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What makes a Zawadi Bengal Cat different?
Zawadi Bengals are proud to be members of the GCCF Breeder Sheme. It is a new voluntary ‘best practice’ standard, in addition to the GCCF General Code of Ethics for Owners and Breeders and the Defra Code of Practice for the Welfare of Cats.
At Zawadi Bengals, all of our lovely Bengal cats and kittens live indoors 100% of the time, with us, as part of our family. The exception, and the only cats that do not, are our beautiful stud boys: Ace and Baz —and it’s not because we don’t love them. They are kept in the finest, luxury, heated and lighted, outdoor penthouses, purely because ‘entire’ or un-neutered male cats SMELL!! It’s just Mother Nature, urging them on, to attract the girlies by thoroughly scent marking all of their surroundings.
When our queens are ready to mate, they go on a little ‘holiday’ up the garden to one of the boys’ pads, where they spend about a week being wined and dined by our Romeo of choice. Following her romantic rendezvous, the queen returns to her (our) home, where we continue to pamper and spoil her. About two weeks before she is due to give birth, the queen joins Connie and Stu in their bedroom, where she can establish her own space and preferred nesting area. Of course, this enables us to keep a close eye on her, both night and day, ensuring that her every need is met. We often wake up at night, hanging off the edge of the bed, with a plump queen merrily sprawled out between us hogging the lion’s share of the bed! However, we don’t mind-- its all part of our exclusive, ‘Spoilt Cat Policy.’
Connie, home-maker and professional Bengal mid-wife, is with all of our queens, assisting them (emotionally and physically!) during labour and when giving birth, whether it is day or night. Our cats are NEVER left alone when birthing. Once the kittens are born, safe and sound, they (and their mummy) stay with us, in our bedroom, until they are old enough to get on the bed. This way, they receive lots of people cuddles and love around the clock from the day they are born.
Once the kittens are able to climb on our bed --at approximately 5-6 weeks of age, the adorable, but cheeky kittens are ‘evicted’ (this is only because we need SOME sleep) into our other bedroom designated as the ‘toddler kitty play room,’ with their mummies, until they have completed their first course of vaccinations. After they are vaccinated, mum and babies all get run of the house. During this time, they experience such scary things as hoovers and washing machines—this is how we make our unique ‘bomb proof Zawadi Bengals.’ When our kitties go to their new homes, NOTHING fazes them. You’ll never see a hiding, ‘scaredy cat’ Zawadi Bengals kitten! However, you WILL see a confident, strutting, healthy, affectionate and cuddly, loveable Zawadi cat.
When it is time for the kittens to go to their new homes, the new owners (parents), are welcomed into Connie’s living room, where they are treated to tea, coffee, biscuits and even homemade cakes if Connie’s actually had a minute to bake! Then, Connie takes plenty of time going through the comprehensive Zawadi Bengals Care Sheet, which she has carefully prepared for new owners, drawing on her extensive experience with the Bengal breed. She also answers all questions that apply to the care and welfare of all Zawadi cats, and advises on making a smooth transition for the kitten or cat, into their new home.
As a parting gift, Connie presents all new Zawadi Bengals owners with a carefully prepared kitten pack/ goody bag containing: samples of the food the kittens are used to and 4-weeks free Pet-Plan insurance, never forgetting the all important free rattling mouse toy. Before they go to their new homes, all Zawadi Bengals kittens and cats have been fully vaccinated, health checked and have received worming and Frontline flea treatments for the health of the kitty and the new owner’s convenience.
But wait, that’s not all—Connie is always just a phone call away, if any Zawadi Bengals owner has a question or concern, requires guidance about showing their kitten, or if sold for breeding--any advice needed, or even just to have a cat chat. When you adopt a Zawadi kitten you become a part of the extended Henderson/ Zawadi Bengals family, so you know you’re never on your own.
All of our kittens are: cute as can be, the friendliest of friendly, fully litter trained, and accustomed to using a designated scratching post for their claws-- not your furniture. The kitten's nails will be clipped, their ears will be clean, and they will be completely healthy when they leave us, and join you in their new homes.
We will always get involved and help if, in the unlikely event, your circumstances change, and you need to re-home your Zawadi baby. We will never frown upon you and we want to hear from you, if you need us—we really do care and we’ll be here for you.
To myself (Connie) and Stuart, breeding Bengals is not just about producing and selling kittens—our commitment extends way beyond that. Since 1996 when we first became involved with the beautiful Bengal breed, we have continuously and actively participated in volunteering our time and resources to help in every possible aspect affecting the breed as a whole.
We have been members of the Bengal breed clubs since 1996. I have served on the committee of the Bengal Cat Club for 3-years, running a full-term. I was also the Bengal Breed Recorder, and gathered / prepared the necessary documents to promote both the Brown Marbled and Snow Spotted Bengal cats to Intermediate status with the GCCF.
I often steward for vets and judges at GCCF cat shows, as well as assisting the show managers in setting up the shows. We have both been delegates on the Bengal Breed Advisory Committee and have been involved in various capacities, for the past 7-years. We have always contributed to Bengal welfare via donation and by sponsoring our own charitable events. We have been successfully showing our Bengals for over 15-years at GCCF & TICA shows around the country. So, as you can see, we don’t just breed these magnificent cats, we ‘live’ them!
As you can understand, because of everything we put into our Zawadi babies, our Bengal kittens will never be the cheapest, but Zawadi owners all agree that our cats are worth every penny, and the experience of having one of our kitties is priceless. In fact, many of our owners come back for two, three or more, because their hearts have been ‘Zawadi-ed’!!!
If you can appreciate our Zawadi Bengals philosophy of offering you the absolute ‘gold’ standard in breeding, rearing, and homing all of our precious and exclusive Zawadi kittens, you sound like a perfect candidate for joining the ‘Zawadi Tribe.’ So, call us today and arrange a meeting for a free, no obligation, kitten cuddle! See you soon.