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ADVICE ON BUYING A KITTEN

Re: Adverts on Freead, Freeads sites reading "Kittens for sale, Not Registered....No papers" etc

This will hopefully be a useful piece of information and advice to those innocent people who are looking into adoption or purchase of a pedigree pet or show/breed quality Bengal Kitten (or buy or adopt any other breed of cat or kitten).

There is an increasing number of "UNREGISTERED" (See point 1 below) Bengal kittens and other breeds of kittens/cats advertised for sale (mainly in papers like Freead or Free ads / Freead), with the the majority of kittens reading "NO PAPERS, HENCE....." (See point 2 below).These kittens predominantly come from cats that were originally sold by Reputable Breeders as "PETS ONLY" (see point 3) , which means they were sold on the NON ACTIVE REGISTER..(see point 4)...i.e NOT to be bred from, and may have SIGNED CONTRACTS (see 5 below) held by the Breeders to support this. We hope to 'digest' and explain, word for word what this advert may mean to those who are thinking of buying or adopting one of these kittens.......named here as 'The Kitten'.

1. ''UNREGISTERED''. OK......you think this must mean ''the kitten' is pedigree but has no papers'. You must ask yourself WHY this kitten is unregistered and WHY it doesn't have papers. There are a number of possibilities for this, as described here:

The kitten (Bengal or other) is likely to have come from parents originally sold as "PETS ONLY"(see 3 below) and may have genetic faults that made them unsuitable for breeding as the fault could be passed on to 'the kitten'...and the siblings.

The kitten may have one parent only that is pedigree so is a 'Cross breed' (same as many moggies), so the kitten is NOT a Bengal!

The kitten may have been bred from a queen that has been bred from too soon after her last litter and GCCF will NOT register these kittens (and rightly so as these poor mums need a break!)

The kitten may have been 'an accidental mating, as she 'got out'. In this case the mum will have been mated by at least (sometimes many) one of the local 'toms' who are very likely to pass on diseases that are ultimately fatal. These fatal diseases are passed (in-vitro... i.e. through the womb) to their babies....including 'the kitten'.

IF this kitten (as described above) is exactly what you are looking for...please do not look on our website! We have spent many years researching pedigrees for health and getting the type right... and now we have the pattern too, so we want our top quality Bengal kittens to go to the right homes.

2. "NO PAPERS, HENCE.....(the price)". So...'the kitten' is free or much cheap(er). Thats sounds good, as you have a limit to what you can spend? Think again! The very reasons above should make you think twice before buying one of these cheaper kittens. Veterinary costs these days are horrendous, especially if you need to go into blood tests, x-rays, heart screening etc etc, which is what you may need to do should 'the kitten' turn out to have one (or more) of the undesirable, sometimes fatal diseases like FeLV (Cat Leukaemia), FIV (Cat A.I.D.S....YES!....cats can get AIDS too!). Feline Aids and/or Leukaemia can be contracted by the mother cat when she gets mated by the local tom, so please do think about the £££'s that one of these free or 'cheap' kittens may cost you!

3."PETS ONLY"....CHECK THIS ON THE PARENTS REGISTRATION SLIPS!!!
If a parent kitten/cat is sold as a PET ONLY, there may well be a good reason why this kitten is not suitable for breeding (but will still make an excellent pet) i.e. genetic faults in the line that have the potential, if mated with an unsuitable cat, to produce very inferior, poor quality kittens that may be born with or develop serious defects or abnormalities. A kitten/cat or parent cat on the GCCF
4. 'NON-ACTIVE REGISTER' will have printed in the bottom right-hand corner of their pink GCCF Registration slip the following:
"CAT IS ON THE NON ACTIVE REGISTER. NO PROGENY TO BE REGISTERED".
If this is printed on the pink slip of either of the parents of the kitten you are viewing as a pedigree Bengal (or Other Pedigree kitten):
DO NOT BUY THIS KITTEN!!

These irresponsible people who breed from these 'PET' kittens/cats are maybe prepared to take the risk of producing inferior quality kittens with potentially serious defects, and are happy to sell them 'not registered' to unsuspecting purchasers (i.e. YOU!!), who may well live to regret the purchase of one of these kittens should the kitten prove to have potentially serious health problems (and need expensive Veterinary treatment) in the near or distant future.

