Bettering the Bengal Breed
As a responsible Cat Breeder, we carefully screen potential owners to make sure they understand exactly what is required when it comes to taking care of our Bengals. We do currently have a litter of Kittens searching for their forever homes. To find out more, reserve a particular Bengal Kitten or get on our waitlist for our next planned litter, please get in touch
Our Adoption Process
Our goal at Buckaroo Bengals is to breed cats and provide Bengal owners with good health, type, and personality, so they have the best chance of success in your house and have a forever home that they never leave. To achieve this goal, we spend quite a bit of time getting to know our Bengal Kitten Adopters.
- Do you have other pets?
- Have you ever owned a cat?
- Have you ever owned a Kitten?
- Have you ever been around a Bengal?
- Do you have a preferred kitten gender or color/pattern?
- Do you have children?
We ask these questions, not to be intrusive, but so we know what kitten temperament will best fit into your household. We also want to be able to provide as much help as possible, to ensure a happy and healthy transition from our home to yours for ALL parties involved… our kitten, your family, and any other pets you may have already.
- With any questions, you may have about our Bengals or our cattery practices
- To express interest in a kitten that we currently have available
- To ask to be added to our exclusive, small waitlist for a future Bengal kitten
- Or simply to tell us how beautiful our Bengals are 😉
Lastly, we determine how your kitten is going to get to you. This depends on how far away from our cattery you are; we have lots of transportation options!
How Your Buckaroo Bengal Kitten is Raised
Although Bengal Cats are a cross between a domestic cat and a leopard cat, their care is very much the same as any kitten you would raise in your home. Interested in learning what your kitten is doing as they grow up in our house?
Here is a breakdown of how your kitten is growing developmentally and socially in our house before they head to their forever home with you.
0-2 weeks of age:
Most Bengal kittens still have their eyes closed at this stage. They should primarily be eating and sleeping at all times. If they are crying, mom is not feeding them enough or there is something wrong that may require special care. They cannot support themselves on their legs yet so they wiggle to move around.
Bengal kitten’s eyes start to open around 10 to 14 days after birth. Everything is still blurry and they’re sensitive to light. The only times we handle the kittens when they’re this young is to weigh them (1 to 2 times per day) or to bottle feed them if necessary. If the Queen needs any help, she will get all of our undivided attention.
When you have a good mama cat, the best thing you can do at this point is leave her alone to take care of her babies in peace.
3 weeks of age:
Bengal kittens learn to sit up! Sometimes the more developed ones will begin to crawl around a bit more and leave mama Bengals side.
4 weeks of age:
At this point all of the Bengal kittens should be crawling quite a bit, they will start to play with toys. They will also start learning to use the litter box,
both from their natural instincts and from watching their Mom’s habits. At this point we start giving our Mama Bengals breaks from her kittens so she can relax for an hour or so every day. But she is still with them 90% of the time. From four weeks on, we start increasing the amount we play with the kittens each week.
5 weeks of age:
The kittens start to play A LOT! Sometimes they can get fairly rough with each other. Mama cat also plays with them. Her play teaches them all sorts of skills and it is important she is still kept with them the majority of the time. This is when we start introducing other food for them as well. We like to use Purina Pro Plan Kitten wet food. We also start clipping their nails weekly to get them used to the process so that they will be excellent at receiving pedicures at your house!
6-7 weeks of age:
The kittens continue to play in brief rapid spurts, eat a lot of wet food, and sleep away the rest of their time. We’re now socializing the Bengal kittens for 2 to 3 hours per day. Any time we have a spare moment, we’re in the kitten room handling the kittens and getting them used to people. Your kitten will also be introduced to a harness so they’re used to wearing one once they come home.
8 weeks of age:
The kittens receive their first vaccines from our veterinarian. The vet we primarily use is 90min away from our house, so they also start to go on long car trips. Mama Bengal comes with so that she can reassure her kittens. Once the kittens have recovered from their vaccines, they are slowly introduced into the rest of our house. They meet our other cats and our dog. They also start to go on short adventures outside on their harness and leash. It will be up to you to complete this training if you want an adventure kitty.
9-12 weeks of age:
The kittens are downstairs pretty much all the time when we are home. They come down in the morning, for our lunch breaks, and full time in the evenings. They are watched closely when they are out, as this is a critical time for continued litter box training. While they are fully litter box trained in their kitten room, often if they aren’t monitored and encouraged to use the litter box closely enough, this is when litter box problems can develop. This will be something you continue for the first few weeks of them arriving in your home.
Your Bengal kitten will be spayed or neutered at 10 to 12 weeks old. At 12 weeks old they receive their second set of vaccines and their surgery sites are checked by the vet. The Bengal babies get plenty of car travel.
13-14 weeks of age: Your kitten is ready to come home to you!
When Your Bengal kitten Comes Home
We send our kittens to you with all sorts of goodies and information about transitioning to your home. At this point, if you have any questions about your kitten, we ask that you reach out to us. We care deeply about each and every kitten we raise here. We are invested and committed to helping them succeed in your home for their lifetime!