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All pets are given first set of shots by vet and given dewormers at 2, 4, 6, 8 weeks old. all come on contracts including spay/neuter if not already done for limited pets, a 72 hour and 1 year genetic health guarantee, and deposit placement contract. pets papers will be held until proof of being fixed it shown, if not already fixed before leaving.
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PricingWhy Are Bengals So Expensive?
The old saying rings true: "You get what you pay for". The same is true in the case of these unique and special cats. The price of Bengals can vary between $400 - $7,000 USD. You ask why such a large difference? So many factors go into the low and high prices. Especially the breeder and the quality of care they give their cats. If a buyer has stumbled across a kitten mill (God forbid!) or a backyard breeder if they are NOT TICA registered or CFA or another registry, RUN!!), the price will be lower and seem like a dream come true compared to all the other high priced Bengals out there. But under the surface, those poor cats will be fed poor food, not have any proper medical care, not have seen a vet or have any genetic testing done for Pra-b, Pk-def, or HCM which are 3 nasty genetic diseases.
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA-b) causes an autosomal recessive blindness in Bengal cats by destroying the cells in the back of the eye that register light. A test of a parent cat can determine if they will sire kittens that may or may not have a chance of carrying the gene that will cause this disease. A bad breeder won't even test their breeding cats, though, and interbreed who knows what with what with consequences they don't care about and an unknowing buyer may end up with an inexpensive kitten that will go blind by it's 2nd birthday.
Pk-def is a genetic condition that impairs the red blood cells’ ability to metabolize, which in turn may cause anemia and other blood-related issues. Symptoms of this anemia can include: severe lethargy, weakness, weight loss, jaundice, and abdominal enlargement. In the long run, it can destroy your Bengal's kidneys.
HCM stands for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. HCM is the thickening of the wall of the left ventricle of the heart, which causes scar tissue. Cats with severe HCM can develop heart failure, die suddenly due to abnormal electrical activity in the left ventricle, or develop a blood clot that will cause sudden onset of paralysis and severe pain of the rear legs. All of these are devastating problems. The scans to test for HCM usually run close to $1000 per Bengal!