5. 'SIGNED CONTRACTS' These 'backyard breeder' people also leave themselves open to being sued by the Reputable Breeder for 'Breach of Contract', when breeding from their 'PET' Kitten/cat(s) . The outcome of that could mean that the PET Kitten(s) originally sold, PLUS all their unregistered progeny (including 'the kitten' you are thinking of buying!?) may be re-posessed by the Breeder (as considered 'stolen?') and all costs/expenses, fines, vets fees etc., etc. may also be claimed by the Breeder. So...you are actually at risk of having this 'Bengal' kitten taken from you in a reposession case. You must understand that there are VERY GOOD reasons for buying your (Pedigree) Bengal Kitten from the right place.

IMPORTANT...PLEASE READ. There are many people who do not know that the majority of Bengal cats is mainly blood group 'A' which can cause serious and fatal problems for kittens born from a mis-match of blood groups. For instance: a female Bengal cat with the blood group 'B' that is bred with a male Bengal stud cat that has blood group 'A' is very likely to produce anti-bodies in her milk/colostrum that will destroy blood cells in her Bengal kittens once they suckle from her. This is very often fatal for the kittens and they turn a yellow colour before dying one by one, as their red blood cells are destroyed by the antibodies in their mother's colostrum. There is no 'anti-dote' and for this very reason alone it is not wise to cross-breed Bengal cats with any other breed of cat or any type of cross breed, including a domestic moggie cat.
Quote: "Approximately 95 percent of type B cats have high levels of antibody directed against type A blood cells. Therefore, when a type B queen gives birth to type A kittens (as can happen when bred to a type A male), antibodies in her colostrum destroy her kittens' red blood cells, resulting in a profound anaemia, This condition, termed neonatal isoerythrolysis (NI), usually becomes apparent within one or two days after birth and can be rapidly fatal".


There are a few ways in which you, the Purchaser, may protect yourself when purchasing a pedigree Bengal Kitten (or any other pedigree kitten). For instance:

1.

Go to a well known reputable Breeder. A reputable Breeder will have invested a great deal of time and money into researching pedigrees, and purchasing top quality, healthy breeding cats that will have family history for being tested for F.I.V (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus...the cat equivalent to human HIV/AIDS), FeLV, (Feline Leukaemia Virus), and other nasty diseases that cats can get. They will also ensure that each mating is a compatible and well-suited combination of two healthy cats, that should produce good quality, healthy and robust kittens, - whether they be destined for loving Pet homes, Show homes, or for good Breeding Queen or Stud cats, to continue a good blood line/pedigree.

A good 'pointer' will be to read their website info. If they have numerous and continuing problems with different cats and different breeders you must ask yourself, "is it everyone else"..... or "Is it them? Chances are, if there is just one problem noted on an otherwise good, decent and informative website.....that is acceptable. On the other hand, if you see a website with NUMEROUS different problems with other breeders, numerous dying cats and cases of potential slander etc, then THAT is the website to avoid. Please do ask us if you have any doubts? We do NOT like to get involved with chidish bickering amongst breeders but we will state facts as we live by the truth, always!

2.

Ask lots of questions like:

a) Are BOTH the parents of the kittens registered on the GCCF(or equivalent) Active register? (This is important) Ask to see the pink GCCF Registration slips, and check yourself to see that there is no "CAT IS ON THE NON ACTIVE REGISTER. NO PROGENY TO BE REGISTERED" printed on there.(There will be a blank square at the bottom right hand corner of the slip, if the cat IS on the Active register.)
b) Are the kittens born and reared indoors in the home, or outside in a cattery?
You can decide whether you would like a kitten from a cattery, or one that has been born and raised in the home as part of the family.These home-reared kittens will already be adapted to living in the 'Home', and accustomed to everyday noises such as the T.V., vacuum cleaner, washing machine etc.,etc. This can be a tremendous advantage and makes the 'move' to a new home so much less traumatic for both the new kitten and the Owner!
3. Check that the kitten has had a full course of vaccinations, by a Veterinary Surgeon, and is at least 13 weeks of age. These are strong recommendations by the GCCF, and should be adhered to.
4. When choosing your new kitten, watch them playing. They should be clean, lively, energetic, playful, happy and friendly. If the place is dirty, and the kittens are cowering in the corner, or looking 'listless', or have runny eyes/nose......DON'T BUY ONE!!
5. Go to see the kittens in their home. Be wary of breeders who offer to deliver kittens (without you having seen them at home first), because of reasons like "travelling can be stressful"! It is the same distance for the kitten to travel, whether you pick it up, or it is delivered. If you cannot visit to see the kitten, email the breeder and get to know and trust them...you can get a very good idea from the type of response you get as to whether they are decent breeders or not.
6. You can ask when the queen (the Mum) last had a litter (previous to this one), and how many litters she has had in total. There are breeders out there who constantly breed one litter after the other from the same cat, without ever giving her a rest. This can lead to a run-down, worn-out queen who may become unable to care for and/or feed her kittens, and may also become seriously ill herself. If a breeder truly cares for their cats, they will ensure each cat is rested in between litters (especially when the litters are large in number). Thought must be given to the queen who has to carry, give birth to, and then raise all those kittens every time.
Many Reputable Breeders consider 1 litter per year is enough for a queen.


