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Welcome to Nova Bengals

We are a small family run Bengal Breeder located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Our family is passionate about raising Bengals with great breed temperament and type! We started our TICA Registered Cattery in the Winter of 2017.

Our cats are raised underfoot in our home and well socialized with children. Our kittens are handled daily from birth. Your kitten will come with a health guarantee and age appropriate vaccinations. They will be ready to go at 12-14 weeks of age.

*All our Bengal cats are registered with TICA – The International Cat Assocation.

The Bengal

The Bengal is a hybrid breed of domestic feline crossed with an Asian Leopard Cat, a small wild cat found in Southeast Asia. Their story began in 1963 when the American Jean S. Mill realized this crossing for the first time. From this mating were born the first hybrids ‘F1’ then ‘F2’ (1st and 2nd generation).  The Bengal cat, said ‘domestic’ needs to be separated by at least 4 generations from the original crossing between a domestic feline and ALC. The goal is to keep the “Wild” appearance of the Asian Leopard Cat and the “Sweet” temperament of the domestic cat.

The breed has been recognized by T.I.C.A. (The International Cat Association) since 1985 when Jean S. Mill was able to attended her first show.

The Bengal Cat Character

The character Of the Bengal makes them unique and quite different from other cat breeds. They are quick, intelligent, curious and also very affectionate, especially with other animals and children. But what distinguishes them the most from other breeds is that they are much more energetic than a normal cat. They are by nature small hunters who love to play, climb and perch in heights. While they aren’t typically described as a lap cat they CAN be, when THEY WANT TO BE! Our bengals love running water and are often ready to play!

Bengals are medium to large cats, from 6-15 pounds, with males generally being larger than females. Bengals also make great companions.

For more information see the TICA Webiste @ https://www.tica.org/pdf/breeds/intro_bg.pdf

Common Genetic Diseases

Bengals are generally healthier than most pure breed cats. This is due to them being a relatively newer breed with lots of new blood from other breeds and the wild Asian Leopard Cat. That being said – watch out for the following diseases:

HCM: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. This is a genetic heart disease. while there is no genetic test for it, a lot of breeders do regular testing of their breeding cats to ensure that if they show signs of HCM they stop breeding those cats.

PRA: Progressive Retinal Atrophy, a degenerative eye disease which causes blindness. There is a genetic test for this disease – ensure your breeder has a clean bill of health.

PKD: Polycystic Kidney Disease, a progressive kidney disease which, also can be tested for – ensure your breeder has a clean bill of health.

PK Def: Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency, not to be confused with PKD, this impairs red blood cells and causes anemia. Once again this can be tested for – ensure your breeder has a clean bill of health.

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The International Cat Association

“Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.” —Jim Davis (cartoonist, Garfield)

 

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