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Kitten Care

Caring for your kitten can be an overwhelming experience with innumerable decisions on the right food, water fountain, littering system, and so much more. Our goal is to make this process a little easier by providing information on these topics and to help you prepare for when your Bengal comes home!

Time Commitment

Bengals are known as one of the most energetic breeds, and kittens can have three times the energy of an adult cat. Because of this we recommend having two kittens so they can entertain and play with each other. Kittens have highly demanding social needs when they have a friend they are better able to balance these needs. Kittens don’t stay young forever, they grow up into cats, and eventually senior members of the family. Bengals have an average life span of 12-16 years and become very attached to their family. If, for any reason, you are unable to commit the next two decades of your life to care for one (or two) of these amazing cats then the Bengal is not right for you.

Things to consider before adopting a Bengal

  • Physical stimulation: playing with you, playing with a canine or feline friend, running on the cat wheel, daily walks outside on leash
  • Mental stimulation: puzzle toys, daily training sessions, interacting with other cats, Fluent Pet, going outside – catio
  • Emotional needs: your love, lots of pets, a feline or canine friend, personal space when needed
  • Raw food feeding
  • Keeping water bowls and fountains filled and clean
  • Cleaning litterboxes twice daily
  • Bi-weekly nail trims
  • Yearly vet checkups
  • Room to let their personality shine!


Bengals are obligate carnivores. This means they depend on animal protein for the vitamins, amino acids, and fatty acids they cannot synthesize themselves. Becoming deficient in any one of these could cause serious health concerns. Kibble and most wet foods contain Carbohydrates and plant matter that cats cannot properly digest and may cause obesity and/or diabetes mellitus.

Visit cat nutrition and obligate carnivores for more information.

Pet Perfect Bengals feeds a prey model raw (PMR) diet with NuVet Feline supplements which fills any nutritional gaps. The PMR diet consists of 80% meat, 10% bones, and 10% organs (made up of at least 5% liver) which replicates what your Bengal would eat in nature. Feeding cats meaty bones or whole prey (Pre-killed) helps with their overall health as chewing on raw bone provides an enriching experience and scrapes the tarter off their teeth.

Recommended Foods


Cats have many supplementary needs that, if left unfulfilled, could cause serious illness. From our own experience, we know that cats have softer fur and fewer vet visits when using NuVet supplements. As the saying goes “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. 

NuVet Plus® Feline Powder Immune System Builder is the result of eight years of research and development. This nutrient-rich formula is designed to boost your cat’s immune system with natural ingredients while simultaneously fulfilling their vitamin and mineral requirements. Pet Perfect Bengals highly recommends using NuVet supplement throughout the life of your Bengal to combat free radicals, fill nutritional gaps, and assist with graceful aging.


Cats have a low thirst drive but eating Raw or wet food helps keep them hydrated. Dehydration according to Cornell Feline Health Center, “can cause a number of health problems, including decreased circulation leading to multi-organ dysfunction, an inability to control body temperature, cardiac arrhythmias, and neurologic dysfunction, to name a few.” Water fountains are another great tool to encourage hydration as cats instinctively feel safer drinking from running water. This is why many Bengals enjoy drinking from the sink. As well as water fountains make sure to place water bowls throughout your home. These should be placed in active and easily accessible areas.

Porcelain, ceramic, or stainless-steel water fountains and bowls are best, as unfortunately, most plastics contain a chemical called BPA, which is a known carcinogenic. Plastic products that claim to be BPA-free can be just as dangerous by replacing the BPA with an equally toxic substance. Most importantly, plastic will become scratched, and bacteria can grow in those scratches. This may cause health problems in your Bengal cat.

Recommended Water Fountains


A thorough and regular cleaning of your kittens litter box can go a long way. Cats are clean animals, and they like their surroundings to be neat too. We recommend cleaning the solid waste as soon as possible and sifting the pellets once each day.

Keep in mind that you will need one more litter box then you have cats. For example, one cat should have 2 litter boxes, 3 cats should have four litter boxes and so on.

The quality of the litter also plays a vital role in your Bengal cat’s health.

Some criteria a good litter should fulfill are –

  • It should not contain crystalline silica (this is used in most clumping clay litters)
    -The dust in these products may cause health problems including cancer.
  • It should be easy to clean and keep odors down
    -Because we use pine pellets this is done easily. The urine goes to the bottom and the solid waste is cleaned right off the top.
  • It should be dust and chemical free
    -Kiln Dried Pine Pelleted Litter is both dust and chemical free

Litter box system we use

Kiln Dried Pine Pellets we use in our Litter box

Toilet training system we use

Litter we use – This is only used while toilet training because it is flushable and septic safe.

