More information on the Bengal cat and other cats
Is my Bengal cat a "real" one ?
Be Careful more and more dishonest people are selling "FAKE BENGAL" (mix cats) and advertised them as real Bengals without papers...They take advantage of his popularity and profit ... So how to ensure that the Bengal you want to buy is a real one (Pur bred)? The answer is simple, ask for registration paper (TICA, CFA, LOOF ext ...) If the cat dont have theses papers it's a fake for sure ! the registration paper cost only 15 $ but the requirements are that all the ancestors are pure bred Bengals. If your looking for a pure bred Bengal, be careful and choose a serious registered breeder.
Why our Bengal Kittens leave at only at 12 Weeks old ?
Well, most breeders agree not to let kittens go at an early age. The studies are clear: It is too stressful and even life threatening for young kittens to leave their surrounding too soon. They still need their mother while they are developing their social skills and immune system. Note that vaccines takes a certain time to take full effect, (1 week or so) during that time it is risky to remove the kittens from the mother. Serious breeders care more about their kittens than they care for a rapid sale. As a buyer, you should be patient and wait for the breeder to decide when your kitten is ready to go. Trust the breeder and you will be rewarded with a healthy, energetic and well socialized kitten for years to come.
What is FIV ?
Virologists classify feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) as a lentivirus (or "slow virus"). FIV is in the same retrovirus family as feline leukemia virus (FeLV), but the viruses differ in many ways including their shape. FIV is elongated, while FeLV is more circular. The two viruses are also quite different genetically, and the proteins that compose them are dissimilar in size and composition. The specific ways in which they cause disease differ, as well.
What are the signs of disease caused by FIV ? and is there treatment ?
Early in the course of infection, the virus is carried to nearby lymph nodes, where it reproduces in white blood cells known as T-lymphocytes. The virus then spreads to other lymph nodes throughout the body, resulting in a generalized but usually temporary enlargement of the lymph nodes, often accompanied by fever. This stage of infection may pass unnoticed unless the lymph nodes are greatly enlarged. An infected cat's health may deteriorate progressively or be characterized by recurrent illness interspersed with periods of relative health. Sometimes not appearing for years after infection, signs of immunodeficiency
can appear anywhere throughout the body. A positive test for FIV is not a mandatory death sentence. With a high protein diet and aggressive treatment of secondary infections, an FIV-positive cat can lead a reasonably normal life span. "Feline immundeficiency virus infection does not lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome in cats as often as human immunodeficiency virus leads to AIDS in people." The largest threat to FIV-positive cats is secondary infections, such as bladder, skin, and upper respiratory infections. Kidney failure is also frequently seen in cats with FIV. These secondary infections should be treated promptly and aggressively in any cat, but especially with an FIV cat. So there is no proper treatment for FIV Cats but only treatment for secondary infection (Virus,bacteria,parasite...)
All our stud and Queens are tested negative to FIV.
Giardiasis and Bengal cat ?
Giardia are protozoa (one-celled organisms) that live in the small intestine of cats and dogs. Giardia are found throughout the United States and in many other parts of the world. Infection with Giardia is called 'giardiasis.'There are many things we do not know about this parasite. Experts do not agree on how many species of Giardia there are and which ones affect which animals. Veterinarians do not even agree on how common Giardia infections are and when they should be treated. Generally, it is believed that infection with Giardia is common in Catteries and Shelter, and unfortunatly the Bengal cat is no exeption.
What are the signs of Giardia ?
The cat might not have time to reach the litter box
Treatment and prevention of Giardiasis
There is a few treatment 100% effective against Giardia, Metronidazole for 14 days and Panacur (Febendazole) for 5 -7 days is up to date the best treatment for completly get rid of Giardias.
Marie Bengal wormed all is kittens with Panacur (5 days) at the age of 8 weeks and (5 days) again at the age of 10 weeks and all new cats are place into quarentaine where they receive giardias prevention treatment, after we test with Real PCR.
Tritrichomonas T-foetus and Bengals ?
Tritrichomoas infection is most commonly seen in colonies of cats and multicat households, where the organism is presumably spread between cats by close and direct contact. There has been no evidence of spread from other species, or spread via food or water. In one study, 31% of cats at a cat show in the USA were identified as being infected with this organism, suggesting that this may be an important, common, and previously unrecognised cause of diarrhoea in cats.
Although most information on T foetus infection has come from studies of cats in the USA have identified several cases of infection in cats in the UK (mostly in cats from multicat households generally with more than one cat being affected), and it has also been identified in cats from Germany, Italy, Spain and Norway. In the UK, up to 35% of faecal samples from cats with diarrhoea are currently being found to be infected with young pedigree cats (particularly Siamese and Bengal) being significantly more likely to be infected.
What are the signs of T-Foetus ?
Cow pie like stool that is often gassy and malodorous stools
Treatment and prevention of T-F
The only way to get rid of Tritrichomonas T-F is with Ronidazole, Initial studies suggested that a dose of 30-50mg/kg once to twice daily for two weeks is capable of both resolving clinical signs and potentially eradicating the T. foetus.
Here at Marie Bengal we treat all new stud and Queens with Ronidazole 45mg/Kg twice a day for 14 days, 3 weeks after treatment we do a real PCR test to be sure they are clear before meeting other cats. Up to date we continue to test negative to T-F :>))
Coccidiosis in Bengal cats ?
Coccidia are small protozoans (one-celled organisms) that multiply in the intestinal tracts of cats and dogs, most commonly in kittens and puppies less than six months of age, in adult animals whose immune system is suppressed or in animals who are stressed in other ways (ex: change in ownership, stress, multcats house).
In cats, most coccidia are of the genus called Isospora. I. felis and I. rivolta are the most common species found in cats. Regardless of which species is present, we generally refer to the disease as coccidiosis. As a kitten ages, he tends to develop a natural immunity to the effects of coccidia.
What are the signs of Coccidiosis ?
Can cause death in yung kittens if not treated
Treatment and prevention of Coccidiosis
The Best treatment for Coccidios is Baycox However, an alternative drug is available. Unfortunately this drug
is not available in the United States yet, But the good news is that its available here in Canada, Australia, Europe by prescription.Study was done in kittens, administering a single dose of this new drug called toltrazuril (Baycox 5% suspension) at a dose of 0.3 ML/lbs to kittens 4-6 weeks old. It cleared coccidia completely from the puppies with a single treatment. This drug actually kills coccidia instead of just stopping its spread. At our Cattery all Kittens receive a Baycox treatment at the age of 6 weeks and again at 9 weeks.
Bengal Cattery Registered TICA, CCA/AFC & TIBCS
Bengal cat from Champion bloodline
FeLV & FIV Negative
2 years warranty to test HCM Negative
2 years warranty: congenital desease
Tritrichomonas & Giardios Negative
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