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 jump in to secure a spot on the wait 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 is there a wait list?
The reason for our wait list is simple. If we do not have people waiting on kittens, we do not breed our cats. When we have a wait list we feel secure in the knowledge that we have people lined up to adopt and and provide loving homes for the babies we are bringing into the world. It makes sense to hold off on breeding our cats if we have no one waiting to take them home. This is why you will not often come to our website and see kittens listed as "Available". Very rarely a kitten will be bypassed by the wait list altogether (for reasons of preference, timing, etc) and if this happens, you will see this kitten listed as Available.
How much do you charge for your kittens?
The price of our kittens varies depending on the particular kitten (quality, colour, etc) that you are interested in. The range is between $1500 - $2200 (discounts for kittens purchased in pairs) and is fully explained here: Kitten Pricing. We are very fair in our pricing our kittens - especially when you consider they are produced from some of the best quality championship bloodlines from throughout Europe, the USA and Canada. We have cats that you won't find in other local catteries because we travel the world to find the ones that fit our specific breeding goals the best and from well known breeders from around the world that we trust the most. Add to that the hours of time and energy that go into raising them for a full three months, not to mention the $400 - $500 worth of vet care they receive before leaving us (spay/neuter, two sets of vaccinations, microchip, health check/guarantee) and a lifetime of support. Not all breeders include these services in the price of their kittens, so always ask before simply looking at the price of the kitten. In addition to the vet care, we provide weekly photo updates, kitten visits, and a fully loaded kitten care pack to take home with your kitten - you will not need to purchase, food, toys, cat post, litter box/litter and so on, as it's all provided when you come to pick up your kitten.
How can I secure a spot on the wait list?
If you feel you have done sufficient research on bengals and consider yourself to be a good candidate for giving one of our bengal kittens a loving, lifetime home, then the next step is to apply to be added to our wait list. You can do this by submitting our online Questionnaire and Application.
Once we are in receipt of your completed questionnaire for approval we will review it and if you seem like a good fit for one of our kittens you will be asked to go ahead and submit a Deposit Agreement. Once you have signed and returned the Deposit Agreement along with your non-refundable $250 deposit to us via e-transfer to email@example.com (or via PayPal to the same email address with 3% added for PayPal fees), we will add your name to the wait list with a precise date and time stamp. Often times two or more families will submit deposits on the same day, so we time and date stamp upon receipt of the BOTH the signed agreement and the non-refundable $250 deposit.
How long will I have to wait to choose my kitten(s)?
This all depends on what type of kitten you are waiting for (colour, pattern, sex, etc), and how many people ahead of you on the wait list are waiting for the same type of kitten. Often people are waiting for a specific set of parents that they like, or a specific colour or pattern. Once you are on the wait list you are free to bypass as many litters as you like until you see the kitten(s) you like. You will not lose your place on the list, you will only move further up the list.
If you are waiting on a future litter that is not yet born, keep in mind that there is a two month gestation period after a successful breeding, followed by a 3 month period where the kitten is with us and being raised by his/her mother. So you are looking at a minimum of 5 months in such a case 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. Kittens that are not chosen by those on the wait list will be offered to those who inquire and are not yet on the wait list.
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 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, 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 and we will contact the next person on the wait list to let them know their turn is also coming up. Once everyone has chosen in the order they appear on the list (we aim for the age of 6 weeks), the second installment ($800) is due 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 send a reminder to you at the 8 week mark to give you time to arrange for the final installment to be paid in time and before your kitten goes for his or her spay/neuter and last set of vaccines. If you are unable to pay the final installment within the required time period, please let us know. We will either make arrangements to allow you more time, or you may opt to allow us to offer the kitten to others on the wait list, leaving you free to choose a kitten at a time which is more convenient for you.
When can I come to visit my kitten(s)?
Without exception we do not allow visits to see the kittens until after they have recovered from their first set of vaccinations at 8 weeks of age. This is to ensure that the kittens are not exposed to any outside parasites or infectious illnesses that come in on visitor's shoes, clothing and hands.
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 (at or about 12 weeks of age, depending on their weight).
How can I make sure I am completely prepared for my kitten coming home?
We have put together some very detailed information on all things "bengal" that you should be aware of well before bringing your kitten home with you. You can find all of this information HERE. If you have any additional questions we have not answered on our website, please send us a note and we will answer all your questions.
If I need help or have any questions when I get my kitten(s) home, what should I do?
With each kitten that leaves our cattery, we provide support for the entire lifetime of that kitten. You are welcome to contact us at any time for support. In fact, we encourage our clients to stay in touch over the years so that we can see the kitten as it grows up!
We have a vacation coming up so we're not sure if now's a good time to adopt a kitten, but we don't want to by pass the current litter!
Not a problem at all. We provide kitten boarding for kitten clients at a cost of $25 per night/per cat or $40 per night/per two cats. Just bring your baby, his food and a few of his favourite toys and we will provide the love and care while you enjoy your vacation. We offer boarding to each of our kitten clients for the life of their cat. Many kitten clients entrust their babies to us two or three times a year when they have to be away from home. We offer discounts on extended stays of a week or more.
Jewelspride Cattery is a registered business in the Province of British Columbia BN: 82321 7799 BT 0001