Kitten attract: This can be used to encourage kittens to use their litter box.


Along with the correct cat food, supplement, water containers, and litter, there are other supplies and products you should purchase before bringing your new Bengal kitten or cat home.

We recommend these products:

  • Cat food dishes with low sides and flat bottoms
  • We use Pyrex small plates for wet food. Cat food bowls or gravity feeders for dry food.
  • Pheromone diffuser (Comfort Zone or Feliway).
  • Cat Trees, Scratching Posts & boards
  • Collar & Tag
  • Backpack Cat Carrier, Cat Carrier/Kennel
  • Nail clippers
  • ZiggyDoo Cat Wheel
  • PetSafe Kitty Harness
  • Litterbox

Toys! there are many great options, here are just a few.


Because of how much energy Bengals have, an exercise wheel is an excellent investment and can help your cat be more emotionally and physically content. It is a great way for them to stay in shape and provides entertainment throughout the day. Having a cat wheel in your home is the most convenient and dependable way to offer your cat a method to regulate its own energy needs and curb bad behaviors, this will give you a happier Bengal.

There are 2 main cat wheels on the market: One Fast Cat and ZiggyDoo

Our recommendation is ZiggyDoo. The base seems to be constructed better and it’s wider so 2 cats can run at the same time. The safety of having the wheels tucked under the base is a plus so cats paws don’t get run over (which is a concern with One Fast Cat). It also is quieter which is great for nighttime runs. However, One Fast Cat is less expensive to purchase but it seems to last about one to two years before buying parts to fix it is needed. So in conclusion the most important thing about a cat wheel is to have one for your cat! If you are ready to purchase please use the links below to order

Please add ‘Referred by Pet Perfect Bengals’ to the comment section (bottom of the address page) when ordering or email elizabeth@ziggydoo.com

*After the 15th Referral our cats will receive a wheel to use in our Cattery


Meeting your new Bengal kitten for the first time is always a very exciting experience. But before you take your new Bengal friend to your home, understand that your kitten is going to a new place full of new people, pets, things,  and smells; this can be overwhelming for them. So, to make this experience a good adventure and as smooth as possible, there are certain things you should keep in mind.

  • Have a veterinarian appointment scheduled. -An examination of your kitten is required within 72 hours of arrival
  • Order NuVet’s Immune Support – Use this daily for at least the first year.
  • Set the temperature of your house accordingly – 73-80*F (kittens 3-6 months) 70-80*F ( kittens six months and older)
  • Plug in a pheromone diffuser at home days before you pick up your kitten -This helps calm both the transitioning kitten and any other pets present. Then, replace the refill once a month. Comfort Zone and Feliway are excellent choices.
  • Prepare a kitten proof room. This is a room or a quiet enclosed area with the litterbox, food, water, a secure place to hide, a scratching post and toys.
  • Separate your other pets in another area of your home until they have all gone through their vet checks

Please click here for Home and Pet Safety Guides

Home Safety Guide for Pet Owners

Cat-Proofing Your House

Go Home Day!

By the time you pick up your kitten, it already would have received two rounds of FVRCP vaccinations, deworming treatments, been spayed/neutered (if available), microchipped, and a thorough health check-up done by our certified vet.


Kitten Care Package:

  • Food Sample
  • Blanket with their litters scent
  • Kitten toys
  • Access to your private portal
  • Constant communication with PPB
  • Private Photos
  • 30 day free – Trupanion Pet Insurance
  • 3 year health guarantee
  • TICA Registration papers
  • Certificate exam form stating a clean Bill of Health by a Certified Vet
  • Personal health records
  • DNA records from both parents
  • Your Beautiful Bengal Kitten!


What to Bring When You Pick up Your Kitten:

  • Final Payment Balance in Cash
  • Cat Carrier with small blanket or towel
  • Sprayed with Comfort Zone or Feliway


Traveling a long distance?

Comprehensive Kitten Pick Up List

  • Soft sided kennel
    – lined with 2 chuck pads & Sprayed with Comfort Zone
  • Chuck pads 3 extra
  • Baby wipes & paper towels
  • Roll of doggy bags
  • Small litter Box, litter & scoop
  • Kitten treats
  • Water bottle & bowl

Due to the stress of travel and a new environment puke and diarrhea can be expected up to 7 days. If Flying

  • Register Cat – Call airline
  • 24hrs prior, register for flight
  • Meet / Pick up kitten 1-1.5 hour before return flight
  • Check-in kitten at airport

*Airlines we recommend: Southwest, American, Delta Not recommended: United**On flights, you pay per carrier not per animal