How do I apply for a kitten?

*If you join our waiting list today, we estimate that you may be offered a kitten anywhere from 6-9 months from now, depending on how restrictive your preferences are (colour, gender, etc). We offer kittens to the waiting list when they are 3-4 weeks of age and they are ready to leave us at 13 weeks of age)* 

           

Please take a look at the current waiting list, prior to placing your application: WAITING LIST.


If you have read through all of the information on this page and the rest of our website and feel that you are ready to apply to adopt a kitten from us, please feel free to send in your application to join our Waiting List. 

  As discussed below, the Waiting List Deposit never expires and it will secure your place to adopt a kitten from our current or upcoming litters. 


Your position on the Waiting List is determined by the exact time and date we receive all three of the following items from you:


Please click on each item to complete the form:



Step 1: Kitten Questionnaire

Step 2: Waiting List Deposit Agreement

Step 3: £250 Waiting List Deposit Payment

Adopting A Kitten - the process explained.


This is an exciting time for families wanting to add a new member to their family and we completely understand that you may have many questions about the process before you are ready to secure your place on the waiting list - and that you may not even know yet what all your questions may be. 

These are the questions we are most often asked, so we will answer them here and try to cover everything that usually comes up:


Why do you have a waiting list?

The reason for our waiting list is simple. If we do not have people waiting for kittens, we do not breed our cats.

 When we have a waiting list, we feel secure in the knowledge that we have people lined up to adopt and provide loving homes for the babies we are bringing into the world.  It makes sense to us, to hold off on breeding our cats if we have no one waiting to take them home. 

  This is why you will very rarely see kittens listed on our website or Facebook page that are listed as 'available'.  On the odd occasion that a kitten is listed as available, this is usually because existing members of the waiting list have chosen not to adopt due to reasons of timing, circumstance etc., or because this kitten was held back for breeding evaluation and made available at a later date.


How much do you charge for your kittens?


We understand that there are some breeders out there who are able to sell their kittens for a little less than us (and many other highly reputable breeders) and this is due to two factors: 


1) They put less expense into each kitten than we do, so they are able to transfer that to you in immediate savings as you will be taking care of that at your own expense (typically spaying/neutering, second vaccines/health check, and other health testing/care).


2) The quality of breeding cats used and kittens produced. Our breeding cats have been selectively brought in from the most highly respected catteries from around the world and most of our breeding Queens and Studs have Champions, International Champions, Grand International Champions and even Quadruple Grand International Champions making up the first two generations of their pedigrees.

  

We put a lot of care and dedication into producing the very best Bengals possible - we aren't breeding to sell pets and make a profit (there is very little "profit" in this hobby when it's done right as literally 80% or more from the sale of our kittens goes straight back into running the cattery, buying in new breeding cats, providing only the best diet and caring properly for all our animals).


The price of our kittens varies;  each kitten we produce is evaluated and 3-4 weeks of age and priced according to the clarity of their coat, glitter, type and how closely they conform to the TICA breed standard, as well as who their parents are -  a lot of Bengal cats within the UK have the same few names within their pedigree, which is why we mostly import our breeding cats from overseas, giving our breeding lines 'fresh blood' and the needed genetic diversity for the breed to thrive.    

 As a guide, our pet kittens are usually priced between £1600-£2000 and we offer a 10% discount for kittens purchased in pairs.


We believe that we are very fair in the pricing of our beautiful kittens, especially when you consider that they are produced from some of the best quality championship bloodlines from throughout Europe, the USA and Canada. 


We have cats that you probably won't find in other local catteries, because we travel the world to find the ones that fit our breeding programme the best and from well known breeders around the world that we trust the most.  

 We will NEVER buy a breeding cat that carries the pk def or pra-b gene and we endeavour to HCM screen all our breeding cats as soon as possible after they arrive with us.  


We also regularly send samples for faecal pcr testing to ensure that our breeding cats are free of intestinal parasites and blood type all our cats to protect our kittens from Neonatal Isoerythrolysis; which is a fatal disorder in kittens, caused when a female cat is bred to a male of a differing blood type ( a 'b' Queen, to an 'a' Tom, for example - a percentage of the kittens resulting from this mating would absorb anti-a antibodies from their mother whilst suckling during the first 24 hours of life and these anti-a antibodies would attack the kittens' immune system, causing jaundice and death within the first week of life).


Added to the above, the hours of time and energy that go into raising them in our family home for a full 13 weeks, not to mention the vet care they receive before leaving us (spay/neuter, two sets of vaccinations, microchip, health check, flea and worm preventative treatments), the extensive health testing of all of our adult breeding cats and a lifetime of support. 


Not all breeders include these in the price of their kittens, so always ask before simply looking at the price of the kitten. 


