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Bengal Bulletin The
Bengal Bulletin
The
Quarterly Publication of The International Bengal Cat Society
Volume 25, Issue Two– ­­April, May, June 2013
In This Issue:
• On Bengal Genetics
• Studs, Queens &
Promising Kittens
• Bengal Media Winners
• On Safari, USA
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In This Issue Volume 25, Q2 (Apr-May-June 2013)
Features
26 On Bengal Cat Genetics
By Leslie Lyons, PhD
Professor, University of California – Davis
& University of Missouri - Columbia
7 On Safari, USA and Winners Gallery
22 On Safari Through the
Eyes of the Cat Psychic
By Debby Brown
33 In Search of the (Relatively)
Inexpensive Bengal
By Nancy Prince
Columns
24 The Spoiled Bengal
By Heidi Gurov
37 The Cat Coach
By Marilyn Krieger
46 In Pursuit of Purrfection
36 Cornell University Scientists
Discover a Key to FIP
38 Studs, Queens & Promising
Kittens 2013
43 Lightning Fund Grants
45 Beware: Misleading TIBCS
Logos on Non-Member Websites
By Nancy Prince, TIBCS Sr. VP (Ethics)
Also in This issue
7 A Message from the President
32 In Memoriam: Jimmy Harbert
63 TIBCS Disciplinary List
48 Bengal Media Archives Anniversary
Photo Drive & Contest
By Bob Gilbert & Victoria Kowalski
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Bengal Bulletin
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breeding standards through a
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mation on the Bengal Cat
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4. To promote cooperation with
other clubs and associations
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Bengal Cat
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Nancy Prince
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Pat Harbert
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Clive Ramsay
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Vanilla Parfait, Easter 2013
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Message from the President
In her column this month, President Hayja Taha-Perisa lets you hear from the
rest of your Executive Board.
This is a challenging yet great year for Bengals and for TIBCS. For instance:
• We are starting to build our membership
up again after the losses of the last two
years with targeted membership drives
in places that make sense.
• This year, Bengals became legal in two
American states that have long outlawed
them, Connecticut and Iowa.
• TIBCS is supporting both the American
and International clubs and organizations in concrete ways (for instance, On
Safari and On Safari Belgium, getting
our brochures out at shows in America
and translated into other languages in
Europe, and reaching out more to all
countries—not just the United States).
• We are putting the Distressed Bengal
Fund to use by assisting with the rescue
of Bengals in California.
Some of these accomplishments are in this
huge issue of the Bengal Bulletin, which is
also being made available electronically on
the internet for all who are interested to
see—another innovation. In addition, electronic subscriptions for the bulletin are making your advertising dollars go farther!
And in closing, I am happy that this Executive Board does not have the divisiveness
that we saw in the last two years, despite
having both a member from Switzerland
and a member from Australia. We all have a
commitment to Bengals, a desire to be civil
in working together, and a willingness to
serve you, the members. Let us hear from
you if you have suggestions!
Nancy Prince
Senior Vice President
I have to say a word about the wonderful
cooperation among your TIBCS Officers
this year! EB meetings are congenial and
productive. I regret that more members
haven’t yet taken advantage of the meeting
times arranged to allow attendance from
all parts of the world! This is truly an INTERNATIONAL Society this year, and I know
you would enjoy the meetings.
I also want to commend the work that is
being done! The electronic bulletin, the increase in membership, the participation in
the European On Safari, and contributions
by committees are just part of a vibrant
and healthy organization.
Join us at the next open meeting! Contribute to the bulletin! The more you put into
your membership the more you will enjoy
it! Learn, Share, Laugh and Love Bengals
together.
Pat Harbert
Second Vice President
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With respect to TIBCS, my feeling was
and still is to a certain extent that we, as
the newly elected Executive Board, had a
tremendous challenge on our hands. Several months have passed by and the work
continues with members like me, who are
volunteers that wish to see TIBCS progress
in a rational and constructive manner. It
warms my heart to see that the current Executive Board is united in a common goal,
the continuity and future development of
TIBCS.
Concerning my own position as Recording/
Correspondence Secretary, I feel content
that I have been able to inform fellow
members with regards to the monthly
Executive Board meetings. This may sound
easy, but we should remember that there
are several different time zones involved
over three continents and that this raises
certain logistical problems. Over the past
several months, I have also responded
to several enquiries and have liaised with
other board members when needed. I have
been active on the TIBCS Facebook page
and seen a tremendous increase in membership. I am currently working on a TIBCS
membership drive within Europe. Eagerly
supported by my wife, Elaine, TIBCS will be
present at several different shows between
now and the end of the year. This will include the second edition of On Safari in
Belgium, for which TIBCS is a proud sponsor.
Clive Ramsay
Recording/Correspondence
Secretary
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This is the first chance I have had to address all of you. I was appointed to the
position of Membership Secretary in January and consider it an honor to serve you.
TIBCS is healthy and growing! I have had
the opportunity to meet so very many nice
people dedicated to the betterment of the
Bengal cat!
Of importance to me are our international members as this is our largest potential
for growth. And I am very excited about
our new members in Hong Kong and China. The West welcomes the East and we
hope to walk hand in hand to promote the
Bengal cat. The wild blood of the Bengal
has taken a long trip around the world. It
was a journey of many years. The leopard
cat from Southeast Asia went to the USA
where Jean Mill used his hybrids to create
the Bengal cat. American breeders joined
in to develop and perfect the Bengal all
the while working to retain the rare and
precious beauty of the wild. Now with the
Bengal in Asia, the beauty of the leopard
cat has come back to its origins in the form
of the domestic Bengal cat.
I invite you to join me in welcoming all our
new international members from all over
the world! Your membership is important
to me so if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Kathy Ward
TIBCS Membership Secretary
ON SAFARI, USA
2013
Reno, Nevada
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CONGRESS Winners’’
ADULTS
Best of the Congresses Bengal Adults sponsored by SierraGold in memory of Kathy
Hunter goes to CH JungleCreations Saber
Cat
Best of the Congresses Bengal Adult Male
sponsored by SierraGold in memory of Kathy
Hunter goes to CH JungleCreations Saber
Cat Best of the Congresses Bengal Adult Female
sponsored by SierraGold in memory of Kathy
Hunter goes to CH Simplyblessed Heaven
Scent
7th Best of the Congresses Bengal Adults
sponsored by Garrett Orgonista of Goldnglitter goes to CH Kamisha Light Up the
Sky
8th Best of the Congresses Bengal Adults
sponsored by Garrett Orgonista of Goldnglitter goes to CH Simplyblessed Heaven
Scent
Top 10
9th Best of the Congresses Bengal Adults
sponsored by Garrett Orgonista of Goldnglitter goes to Mesakatz Havoc of
Kindredkatzbengal Best of the Congresses Bengal Adults
sponsored by SierraGold in memory of
Kathy Hunter goes to CH JungleCreations
Saber Cat 10th Best of the Congresses Bengal Adults
sponsored by Garrett Orgonista of
Goldnglitter goes to GC Lunakatz
Miakoda
2nd Best of the Congresses Bengal Adults
sponsored by SierraGold in memory of Kathy
Hunter goes to Speakeasy Sundance Kid
of Fractal
3rd Best of the Congresses Bengal Adults
sponsored by SierraGold in memory of
Kathy Hunter goes to CH Spotsnglitz
Speedie Freeze
4th Best of the Congresses Bengal Adults
sponsored by SierraGold in memory of Kathy
Hunter goes to SGC CoolSpots Soldier
5th Best of the Congresses Bengal Adults
sponsored by SierraGold in memory of Kathy
Hunter goes to RW TGC RainForest Bali
Hai
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6th Best of the Congresses Bengal Adults
sponsored by Garrett Orgonista of Goldnglitter goes to Absolute Angels Turbo
Rocks
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KITTENS
TIE: Best of the Congresses Bengal Kitten sponsored by Iain & Connie McIver of
Silkenthunder goes to Traipse Max
Motion and Cheetahsden Knight in
Shining Armor
TIE: Best of the Congresses Bengal Kitten
Male sponsored by Viki & Bruce Safley
of Koppiekatz goes to Traipse Max
Motion and Cheetahsden Knight in
Shining Armor
Best of the Congresses Bengal Kitten
Female sponsored by Eric & Pam Gretzinger
of JungleJem goes to Lakemountain
Sterling Pistol
Top 10
ALTERS
Best of the Congresses Bengal Kitten sponsored by Judy Ross of Asiafauve goes to
Traipse Max Motion and Cheetahsden
Knight in Shining Armor
Best of the Congresses Bengal Alter sponsored by Bejuled World According to
Schmoo goes to QGCA Fraser Valley Fey
Dante’s Inferno 3rd Best of the Congresses Bengal Kittens
sponsored by Judy Ross of Asiafauve goes
to Shangripaw Remo of Equistice 4th Best of the Congresses Bengal Kittens
sponsored by Judy Ross of Asiafauve goes
to Rowan Nutkins
5th Best of the Congresses Bengal Kittens
sponsored by Judy Ross of Asiafauve goes
to Lakemountain Sterling Pistol Best of the Congresses Bengal Alter Male
sponsored by Bejuled World According to
Schmoo goes to QGCA Fraser Valley Fey
Dante’s Inferno 6th Best of the Congresses Bengal Kittens