We recommend you do your own research into the potential health issues in the Bengal cat, and please do read our advice below before enquiring about a kitten.

So, safety (and caring) in mind....do yourself a favour (and the cats too!), and buy a happy, healthy REGISTERED Kitten from a well-known Reputable Breeder.

NOTE: It is strongly advised that you continue with the Petplan insurance you were given with your kitten. A reminder will be sent to you, with the option to continue this cover. Failure to ensure the continuance of this insurance may mean a 2 week break in the insurance, where your kitten will NOT be covered!
Neutering your kitten at around 5 1/2 to 6 months of age prevents problems such as urine/scent spraying in the house (difficult to stop once started and has become a habit), wandering (across busy roads), fighting, mating etc.(where fatal diseases such as F.I.V. and Leukaemia are contracted/passed on).

PLEASE NEUTER your male and female kittens......for their sakes, as well as your own! Most Reputable Breeders will insist on you signing a Contract to say you will do this, and may withhold Registration documents until proof of neutering is provided by your Veterinary Surgeon. This proves that the Breeder cares for the kitten, and wants to ensure he/she is going to be neutered and cared for properly.

Finally...if you do have any questions, suggestions, or need further advice on buying a Bengal (or other) Kitten, (as a Pet, or for Breeding/Showing etc.), or if you just fancy a 'Cat Chat', please do get in touch. We are always willing to help if we can.


HCM (Hypertrophic CardioMyopathy)

As with other cat breeds (incuding moggies) and various other animals (AND humans), there are heart problems within the Bengal breed. We have our cats' hearts screened whenever possible, by a fully qualified Cardiology Specialist. If any of our cats don't have 'HCM clear' screening results posted, it may mean they haven't yet been screened. Screening reports will be posted on the ICatCare website (formerly FABcats).... (allow time for posting & processing) and are available for viewing by request to those interested in purchasing any of our kittens.
Screening our cats' hearts 'HCM clear' means that our cats are proven to be clear from any signs of HCM at the time of screening only. This does not mean they can't/won't still develop HCM or produce HCM in their offspring, but it is the only test we have at present) No guarantees can be given for any animal regarding future health but we breed with the knowledge that our screened breeding cats show no evidence of HCM at time of screening.
Please do your own research into HCM before buying any kitten.
We recommend that your purchase your kitten from breeders who screen their cats using board certified Cardiologists.

If you require further information, please check out this site where you will find a list of breeders who screen, plus their cats who have screened clear for HCM: http://www.icatcare.org
WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU ASK TO SEE THE RELEVANT SCREEN REPORT(S) BEFORE PURCHASING YOUR BENGAL.
Good Luck with your (safe) kitten search.



How to reserve a Suntouched Bengal kitten, plus Terms, Contracts and Policies. (Please read)
IF YOU ARE THINKING OF PURCHASING ONE OF OUR SUPER BENGAL BABIES, PLEASE DO READ OUR CONDITIONS ETC AS SEEN BELOW.

Kittens sold with breeding potential.
Like most other reputable breeders, we do not give cash refunds for any reason, but we may help out with a replacement kitten if evidence is produced from a veterinary surgeon that a kitten sold by us (with breeding potential/on the 'active' register) has proven to be unable to breed after 2 years from date of purchase.This can happen for whatever reason, but to date, this has never happened with one of ours
. This replacement will only happen if it is proven the cat has not been left calling too many times and has not been treated with medication to prevent 'calling' etc. and has been kept fit and well whilst in the new owners care.

Kittens sold as Pets only
As above, we do not give cash refunds for any reason. We can assure our Pet owners that we will always be striving to breed healthy kittens and that your kitten will be fit and healthy to the best of our knowledge at the time he/she leaves us to join you in your home.

All Kittens (Show/Breed/Pet) .
All kittens we home will be fully vaccinated (including Leukaemia) and most pet kittens will be neutered. You will be given 4 weeks free insurance with Petplan. We strongly recommend that you continue this insurance after the 4 week period, as the first year of the kittens/cats life is the time when he/she is most likely to have an accident etc.





