Successful Bengal Kitten Development
A lot goes into Breeding Bengal Cats in a positive way. However, that is only half the story. The other half is how a Bengal kitten grows from birth until they reach your home! Bengal Kitten development follows the same path that all domestic cats do. But it is fun to know the details.
Bengal Kitten Development at Birth
Bengals can be born in a wide variety of sizes. We have had kittens born here as low as 66 grams and as big as 115 grams. Size depends on the size of the sire and dam. Ideally, you want a medium weight for a kitten. At 66 grams a kitten doesn’t have a lot of reserves to draw on should they struggle with nursing. 110 grams is a medium-weight kitten. Some kittens can be born at 120-125 grams. However, the larger the kitten, the harder the birth will be on the mother and the baby, especially if the kitten has a big head. Bengals can also be born in a variety of colors and patterns that are determined by what genetics the Sire and Dam carry.
The first step after a Bengal Kitten’s birth that the Queen, or mother Bengal Cat, will take is to chew through the cord attaching the Bengal Kitten to the placenta. She will also lick the kitten to remove it from the birthing sack and help to dry them off. Next, the Bengal Kitten’s instinct will cause them to seek out their mom’s nipple to nurse. This can take some time as the Queen continues to birth the rest of the litter.
0-1 Week of Bengal Kitten Development
Week 1-2 of Bengal Kitten Development
Week 3 of Bengal Kitten Development
Week 4 of Bengal Kitten Development
Week 5 of Bengal Kitten Development
Week 6 and 7 of Bengal Kitten Development
Week 8 of Bengal Kitten Development
Week 9 and Week 10 of Bengal Kitten Development
Week 11 of Bengal Kitten Development
Week 12 of Bengal Kitten Development
The Male Bengal Kittens can go home at twelve weeks of age as their neuter surgery is much less invasive and requires a lot less recovery time. Often they go home this week. The females are still under observation of their incision sites to ensure that they don’t pull any stitches and will keep quiet enough to not hurt themselves.
Week 13 of Bengal Kitten Development
Every Bengal Breeder is going to do things a little differently and every Bengal Kitten is going to have a different personality. However, it is important to know that a lot of work goes into making sure that a Bengal Kitten has gotten enough socialization to be successful in your home! They develop fast in the first 3 months of life, both physically and mentally and how they are brought up will impact them their whole life long. All of these aspects of Bengal Kitten Development are taken into account when determining your Bengal kitten cost.