sponsored by Judy Ross of Asiafauve goes
to Angels IAmFuYouTo
Best of the Congresses Bengal Alters sponsored by Leonard Baluski goes to QGCA
Fraser Valley Fey Dante’s Inferno 7th Best of the Congresses Bengal Kittens
sponsored by Judy Ross of Asiafauve goes
to SierraGold Leonidas
TIE for 8th Best of the Congresses Bengal
Kittens sponsored by Judy Ross of Asiafauve
goes to Badabing Poetry In Motion
2nd Best of the Congresses Bengal Alters
sponsored by Leonard Baluski goes to RW
SGCA Bangles Louis Cyphre
TIE for 8th Best of the Congresses Bengal
Kittens sponsored by Judy Ross of Asiafauve
goes to Bahiya PaintedRipple of
Cheetahsden
10th Best of the Congresses Bengal Kittens
sponsored by Judy Ross of Asiafauve goes
to SnoPride Andromeda of Bluewater Best of the Congresses Bengal Alter Female
sponsored by Leonard Baluski goes to RW
SGCA Bangles Mystique
Top 10
3rd Best of the Congresses Bengal Alters
sponsored by Leonard Baluski goes to CH
Absoluteangels Ares
4th Best of the Congresses Bengal Alters
sponsored by Leonard Baluski goes to
Purreciouspots Rook
5th Best of the Congresses Bengal Alters
sponsored by Leonard Baluski goes to
TGCA JungleCreations Forest Thomas
6th Best of the Congresses Bengal Alters
sponsored by Antonia, Cody, Steve, & Toni
goes to RW SGCA Bangles Mystique
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Breeders Choice AWARDs’’
Breeders Choice Best Bengal Adult sponsored by Eric & Pam Gretzinger of JungleJem goes to CH JungleCreations
Saber Cat
Breeders Choice Best Bengal Kitten sponsored by Iain & Connie McIver of Silkenthunder goes to Absolute Angels Twisted
Sister
Breeders Choice Best Bengal Alter sponsored by Joe Pitt goes to QGCA Fraser
Valley Fey Dante’s Inferno
The Earl Shropshire Breeders Choice Most
Glamorous Bengal sponsored by Karen
Sausman goes to NOV Absolute Angels
Turbo Rocks
Breeders Choice Best Adult Male sponsored
by Viki & Bruce Safley of Koppiekatz goes
to NOV Absolute Angels Turbo Rocks
Breeders Choice Best Adult Female sponsored by Don & Margie Heil of SnoPride
goes to CH Simplyblessed Heaven Scent
Breeders Choice Best Kitten Male sponsored by Kathy Shaw of Kamisha goes to
Traipse Max Motion
Breeders Choice Best Kitten Female sponsored by Kathy Shaw of Kamisha goes to
Badabing Poetry In Motion
Breeders Choice Best Alter Male sponsored
by Pat Harbert of OhMy goes to CHA
Absoluteangels Ares
Breeders Choice Best Alter Female
sponsored by Joe Pitt goes to RW SGCA
Bangles Mystique
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Breeders Choice Best Spotted Bengal Adult
sponsored by Ann-Catrin Ljusberg of Thar
goes to Snopride Spartacus of Bluewater
Breeders Choice Best Spotted Bengal Kitten
sponsored by Sharon Nolan of Dust of Glitter goes to Traipse Max Motion
Breeders Choice Best Marble Bengal Adult
sponsored by Priscilla South of SouthLynn
goes to Bengal Flats Captains Tapestry
Breeders Choice Best Marble Bengal Kitten
sponsored by Priscilla South of SouthLynn
goes to Bahiya Painted Ripple of Cheetahsden Breeders Choice Best”Snow” Bengal Adult
sponsored by goes Priscilla South of SouthLynn goes to Kamisha Metaline Mica
Breeders Choice Best”Snow” Bengal Kitten
sponsored by Lydia Wright of TheRealms
goes to SolanaRanch Mauri Blanc of
Amantra
Breeders Choice Best Silver Bengal Adult
sponsored by Lydia Wright of TheRealms
goes to Rowan Kit Kat of SierraGold
Breeders Choice Best Silver Bengal Kitten
sponsored by Tracy DeLuna of Lunakatz
goes to Lakemountain Sterling Pistol Breeders Choice “Pieces”
Breeders Choice Wildest Looking Bengal
Adult sponsored by Joe Pitt goes to CH
Simplyblessed Heaven Scent
Breeders Choice Wildest Looking Bengal
Kitten sponsored by Joe Pitt goes to
Junglekatz Raven
Breeders Choice Best Bengal Adult
Head sponsored by Joe Pitt goes to CH
JungleCreations Saber Cat
Breeders Choice Best Bengal Kitten Head
sponsored by Joe Pitt goes to SierraGold
Leonidas
Breeders Choice Best Bengal Adult Whited
Tummy sponsored by Leonard Baluski goes
to SolanaRanch Domestic Tranquility
Breeders Choice Best Bengal Kitten Whited
Tummy sponsored by Kathy Van Der Linden
of BoutiqueCats goes to Junglecatz Joey
Rico of RainForest
Breeders Choice Best Bengal Adult Rosettes
sponsored by Brenda Wilbanks goes to
Snopride Spartacus of Bluewater
Breeders Choice Best Bengal Kitten Rosettes
sponsored by Pat Killmaier of Aluren goes
to Traipse Max Motion
Breeders Choice Best Bengal Adult Eyes
sponsored by Robyn Wanner of SolanaRanch goes to SGC SpotsOfGold Lenox
Breeders Choice Best Bengal Kitten Eyes
sponsored by Garrett Orgonista of Goldnglitter goes to SnoPride Andromeda of
Bluewater Breeders Choice Best Bengal Adult Ears
sponsored by Leonard Baluski goes to CH
LoneStarBG Magnum Opus
Breeders Choice Best Bengal Kitten Ears
sponsored by Don & Margie Heil of Sno
Pride goes to RainForest Happy Feet
Breeders Choice Best Bengal Adult Tail
sponsored by Joe Pitt goes to RW TGC
RainForest Bali Hai
Breeders Choice Best Bengal Kitten Tail
sponsored by Joe Pitt goes to RainForest
Taro Hunter
Breeders Choice Best Bengal Adult Whisker
Pads sponsored by Leia Rose of Sunshine
goes to Speakeasy Sundance Kid of
Fractal
Breeders Choice Best Bengal Kitten Whisker
Pads sponsored by Kathy Van Der Linden of
BoutiqueCats goes to Angels IAmFuYouTo
Breeders Choice Best Bengal Adult Nose
Leather sponsored by Jay Bangle of Bangles goes to Junglekatz Chunky Moto of
Traipse
Breeders Choice Best Bengal Kitten Nose
Leather sponsored by Jay Bangle of Bangles
goes to Junglekatz Raven Breeders Choice Best Bengal Adult Body
sponsored by Julie Ollis of Bengalflats goes
to CH JungleCreations Saber Cat
Breeders Choice Best Bengal Kitten Body
sponsored by Kathy Van Der Linden of
BoutiqueCats goes to Shangripaw Remo of
Equistice Breeders Choice Best Bengal Adult Purrsonality sponsored by Brenda Wilbanks goes to
CH Kamisha Light Up the Sky
Breeders Choice Best Bengal Kitten Purrsonality sponsored by Tracy DeLuna of Lunakatz
goes to SierraGold Leonidas
Oldest Championship Bengal Male sponsored by Marla Faulkner of Lone Star goes
to DGC Junglekatz Chunky Moto of
Traipse
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Oldest Alter Bengal Female sponsored by
Robyn Wanner of SolanaRanch goes to
RW SGCA Bangles Mystique
Special Thanks to: Thank you gift for Congress Judge
Sharon Kalani sponsored by Chris
Jacobson of Speakeasy
Thank you gift for Congress Judge Kim
Chenault sponsored by Chiara Lombardi of
Brownsugar
Thank you gift for Congress Judge Vickie
Fisher sponsored by Jaen Treesinger of
RainForest
Speaker award was sponsored by Judy Miers
of Aspengold
Speaker Dr. Autumn Davidson was sponsored
by The International Bengal Cat Society, Inc.
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WINNERS GALLERY
Oldest Championship Bengal Female sponsored by Marla Faulkner of Lone Star goes to
TGC Dadaelis Imagine of Traipse
Oldest Alter Bengal Male sponsored by
Robyn Wanner of SolanaRanch goes to RW
SGCA Bangles Louis Cyphre
JungleCreations Saber Cat
Best of the Congresses Bengal Adults
Best of the Congresses Bengal
Adult Male
Breeders Choice Best Bengal Adult
Breeders Choice Best Bengal
Adult Head
Breeders Choice Best
Bengal Adult Body
Breeder/Owner:
Jessica Reddy
IW SGC Speakeasy
Sundance Kid of Fractal
2nd Best of the Congresses
Bengal Adults
Breeders Choice Best Bengal Adult
Whisker Pads
Breeder: Chris Jacobson
Owner: Marie Vodicka
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Spotsnglitz Speedie Freeze
3rd Best of the Congresses Bengal Adults
Breeder/Owner: Betty Schilke
SGC Coolspots Soldier
4th Best of the Congresses Bengal Adults
Breeder/Owner: Donnette Piccininno
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RW TGC RainForest Bali Hai
5th Best of the Congresses Bengal Adults
Breeders Choice Best Bengal Adult Tail
Breeder/Owner: Jaen Treesinger
RW SGC Mesakatz Havocof Kindredkatz
9th Best of the Congresses Bengal Adults
Breeder: Robin and James Molleur
Owner: Hildy Wade
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TGC Lunakatz Miakoda
10th Best of the Congresses Bengal Adults
Breeder/Owner: Tracy DeLuna
Tie for Best of the Congress Bengal Kitten
Tie for Best of the Congress Bengal Kitten Male
Breeders Choice Best Kitten Male
Breeders Choice Best Spotted Bengal Kitten
Breeders Choice Best Bengal Kitten Rosettes
Breeder/Owner: Teresa Seling
Cheetahsden Knight
in Shining Armor
Bahiya PaintedRipple
of Cheetahsden
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Tie for Best of the Congresses
Bengal Kitten
Tie for Best of the Congesses
Bengal Kitten Male
Breeder/Owner: Kelli Faram
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Traipse Max Motion of Mutiaragombak
8th Best in Kitten Congress
Breeders Choice Best Marble Kitten
Breeder: Christina Kennedy
Owner: Kelli Faram
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Junglekatz Joey Rico
of RainForest
Purreciouspots Rook
4th Best of Congresses Alter Bengal
Breeder: Sandra Schneider
Owner: Marina Schneider
TGCA JungleCreations Forest Thomas
5th Best of the Congresses Bengal Alters
Breeder/Owner: Jessica Reddy
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Breeders Choice Best Bengal Kitten
Whited Tummy
Breeder: Bonnie Tanner
Owner: Jaen Treesinger
RainForest Taro Hunter
Breeders Choice Best
Bengal Kitten Tail
Breeder: Jaen Treesinger
Owner: Laurie Westbrook
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DGC Junglekatz Chunky
Moto of Traipse
Seen Around
Breeders Choice Best Bengal
Adult Nose Leather
Oldest Championship
Bengal Male
Breeder: Bonnie Tanner
Owner: Teresa Seling
Speaker Dr. Autumn Davidson, sponsored by TIBCS.
Judge Sharon Kalani
TGC Dadaelis Imagine of Traipse
Oldest Championship Bengal Female
Breeder: Mariyn Brown
Owner: Teresa Seling
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Judge Vickie Fisher
Judge Kim Chenault
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On Safari
Through the Eyes of
the Cat Psychic
By Debby Brown
I
became interested in learning psychic and
intuitive communication two years ago after moving to Denver, Colorado. Unbeknownst
to me prior to moving there, there are a lot
of educational programs and groups involved
in the education and development of psychic
abilities.