If you wish to be placed on our waiting list (for either a Pet or a Show/Breed Bengal kitten), a small deposit can be paid that will ensure
you get priority when choosing your kitten from the next available litter(s), above other people who may just happen to see a Suntouched kitten that they fancy.
*IMPORTANT *PLEASE NOTE*
IF YOU HAVE NOT PAID A DEPOSIT (FOR PET OR SHOW/BREED), THEN YOU ARE NOT ON OUR WAITING LIST. If you show an interest in one of our kittens, you will be offered a kitten after those who have payed their deposit. We feel this is the only way to be fair to those who are genuinely serious about one of our Bengal babies, and will help eliminate those others who just 'might' be wanting a kitten later on.
When you have paid your deposit (THANKYOU) ......and are on our waiting list, if you see a kitten on our website that you like, please ask for further photo's. You can then pay a further small deposit to reserve that particular kitten of your choosing (subject to availability). The kitten of your choice will then be kept for you until he/she is ready to leave home.(PLEASE NOTE: Deposits (for Pet or Show/Breeding kittens) are non-refundable and are placed there to ensure you are serious about buying a kitten, so please do not ask for your deposit back if you change your mind. The only exception to the rule is that your deposit may be transferred to another kitten should we be unable to supply the chosen kitten. (For example: On very rare occasions a Pet kitten may get injured whilst playing and may have to stay at home for a while until he/she is fully healed). Or, with a Show/Breeding kitten that we fail to offer/supply within 12 months, waiting-list deposits may then be refunded on application to us in writing (within 28 days after the 12 month period), unless 2 different kittens have been offered and turned down within that 12 month period. Also, we do not give refunds for kittens sold. If the kitten is proven to be seriously/fatally sick when leaving our premises, we will then replace the kitten with another of similar quality. We do not give any cash refunds for any reason. Any/all deposits paid will be deducted off the cost of your kitten.

SUNTOUCHED BENGALS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO BACK OUT OF ANY AGREED HOMING OF A KITTEN OR CAT AT ANY TIME.




TERMS, POLICIES AND CONTRACTS ETC.
Monies received for deposits/payments on chosen kittens will have been used to pay for the kittens' Veterinary Health checks, vaccinations, registrations and possibly neutering/spaying and/or micro-chipping.....details of which would have to be altered on all paperwork (at a cost) should you change your mind, so please do not ask for deposits or payments to be refunded. We had quite a few people asking to be placed on our waiting list during 2008, when they were not prepared to wait. We are not a 'commercial cattery' and have limited queens (who deserve a rest in between litters!) and limited kittens so there is no 'quick fix' here. We hope this new policy will make it more fair for the serious buyers by ruling out the 'maybe's'. Thank you for understanding.

Quite often our kittens are sold from photo's alone, so please be aware that when arranging to visit 'next weekend' it may not always be that the particular kitten of interest to you will still be available, so we do recommend you telephone or email us the day before to check availability, or reserve your chosen kitten from extra photo's and details given as soon as you see the one you want to take home.

Please note: We have Contracts applied to all our kittens (both Pet and Breeding) so please do ask for a copy before paying your deposit. The contract is put in place to protect our cats' health and welfare, and also to protect our invaluable lines which are unique in the UK and need to be protected from exploitment. Thankyou for understanding.

Please note: We do not give any cash refunds for any reason.





Health Assurances.

We will always do our utmost to ensure that we are breeding healthy kittens that are free from serious genetic problems and will undertake to heart-screen our breeding cats for HCM whenever possible. We do not, and never would use any cat with a known heart defect in our programme, however minor. As we are dealing with live animals here and screening results and other tests are limited in their effectiveness for future health, we cannot give guarantees for future health of the cat(s)/kitten(s) we breed and home, but can assure you that they will be fit and healthy to the best of our knowledge before leaving our care and joining you in your home.
Our new kitten owners are always more than pleased with our Bengal babies and we receive lots of positive feedback. We can give assurance that we will be here at the end of the telephone to listen if you do ever have any concerns and will help out wherever possible. It is strongly advised that you continue the Insurance given with your kitten, as we cannot be responsible for the future health of your kitten once he/she has left our care and is being cared for by someone else. Booster vaccinations MUST be continued and your insurance may be void if you fail to have this done when your cat is one year old and each and every year after.

Please do your own research into pedigrees, illnesses, diseases and hereditary and congenital defects that affect cats and the Bengal as a breed. These do exist and can affect any animal at any time, no matter how careful we try and be to prevent them. These various health problems can exist in ALL animals, all breeds, and include cross breeds/moggies too. Such conditions may include
F.I.P, luxating patella, flat chests (FCK), Funnel chest, heart disease & HCM, PKD, PKdeficiency and many more.
We are proud to say we screen our cats (at great cost) for HCM and other heart defects whenever possible and expect our breeder/buyer/owners to screen their own cats, and to have read our Contracts, Terms & Conditions as well as doing thorough research into the Bengal breed before approaching us for a kitten.

