Santa Fe Bengal Cattery is located in Northern New Mexico... find out more about us!
My fascination with felines started at a young age...
Santa Fe Bengal Catteryraises SBT and Foundation Bengal Cats and Kittens in an intimate Bengal Cattery in New Mexico and is dedicated to producing top-quality, highly-socialized Bengal Kittens with leopard rosettes, glittered pelts and sparkling personalities.
"Oh, and that's me in the black and white photo above left, with my Mother... Cat Breeder-to-be... I am clutching one of our cats, a Siamese, who was named 'Tuesday'...
I started dreaming about having this Cattery a long time ago!" ABM
Our newest addition... This perfect little girl, shown above, is our new F1. Check back for more photos and information!
TICA requests that we put this disclaimer, when using their logo: "This cattery has not been inspected by and is not endorsed by The International Cat Association, Inc." On the other hand... Our Cattery HAS BEEN INSPECTED by our FELINE SPECIALIST VETERINARIAN and we are in the process of becoming an "OUTSTANDING CATTERY" with TICA.
Prima (F1), Baby (F2), and Bodacious Belle (SBT) happily napping in our Great Room!
TICA "Code of Ethics" and "OUTSTANDING" TICA Catteries do more for their Cats, have better habitat conditions, strict high-level Cattery policies and therefore, higher quality, happier, healthier Bengal Cats. At Santa Fe Bengal Cattery we have signed and adhere to the TICA and TIBCS "Code of Ethics" and are currently in the process of being a TICA "OUTSTANDING CATTERY". There are hundreds of Catteries and very few OUTSTANDING Catteries. Look for us soon on the TICA "OUTSTANDING CATTERY" list on the Official TICA web site. We, of course, do the simple basics, like: Vaccinating our Kittens, providing the TICA Kitten Registration and parent pedigrees, have Kitten Health Inspections, have a one year genetic defect Health Guarantee, PLUS provide life-time Information and Education support to our Kitten Buyers. Check out our Testimonials page! We also have one of the most comprehensive, up-to-date, Cattery web sites with Health Alerts and advice for all Feline Lovers as a public service. Scroll down to find out just how much more we do at Santa Fe Bengal Cattery and to view more great photos!!
Santa Fe Bengal Cattery is a proud member of The International Cat Association and is listed as a premiere Cattery on the TICA web site. We are also a proud member of The International Bengal Cat Society, TIBCS, and follow both organizations "Code of Ethics" for Outstanding Catteries. At Santa Fe Bengal Cattery our cats' happiness and health always comes first.
In fact... we play Native American flute music and classical music, that is specially re-composed just for Cats, for our Cats in their Habitats for their comfort and contentment!
Our superb large, ultra-clean habitats, our championship blood lines, and the all extras, like music, are just some of the many reasons why we are so well-known for our "DISTINCTIVE LAP LEOPARDS". We work hard at breeding healthy, happy, beautiful Bengals!
Click HERE to find out more about our Cattery Philosophy and Mission Statement.
Santa Fe Bengal Cattery far exceeds the minimum requirements and conditions for our Cats' Habitats. Click HERE for a description of what our Cattery is like.
BENGAL CATS have Exotic Looks, are Exceptionally Beautiful... and are full of Personality! It is easy to love a BENGAL...
"Bengals" are TICA registered Domestic Cats that have the exotic look of their wild cousin, the Asian Leopard Cat. What is a Bengal like? Click HERE for quick overview. For more information about BENGAL CATS and how you can have a "Distinctive Lap Leopard" of your own, please click HERE to contact us by email at this address: Kittens@SantaFeBengalCattery.com
Santa Fe Bengal Cattery breeds for both Rosetted/Spotted (BST) and Marbled (BMT) markings with extreme contrast in the background coloring and a high degree of rufousing (reddish accents on a honey colored background), breed standard attributes in conformation, and a tight, short pelt. We also breed for "Cat-titude" and Personality. Our Stud Cats' lineage is from Championship bloodlines like OS CH Millwood Italian Filigree, RW QGC Dicaprio of Star Bengal, and also has connections to RW Supreme Grand Champion Calcatta's Custom Made (click HERE to see his photos!), as well as many others... take a look at the list of Champions on the STUDS page.
