Our cats are in excellent health and condition before they are bred and have been vaccinated, regularly treated for parasites and frequently health checked. They are tested negative for FIV and FeLV, DNA tested clear for PKdef and PRA Bengal, and screened regularly for HCM. Every pregnant cat has two ultrasounds, as well as all her pregnancy checks. Health care, screening and testing is expensive, but dramatically increases your chances of buying a healthy kitten. This is one area that breeders that sell cheaper kittens cut costs. They also may not vaccinate their kittens or follow a rigorous parasite protocol. Furthermore, if kittens are not health checked by a vet before you take them home, how will you know they are healthy, do not have a heart murmur etc?
Cheaper Bengal kittens may be kept in cages, to maximize numbers for profit, with limited human involvement, producing unsocialized kittens. If a breeder has not invested a lot of time in a thorough socialization program, you will need to re-socialize your kitten at home. Costs will have been cut and shortcuts taken that may have a negative impact on your kitten later, that you simply may not see right now. Diet plays a crucial part in your kittens health, and pregnant cats and kittens fed on poor quality food to maximize profit will have a real effect on your new kitten’s immune system.
You are spending money and investing emotion on a Bengal kitten that will be a part of your family for many, many years so please do your research and make sure you buy a documented TICA or GCCF registered Bengal from a responsible breeder.