With many breeds of cats you can allow them to cycle in and out of heat a few times before allowing them to mate, thus allowing for long breaks between litters. These breaks allow for a Queen to regain a good weight and replenish the body. However, the Bengal breed must be treated a little differently than most breeds. This is because the Bengal has a more intense and harsher and longer heat cycle that will deplete energy stores if she is left to frequently call and not mated or spayed. Furthermore, when females are in heat their cervix will dilate to allow entry for the male's sperm. This dilation also leaves the uterus very vulnerable to opportunistic bacteria to move in that normally peacefully coexist within the vaginal walls. With most breeds, the heat cycle is very short and the window of opportunity for uterine infection is minimized. With a longer and more frequent heat cycles Bengals inherently are much more susceptible to this life-threatening uterine infection known as Pyometra. Successful mating's will decrease the normally harsh and long heat cycle of a Bengal thus also minimize the likelihood Pyometra. It is also less stressful for a queen and stops her loosing condition from constant calls and becoming miserable and stressed.
For cubs sold as pets we advise females are spayed before 8 months of age to take away any risk of a womb infection occurring. We suggest your female is spayed as soon as your vet will do it. A insistently calling queen is not a happy queen and does not make a good house mate and can be dangerous if a infection sets in.
It is because of these fundamental differences between the Bengal and other breeds, the best policy is to breed a Bengal when they come into heat and not miss more than two or at a push three heat cycles. Queens ideally should be a year old before mating. This means that our breeding Bengals do require higher nutrition and supplements to alleviate the stress of more litters as well as retiring them sooner than other breeds. This may also be the reason that Bengals tend to have smaller litter sizes of 2-5. Our queens generally have 2 litters a year but we will leave a longer gap if they have not called too frequently and we feel it is safe to leave her longer between litters. We do however retire and spay our girls young unlike a lot of breeders who breed a queen for many years.
Here at Allikatz we take the well being of our Bengals one of the most important part of our programme. They have a high quality high meat content diet with supplements no expense is spared. We retire our breeding Bengal queens at approx 3-4 years of age or before if they are not happy in their roll as a breeding girl in our programme or if we find they are calling so much it is unfair to let them have litters to close to avoid a infection . We never resell our retired breeding adults without neutering or spaying so they can not end up in the hands of back yard breeders who will over breed and continue breeding far longer than is healthy or fair. Our retired breeding Bengals make lovely pets with many many years ahead of them to be part of a family and have lots to offer those looking for a older cat outwith that crazy kitten age. Please enquire if you would be interested in a top quality retired Bengal we can let you know if we have any queens nearing retirement.
A NOTE ON SPAYING/ NEUTERING
Many good breeders do not sell pet Bengals unless early spayed or neutered before they go to their new home. Our vet does not early spay/neuter not all vets in the UK do. We have a excellent relationship with our own vet and trust them impeccably so will not take our Bengals else where. Our vet has good reason for their policy of not ESN and we agree and respect their judgement. Our cubs sold as pets will go with a pet contract where the owner agrees to spay/ neuter before 8 months of age. Their official unique TICA registration certificate will only be forwarded once we have proof of their spay or neuter. All cubs do leave with proof of TICA registration.