After taking classes for the first year and a half
through the Aspen Program for Psychic Development I received a certificate as a spirit medium. All of the programs I attended classes in
stressed that we are all able to be psychic and
develop the skills necessary to communicate on
the intuitive and psychic level, and that many of
us already have those abilitites and are unaware
of our aptitude.
As a life long animal lover it was a natural fit
for me to become interested in animal communication. Animals are already tuned into the
nonverbal means of communication, as all of us
cat owners know, and so learning some skills to
help increase and tune in to that level of communication was interesting and exciting to me.
I had the opportunity to work with a variety of
animals and their owners during the training
process,
I was pleased to be able to bring my facilitation to On Safari. At the show I worked with a
couple of cats that were very stressed. A breed-
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er had a kitten at her first show, and as I tried
my communication techniques the kitten began
eating for the first time, grooming her sister,
and when we took her up to the ring, she was
squinting and looking relaxed for the first time.
At On Safari I also worked with a Maine Coon
who had previously traveled and been shown
with another Maine Coon who had recently
died. The female Maine Coon was really distressed and was buried under blankets in the
cage, mad, upset, would not look around. I
just tried to get into her energy and listen and
affirm. I saw her the next day with her head up
and looking around, and her owner said everyone pretty much agreed she had done a 180
from the previous day.
Robyn Wanner, Debby Brown, Jessica Reddy, and Teresa Seling were on the spot at On Safari.
I also worked with two people who were dealing with the recent deaths of cats and was able
to tune into their energy and help their grief
process. There was also one breeder who
wanted a full tarot reading regarding the business opportunities and success of her cattery. In
addition I also worked with the fertility of a male
Selkirk Rex.
I felt I was able to be of benefit to some of the
owners and cats in attendance at On Safari, and
enjoyed meeting people and seeing old friends
and acquaintances. I hope to be able to offer
pet psychic readings at future shows.
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The Spoiled Bengal
By Heidi Gurov
I
f there’s one thing a cat lover’s house is not
complete without, it’s furniture for our furry
friends! It’s only fair, right? We humans have
our couches, chairs, end tables, coffee tables, bookshelves, bean bags, and so on!
The first furniture purchase I made for Sammie when
I first adopted her was an Armarkat four-story luxury
condo complete with a tee-pee hideaway, hammock, sisal rope for manicures, and various stairs
and balconies. Before I even put it together Sammie
was already clawing on the rope pillars, so I declared
it a success, and rapidly built the condo without my
contacts in to appease my eager Bengal. I only built
one piece backwards, I swear!
This trusty piece of feline real estate has now been
set up in four different homes in two different states,
and is still holding strong. Sammie goes through
phases of what she uses the condo for, and currently
it is for her afternoon naps and bird watching. At
the very least it is a trusty scratcher when needed!
Sammie has never been a fan of the hammock or
tee-pee, instead preferring the upper loft where she
can survey her kingdom. Ari would use the teepee as a quiet napping place when he was “renting”
space on the condo from Sammie. I usually use the
hammock as a place to hold toys that Sammie is not
currently using.
The other big piece of cat furniture I have for Sammie is a floor to ceiling tree that has four platforms
for laying and sitting that stick out on it. It is car-
peted and holds against the ceiling using spring
tension, so no worries about drilling holes into the
ceiling. Sammie loves running up this tree, and
jumping from platform to platform. She would
often sit on the highest platform, which offered a
birds’ eye view of the kitchen and wait for me to get
out a can of food. I ended up purchasing a second one when Ari entered the family, and the two
Bengals would chase each other from tree to tree.
Currently I only have one tree set up for Sammie to
use, and it is in the bedroom which means I often
sleep with a Bengal looking down on me!
So what’s the hoopla over the furniture? I can
understand how some people do not want extra
furniture, especially cat furniture, cluttering up their
house. Biggest thing I see is that it is for the kitties
exclusively. It provides their own space for playing,
sleeping, and just hanging out. No worries about
getting kicked off the cat condo by a human that
also wants to lay there! Most cat furniture also has
built in scratching surfaces, which is definitely important. Sammie and Ari have never scratched on
human furniture or carpet, and I believe it’s due to
me providing them with the proper cat furniture and
scratchers around the house.
Luckily nowadays many different companies offer
many different types of furniture, so there is something for everyone and their needs! Some condos
are very extravagant and large, whereas some are
simple and small for tinier spaces. Different colors,
textures, and materials are available as well.
Opposite, Ari lounges on his condo.
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On Bengal Cat
GENETICS
By Leslie Lyons, PhD
Professor, University of California – Davis & University of Missouri - Columbia
T
he Bengal is a unique breed, being one of
the few that was developed by breeding
domestic cats with a different felid species, the
Asian Leopard cat. The Asian leopard cat’s genus
species name is: Prionailurus bengalensis, also
known as Felis bengalensis, as scholars sometimes
disagree with nomenclature for many species,
including cats. The leopard cat has a wide geographical range, from the Philippines of southern
Asia to Russia territories in northern Asia. Because
Kapiyva Zayne’s Destiny of Kharistan (left, male) and Kapiyva Kaanna Bali of Kharistan (female) are two Asian Leopard
Cats (owner, C.J. Epperson)
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of the wide geographical range, leopard cats live
in different climates and ecological niches. The
smaller leopard cats with the bright colorations
and shorter coats tend to be in the warmer southern regions, known as the genus species subspecies: Prionailurus bengalensis bengalensis. The
longer coated, larger, more brownish colored cats
in the colder northern climates are known as the
genus species subspecies: Prionailurus bengalensis
euptilura. There are many different subspecies of
Asian leopard cats, each one unique to a specific
region or ecological niche.
All leopard cats are protected by the endangered
species act and CITES (Convention for International Trade of Endangered Species). Populations in
Bangladesh, India and Thailand are CITES Appendix I; all other populations are Appendix II. Appendix I lists species that are the most endangered
among CITES-listed animals. They are threatened
with extinction and CITES prohibits international
trade in specimens of these species except when
the purpose of the import is not commercial, for
instance for scientific research. Appendix II lists
species that are not necessarily now threatened
with extinction but that may become so unless
trade is closely controlled. It also includes socalled “look-alike species”, i.e. species of which the
specimens in trade look like those of species listed
for conservation reasons. In the case of Bengals,
which is a hybrid with a leopard cat, CITES states:
“hybrid animals that have in their recent lineage
one or more specimens of species included in
Appendix I or II shall be subject to the provisions
of the Convention just as if they were full species,
even if the hybrid concerned is not specifically
included in the Appendices. The term “recent
lineage” implies, as a guideline, “shall generally be
interpreted to refer to the previous four generations of the lineage.” CITES does not consider animals that are the F5 generation of a hybrid, 6.25%
or less wild felid genetic contribution (or “blood”),
thus, by default, lesser generations are considered
domestic cats by CITES, which may or may not be
followed by local authorities.
The leopard cat and domestic cat are two different species of felids with an estimated divergence
in evolutionary time of 6.7 million years. This
divergence time is similar to that of human and
chimpanzee. The divergence time is basically the
time when common cat ancestors of the domestic cat lineage and leopard cat lineages started
to become distinct, likely due to adaptations for
different environments and niches. This means the
genes of these two cat species have been evolving independently and have acquired different
variations and mutations as a natural course of
evolution, making each species better adapted for
their environments. The different leopard cat subspecies also have had different evolutionary paths,
the genes of the cats acquiring genetic variations
that have made them more suited for the warmer
versus colder climates. Thus, the Bengal cat is expected to have genes from both the domestic cat
and the leopard cat, the leopard cat genes likely
have some amount of genetic variation that is not
common to the domestic cat. The genetic variants
for the Leopard cat may or may not cause noticeable effects in the hybrid Bengal cat.
The domestic cat genetic contribution of the Bengal breed has also come from diverse domesticated breeds, notable the Abyssinian, Indian Mau
and Egyptian Mau. These breeds and populations
of cats have been selected for different coloration
and coat texture qualities, which will affect the
genetic make-up of any given Bengal.
Early development of the Bengal breed crossed
leopard cats of the various subspecies to different
pedigreed domestic cat breeds and unpedigreed
cats – Indian Maus. Thus, the first generation
cross, the first filial – F1 – is 50% domestic cat and
50% leopard cat. The second generation is technically a backcross – crossing the F1 females back
to a parental-type cat, usually the domestic cat.
Thus, the F2 generation should be really termed a
backcross – 1 generation (BC1) that would be 25%
leopard cat - 75% domestic (on average), and
the F3 should be a BC2 generation that is 12.5%
leopard cat - 87.5% domestic cat (on average).
However, for clarity sake, this article will continue
with the F1, F2, F3, … designations used by Bengal
breeders. Thus, the F3 generation is the same as a
BC2, which is 12.5% leopard cat, on average. Note
the usage of the term “on average”. Each generation of a hybrid cross should reduce the amount
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cat contribution. The important aspect of this
range implies that one can never predict when
there will be more or less leopard cat genes and
which individual genes may have a mixture of
leopard cat and domestic cat. This is why some
Bengals have unpredicted colorations and
infertility!
The first genes that generally become different
between two species are the genes involved with
reproduction, helping the newly evolving species
diverge from one another, leading to the completely different species via reproduction isolation.
Subspecies can usually breed together, although
some reduced fertility may be noticed. When two
different species breed together, usually the male
is sterile for the first few generations. Once the
fertility genes get matched up properly – likely
having all domestic cat contributions, then normal
fertility likely resumes. The number and location of
the genes involved with cat fertility are currently
unknown!
Genetic Testing
The mixture of the domestic cat and leopard cat
genes in the Bengal also causes issues with genetic tests. The leopard cat DNA sequence for
the genes of colorations, such as Agouti, Brown,
Color, Dilute, Amber, Longhair, and all other color
genes, may be slightly genetically different from
the domestic cat. These differences may be innocuous, known as silent mutations, which cause
no changes in the protein that the gene makes,
effectively being the same as a domestic cat gene.
However, these changes could still interfere with a
genetic test, causing a test to fail if the leopard cat
gene (allele) is present. The genetic test would fail
to find the leopard cat gene, thus the test answer
would look like it was homozygote (2 copies) of
the domestic cat gene (alleles). This problem with
genetic tests, known as allelic drop-out, or null
alleles, should be recognized by any good genetic testing laboratory. Sometimes, even within
This F1, AWildDream Oracle of TheShire, is genetically 50% Asian Leopard Cat and 50% domestic cat, She was bred
by Tim Bliss and is owned by Carol Hebden.
of leopard cat “blood” contribution by 50%.
