The Bengal Brasilis Cattery is totally free of major infectious diseases that often affect cats. All our cats are subjected to tests for PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) and have all the negative reports for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) , Feline Leukemia Virus ( FeLV) , Feline Calicivirus and Feline Herpesvirus (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis), Chlamydophila psittaci (Chlamydia), Mycoplasma haemofelis (Haemobartonella) , Feline Panleukopenia (Feline Parvovirus) , Toxoplasma gondii (Toxoplasmosis) and Feline Coronavirus (FIP - cause of Feline Infectious Peritonitis).
The Bengal Brasilis Cattery is a "closed cattery", i.e. we do not receive in our facilities cats from other breeders or private owners, so as to not compromise our strict animal health control.
Whenever we import a new Bengal lineage by acquiring another Sire or Dame , we also carry out the same PCR method before it integrates our breeding program . Until we have the negative reports in hand the cat remains quarantined without any contact with our resident breeding program cats.
Quarantine is also enforced for our cats who have participated in breed Competitions and Exhibitions in the cattery external environment. For this we have an isolated area specially prepared to house with comfort the cat whenever it is necessary to re-evaluate its health.
But infectious diseases are not the only concern of our cattery. Recently some genetic diseases - HCM , PKD and PKDef - have been diagnosed in bengal exemplars and as a consequence breeders truly committed to the successful development of the breed have been conducting tests on their cats and cats for detection of these diseases. It is an ethical issue of paramount importance to the future of the Bengal Cat breed.
Implicitly, all Bengal Brasilis Cattery cats on the breeding program are tested and have negative reports for HCM , PKD and PKDef. Thus not only ensure that our customers will take home an absolutely healthy kitten but also ensure that these diseases are less and less associated with bengals.
We test our cats as follows:
-Infectious deseases: Through PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) examination , which we perform at the Genoa Biotecnologia Veterinária, in Brazil.
-HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathic): Through the Doppler echocardiogram examination carried out in veterinary laboratories in Brazil.
-PKD (The Polycystic Kidney Disease): Through the examination known as Parentage Genetic Marker Report, which we perform at the Veterinary Department of Medicine, University of California, Davis / USA .
-PKDef (Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency or Hemolytic Anemia): Through the examination known as Parentage Genetic Marker Report, which we perform at the Veterinary Department of Medicine, University of California, Davis / USA .