits are honored in the order that they are received. When it is your turn, you will be invited to visit each litter as they become 8 weeks or older until you have selected your purrfect kitten! Once you have made your selection the deposit agreement is signed by both parties and your deposit will be applied to the cost of the kitten you have chosen.

Our kittens are evaluated based upon the TICA breed standard. Those sold as pets range in price between $1500 and $1800, determined by the quality, type, color, and pattern. We can usually estimate the price range that a litter will fall into but individual pricing is difficult to determine before a kitten has the chance to start maturing. A deposit may be applied to a specific litter to place you in line for first pick of this litter, but the choice of an individual kitten may take longer until we have the time to fully evaluate the quality of each individual kitten. Indian Creek Bengals reserves the right to hold any particular kitten to evaluate for our breeding program.

We believe in the therapeutic value of bonding with a pet. If you, or someone you know, has special needs and/or limited income, and would enjoy having one of our precious felines to love please contact us. Occasionally we may offer one of our retired breeders or a special needs kitten to a pet approved – forever home. For this we require an adoption fee of $300 to cover all veterinarian fees for wellness exam, blood panel, updated vaccinations and all spay/neuter expenses; this must be done before the cat leaves our cattery. Kittens/cats sold with breeding rights range from $2800 to $3500. We may allow a breeder quality cat/kitten to be sold as a pet but may not necessarily take less than a breeder price for the cat/kitten. Good Bengals are not inexpensive. You get what you pay for.

Most kittens are ready for a responsible and loving home between 11-14 weeks of age, depending on their size and maturity. Please do not ask us to release your kitten before we feel it is ready to go. We adhere to this policy for the safety of our kittens, and the emotional stress it causes us and the new family.

All Indian Creek kittens receive age appropriate vaccinations, are wormed, and are examined by our cattery veterinarian. Also included are TICA registration papers and a standard contract, which is your health guarantee. Pet kittens are spay/neutered and receive a microchip prior to leaving the cattery, at an additional cost of $150 for males and $175 for females.

For the health and safety of your pet, as well as all the other cats under our care we cannot hold your cat/kitten past their pickup date except under extenuating circumstances. Should the buyer request that the cat/kitten be held for a period beyond 7 days after this time, a boarding charge of $10 per day will be accrued, unless specific arrangement to the contrary have been made between parties. Our space is limited and we are not really set up for boarding.

In most cases, clients receive their new family member at our home. However, we are happy to help with transportation but ask to be compensated for our time and expenses. If transportation is necessary by car, delivery costs will be $15/hr plus necessary related round trip expenses (gas, tolls, parking, lodging, etc). Shipping is available throughout the continental United States. The buyer assumes the costs for all shipping related expenses (airfare, appropriate carrier, health certificate, etc) estimated to be no less than $300.

A $200 deposit will hold your place on our waiting list until it is time for you to select your unique companion. Kittens being purchased for breeding require a $500 deposit. Once your kitten has been selected A payment of $500 plus a signed deposit agreement is required to hold a specific kitten until their scheduled pickup time. It is the clients responsibility to review the contract prior to signing a deposit agreement. Payments may be transferred to a different kitten until the kitten being held reaches the age of ten weeks. After this time deposits are no longer transferable. Deposits are deducted from the overall purchase price of the cat/kitten at the time of pickup. Because we are a registered business and licensed cattery, we do have to charge a 6% state sales tax on all on cats/kittens being sold.

We accept PayPal credit card payments, cash, or personal checks for deposits. If you choose to use PayPal an additional 3.5% be added to the overall amount being sent to cover all of PayPal’s fees and service charges. At the time of pickup, any outstanding balance must be paid in cash.

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Deposits

Deposits are taken in good faith and are nonrefundable. Once a deposit is received you will be included on our waiting list to be assured of being offered the first possible available kitten as litters are born. Being placed on the waiting list allows you to receive updates on confirmed pregnancies, birth of litters, photos of new litters, and info when sex of the kittens are determined. As kittens reach approximately 8 weeks old, those with deposits are invited to select their purrfect pet, and an actual deposit agreement is signed. At this time a payment of $500 is required. Your deposits will be applied to the final cost of the kitten and is honored in the order that it is received. You are not obligated to take a kitten that you have not chosen and agreed to purchase. Those using paypal for their convenience are responsible for paypal fees. If for some reason a kitten is not selected and you wish to be removed from the waiting list, a refunded maybe issued only under extenuating circumstances to be determined only by Indian Creek Bengals, but paypal fees will not be reimbursed. Once a specific kitten is selected and an official deposit agreement is signed the deposit no longer will be considered for refund. By submitting a deposit, you accept the terms of this agreement.