However, that is an average, a given individual of
the next generation may not have any reduction
of leopard cat blood – therefore staying the same
percentage of blood as the previous generation,
while others may have complete reduction, therefore being effectively full blooded domestic cats!
These are rare occurrences as the extremes of the
spectrum, on average, leopard cat contribution is
cut by 50% each generation – in the early days of
Bengal development.
AA – normal brown tabby
Aa – normal brown tabby
aa – solid, melanistic
However, soon after the development and expansion of the Bengal breed, the Leopard cats
and the early generations were bred to Bengal
cats – which already had some contribution of
leopard cat genetics. Thus, subsequent F1, F2, F3
cats would have more leopard cat contribution
than the earlier foundation breedings. Although a
prediction of leopard cat blood contribution can
be obtained from pedigree analysis, these predictions are all based on averages and really should
be represented as ranges from 0% - 100% leopard
APbe APbe – brown tabby, more leopard cat-like
APbeA – brown tabby, perhaps a bit leopard cat
APbea – charcoal
(Currently – the A1 allele, as noted on some Bengal websites, would be the same as APbe)
This is a brown spotted (domestic) Bengal, Bengalivo Hard to Resist, bred and owned by Ivonne van Dreumel.
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Bengal Genetic Health
Besides interesting colorations, Bengals have
interesting health conditions as well. Because of
associations with Abyssinians, Bengals need to be
tested for the two inherited blindnesses found in
Abyssinians, the CEP290 and the CRX mutations.
However, CRX was localized to a research colony
and is not likely to be in any breed populations. In
addition, some Abyssinians have Pyruvate Kinase
Deficiency as a concern in the breed, thus, many
Bengals have been shown to carry the same
mutation. Thus, PK Deficiency (not PKD – polycystic kidney disease) needs to be monitored in
the breed. Our laboratory (Lyons Laboratory at
UC Davis and as of July 01 – University of Missouri – Columbia) has localized a gene for a
third inherited blindness, which is recessive and
blindness begins around 4 months of age and is
usually complete by 8 – 12 months. This blindness
is specific to Bengals. Hopefully a genetic test
will become available within the coming year. As
we examined many eyes of Bengal cats for the
blindness study, cataracts were also found to be
common in the breed. The cataracts are mild and
have not shown signs of progression, but should
be monitored and we will gladly accept DNA samRainForest Tule Fog is another (snow) domestic Bengal. Her breeder/owner is Jaen Treesinger.
domestic cats, natural genetic variation can cause
allelic drop-out, which can happen with the test
for points (cs).
Any given gene in a Bengal could have two
domestic cat alleles, or two leopard cat alleles, or
one of each. The allele combinations are unpredictable and may cause strange and interesting
traits or colorations when a gene has one domestic allele and one leopard cat allele. Such is
the case for the Charcoal coloration in Bengals. In
domestic cats, the Agouti gene (a.k.a ASIP, Agouti signaling protein) causes cats to have either
banded fur or non-banded fur that is between
the stripes, spots and swirls of the tabby pattern.
When a domestic cat has two copies of the recessive non-agouti allele, the cat has non-banded fur
and hence looks to be solid in coloration, melanistic. Thus, domestic cats have two alleles at the
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Agouti locus, A and a. The tabby pattern of cats
that are agouti, Aa or AA, can be clearly defined
while the tabby markings are hidden within the
neighboring black fur of a cat that is aa, having
two copies of the non-agouti allele. Melanistic
leopard cats have not been well documented and
are extremely rare. After sequencing nine leopard
cats, only one allele has been genetically defined,
which is designated APbe. Although this is the
normal (wildtype) genetic sequence of a leopard
cat at the Agouti locus, its genetic sequence is
different from the domestic cat. Thus, Bengals can
now inherent two of three different alleles, leading
to six possible combinations. This same scenario
could occur for any of the other gene, including coat colors, hair types and diseases. Soon a
genetic test will likely be available for charcoal
Bengal cats.
ples from cats that have been examined, showing
to either be clear or have cataracts.
Dr. Meurs at North Carolina State University is
pursuing the genetics of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Many breeds have this disease and
as mutations are found in any one breed, other
breeds with HCM will be tested to implicate the
same mutations. Dr. William Murphy at Texas A&M
is studying fertily in Bengal cats. As mentioned,
early generations have fertility problems, which
can sporadically occur in other generations as
well. Dr. Murphy’s work could not only help discover the fertility issues in Bengals, but also the
genes involved with cat speciation! Drs. Greg
Barsh and Chris Kaellin have been studying many
coat colors in cats, particularly tabby patterning,
thus their studies should help decipher the exotic
patterning in Bengals and have determine genes
that control those elusive rosettes!
The Bengal is a stunning and eclectic breed. As all
breeds, genetic tests should help monitor genetic
diseases and breeders should use this information
to make informed and wise breeding decisions.
Supporting research helps make these discoveries,
so please participate in genetic projects that are
appropriate for your cattery.
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In Memoriam: Jimmy Harbert
In Search of the (Relatively)
Inexpensive Bengal
Jimmy Harbert was truly one of the nicest people I
have ever known. His smile warmed your heart and
always made you feel welcome. His approach to life
seemed simple, friendly and kind. He will be missed
by many.
-- Toni Meisberger
��
I only met Jimmy once, when we were at On Safari
together. Pat took me to greet him. He was standing there, a Bengal kitten in his arms, and talking to
someone about his and Pat’s Abbys. He greeted me
like an old friend, and in 10 minutes flat I realized
why Pat loved him so much. He was a wonderful
match for her, heart to heart.
-- Nancy Prince
��
J
immy Harbert passed away in May. He will be
missed by friends and acquaintances alike. Here
are a few memories of him.
��
Jimmy Harbert was one of the sweetest, funniest
men I ever knew with a heart as big as the state of
Oklahoma. He loved Pat, his daughters, his grandchildren, and his great-grandchildren, but he especially loved his HouseHold Pets. I think one of his
proudest moments was accepting his regional award
for his beloved HHP, Oh Reno. He always had a Diet
Coke in his hand and could often be seen working
the gate at shows. He had a wonderful smile, told
the corniest jokes, and always had a hug and a kiss
for the ladies. His favorite remark about cat shows
was, “I don’t know anything, I just drive the car.”
-- Marty Young
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Jimmy was a great guy. He usually worked the gate
at our shows which he excelled at, as he was a face
most people knew and respected. He was a great
person for people to meet as they came in the door.
He will be greatly missed at kansaskatz.
-- Richard Hummel
President – KansasKatz
By Nancy Prince
T
he joy a Bengal brings to your household
is priceless. Still, during these difficult economic times, the cost of obtaining one of these
perfect companions may put a strain on your
budget. Here are two categories of Bengals that
are relatively inexpensive compared to Bengals in
general, but that you may never have considered:
retirees and older kittens. If you are searching
for a Bengal to share your home but you’re on a
budget, take a look below. One of these types of
Bengal may be for you!
Appearance: These cats are in the ful glory of
adulthood. There is no mystery about whether or
how much they will rosette, how soft their coats
are going to become, what color their eyes will
be, whether they will have big ears, and so on.
With kittens this is usually somewhat of a gamble,
but not with retirees. What you see is what you
get—and it was good enough for their past life as
a breeder, which means they are good to awesome! Physically they are some of the nicest-looking cats you’ll see outside of a cat show (and
some are, in fact, show cats).
RETIREES
Personality/Temperament: The personality,
quirks, and habits of the cat are well known by
their Breeder. On the TIBCS website, each retiree’s
picture is accompanied by a description that is
written by the Breeder who knows and loves him.
This description is one of the best you’ll ever get
for a cat! Each description describes not just the
cat but also the kind of home that their Breeder is
hoping to find for it, special needs if any, etc. And
the Breeder is being VERY honest because they
want their cat, whom they love, to be placed in
the best possible home.
A retiree is a cat that has been a breeding cat (a
queen or a stud) but that is ready to be “petted
out” by the owner. “Retiree” does not mean a defective cat—quite the contrary! Generally they are
some of the most beautiful and healthy cats in the
breed, and they are only a few hundred dollars. If
you can provide the kind of home that the Breeder thinks will be best, you may have an opportunity to get a retiree.
Where to find them: The first place to look is
on the TIBCS website (tibcs.com). Click “Finding a
Bengal” on the left-hand side, followed by “Available Cats.” This will take you to the TIBCS Retirees
Page. A retiree listed on the TIBCS site is generally
sold within a month or two, so don’t hesitate if
you see one you want. Also, you can write breeders to see if they have any retirees available; some
do not list them on their website.
Price: Retirees are typically priced between $150
and $350 US.
A typical description on the TIBCS site might be:
Looking Glass was so named because her coat is
so short and fine and sleek that it reflects light like
a glittered mirror. She loves to play and be petted, though she’d rather not be held while you’re
paying her her proper dues. She sleeps on my
bed, curled up on my feet. (BTW, she has incredible green eyes!) Looking Glass has no bad habits
or health problems. She’s four and a half years
old, microchipped, and up to date on her shots.
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I bred her myself; I love this cat and want
her to have a happy forever home. There is
an adoption fee of $250 so I can be sure you
really want her! She’s in Tennessee. I prefer
not to ship her. Nancy at [email protected]
Health: As past breeders, they will typically
have received the best possible health care.
They should be current with their shots, and
they will have been spayed/neutered. You
should ask their breeder about HCM tests
they may have had.
Age: Most retirees are sold when they are
between 3 and 6 years old. This is young
enough that you can probably expect to
have 10 to 15 good years with one.
Acclimation: It may take an adult cat several months to settle down with you in their
new home. However, the Breeder who loves
that cat will typically give you lots of advice
designed for that specific cat. The Breeder
will really want your cat to be happy! Also,
many Breeders will take a retiree back if it
is not happy after a reasonable amount of
time.
OLDER KITTENS
An older kitten is 5 months to a year old.
Most people prefer to buy young kittens,
driven by the (often erroneous) feeling that
a cat that they raise from 3 months old will
fit more exactly with their personality. Breeders who end up with older cats therefore
sell them for less money. But a kitten that is
a few months older can be generally better
behaved and fit in better with your lifestyle
than a little kitten.
The TIBCS retiree page. This is the first place to look for retirees.
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There lots of reasons why a breeder may
have older kittens. For instance, they may
have been sold when they were younger
to people who were unable or unwilling to
keep them and returned them. Or a breeder
might have kept them until they are older to
see how they would develop (in light of possibly
making them a show cat or a breeder). Perhaps
the Breeder had a lot of large litters at once so
not all the kittens were sold when they
were young. Or perhaps the Breeder
was ill or otherwise did not advertise
them when they were young… These
are just a few of the possibilities!
