When it comes to the cost of Bengal kittens you’ll discover that there are a lot of different quotes for prices out there. This is because of a variety of different reasons and in this article we want to try and help make it more understandable. In this article we will cover the following:
Bengal Kitten Essentials
Cost and Where to buy a Bengal Kitten
As many people know through reading various articles about Bengal cats, they are a domestic cat that was crossed with an Asian Leopard cat in order to come up with the Bengal kittens we know now. Bengal kittens will receive ratings that are based upon how many generations removed they are from their wild ancestors.
When someone breeds a Bengal cat with an Asian Leopard these kittens will be considered F1s. Then when one takes an F1 female and breed it with a male Bengal those kittens will be considered as F2s. Next when you take and breed an F2 with a male Bengal they produce kittens that are called F3s. Finally, when you breed an F3 with a male Bengal they will produce F4 kittens. A kitten is not considered a true Bengal until they have reached the fourth generation or F4. Breeders usually refer to their cats in the fourth generation or even higher just as Bengals. As a pet owner it’s far better to buy a kitten that is an F4 or even higher because they tend to make much better pets.
The cost of a Bengal kitten often will depend on how many generations they are removed from their wild ancestors with an F1 kitten being the most expensive of them all that is then followed by the F2 and then the F3. If you are actually considering purchasing a an F1 Bengal kitten you can expect to pay anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000. It all depends on if the female is of pet quality or one that is for show and breeding. A male F1 Bengal can cost about $1,500. The reason why F1 Bengal kittens are the cheapest is because all F1 males are born sterile. Kittens that are F2 or F3 generations can cost you $1,500 to $5,000. It will depend on their quality, markings and their gender and the females still cost more than the males. There are some breeders who still have older Bengals on hand or they have retired breeders will sell these at a lower price.
There are times when you can find adult Bengal cats at Bengal cat rescues and you can purchase these cats anywhere from $150 to $200.
Bengal kittens will come in a variety of different coats. Coat types will often have a lot of influence on the price you may end up paying for your Bengal kitten. The most common of coats for Bengals are spotted, marbled, and snow. You will find that there are three different kinds of spotted Bengals:
There are two different types of marbled coats:
There are four different types of snow coats:
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When it comes to pricing Bengal kittens the coat can play a key role. This is because some of the coat markings are a lot more rare than others and some coats are in much more demand than others, this will then raise the price of the Bengal kitten. For instance a Snow Bengal kitten tends to be the rarest of the coats and tends to be the most desired by many. This makes this type of kitten a lot more expensive than others. The next would be spotted Bengal kittens that tend to be more expensive than those kittens that have marbled coats even though marbled coats are more rare than spotted coats, kittens with spotted coats are more popular so they tend to be more expensive.
Here’s a video of snow bengal kittens playing. They are more expensive than most other coats, but they sure are pretty.
Bengal Kitten Essentials
Though the cost of a Bengal kitten is significant, buying one isn’t going to be your only expense. If you plan on buying a Bengal kitten, you’re going to need a few other things to make them comfortable in your home.
Knowing this, we’ve spent a significant amount of time putting together a list of items that will help you out before you invite a Bengal kitten into your home. Keep in mind, you don’t have to buy ALL of these items, but this list will help you understand what you’ll need when you have a Bengal kitten.
Pet Carrier: If you think you’re going to go grab a Bengal without a carrier, you’re wrong. When you take them from the breeder it’s likely that they’ll be frightened and may even try to escape. A good carrier will stop that from happening.
Litter Box: It’ll be easy to get a Bengal to use a litter box once you have it, but you need to buy them one that they’re comfortable in. Make sure that you get them litter that they’ll like and don’t forget a litter mat, otherwise you’ll be sweeping up the floor every single day.
Cat Tree: These are a nice combination of a place to sleep and play for your Bengal cat. While not required, almost every Bengal cat owners has one as it let’s your kitten jump around and play without tearing into furniture.
Scratching post: Your Bengal is going to want to sharpen it’s claws. You can either give them a quality scratching post to use, or you can give them nothing and watch as they tear your furniture to shreds.
Cat Bed: Keeping your little Bengal comfortable and warm at night is extremely important and giving them a specific place to sleep is essential.
Toys: If you want to keep your energetic Bengal occupied, you’ll need some toys to help.
Collar: This is a good idea to buy immediately as Bengal cats tend to be pretty good escape artists and you should put a collar on them with a tag immediately.
Dry Food: Though wet food is preferred, if you’d like to give your Bengal cat dry cat food, this is the list to review.
Wet Food: This is the most preferred diet for Bengal cats and we’ve found the best wet food out there specifically for Bengal cats.
Water Dish: You’ll want to have a hygienic place to keep your Bengal kittens water, otherwise they could get sick.
Food Dish: You’ll want a specific dish for your Bengal kittens food so that they know where to go when they’re hungry.
Cat Brush: Your Bengal kitten is going to shed – it’s a fact. This will make the shedding less prevalent and allow you to reduce the pesky cat hair all over the house.
Harness: You’ll only need one of these if you plan on harness training your Bengal cat so that you can take them on walks. Bengals love walks and we advise it, but it’s up to you. If you do go this route, don’t forget to buy a clicker.
Book: Though not required, reading a book on Bengal cats will help you better understand them before you get them home. They are a challenging breed and understanding them completely before you adopt is a good idea.
Cost and Where to Buy a Bengal Kitten
The best place to buy your Bengal kitten from is from an official Bengal cat breeder. Pet stores and rescues have them on occasion, but it’s very rare. Most Bengal kittens will cost you more than an adult Bengal.
The average cost that you can expect to pay for a Bengal kitten is usually about $1,000 but, they can actually range anywhere from $400 all the way up to $10,000. This will all depend on their location, the breeder, their gender, and their quality. It also will depend on their generation with F4 and higher being the least expensive.
If you’d like to see a full list of Bengal Breeders in your state, please click here and select the state you live in.
So, did this help you to better understand how much it might cost you to buy your own Bengal kitten?
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