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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2006 8:45 am 
Hello all,

Following on from my previous post asking advice about choosing kittens, we have now finally moved house (what a nightmare, I must have aged 10 years).

The exciting news is that we're going to see some kittens this weekend :D
The breeder that we've been in contact with lives near my mother-in-law and we're visiting her over the weekend in the midst of various family get-togethers! Two of her girls have just had litters so we're going to see them - they're very young yet so I don't think we'll be able to choose two and we will go back again in a few weeks. We're very excited although trying to stay calm as we know that the kittens will be very young and we can only admire from afar......

I just wondered at what age you normally choose a kitten? I know that they can be rehomed at 13 weeks but at what stage does a breeder normally decide whether a kitten is good enough for breeding/show for example?

More news will follow soon hopefully!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2006 5:55 pm 
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Don't you just love this time of year.......Bengal babies everywhere! :wink:

When bengals are first born you get a little snapshot of what they might turn out like......this is only really a brief glimpse and early evaluation of the markings is the only thing thats clearly visable.....maybe a more experienced breeder would be able to judge the head shape at this stage, but I'm not that skilled yet! :wink:

Most breeders will only fully evaluate the kitten at about 4-6 weeks due to the fuzzies and the fact that the head, ears and body will have developed a little more......The longer you leave it, the clearer you can see IMO.

But make sure you tell your breeder what your intentions for the kitten are i.e showing/breeding or family pet.....Take on board their judgement when making your choice.....if you are planning to get a show quality cat and you've imformed your breeder on your needs, they have a duty to guide you to the right kitten.....after all is said and done its their cattery name you'll be dragging through the shows, so its in their own best interest to provide you with the best example they have available.

Breeders will almost always put the best of the litter on hold if someone has expressed an early interest in a show/breeder just to give a bit more time for development.

Let us know how your visit goes.....and good luck in choosing one.....or getting chosen! (whatever comes :wink:

P.s Forgot to mention.....if you live close enough to the breeder try and have a number of visits (they won't mind) or if you live to far away get them to email weekly pics so you can see the early development (1-4 weeks).....we do this as standard on our webite for all our babies so new prospective owners can make their own running evaluation!

Here's a link to show what we do:-

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