But the kitten is just as ready to give
you their love whether they are
three months or nine months old.
On the average, older kittens are
better trained than the young
kittens. When kittens are very
young there are limits to what
they can be taught and limits
on how much time the Breeder
has to teach them, but older
kittens have more time to
learn such things as “don’t
scratch the furniture”
and “don’t play with
my hair.”
And though older
kittens are great for
anyone, they are often
an especially good
choice for homes with
children, older people,
and the infirm.
adults it’s more of a certainty than a promise. The
older they are, the closer they are to their adult
appearance.
Personality/Temperament: Contrary to popular
belief, a kitten that is a few months older may be a
better fit for you, largely because the breeder can better advise you about its personality and how
it is likely to
develop.
In addition, an older kitten may look like a
young adult, but will still
have a kitten’s fascination
with play—without the fine
frenetic edge that a younger
kitten brings to it. A young
kitten has two modes: dead
sleep and wildly at play. An older kitten will be likely to give
you more time to cuddle, to
follow you around the house,
and to spend time on his own.
However, keep in mind that
Bengals continue to be very
active cats throughout their
entire lives.
Where to find them:
Older kittens may
or may not be on a
Breeder’s website.
Ask them if you
don’t see any listed.
Price: $100 to $500 US
Appearance: When
you buy a kitten, you’re
buying a promise—
what will they look like
once they’re out of their fuzzies?
How will their markings change?
Will this be a large cat? With young
Above: This older kitten plays but also cuddles more than
a younger kitten will. (Picture by Phillip Slawinski)
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Health: They will have had good health care from
the Breeder. They will have had the necessary
shots and also, depending on their age and the
individual Breeder, may be spayed/neutered.
Age: Approximately 5 months to 1 year
Acclimation: It may take a few weeks longer to
get an older kitten settled into your home, but
what is a few more weeks compared to the many
years ahead?
A NOTE ABOUT RESCUES
These are inexpensive (usually $100-$200) and
come spayed/neutered. However, that’s about all
that can be said about them as a group because
they come from all situations in life, from family
pedigreed pets that have to be given up because
of a move to animals that have been just barely
surviving on the streets. By all means bring one
into your heart and your home if you wish.
Scientists at Cornell University (Ithaca, New York,
USA) have discovered a key to understanding
feline infectious peritonitis (FIP).
It has been known for years that FIP develops
when feline enteric coronavirus (FECV), a common benign intestinal virus, mutates into the
malignant FIPV virus. This summer, Gary Whittaker, virology professor at Cornell’s College of
Veterinary Medicine, and his team were able to
identify exactly what changes when FECV mutates into FIP.
More information can be found at http://news.
cornell.edu/stories/2013/06/discovery-offershope-against-deadly-cat-virus. This research was
funded by Cornell’s Feline Health Center, the
Winn Feline Foundation (which TIBCS has contributed to in the past), and the Morris Animal
Foundation.
PoeticPaws
Bengals
SWITZERLAND
TICA Season 2012-2013
Kitten (4 Shows)
3rd Best Bengal Kitten
Belgian on Safari
7th Best International
Bengal Kitten
Best Bengal Kitten
(Southern Europe)
5th Best All Breed Kitten
(Southern Europe)
Photo:
Helmi
Flick
Rainforest Lasya Ling
Supreme Grand Champion at just over 9 months of age
All Breed International Winner at just over 14 months of age
[email protected] • www.poeticpawsbengals.com
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Spend lots of time with your new cat, but never
force yourself on her. Do not corner or try to pet
or pick her up. Instead, encourage Bella to socialize
with you. Every time you are with her, good things
happen.
Cornell University Scientists
Discover a Key to FIP
Adult
SGC in five shows
3rd Best International Bengal
22nd Best International
All Breed Cat
Best Bengal Cat
(Southern Europe)
3rd Best All Breed Cat
(Southern Europe)
By Marilyn Krieger
Certified Cat Behavior Consultant
Q
I’ve never had a cat before. A friend of
mine gave me Bella, a beautiful 4-year
old Bengal last weekend. She came with food, litter
box and a scratching post, but no operating instructions. I know that everything is new to her and she is
scared of me. What can I do to help her adjust and
to win her trust?
A
You can help Bella adjust by first confining
her in one comfortable room until she feels
secure and safe. This will be her getting acquainted
room. Equip the room with two cat boxes, scratching posts, a comfortable place to sleep and a tall cat
tree. She will also appreciate ball and tract toys and
puzzle boxes. A bedroom doubles as a good sanctuary room because you can take naps or spend
nights with her. This room will become the place
where she learns to trust you.
Food is a powerful socialization tool. Instead of free
feeding, give Bella multiple meals during the day.
Feed her on a schedule so that she will anticipate
your visits. When visiting her between meals, toss
her tiny pieces of treats.
Bring a good book with you and sit on the floor of
her room. Read to her softly so that she becomes
used to your voice. When she is at the point of
relaxing enough to play, engage her in play, using a
pole-type toy. Never force her to interact with you.
You can further encourage Bella to socialize with
you by formally greeting her. Extend one finger, at
cat nose level, in her direction while you are sitting a
short distance from her. When she feels safe, she will
come up to your finger, touch it with her nose, turn
her head until your finger is on her cheek. That is an
invitation for petting.
Marilyn Krieger, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant
and owner of The Cat Coach, LLC®, www.thecatcoach.com, solves cat behavior problems nationally
and internationally through on-site, phone and
Skype consultations. Marilyn, an award-winning
author, also writes articles for Catster and the
monthly behavior columns for Cat Fancy Magazine.
Her book, Naughty No More!, focuses on changing
unwanted cat behaviors through clicker training,
environmental management, and other force-free
methods.
In addition to consulting and writing, Marilyn
teaches classes and lectures nationally on cat
behavior. She frequently guests on television and
radio programs, providing valuable insights on cats
and their behavior.
Marilyn Krieger
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IW RW SGC RainForest Lasya Ling
Switzerland
Female, TICA Registration #SBT021812015
RW SGCA RainForest Wasabi
Studs, Queens
Promising
Kittens
&
RainForest Kimosabe
RainForest Rimau Akara
CH RainForest Bobby Darin
RainForest Ling Ling
CH RainForest Paloma
Breeder: Jaen Treesinger
Owners: Elaine and Clive Ramsay
Photo: Helmi
CH KCS Junglebabes Swiss Miss
Female, TICA Registration #SBT032410020
RW SGC Purrlawnrouge Regis
Purrlawnrouge Totally Awesome
Korshki Artists Dream
CH KCSJunglebabes Picassos Dream
2013
KCSJunglebabes Lucia
Rollo Prides Akira
Breeder: Kim Chenault
Owners: Elaine and Clive Ramsay
[email protected]
www.poeticpawsbengals.com
Beautiful queens with lovely temperaments
Kingsmark Cattery
Southern California
Kingsmark Ann Marie
Female, TICA Registration #SBT090412047
Kingsmark Exotic Desire
Kingsmark Bronze Leopard
Kingsmark All That Glitters
Aluren Coin Collector
Aluren Jaguar in Gold
Junglejoy Jaguar Print
Breeder/Owner: Karen Sausman
www.kingsmarkfarms.com
(951) 659-4258 • [email protected]
Beautiful color and type on a sweet kitten
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PrinceRoyal
Bengals
East Tennessee
RainForest Calais of PrinceRoyal
Female, TICA Registration #SBT021812059
OS RW SGC RainForest Wasabi
RainForest Kimosabe
RainForest Rimau Akara
RainForest Bobby Darin
RainForest Ling Ling
RainForest Paloma
Breeder: Jaen Treesinger
Owner: Nancy Prince
(865) 483-5618 • [email protected]
www.PrinceRoyalBengals.com
Beautiful type and rosettes
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CoolSpots Cattery
Gogees Liqueur of CoolSpots
Southern California
Female, TICA Registration #SBT051310002
AsianSafari
Near Paris, France
Absolutely Teenage Crush
Gogees Sundaze Child
Absolutely Touch n Glow
Dazzledots Wow Factor of Gogees
Mainstreet Storm Warning
Gogees Breaking News
Absolutely Twist of Fate
Stillmeadow Kit Kat of Gogees
Absolutely Enchanted Image
Gogees Golden Gabrielle
Breeder: Gail Sanford
Owner: Agnès Gayraud
Breeder/Owner: Donnette Piccininno
Photo: Chanan
www.asiansafaribengals.com
[email protected]
Exceptional rosetting
on this girl.
Walker is our breathtaking boy with everything we could dream of and more!
Tatsu Cuisinart of CoolSpots
Female, TICA Registration #SBT101211003
Mainstreet Without Warning
RW/SGC Tatsu Viggo
CH Mainstreet Topaz of Tatsu
IW/RW/SGC Mainstreet Main Attraction
Mainstreet Without Warning
CH Mainstreet Topaz of Tatsu
IW/RW/SGC Mainstreet
Wildvision Belle of Tatsu
Wildvision B.B.
Breeder: Roxanne & Dave Blank
Owner: Donnette Piccinnino
Photo: Chanan
Beautiful rosettes, horizontal flow.
Muscular body.
(661) 810-3156 • www.coolspotscattery.com
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Southern California
MainStreet Super Lotto
Female, TICA Registration #SBT031713015
SGC Absolutely Category Five
DGC Mainstreet Checkmate
Mainstreet Lady Bug
Mainstreet Cognac
Wildvision Belle of Tatsu
Breeder: Roxanne & Dave Blank
Owner: Donnette Piccinnino
Photo: Tetsu
Breeder/Owner: Rick & Debbie Corns
Beautiful muzzle, long and very muscular body
RW/SGC Tatsu Viggo
Mainstreet Bengals
Mainstreet Rockette
Wildvision B.B.
Female, TICA Registration #SBT101211003
Male, TICA Registration #SBT121609005
Mainstreet Steely Dan of Absolutely
Gogees Heavenly Daze
SGC Soldier of CoolSpots
SC WC Absolutely Walk This Way of AsianSafari
Mainstreet Cricket
We won the Lotto with this girl. We
couldn’t be more pleased.
MainStreet Shooting Star
Female, TICA Registration #SBT103012003
Mainstreet Without Warning
RW SGC Mainstreet Lonestar
RW SGC Mainstreet Restless Spirit
Absolutely Teenage Crush
Q Mainstreet Cricket
Mainstreet Ladybug
Breeder/Owner: Rick & Debbie Corns
We are so impressed with Star.
What a beauty!