In addition to the vet care and health checks, we provide regular photo & video updates and a generous kitten care pack to take home with your kitten including a weeks' worth of food, toys, litter box, litter and treats to help your new baby settle into his or her new home.



How can I secure my place on the waiting list?


If you feel you have done sufficient research on the Bengal breed and consider yourself to be a good candidate for giving one of our kittens a loving home for life, then the next step is to apply to be added to our waiting list. 


You can do this by submitting our online Kitten Questionnaire, Waiting List Deposit Agreement and Waiting List Deposit.


Once you have submitted the required forms, we will review your application and add your name to the waiting list with a precise date and time stamp. Often, we will receive deposits from more than one family on the same day, so we time and date stamp upon receipt BOTH the signed agreement and the non-refundable £250 deposit.

If we find that there are some discrepancies between the information that you have provided and our policies, we will contact you to discuss. 

 If this doesn't resolve the problem, we will return your deposit to you immediately and remove you from our waiting list.


How long will I have to wait to choose my kitten?


​This all depends on what type of kitten you are waiting for (colour, pattern, gender, etc), and how many people ahead of you on the waiting list are waiting for the same type of kitten. 


Those with the least restrictive preferences, usually end up being able to choose a kitten more quickly.


A lot of the time, people are waiting for a specific set of parents that they like, or a specific colour or pattern.

Once you are on the waiting list, you are free to bypass as many litters as you like until you find the kitten(s) that you prefer. You will not lose your place on the list, you will only move further up the list as others ahead of you choose their kitten.


If you are waiting for a future litter that is not yet born, please bear in mind that there is a two month gestation period after a successful mating, followed by 3 months where the kitten being raised by his/her mother, so you are looking at a minimum of 5 months before you will be taking your kitten home.


The average person goes on our wait list 6 months to 1 year prior to choosing their kitten so there will more than likely be a fairly lengthy wait before you are able to take your kitten home, but please be assured that your new kitten will be very much worth the wait!

  

How do I ensure that I get the kitten that I want?


When a litter is born and we come to your name on the list, we will contact you by email to let you know that you may choose a kitten from the current litter(s). 

 This will take place anywhere from when the kittens are three weeks old to six weeks old. 

 In our email we will include a preliminary evaluation and pricing of each kitten in the litter in order to help you make your decision - as budget is often a big consideration when choosing and this will help you (and us) narrow down the kitten choices for you. 


We will usually email the same number of people as there are kittens in the litter to start with and then work our way through those people in the order they appear on the list. So, for instance, if you respond right away that you are interested in a particular kitten that appeals to you most, and if there are others ahead of you to choose in the group we emailed, then we will let you know that we have to wait until those people choose first. Some of them will bypass the litter altogether and then you will move up into a better choosing position.


Once you choose your kitten, the reservation deposit (£400) is due within 24 hours to finalize the reservation of your particular kitten. 


The final balance owing on the kitten is due on or before the kitten's 10 week birthday. We will advise you of this date at the time you pay your reservation deposit and also send a reminder to you at around the 8 week mark, to give you time to arrange for the final instalment to be paid in plenty of time before your kitten goes for his or her spay/neuter and last set of vaccines.    


If you are unable to pay the final instalment within the required time period, please let us know. 


 We will either make arrangements to allow you more time, or you may choose to allow us to offer the kitten to others on the waiting list, leaving you free to choose a kitten at a time more convenient for you.

  Please note: we are unable to offer any refund of monies paid if you are unable to take your kitten home for reasons beyond our control (financial reasons, house move, etc.).  In these circumstances, we may choose to allow you to stay on the waiting list for a future litter, however your purchase contract with us will be deemed null and void, therefore your deposit and all payments made so far will be forfeited.  

  By paying the waiting list deposit, you agree to all our terms and conditions.


When can I come to visit my kitten(s)?


Without exception we do not allow visitors until after the kittens have recovered from their first set of vaccinations at 9 weeks of age. 

 This is to ensure that the kittens are not exposed to any outside parasites or infectious illnesses that may come in on visitor's shoes, clothing and hands.

 At the current time, due to the covid-19 pandemic we are unable to offer visits to the cattery at all, however we can book you in for a 'virtual cattery visit' to take place via whatsapp or facetime.

  Please contact us for information on this.  We will revise the situation in June 2021 and updates will be published on this page.


When can I bring my kitten home?


Your kitten will be able to go home with you a few days after he/she has had their last set of vaccinations and neuter/spay surgery (by 13-14 weeks of age, depending on their weight).


If I need help or have any questions when I get my kitten(s) home, what should I do?


We pride ourselves on providing lifetime support for each kitten that leaves us. You are welcome to contact us at any time with any questions, however big or small they may be.  In fact, we encourage our clients to stay in touch with us over the years so that we can see the kitten as it grows up - photos are always welcomed! :)


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