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Feeding

Your kitten has been raised on a high quality, all natural, human grade diet. We feed Verus brand kibble, free choice. In addition, raw meat is offered twice daily. The raw mixture contains Whole Life LifeBites Chicken Recipe Freeze-Dried Cat Food, which has been moistened with warm water, and human grade beef supplied from a private source. This meat has been denatured and properly handled and is safe to feed raw, unlike ground beef that you would purchase from a grocery store. To that mixture, we add NuVet Plus vitamin supplements. To educate yourself on good feline nutrition, you will find useful information at http://www.catinfo.org/ as well as http://www.felinefuture.com.

We have done extensive research to ensure that our kittens are receiving a nutritionally balanced diet. It is our opinion that your cat should be on a high quality vitamin supplement for life, in order to plug up any holes in the nutritional value of whichever diet you should decide to feed your kitty. In a marketplace where products are always “NEW AND IMPROVED” and subject to recall, we wholeheartedly endorse NuVet Plus and believe it to be superior to any other supplements on the market.

You may want to offer a home cooked food for your kitten. In a large pot, place fresh skinless chicken, 2 bouillon cubes, and enough water to cover. Simmer until meat can be removed from the bones. Remove ALL bones. Add 2 eggs and cook slightly. Remove from heat. Cool. Add vitamins and a small amount of uncooked oatmeal to thicken. Refrigerate.

If you prefer to feed a canned food, we recommend Weruva (Paw LickinChicken), Wellness, and Before Grain. Do not buy low-end commercial food that contains poultry by-product meal, corn or corn gluten meals, or wheat. Remember, cats are carnivores and all dry and canned foods are inferior to a raw diet.

Because a new environment is stressful, offer three wet feedings a day for the first 2 weeks. At four months, reduce the wet feedings to twice daily, then once daily at 6 months. Ensure dry food and fresh water is available at all times. Please contact your veterinarian or me if your kitten does not eat for more than a day and a half when you first bring it home.

When selecting your bowls, always use ceramic, glass or stainless steel. Plastics retain bacteria that can lead to a number of health issues including dermatitis. We highly discourage automatic feeders and waters. These become a breeding ground for bacteria. The fountains that have filters are wonderful for your new pet.

Treats

Treats that we use at shows and at home are Whole Life Pure Chicken and Wellness Pure Delights, both being natural treats. Regular infant strained baby meat is also a welcome. Some cats love fresh yogurt. Remember, cats are lactose intolerant, and should not be given regular cow’s milk, but goat’s milk is tolerated and enjoyed.

Litter

We use and recommend litter crystals; specifically Fresh Magic or Precious Cat. Litter crystals have many advantages: environmentally friendly, chemical (perfume) free, anti-bacterial, great odor control, clean, lightweight, easy clean up, and more! Cat Attract contains herbs that actually attract the cat to the litter box! Crystals absorb urine on contact and dehydrates feces to reduce bacteria and odor. These litters are safe for kittens. They are not flushable. If you are having litter box issues, you can contact a cat behaviorist on line at http://www.preciouscat.com. Your kitten has also been introduced to Precious Cat scoop able clay litter.

Litter box

When bringing home a kitten, always keep him or her confined to the room where you intend to keep the litter box when you do not have the time to supervise. We recommend a large, deep box for your kitten. Some cats will use a hooded one, but many will not. If you decide on a hooded box, keep the lid off until your cat is comfortable with his new “potty”. Boxes should be cleaned daily. An automatic box may be scary for a kitten, but if you would like to try one when he is older, we have heard great things about the Litter-Robot. To avoid poor potty habits, please refer to Roxanne’s Rules. We also use and recommend THE BREEZE litter system. Your kitten has NOT been introduced to THE BREEZE, but we use it for our own pets and love it!