It takes a proper habitat and human interaction and care to foster a Kitten who will grow to be a unique, personable, loving companion. Our Cats are loved! It has always been a dream to raise Cats and we do this achieving the highest degree of comfort, contentment, health, and happiness for our felines. Our Studs and 'in-heat' Queens reside in highly maintained, heated/cooled Houses with safe constant access to large outdoor play-area Habitats. Inside, and out side, our Cats have very pretty maple-look linoleum as their floor - their feet DO NOT touch microbe infested dirt! It is easy to keep very clean and free of bacteria and other microbes, plus it is nice for them to lay on and kind to their pelts. And, of course, they have lots of toys, including Cat Exercise Wheels, with hours of human interaction daily. Mothers and Kittens live with us in our home.
At Santa Fe Bengal Cattery, we are always interested in what is best for our Bengals. Recently, we invited Dr. Sherry Gaber, Certified Animal Chiropractor, to our Cattery to adjust our Bengals. The results were extremely positive! We highly reccommend Dr. Gaber, as a Chiropractor, and she can help give your Bengal the opportunity for good health. Check out her web site! SherryGaberDC.com
The Breeder, and how they treat their Cats, really makes a difference in the quality, temperament, and personality of a Cat. You can buy a Bengal, but to get a "Distinctive Lap Leopard," you have to buy a Bengal from Santa Fe Bengal Cattery. Our Kittens and Cats are raised to know how to be part of the family. Socialization is a very important process that helps to promote the unique and desirable Bengal personality traits. We give all of our cats the initial love and "pre-school" teaching to ensure that they are better than most. Their exotic looks will thrill you and their intelligence, and "problem-solving" skills, will delight you! Just check out our Testimonials Page to see what our Kitten Buyers have to say our Kittens!
We serve our Cats and Kittens only the best quality food: our choice is a combination of "Nutro's Natural Choice" (No Grain) formulas in both the canned and dried, freshly cooked and shredded chicken with "Kitty Bloom" Vitamins, Taurine, and Calcium, and freshly ground: Organic/Natural Beef, Turkey with Bone, Beef Heart, plus "Kitty Bloom" Supplements for our Foundations. We also use only non-clay, Pine Pellet Litter. Our Bengals' excellent health and happiness is what makes us happy!
Our web site provides continuing Kitten and Cat Care and
Health alerts to all Feline Enthusiasts. And to our new Kitten Owners, we provide consultations, via email or telephone, to assist with questions
regarding their new feline friend.
At Santa Fe Bengal Cattery, we believe in following the TICA and TIBCS Code of Ethics and in caring for our Cats to the highest level of health, comfort, and happiness for all of our Cats and Kittens. We also believe in responsible breeding and always striving to keep to breed standard, as well as moving forward and bettering our lines of Bengals. We do not just continue to breed the same parents over and over and over again as some do. We retire our adults typically between 2 and 5 years of age, so that they can have a House Cat life for most of their lives. We keep the best Show Quality Kittens to progress our line of Bengals and to provide New Owners with the best Bengal Kittens. Currently, we are moving towards breeding closer to the original first Domestic Bengal and will soon have true SBT F4 Bengals as our usual SBT's, rather than the "F4 or later" (F10, F20, who knows...) Bengal. Are F4's (Filial Generation 4) better? Yes, they are!
We adore our Foundation Bengals (F1, F2, and F3) and look forward to providing the very special original fully domestic F4 SBT Bengals to our Kitten Buyers. Watch for the coming litters!
find out more about our Cattery Philosophy and Mission Statement. And click HERE to read TICA's (The International Cat Society) Breeders' Code of Ethics. Check our "TESTIMONIALS" page to hear what our Kitten Buyers have to say about our Bengals and about our Cattery.
Keep reading and scrolling... for more valuable information and great photos. Plus, find out why I breed Bengal Cats...