(760) 807-8096 • [email protected]
www.mainstreetbengals.com
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Lightning Fund Grants
RainForest Bengals
California
RainForest Kimosabe
Male, TICA Registration # SBT032110063
RainForest Molokai
H
ypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) in cats is a heart disease caused by genetic mutation, inherited
as an autosomal dominant trait. HCM results in a thickening of the left ventricle, making it difficult for
the heart to pump blood. HCM positive cats often die sudden, painful deaths due to blood clots forming
and blocking arteries as early as several months of age or at older ages, depending on how an individual
expresses the disease. One or both of the parents of an HCM positive cat must also have the disease. As a
dominant trait, it can be eliminated from our breed by testing breeding animals at one year of age and on
an annual basis while they are breeding.
RW SGC RainForest Wasabi
RainForest Taro Arcana
RainForest Molokai
RainForest Rimau Akara
RainForest Rimulet
Breeder/Owner: Jaen Treesinger
You can help secure a genetic test for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) in Bengals! TIBCS is
working with North Carolina State University (NCSU) on Bengal HCM research, to be conducted under
Katheryn Meurs, DVM.
Type and contrast at 21 months
RainForest Half the Sky
The TIBCS Lightning Fund awards grants of $100!
Female, TICA Registration #SBT071512041
RW SGC RainForest Wasabi
RainForest Kimosabe
RainForest Tara Arcana
RainForest Sirius Black
Who is Eligible?
The owner or breeder of a Bengal cat that is more than eight years old and has been tested by a board
certified veterinary cardiologist and diagnosed HCM negative.
RainForest About Face
RainForest Ruby Two Shoes
Breeder/Owner: Jaen Treesinger
F6 masquerading as Early
Generation Bengal
RainForest Tumera
Female, TICA Registration #SBT070112035
RW SGC RainForest Wasabi
RainForest Kimosabe
RainForest Taro Arcana
RainForest Molokai
RainForest Chimera
RainForest Ruby Two Shoes
Breeder/Owner: Jaen Treesinger
For 6 years I’ve waited for you!
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What to Do
• Have the cat HCM tested and have
blood drawn. • Download the NCSU submission
form (file name “Form for HCM
Research Study”) from
www.tibcs.com/formsanddocs.
• Submit the blood sample to NCSU.
Include the pedigree, date of birth
(registration), and blood sample.
In order to qualify for the grant, send
these documents to [email protected]:
• Proof-of-mailing receipt showing
registered mail going to NCSU
• Copy of the documents submitted
to NCSU
• Copy of the cardiologist’s bill for the
HCM scan and/or veterinarian’s bill
for the blood draw
RW SGC Bejuled World According to Schmoo (breeders Julie and
Mark Coleman and owner Marie Vodicka) was screened for HCM
earlier this year (and was negative).
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Legal Digest
PUPS Act
HR 847 Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act (PUPS) PUPS is currently in the House Committee on
Agriculture. Its version in the Senate (S395) is in the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. These 2013 versions are identical to the bills introduced in the 2011 Congressional session. PUPS only
applies to dog breeders and sellers. However, once the federal government has the authority to walk into
your house to inspect dogs, it is reasonable to assume that the Humane Society of the United States and
friends will want the authority expanded to cover cat breeders. If breeders write to their Congressman and
oppose the bill then the story told by HSUS and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will not be the only one heard.
This report was compiled from email messages sent Susan Wolf, SAOVA, [email protected]
NOTE from the Bulletin: Many of you may remember writing letters about this last year, and TIBCS is listed on the list of organizations opposed. More detailed information is on the SAOVA website pages for
PUPS, http://www.saova.org/PUPS2013.html.
Beware: Misleading TIBCS Logos
on Non-Member Websites
By Nancy Prince
TIBCS Senior Vice President (Ethics)
at TIBCS are proud of our Code of Ethics and of the Breeder Members who have signed it. Pet
Webuyers
know that we stand behind our cats, and many make a point of purchasing their kitten
from a TIBCS breeder. But how do pet buyers know who is and who is not a TIBCS breeder?
Often pet buyers look at individual breeder’s websites—and they can run into trouble because there
are breeders wish to appear as if they are TIBCS members when in fact they are not. They have one
of our logos on their site, they may have “Proud Member of TIBCS,” “We are members of The International Bengal Cat Society” or similar words on it, but that can be false. Sometimes it is understandable, as in a breeder used who used to be a member of TIBCS and forgot to remove us when their
membership lapsed. Those breeders are responsible and usually take the information off once we
write them about it. Others (far more irresponsible!) deliberately put our logo on their site, apparently
hoping their buyers will feel the security of purchasing from a TIBCS member without actually providing it. Such breeders never take our information down no matter how many times we ask them to do
so, and that constitutes fraud.
Pet buyers, the only way you can know for sure who is and who is not a TIBCS breeder, bound by our
Code of Ethics, is to come to our site and select from the catteries there (or look to see if the cattery
you’ve already tentatively selected is there). The list of breeders (located at http://tibcs.com/breederlistingmain.aspx) is always up-to-date.
We at TIBCS receive three or four complaints a month from pet buyers who thought they were buying
a cat from one of our breeders, were treated badly, and then discovered when they came to ask us
to mediate a solution that their breeder wasn’t a TIBCS member, despite what their site said. Sadly, we
can do nothing in such cases.
If you are aware of a breeder who uses our information on their site but is not actually a TIBCS member, please write [email protected] so we can send them a letter asking them to remove the erroneous information.
Don’t go by TIBCS logos such as these on a
breeder’s website; come to TIBCS.com to find a
TIBCS breeder.
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In pursuit of
Purrfection
IW RW SGC RainForest Lasya Ling
Title: TICA International Winner,
Regional Winner and SGC
Sire: RainForest Kimosabe
Dam: RainForest Ling Ling
Breeder: Jaen Treesinger
Owner: Clive and Elaine Ramsay
RW SGC Soldier of CoolSpots
Title: Regional Winner/Supreme Grand Champion
Sire: RW/SGC Tatsu Viggo
Dam: Wildvision Belle of Tatsu
Breeder: Roxanne & Dave Blank
Owner: Donnette Piccinnino
Photo: Chanan
IP Poeticpaws Uttar Yama
Title: FIFE Premier International (IP)
Sire: SC Absolutely Walk This Way of Asiansafari
Dam: DGC Kcsjunglebabes Tashi Yama
Breeder: Clive and Elaine Ramsay
Owner: Sophie Panchaud
Photo: Helmi
RW/SGC Tatsu Cuisinart of CoolSpots
Title: Regional Winner/Supreme Grand Champion
Sire: RW/SGC Tatsu Viggo
Dam: Wildvision Belle of Tatsu
Breeder: Roxanne & Dave Blank
Owner: Donnette Piccinnino
Photo: Tetsu
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FraserValley Fey Dante’s Inferno
Title: RW QGChA
Sire: Snoprides Heres Good News of FraserValley
Dam: QGCh FraserValley Fey Pagan Lightwand
Breeder/Owner: Kelly Hayton
fraservalleybengals.blogspot.com
Photo: Gus
SP IC SE Happy Hooligans Aramis
Title: Supreme Premier 4/5
in Västerås, Sweden FIFE
Breeder/Owner: Katrin Björksten
Photo: Eivor Rasehorn
RW SGC RubyClaw CopperWind
Title: Supreme Grand Champion
Sire: TGC Mystre GoldRush of RubyClaw
Dam: UrbanSafari SkyLily of RubyClaw
Breeder/Owner: Lisa, Serina, Marissa
& Nicholas Stacholy
Photo: Helmi
CH Boutiquecats Dolce of RubyClaw
Title: Champion
Sire: QGC Yentai’s Allegro of Boutiquecats
Dam: Boutiquecats Tache
Breeder: Kathryn D Van Der Linden
Owner: Lisa, Serina, Marissa & Nicholas Stacholy
Photo: Helmi
RW SGC Bengalislandcat Santana of RubyClaw
Title: Champion
Sire: CH Cazpurr Jazzman of Bengalislandcat
Dam: CH Bengalislandcat Belladonna
Breeder: Donna Haynes
Owner: Lisa, Serina, Marissa & Nicholas Stacholy
Photo: Helmi
CH RubyClaw SugarRush
Title: Champion
Sire: TGC Mystre GoldRush of RubyClaw
Dam: Mystre Marie Lavoe of RubyClaw
Breeder/Owner: Lisa, Serina, Marissa
& Nicholas Stacholy
Photo: Helmi
These cats have recently moved up in their status!
If your cat has advanced, please send us a photo
of your cat and information about its new status
to [email protected] The Bulletin reserves
the right to crop the picture if necessary based on
space and layout constraints. Standard POP listings are free to members. Expanded POP listings
are also available. Contact [email protected]
with questions.
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Bengal Media Archives Anniversary
Photo Drive & Contest
In Partnership with
The International Bengal Cat Society
We would like to thank all of our members for entering the contests, submitting photos and other data
to the archive and taking the time to vote. We would
also like to thank our many sponsors who generously
donated our prizes without which this contest would
have been totally lame.
By Bob Gilbert and Victoria Kowalski
Bengal Media Archives
B
engal Media Archives turned 6 years old on
13 April 2013. Today, the group has over 2000
members and nearly 7000 photos in it’s archive. We
are on both Yahoo Groups and Facebook and are both
a resource for breeders researching the genetics of
their lines and an entertaining site for seeing many
historic and current Bengal photos. The group has
come a long way from it’s humble beginnings in 2007.
Many well established breeders joined and added
photos. New breeders joined as well. All, we believe,
for the purpose of learning and sharing. Bengal Media
Archives was conceived and hence operated to be
different than other social media Bengal groups as no
advertising is allowed. No classifieds for kitten sales. It’s also not a group for general discussion of Bengal
topics either, or for the infighting sometimes seen in
other groups. Instead, this group is intended to be
for research and historic preservation. A resource
for breeders and pet owners alike who want to “see”
what the ancestors of their Bengals looked like and for
genetic and pedigree related questions. The group is
a library of photos, histories and other data useful to
the Bengal Community as a resource. Yes, we share
photos of our cats as well, but the photo section is an
archive, and that we take seriously.
All are welcome to enter their Bengals into the Archive.
