The Bengal Breed of Cat has unique and desirable personality traits compared to other breeds of Domestic Cats. At Santa Fe Bengal Cattery, our Kittens and Cats are very well-socialized, have sweet temperaments, and incredible beauty from our Championship bloodlines. As responsible breeders, we believe in quality, not quantity, in our Breeding Programs. We have only one or two litters at a time during a five to six week period; this way we can give our Kittens the needed attention to ensure that they will be "Distinctive Lap Leopards." We work very hard at nurturing our Bengals' unique qualities and we also give them top quality care (food, litter, and lots of attention) and superb, always clean, habitats. It's simple... Our Mission is to be the Best!
And to make sure that you are getting the best Bengal possible... We do currently feed our Bengals cooked chicken thighs chopped and mixed with a series of Kitty Bloom supplements for complete and superior nutrition. In the past, we have fed our Foundation Cats a raw diet of freshly ground Natural or Organic whole 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 also add Kitty Bloom supplements, Taurine, and Calcium. Foundation Cats often will only eat raw food, however, each Cat has their own preferences and our F2 and F3's currently enjoy the cooked version of our homemade Cat food. At Santa 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 grain-free brand. For our Foundation Cat owners, they may need to continue feeding the raw diet with the added supplements. But remember all Cats have their own individual preferences... some Foundations like their canned food the best and some SBT's like their raw diet the best.
At Santa Fe Bengal Cattery, we take the time to help the new owner-to-be to select the Kitten or Cat that is right for them. We breed Bengals because we love them and want to have young Kittens in our home. We also want to better the Bengal breed by adhering to a focused breeding program.Foundation Bengals are important to a dedicated Breeder for strengthening their genetic line and Breeding Program. At Santa Fe Bengal Cattery, we have chosen to take the step into breeding Foundation Bengals to strengthen our genetic line of Bengals. Breeding better Bengals is our goal, not just to breed Bengals.This is a huge commitment and we are very excited about ourCattery's future.
Our Cattery also sells our Retired Cats at an "at cost" price to make sure that they are able to live as House Cats for most of their lives. This also ensures that Santa Fe Bengal Cattery can continue to progress it's breeding program and continue to provide top quality Bengal Kittens.
The costs of running a Cattery are high, when you provide proper habitats, top quality food, litter, and health care, not to mention, cat toys, vaccines, cleaning products, music, habitat heating and electric bills, Cattery association fees, magazine and internet advertising, website hosting, and purchasing top quality Cats for our breeding stock, etc, etc. The love that we give our cats is free! First and foremost, the main reason that we breed Bengal Cats is very simply that we love them... and they love us. One or two Cats are simple to care for... a dedicated, proper Cattery is a different matter. I was raised knowing that "you get what you pay for" and when you want to have something for a long time... you buy the best. It matters greatly to us that our cats have the best and are the best... and they are!
Santa Fe Bengal Cattery works very hard to have healthy Kittens and Cats, and we guarantee our Kittens' health! Please see the "Purchase Agreement" page for the details.
Our Cattery, to date, has always tested NEGATIVE for FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus Disease Complex), FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Infection), Nematodes (worms), and Protozoan (intestinal phyla/protozoan, such as giardia, trichomonas; ie: "Montazuma's Revenge" in Humans). When Kitten visitors arrive at our Cattery, they must remove their shoes and wash their hands, before handling our Cats and Kittens. We also re-test periodically to prevent any possible out breaks within our Cattery. We are also do not have in our Bengals' genetics HCM or PKD, but do re-test periodically as a safe guard. To the best of our knowledge, we are free of both diseases.