Toys

Bengal cats are very serious about their toys! These cats are active, intelligent, curious, and athletic. You will want to select toys that are safe and sturdy. Remove any strings, eyes, or feathers from “low end” toys. Our cats love balls, toys that make noise, and sturdy catnip filled soft toys. We like the quality of Yeeoww brand toys. Cat wheels are also a big hit. Sisal toys and sisal claw posts also hold up well. If you are local, you can buy cat trees direct from the manufacture at http://www.pointerhill.com/. Cat wheels can be purchased through Indian Creek. Please contact us for more information.

As a word of caution, please “cat proof” your home before bringing in your new pet. Bengal cats are attracted to water. Remember to leave toilet seats down, bathtubs drained, and washing machine and dryer lids shut. Electric cords and outlets, hot stoves, reclining chairs, and toxic indoor plants are potential hazards. Restrict your new cat from area that contains your “valuable” china. Also, Bengal cats love high places!

Vaccinations and Veterinarian Recommendations

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While anatomically the Bengal is like any other domestic cat, there are some recommended protocols that are unique. Please, never lose site of the fact that these are hybrids! Consider that many/most domestic breeds have been around for thousands of years, even back to Ancient Egyptian times. Through natural selection, most cats bring some natural immunities “to the table”, so to speak. The Asian Leopard has none of these. Therefore, the Bengal, who is only about 35 years young, has a very slow to develop immune system. For that reason, we recommend a conservative approach.

In most cases, your kitten was vaccinated for Panleukopenia, Calicivirus, Rhinotracheitis and Chlamydia using a killed vaccine at 10 weeks. The normal protocol would include one more booster at fourteen weeks, and then one year. Boosters are recommended every three years after that.

We are a FeLV/FIV Negative cattery. Bengal cats appear have a natural immunity to Feline Leukemia, and, therefore should not be vaccinated for the disease. (There have been a few documented cases of FeLv positive Bengals. Those cases are rare, and believed to be in “Bengals” far removed from the leopard, or mixed breeds). Additionally, if vaccinated, your cat could show a “false positive” for future testing. ***Vaccinating for Felv/FIV or FIP will void your health guarantee.

Law requires rabies Vaccinations. Kittens may receive a single dose of a killed vaccine after 14 weeks of age. A booster may be administered at one year, then every three years after that. Some Bengals react poorly to the rabies vaccine, Therefore, if your kitten is not at risk, we suggest you postpone the rabies vaccine until 6 months or older.

***Note- we do not recommend, “Stacking” vaccines: rabies should not be given in conjunction with other boosters or at the time of surgery. Failure to comply will void your health guarantee.

All adult cats and kittens are spay/neutered, examined by a licensed veterinarian, and micro-chipped prior to leaving our cattery. If you are local to our cattery, we STRONGLY recommend that you use North Penn Animal Hospital, our cattery veterinarian, for any future medical services. Most veterinarians see very few Bengals in their practice, and do not specialize in the Bengal’s particular needs. Our veterinarian makes regular visits, inspects our cattery, and is familiar with all of our adult cats. The doctors at North Penn are accustomed to our veterinary protocol, past breeder history, and are aware of any medical issues surrounding our cattery.

*** If you are unable to use our cattery veterinarian, INSIST that your vet does not use Ketamine as an anesthetic for any procedure. We prefer Isoflurane.

Please remember that your health guarantee will be voided if you decide to declaw your kitten. For information on declawing refer http://www.ora-animalsrescue.org/catcare3.html and http://maxshouse.com/facts_about_declawing.htm.

We use and recommend North Penn Animal Hospital, specifically Dr. Joe Rossi. They can be contacted at (215) 855-5853 http://www.npah.com/.

 
 

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Recommended Products

We stock and distribute NuVet Plus supplements, Raw Beef, Verus brand kibble, Fresh Magic litter crystals, and Precious Cat scoop. Please visit our store to make a purchase.

The First 72 Hours

 



This is perhaps the most stressful time for your new kitten. He is leaving the companionship of his littermates and all that is familiar to him. In most cases, he has just had surgery and may not be feeling 100%. This is your chance to bond with him, giving as much attention and love as you are able. Your goal, during these first days, is to keep stress to a minimum! The following are ways to minimize stress:

When you get home, take your kitten to the room that you have set up for him. Hopefully, it is one where you will be spending a lot of your time in, rather than a bathroom or laundry room where the kitten feels isolated. Open the carrier and allow the kitten to come out to explore when he is ready.