Pets can go into the Bengal Pets Album and breeders
can add their photos into an album named after their
cattery. This has proved to be very successful, and the
Archive continues to grow due to the membership and
their dedication to the group’s purposes. We thought
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as above. The results are now in and the lucky prize
winners are here announced. All photos submitted will
remain in the group within the contest albums for all
to enjoy at their leisure. Photos will also be included
within the Archive in the appropriate cattery album.
as our 6th Anniversary approached that we should do
something to both celebrate our accomplishments and
push the envelope a little further and gain even more
Bengal history into the Archive. These efforts were
rewarded with hundreds of new photos being added,
and the membership had a lot of fun, too. We held
four raffles and three photo contests with many valuable prizes for the winners. The International Bengal
Cat Society graciously agreed to partner with Bengal
Media Archives to make our anniversary event even
more memorable by promoting our event, publishing
the results and donating to our winners. The contests
were:
1. General Raffle: Every cat entered into the Archive
earned a chance to win.
2.Old Timers Raffle: Cats that were born in 1999 or
earlier earned one entry.
3.Cattery History Raffle: Each cattery was invited
to submit their written history.
4.Cattery Owner Raffle: Photos of the breeders
themselves.
5. On The Wild Side Photo Contest
6. In Motion Photo Contest
7. Cuteness Photo Contest
The photo contests were left purposefully vague to
allow greater artistic license. We selected the top
three winners from each category above. Raffles were
determined by a random number generator (http://
www.random.org/integers/) while the photo contests
were determined by votes emailed to the administrators. From among the seven first place winners a
Grand Prize Winner was chosen by random number
In addition to the prizes listed below, all winners will
receive a one year electronic subscription to The Bengal Bulletin from TIBCS!!
And our winners are:
General Raffle
First Place: Marla Faulkner of Lone Star Bengals with
WindsomeBG Starry Dust of LoneStar The Bengal
Library
• A signed copy of Getting to Know the Bengal Cat
by Gene Ducote of Gogees Bengals
• A signed copy of Le Bengal by Nathalie Chiesa of
Bengals Griffes de Feu
• A signed copy of Little Bill the Bengal Kitten by
Karen Lemaster of Pleasant Pond Bengals
• The Bengal Foundation Lookbook from TIBCS
(gently used) donated by Kathy Ward of Leopardstrail Bengals
• Animal Planet Cats donated by TFH Publications
• Good Catkeeping donated by TFH Publications
• Naughty No More donated by Cat Fancy
• Boredom Busters for Cats donated by Cat Fancy
• Cat Calls donated by Cat Fancy
• A cat toy from Paws of Fury Cat Toys
Old Timers Raffle
First Place: Kelli Faram with SGC Cheetahsden
Hakan of Tijah
• Custom Show Cage Curtains from Sari McKinney
of Saris Bengals
• A set of five kicker toys from
Kitty Kickers Cat Toys by Robin
Second Place: Pat Harbert with Seraphim of OhMy
• K&H Heated Bolster Dog Bed from 1-800-PetMeds
• The Year of the Bengal limited edition digital poster from Helmi Flick for website use
Third Place: Kathy Ward with Gogees Golden Warlord
of Leopardstrail
• Crinkle Bag, Walking Jacket & Mesh Hammock
from Shayla Hawkins of Bakhutan Bengals
Cattery History Raffle:
First Place: CJ Epperson of Kharistan
• Medium Sterling Silver Bengal Pendant from
Fazio Cat Jewelry
• A mox leather custom jacket from Shayla Hawkins
of Bakhutan Bengals
Second Place: Jackie D. Forbes of
KingdomCats Bengals
• Five 1.5 pound jars of In Supplement for Cats
from In Pet Supplements
• PetMed supplies from 1-800-PetMeds
Third Place: Jessica Colleen Reddy of
JungleCreations Bengals
• A custom walking jacket from Mynwood
Cat Jackets
• The Year of the Bengal limited edition digital
poster from Helmi Flick for website use
Second Place: Jane T. Lee of Hunterdonhall Bengals
and Hunterdonhall LunaC Digital Graphics Package
from Priscilla South of SouthLynn Bengals
Cattery Owners Raffle:
Third Place: Rachael Dykes of Nemera Bengals and
WildCatMagic Phenix
• Dior of Nemera Lightning Photo print from a local
artist donated by Sari McKinney of Saris Bengals
• Stud Overall Pants from Castlepaws
First Place: Canie Brooks of Wildgold Bengals
• Digital graphics package from Priscilla South of
SouthLynn Bengals
• K&H Lectro Thermo Kitty Sill from Cat
Supplies and More
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Second Place: Alan Brown of RainbowSafari Bengals
• Travel Cage from Zippy Cages donated by Pat
Harbert of OhMy
• Custom Walking Jacket from Joy Peel of Joykatz
Third Place: Pamela Langevin of
Majestic Pride Bengals
• A custom toy package from Priscilla South of
SouthLynn Bengals
• A set of two Sturdi pads from Priscilla South
of SouthLynn Bengals
On The Wild Side Photo Contest
First Place: Rob Ebersole with Maplewood
Super Mario
• Drinkwell Outdoor Dog Pet Fountain from
1-800-PetMeds
• K&H Thermo-Kitty Mat from 1-800-PetMeds
Second Place: Mark Pennington with RW SGC Spice
Basil of Mystre
• Crinkle Bag, Mesh Hammock & Walking Jacket
from Shayla Hawkins of Bakhutan Bengals
Third Place: Eva Eriksson with Fribacken Hamilton
• Signed copy of Getting to Know the Bengal Cat
from Gene Ducote of Gogees
• Custom toy package from Priscilla South of
SouthLynn Bengals
In Motion Photo Contest
First Place: Eva Eriksson with Fribacken Homer
• K&H Lectro-Soft Heated Indoor/Outdoor Pet Bed
Large with cover from 1-800-PetMeds
• The Year of the Bengal limited edition digital
poster by Helmi Flick for website use
Second Place: Jessika Meger with WildroseBengals
Persephone
• K&H 20” Ortho Bolster Sleeper from
1-800-PetMeds
• A set of cat toys from PhatCat Toys
Third Place: Sylvio Banker with Bacamel Francis
• A custom walking jacket from
Mynwood Cat Jackets
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Cuteness Photo Contest
First Place: Melody Boyd with BoydsBengals
Vanilla Parfait
• A custom painting of your Bengal from a photo by
Linda & Kevin of Supernova Bengals
Second Place: Roberte Mazuel with Junglewhisper
Mazuela of Bundu Bengals & Junglewhisper Scirocco
of SpiceCats
• Mr. Herzher’s Wicker Litter Box Cover from
1-800-PetMeds
Third Place: Kelli Faram with Cheetahsden Elliott
• Cat Dreams cat sitting DVD from Pet Sitter Videos
• A set of toys and catnip from Meowie Wowie
THE GRAND PRIZE
Canie Brooks of Wildgold Bengals won the Cats On
Deck Bengal Bungalow modular and customizable indoor/outdoor enclosure (photo opposite page) valued
at over $1370!!
We hope everyone had fun with our contest and we
hope to make it an annual event. To help make that
happen, please support our very generous sponsors:
• The International Bengal Cat Society
www.tibcs.com
• Cats On Deck Indoor/outdoor safety enclosures
http://www.catsondeck.com/
• 1-800-PetMeds America’s Largest Pet Pharmacy
http://www.1800petmeds.com
• Fazio Pet Jewelry makers of beautiful cat-inspired
jewelry www.fazioscatjewelry.com
• Cat Apparel and supplies by Shayla Hawkins
[email protected]
• Cattery digital designs and custom cat toys [email protected]
• Custom cage curtains by Sari [email protected]
Grand Prize Bengal Bungalow
• Custom paintings from your photo
[email protected]
• Cat Supplies and More
www.catsuppliesandmore.com
• In Supplements for Dogs and Cats
www.inpetsupplements.com
• Custom made walking jackets by Joykatz
www.joykatz.net
• Mynwood Cat Jackets in the UK
www.mynwoodcatjackets.co.uk
• Handmade cat apparel, beds and other products
www.castlepaws.net
• Cat Fancy Magazine http://subscribe.catfancy.com
• TFH Publications, Inc www.tfhpublications.com
• Pet Sitter DVDs www.petsittervideos.com
• Getting to Know the Bengal Cat by Gene Ducote
www.facebook.com/groups/119887858176048
• Little Bill the Bengal Kitten by Karen Lemaster
www.amazon.com/little-bill-the-bengal-kitten/
dp/1477299815
• Le Bengal by Nathalie Chiesa
www.griffedefeu.fr/notre-livre-our-book
• Kitty Kickers Cat Toys by Robin www.facebook.
com/pages/kitty-kickers-cat-toys-by-robin/377097639029762
• Paws of Fury cat toys
www.pawsoffury.etsy.com
• Meowie Wowie catnip and toys
www.meowiewowie.net
• Phatcat Toys www.phatcattoys.com
• Helmi Flick Cat Photography
www.helmiflick.com
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And the winners are...
Thanks to everyone for entering such fantastic photos in our
2013 Photo Drive and for voting for your favorites!! With
such great entries, it was very difficult to choose which photos to
vote for − borne out by the fact that the results were very close.
Everyone should be proud of their photos and all the beautiful
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Cattery History
FIRST PLACE: CJ Epperson, Kharistan Bengals
Prize: Sterling Silver medium Bengal pendant from Fazio Cat Jewelry; and a
beautiful mox leather custom jacket from Shayla Hawkins of Bakhutan Bengals
SECOND PLACE: Jackie Forbes, kingdomcats
Prize: Five 1.5-pound jars of IN Supplement for Cats from In Pet
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fo
g
in
ok
lo
hool
is area, I am
ts, one middle sc
en
am a novice in th
ud
st
ry
ta
en
em
ith two el
y raised
homeschooling w
Our cats are trul
t.
en
ud
st
ol
ho
my
high sc
from myself and
n
io
nt
student and one
te
at
on
s
had
t lots of hand
them up. We have
ck
underfoot and ge
pi
to
le
ab
be
y bed
n’t wait to
to give birth on m
children. They ca
ng
yi
tr
on
ed
st
t
si
have in
that with at leas
g
in
do
in
a few queens that
d
ee
cc
caor two that did su
ore appropriate lo
m
a
to
and at least one
r
he
ed
ov
male
(before I m
s and have kept a
en
one kitten anyway
ue
Q
4
,
es
al
M
w have
ve 2 Stud
June. We also no
tion). We now ha
in
ow
sh
to
an
pl
d who I
several other pets
ve
ha
e
for a Future Stu
W
s.
en
s
to keep as Que
with three rabbit
g
on
al
n,
two kittens I plan
ia
rs
Pe
a
, Siamese and
ing
including, Bengals
y to God for help
or
gl
e
th
l
al
ve
gi
h
and four dogs. I
helping me throug
d
an
ve
ha
I
as
r
me come as fa
the rough spots.