We put a tremendous amount of effort in maintaining our Cats and Kittens Superb Health and we guarantee their Good Health! All of our Kittens leave for their new homes with their claws clipped, de-wormed, and vaccinated for Distemper (Panleukopenia) and "Kitty Cold" with Felovax 4 - all killed virus vaccine. And we vaccinate in the updated, most current Veterinarian-protocol vaccination location to make sure that our Kittens have the best chance at a happy, healthy, long life with their new Owners. All of our Cats have, again, tested negative for FeLV/FIV and we will be adding the new, safer, avian-based FeLV/FIV vaccine to our vaccination schedule, when it becomes available to us.
We feed our Foundation Cats a Raw Diet of freshly ground Natural or Organicwhole chickens and/or turkeys, chicken hearts, beef hearts, and beef stew meat - that means bones and all are ground with the meat for a healthy mixture close to their natural diet. To this "tartare" we add "Kitty Bloom" vitamins, taurine, probiobiotics, and calcium. Foundation Cats usually will only eat raw food. Our SBT Bengals like it as a treat once a day, along with their "Nutro's Natural Choice"grain-free canned and dry food. Starting at about five weeks of age, our Kittens are fed "Nutro's Natual Choice" Chicken Kitten formula canned food and Nutro's Natural Choice grain-free dry food, as well as cooked chicken with "Kitty Bloom" Supplements. AtSanta Fe Bengal Cattery, we feel a responsibility to feed our Cats only the best possible food available to be able to produce the best possible Bengals. Our pet SBT Bengal owners should continue with a high quality diet of dry and wet food and we use and recommend "Nutro's Natural Choice"brand in the grain-free formulas. For our Foundation Cat owners, they do need to continue feeding the raw diet.
Why do I breed Bengal Cats?
I have always had a natural love and understanding for felines. It started at a very young age and I brought home my first Cat, in need of a home, at the age of 4. Then, when I was 9, my family began being involved in assisting in caring for and re-locating big Cats. In the photo to the left, my parents and I are playing with and petting a leopard, named Cooper. I helped to bottle feed Lion Cubs, Bob Cat Kits, and Ocelots. We went to events/meetings where there were Leopards, Panthers, African Lions, Mountain Lions and other smaller Wild Cats. These experiences changed me forever and I have always needed to be around felines. I maintain that a house is not a home without a Cat. The Bengal Cat is the perfect blend of my love of wild Cats and the need for a domestic feline companion. Cats are loving, understanding, honest, intelligent, and playful - just for the sake of being playful. I have often said that I like Cats better than most people. I don't mind the long and late hours Kittening, nor the extensive cleaning needed to keep Breeding Cats in my home and in their special Casita Habitats. All of them are my Pets and I spend time with each one. It is all worth it, when one (or eight of them!) snuggle up to me at night, because they choose to be next to me. Or when I receive a thank you email from a new Kitten Owner... it makes me beam with pride that I can breed Bengal Cats to make me happy and to make others happy too... and I am always learning and improving how I keep my Cats, so they are happy as well!
An Ocelot named Tarija
Above is a photo of my Mother and an Ocelot named "Tarija", who I remember very well. Unfortunately, Tarija, like most Wild Cats, didn't really want to be around humans. My Mom is trying to coax the less than happy Cat into not growling... Tarija did like, or rather put up with, one of her Owners and did live with their family for quite some time, until she was placed in an appropriate Wild Life Habitat.
We recently sent out one year Birthday cards to a few of our Kittens and here is what "Monte" sent back to us... • • •
Thanks for the card. I can't believe I am one year old already. Even though I am getting bigger (about 12 pounds) my family tells me I still have a kitten brain. One of my favorite things is going for walks. I have a leash and a harness and it makes my day to go for a little jog. I also like the car rides a lot..."
Read the rest of Monte's cute note of thanks and see his, and one of his humans, photo in "Testimonials". Oh, and by the way, Monte has been the star of several magazine ads. We are very proud of our boy! Several of our Cats have been featured in Nationally produced "Cat Calendars" as well.