Whilst we will always endeavour do our utmost to only breed from healthy cats, we cannot possibly foresee the future health of every cat and kitten that leaves us to be cared for by someone else. In the unlikely event that one of our kittens should become seriously ill with a life threatening illness soon after leaving our care, we will always be prepared to consider helping those who approach us in a reasonable manner, possibly with the offer of a replacement kitten from the same or different lines (when available) as a gesture of goodwill.

STATUS OF CURRENT KITTENS:

Our Bengal 'AVAILABLE KITTENS' that are currently on our website may have one of the following descriptions alongside that are likely to change at any time. We will endeavour to keep our Bengal kittens' status' updated frequently:

AVAILABLE: This means the kitten is available (for reserving or collecting...depending on age) at the given date. We cannot guarantee this kitten will remain available and the status is likely to change at any time because many people like to reserve their kitten after speaking with us on the telephone and seeing various photo's of the Bengal kitten they are interetsed in.
UNDER ASSESSMENT/EVALUATION: This means the kitten is currently being assessed as to suitability of quality/type/temperament etc with a view to being homed as a potential Pet or Show Neuter, or Showing & Breeding cat. This kitten may become available at a later date. Contact us if you are interested in this kitten.
PENDING: This means this Bengal kitten has been chosen by someone and we are awaiting a deposit. This kitten may become available at a later date if the deposit isn't paid, so do contact us if you are interested
RESERVED: This means the kitten is reserved for someone who has paid a deposit. It is unlikely this kitten will become available but it does sometimes happen, so please contact us if you would like to be notified of the progress of this kitten.

SOLD: This means the kitten has been sold and paid for, and may already have left for their new home.

PAYMENTS. If you wish to pay a deposit straight away, you can make an instant deposit payment via Paypal (add 3% for Paypal fees). Alternatively, a payment by cheque or postal order will be accepted and your kitten will be reserved for you once the cheque has cleared. Please contact us for further details.
PLEASE NOTE: We cannot hold any kitten or cat without a deposit!

We will always be here always there at the end of the 'phone to answer your questions/queries, be it daytime or the middle of the night.
Our Bengal Cat and Kitten quality is assured, proof of which can be seen on our AWARDS page, so do take a look!
If you are interested in a particular Bengal Cat or Kitten, please do CONTACT US straight away, as we cannot guarantee availability due to the high demand for our Kittens.

CONDITIONS.
IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE FURTHER DETAILS ON OUR CONDITIONS, TERMS OR POLICIES, OR IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE DO ASK BEFORE PLACING ANY DEPOSITS OR PAYMENTS. Thankyou.
Please note: We do not give any cash refunds for any reason.

If you are interested in one of our Bengal kittens for breeding, please ensure you do proper research first as we would expect even the very new breeders who are just starting out to have done the basic homework neccessary for the care needed when raising kittens in the home. For instance: It is recommended that you start with a queen for breeding first, maybe taking her out to stud for the first time, having a litter and then seeing how it all fits in with your current life-style. If you then think this is the life for you, then you can then start looking for your second Bengal queen, or maybe even keep one from your first litter. It is highly recommended that for every stud boy, there should be 3 (or more) queens to keep him happy in his 'duties' and to ensure he gets adequate feline company. It can be a very lonely life for a stud cat that is kept outdoors on his own. Many people seem to think they will be able to keep their Bengal stud cat in their home. This is a BIG no-no, as once mature (any time from 7-8 months on), he will start to spray around the house, and believe me, stud-cat spray stinks and the smell is very difficult to get rid of! He will also be noisy, so if you have close neighbours, this may cause you (and them!) problems. Please arrange to have 3 Bengal queens available per Bengal stud cat, BEFORE looking to buy a stud!

You will need to be there when the queen gives birth, and may need to help if she has problems or take her to the vet. If you work full time then this may not work out for you and kittens could be lost. Like all other breeds, Bengals can have varying genetic and other health problems. Please do your research into this so you are fully aware of any potential problems that may arise in the future and realise that the breeding of any animal is NOT easy and you WILL have vets fees and will need to have money in the bank to cover these fees.
These are just very basics things here, and just the start of many more things you must be prepared to learn before going into breeding Bengals, so please do your research thoroughly and properly. We will always be here to mentor anyone who buys a Bengal Kitten from us for breeding or as a Pet (or anyone else who needs help) but we would like to know that we are letting one of our much-loved Bengal kittens go to a loving and knowledgable home before handing them over.
Thankyou.

 

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