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JungleCreations
Cattery
Jessica Reddy
Third
Place
If you asked me
when my love fo
r cats started,
was born loving
I would have to
them. As a smal
say I
l
ch
ild I would talk
and pretend to
about cats all da
be a cat. I loved
y
all cats big and
parents everyday
small and begged
for a cat. Finally
m
y
after seven year
were tired of m
s of life, my pare
e walking around
nts
on my hands and
would get me a
knees & meowin
cat! Their idea w
g!
T
hey decided they
as to put a “Hav
ral cat & bring it
e a Heart” trap
inside for me an
ou
ts
id
e and catch a fe
d
my sister to mak
were smarter th
e into our pet. Lu
an my parents an
ckily the feral ca
d avoided the tr
very discourage
ts
ap
s! One day after
d, my mother ca
me home with a
we were feeling
had brought her
small black kitten
in along with he
. Someone at he
r sibling to find
Crumbs” and she
r job
a home for them
was my best frie
.
I named her “Cra
nd. Since Cracker
that I haven’t ha
cker
s there was neve
d a cat of my ow
r a time in my lif
n.
e
It was about te
n years ago that
I was first introd
working at a vet
uced to the Ben
clinic in NY and
gal breed. I was
one of my cowor
cat would be pe
kers mentioned
rfect for me. S
to
me that a Benga
he
showed me a fe
issue of cat fanc
l
w ads for bengal
y. It was love at
s in that months
first sight! There
was particularly
was one cat in on
drawn to. It was
e of the ads that
“Walkabout Sol
Larson and soon
ar
I
Express” I sent
I was the proud
an
ne
email to Melinda
w owner of my fi
take long for me
rst marble Benga
to realize how sp
l, “Mush” It didn
ecial bengals ar
bonded to me as
’t
e. I never had a
Mush was. I spen
ca
t
so loyal and so
t a lot of time re
every Bengal ca
searching the B
t book I could fi
engal breed, buyi
nd and visiting ev
the east coast!
ng
ery cat show I co
About a year af
ul
d get to, all over
ter having Mush,
hopes of getting
I decided to cont
another Bengal.
act Melinda agai
She emailed me
with heart murm
n in
and told me she
urs that she wan
had a few kitten
ted to place in go
cret that Nairo
s
od homes. (I do
bi Jungle Jagua
nt think its any
r had HCM and
Since I was still
seM
el
in
da did neuter hi
working at the an
m after finding
imal hospital, sh
sent me pictures
out)
e thought I wou
of the kittens an
ld be a good fit.
d I decided on a
later named Jag
She
flashy sorrel rose
uar.
tted boy who I
After continuing
to go to cat show
s and talking to
starting my own
breeders, I cons
cattery. When I
idered the idea
tried to reach ou
passed away. I w
of
t to Melinda, I fo
as really upset w
und out she had
hen I heard her
and while some
children didn’t ca
of the cats wer
re much for the
e sold as breede
in touch with a fe
cats
rs many were se
w breeders wor
t
fr
ee. I was able to
king with her lin
with a Walkabout
get
es
and was able to
queen that was
start my catter
bred to a Walka
y
bout stud.
My life ended up
taking me (and m
y cats!) across th
introduced new
e country to Cal
lines into my prog
ifornia where I
ra
m and started sh
pion title to my
owing my cats. F
first Supreme G
rand Champion an
rom my first Cha
have to say the
md my home grow
happiest momen
n
O
ts
n
Safari winner, I
of my life have
While it is very
been with cat fr
rewarding when
iends in the show
my cats do well
cat friends and
hall!
at
the shows, I also
talking to specta
love seeing all m
tors about my ca
derful cat people
y
ts! I have met so
since I started
me of the most
breeding and sh
from them and
w
onowing bengals. I
from my cats. I
have learned so
couldn’t imagine
much
my life without
them.
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Old-Timers
FIRST PLACE: Kelli Faram and SGC Cheetahsden Hakan of Tijah
SECOND PLACE: Jessika
Meger,Wildrose Bengals,
Persephone (at left)
Cats in
Motion
THIRD PLACE: Sylvio Banker, Bacamel
Francis, icy water ... that doesn´t support
(at right)
SECOND PLACE: Pat Harbert, Seraphim of
OhMy
THIRD PLACE: Kathy Ward, Gogees
Kotton Futures of Leopardstrail
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FIRST PLACE: Eva Eriksson Flying Pantheon
(Fribäckens Homer) is displayed on the back
cover of this issue.
Volume 25, Issue 2 - Second Quarter 2013
57
Album Additions
Cute Cats
SECOND PLACE: Roberte Mazuel,
Junglewhisper MAZUELA of Bundu
Bengals and Junglewhisper SCIROCCO of Spicecats - “Help me up and I’ll
give you a little kiss.”
FIRST PLACE: Marla Faulkner of Lone Star Bengals and Windsome
BG Starry Dust of LoneStar
THIRD PLACE: Kelli Faram,
Cheetahsden Elliott Teri's Silly Pet Boy
SECOND PLACE: Jane T. Lee of Hunterdonhall
Bengals and Hunterdonhall LunaC (above)
THIRD PLACE: Rachael Dykes of Nemera
Bengals and WildCatMagic Phenix Dior of
Nemera (right)
58
Bengal Bulletin
FIRST PLACE: Melody Boyd, BoydsBengals
Vanilla Parfait - Easter 2013 appears on the
front cover of this issue.
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59
Cattery
Owners
SECOND PLACE: Alan Brown,
Rainbow Safari Bengals with
RainbowSafari Snow Storm
FIRST PLACE: Rob Ebersole Maplewood’s Super Mario
On the Wild Side
SECOND PLACE: Mark Pennington, Mystre Bengals, IW
SGC Spice Basil of Mystre, #1
Bengal & #15 All Breed 2011,
in stream appears on the back
cover of this issue
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THIRD PLACE: Eva Eriksson Hamilton (Fribäckens Hamilton)
THIRD PLACE: Pamela Langevin
(on right) with SGC Magestic
Pride Noble Gold at OS 2007
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Grand Prize Winner...
Official Disciplinary List
The International Bengal Cat Society, Inc.
June 2013
Suspended
Banned
Laura Bauer, Pies-Calientes Bengals – Suspended until
refund owed to breeder is received. In violation of Points
(5), (6), and (8) COE.
Lisa Murchie, Exoticatz Bengals – Forgery of breeder contracts, falsification of documents, refusal to verify pedigree, DNA test correct parentage. In violation of points (2),
(3), (6), and (8) COE. Non-payment of monies in lieu of pet
kitten owed. In violation of points (6), (7). and (8) COE.
Tracie Davies, Wildkatt & Silvertrace Bengals – Suspended
due to breach of contract and until payment or replacement is received by breeder. In violation of Points (3), (5),
(6), (7), and (8) COE.
Debbie Garcia-Bengochea, AdventureBeach Bengals –
Suspended until amends are made to pet buyer and
payments received. In violation of Points (1), (3), (4), and
(5) COE.
Linda Evans, Silvergene Bengals – Renewal in good standing with TIBCS accepted, pending refund to breeder, for
total price of breeding cat and incidentals. In violation of
Points (5), (6), and& (8) COE
IN ADDITION TO THE PRIMARY PRIZES LISTED, ALL WINNERS RECEIVED A YEAR’S DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION TO THE BENGAL BULLETIN, THE QUARTERLY PUBLICATION OF THE
INTERNATIONAL BENGAL CAT SOCIETY (TIBCS)!
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Julie Burnett-Young, Merkaba Bengals – Failure to maintain a good standard of health and care, thus selling
unhealthy kittens in need of medical attention. Failure to
provide registration papers and pedigrees to kittens buyers. In violation of points (4) and (5) COE.
Tamara Passariello, ForestRun Bengals
Susan Embrick, Emberglo Bengals
Ann Law, Silvercreek Bengals
Michelle Galione, WildOnSpots Bengals – Breach of contract for failure to refund or replace kittens to pet buyers.
In violation of Points (3) and (7) COE.
Linda Naslund, MorningStar Bengals
Jonathan Villocero, Magyar Bengals
Canie Brooks, Wildgold Bengals with Wildgold Keiki Lani. Canie’s photo also placed First
in the Cattery Owners Category!
Katie Grashel, Amunra Cattery – Breach of contract, refusal to verify pedigree and provide details of registrations,
correct parentage and matings. In violation of points (2)
and (7) COE.
Sandra Sipe, Unique Prints Cattery – TIBCS strongly
recommends that all transactions be in writing. This
includes deposits for kittens. TIBCS also recommends
moneys be paid by check and that receipts be issued
for all payments. If problems arise later, it is difficult to
determine a fair course of action when agreements were
verbal and cash changed hands without receipts; point (8)
violation of COE. Failure to refund money owed to kitten
buyer as promised, violation COE (7) – “I shall conduct
myself always in a manner that reflects credit upon the
Bengal cat breed and me.”
Sheila Cox, Greenmansions – All breeder and show kittens
will have pedigrees and registration forms provided with
them. Point (5) COE violation. TIBCS strongly recommends
that all transactions be in writing, point (8) violation. “If I
become aware or are notified that a cat of my breeding is
found to be abandoned, neglected, mistreated, or in need
of rescue, I will participate in its rescue, relocation, and/
or re-homing to the best of my ability,” point (10) COE
violation.
Patti Bingham, Spotoluck Bengals – Failure to breed only
healthy cats, free from disease. Lack of good standard of
health and care, including adequate room for exercise,
regular grooming, clean quarters, and adequate food and
water.
In violation of points (3) and (4) COE.
Annette Troll, Trollspotting Bengals – Failure to keep
accurate records of all matings and pedigrees. Failure to
maintain a good standard of health and care, including
adequate room for exercise, regular grooming, clean quarters, and adequate food and water. In violation of points
(3) and (4) COE.
---------------------------------------------------------All TIBCS membership privileges are revoked temporarily for
those under suspension, and permanently for those banned.
Members who are suspended have the opportunity to regain
good standing with TIBCS upon making amends and implementing ethical recommendations. Members who are banned may not
be reinstated as a TIBCS member in good standing. The TIBCS
Code of Ethics, which is a personally signed contract between
TIBCS and each individual breeder member, may be found at
http://www.tibcs.com/abouttibcs/coe.php.
Ethics and the disciplinary process are overseen by the Senior
Vice President, [email protected]
Volume 25, Issue 2 - Second Quarter 2013
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Bengal Media Archives: Eva Eriksson, Flying Pantheon
(Fribäckens Homer), first place, “Bengals in Motion”
Bengal Media Archives: Mark Pennington,
Mystre Bengals, IW SGC Spice Basil of Mystre,
second
place,
“On the Wild Side”
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