Frequently Asked Questions

We receive a lot of questions about our Bengal cats here at Pride of Eire. Here you can find a list of the most frequently asked ones.

If you have a different question that you would like to ask about Bengal cats, please feel free to get in touch with us.

What do I get when I Adopt a Kitten

You will get a well socialised Kitten ready to enjoy their new home. They will be Desexed,Vet Checked, have  all Vaccinations and Flea and worm treated and have a microchip. They come with a 24 month health guarantee against any genetic disorders. Registered in your name with NZCF. And of course importantly Litter trained


Do Bengals get along with dogs?

This is a question that is often asked. As you probably know, cats and dogs often have a love/hate relationship. But as we and many other Bengal owners know, Bengals are more like a dog than a cat. They love to follow you around as they chatter to you.

When I take my dogs out for a walk around the farm, our pet Bengals Beau D'Jango and Nutty are usually leading the way. They like to jump on the dogs then run off — they are so cheeky!

I don't live in Auckland but really want a Bengal Kitten. What can I do?

We have been shipping kittens all around New Zealand ever since we started Breeding Bengals and have had no issues so far. You will need an airline approved cage (we can get them for $50), shipping to anywhere in the North Island is $120 and $198 to the South Island.

The feedback we have from people is that their cat was only too happy to have a cuddle once they arrive at their new home.

How do I introduce my new kitten to an existing pet?

When we introduced our five month old puppies to the cats, we did find the cats were a bit scared. But over two weeks through controlled introductions, the dogs stopped chasing and the cats stopped running away. Now it’s one big happy family

I would suggest if you currently have a dog and are getting a Bengal, introduce them slowly. Make sure your Bengal has a safe secure place where it can survey its new surroundings and other pets. You can put your kitten into its carry box so that the other pets can sniff it and slowly be introduced. Let your kitten out to explore its new home and allow the other pets to watch on from outside. After a while each party will know they have a new pet friend, then you can have controlled sniffing — which is their way of getting to know each other!

Be aware that your Bengal is going to be the BOSS!

If you have dogs make sure the cat food is placed where the dog cannot get it.

What do I feed a Bengal

Our Mature Cats are feed on a Raw Beef or Raw Chicken and Royal Canin Biscuits.This produces beautiful shiny pelts and large cats.

Our kittens are weened onto Royal Canin biscuits and Butch Cat food and Raw Chicken mince.At 4 months we recommend introducing Raw Beef or Veal, keeping up with the kitten biscuits.

We also provide a care sheet explaining all the questions you may have when you get your new kitten.

How much does a kitten cost?

Our standard price for kittens is $1200 for Brown Bengals .

All kittens are vet checked and have both vaccinations. They will also be desexed, flea treated, wormed regularly from two weeks old, and come with a 24 month health guarantee against any genetic disorders. Kittens come with a computer generated 4th generation pedigree and are registered with NZCF.

Why should my cat stay in at night?

This is a good question as cats are nocturnal animals. We recommend keeping cats in at night because it protects them from any stray cats that may be roaming around in your area or wondering onto dimly lit roads at night.

I recommend a crate with a hammock in it. This provides them with their own space, secure food and water and kitty litter if still in the kitten stage. It’s a place where they know it is bed time and it’s time to sleep. Just like children, they need a routine — instilling good habits makes for a happy cat! The last thing you want is a Bengal jumping in your window at two in the morning wanting to have a conversation about where they have just been and who they got chatting to, oh and by the way I am hungry, where’s the food?!

Should my cat be an indoor only cat?

This really depends on you and your environment. There are benefits to both, and its best to do some research on this. As we live in a rural area, our pet cats are free to come and go from the house. They love to climb trees and give their claws a good scratch. We are very particular with sprays in our area and have asked neighbours to let us know if they intend to use chemical sprays. By knowing this, we can keep our cats in. Otherwise they can walk through freshly sprayed areas and get sick from licking the spray off their coats. Being outdoor cats, they are stimulated by their environment and appear to be very happy.

If you are planning to keep you cat in, just make sure you are prepared to spend five minutes a few times per day to play with your adult cat. For a kitten this should be 10 times a day or more. Bengals love the interaction with you and its great bonding time. I especially love a toy called Da Bird, it’s a feather on a bouncy stick. This simulates a bird in flight, and boy, you can get your Bengal to perform some really good acrobatics. Make sure you always supervise them when playing with a toy like this, as you do not want them to get tangled up in the string (as well as maybe having to buy shares in the company—they really enjoy pulling the feathers out if allowed!).

Should I microchip my cat?

Yes! For as little as $60, you can get your cat registered on the NZCAR. We can organise this when your kitten is getting desexed, or it can be done by a vet at any stage. We highly recommend getting this done, as we have heard so many stories about animals being reunited with their owners because they were micro-chipped.

Should I adopt an older cat?

If you would prefer to skip the kitten stage, then yes, a retired cat would be perfect for you. They would do best in a one-cat household so that they can enjoy getting all of your attention in their retirement. It may take a few weeks for them to come around to you, as their lives would have changed from being a full male/female to being desexed. Once they are settled, they make great companions and will give you immense joy.

Will my Bengal be all right if I work all day?

Bengals need stimulation, so if you are at work all day make sure that they have plenty of safe toys to play with. A scratching post is a must as when they wake up they just love to scratch at it. We often recommend getting a pair of kittens, if you need to leave your pets by themselves all day. If your budget does not stretch to two Bengals and you live in Auckland, check out Hope Rescue South Auckland. They are often wanting homes for kittens.

Should I leave food out all the time for my Bengal?

While they are in the kitten stage it is best to leave food out for them. After ten months of age, feed them twice a day. We also find that if you have dogs it may pay to put their food on a surface out of reach from them.

Is it okay having the kitten desexed at 11 weeks?

We desex our kittens at 11 weeks of age. Our female kittens have their operation and are triple stitched so there are no nasty wounds that may open. The boys have keyhole surgery, making it a very safe operation. We then keep them for another week to ensure that they recover from their operation before going to their new homes.

Being a member of NZCF means that we abide by a code of conduct. One of these rules requires us to not let our kittens go without being desexed — this not only protects our breeding programme but it means there will be no unwanted pregnancies.

Can I bathe my Bengal?

Bengals absolutely love water, so watch out when you are trying to have a relaxing bath! We brush our Bengals with a plastic glove brush. This removes any loose fur and they just love the attention. I also use a product called Nootie. It’s a dry shampoo that gives the cats a lovely smell.

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