Although the family will be excited to welcome their new member, this can be over whelming and frightening in the beginning. Explain to small children to use “soft voices” in the beginning. Do not introduce other pets at this time. Remember, your kitten is not fully vaccinated, and you stand the risk of your kitten becoming ill from germs from other pets in your household.

It is not unusual for your kitten to hide or avoid contact for the first 1 – 5 days. Be patient. Talk softly. Gently encourage interaction.

The kitten should be kept in this room for a period of no less than 1 week unless you are supervising him. In this way, he will learn where the food and litter box is. Also, it will be important for you to monitor if your kitten is eating, drinking, and using the litter box.

It is not uncommon for a kitten to be too scared to eat the day that he arrives in his new home, and, may not even eat the second day! Simply offer wet food several times a day until he begins to eat. Some kittens may wait until the house is quiet at night to eat. Dry food should always be available. Place a small amount in the bowl to begin with so you can tell if he has eaten any. It is a good idea to use bottled water during the transition. Contact us if your kitten does not eat after 1 1/2 days home. We can offer some suggestions, or, you may need to return the kitten for observation. Note: your kitten had to fast before the day of surgery. So, it is not uncommon for them not to produce a bowel movement for the first couple of days.

Consistency is key now. This is not the time to change the brand of food or litter that your kitten knows. During the first week, try to keep his routine the same. We feed around 8 am, then at 6 – 7 pm. If you are offering raw meat several times a day, remember not to leave it out for hours that it can go rancid! Whatever he does not eat within about 1/2 hour, return to the refrigerator, and offer it again later. Any meat that has not been consumed after 2 days from being thawed, should be discarded. Water bowls should be cleaned daily, and litter boxes should be cleaned daily.

Veterinary Advice

For your protection and ours, your kitten has been examined by North Penn Animal Hospital prior to leaving the cattery. Specifically, our vet listens to the heart and lungs for any signs of a murmur or upper respiratory illness. A general exam for structural defects and palpitations for internal abnormalities has been performed. No fecal tests or blood panels have been performed. If you choose to have your vet reexamine your kitten that is your right. If anything is discovered in that exam, you may treat it at your expense, or return the kitten to Indian Creek for treatment. No additional vaccines should be given at this time. Our cattery has been tested and is free of Feline Leukemia. To the best of our ability, we keep parasites to a minimum. However, should you discover anything in your diagnostic testing, we would like to know so we can follow up on our end. Occasionally, veterinarians have had “false positives” to tests or have misdiagnosed illnesses at a great expense to our clients. We welcome you to consult us before paying large veterinary bills, or changing your cats’ diet to any prescription food.

Your kitten needs to return to your vet within 3 – 4 weeks from the date of his surgery for a second kitten booster. At this visit, be mindful of the vaccine that your vet is administering! Some veterinarians give the rabies vaccine at this visit, rather than the booster for Rhino/Calici/Paneluk which is more important! We recommend that you delay the vaccine for rabies for several months. As a reminder, only one vaccine should be given at this visit.

A Few Words Of Caution

Your kitten has been litter trained. But, like small children, if he is “busy”, he may not have time to look too far for a box. It is recommended that you place several boxes around to avoid bad habits. It is easier to prevent bad potty habits than it is to correct them!

Small children and other pets should always be watched closely when interacting with your kitten.

Kittens are clumsy and should be monitored if climbing to high places.

Kittens will “taste” everything. Know what plants are toxic and remove them.

Any cleaning solution ending in “ol” is toxic! This includes Swiffer wet jet solution! Cats walk on the wet floor and lick their feet!

Onions, grapes, and raisins are toxic to cats.

Cover wires and electrical cables that are in your kitten’s environment.

This is not the time to take your kitten on a “road trip” to show family and friends.

When in doubt, call the vet. We are happy to offer advice, but, do not withhold Veterinary care while you are waiting to contact us. There is no substitute for trained, hands on care for your new friend.

We worry about all of our kittens when they leave the cattery. Please be kind enough to email us with photos an updates.
 
 

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A Successful Transition

Consistency is key. This is not the time to change the brand of food or litter that your kitten knows. If your kitten doesn’t recognize his litter box he’s going to have to make his own litterbox assumptions and if he doesn’t recognize his food he may not eat at all. We stock and distribute the products your cat/kitten is accustomed to. It is easier to prevent problems before they happen then it is to fix them once they start. Please visit our store to view the products you should have when you bring your new family member home.


 
 
 
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