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Donnellson woman wants Bengal cat(s) returned

DONNELLSON – A Donnellson woman is pleading with local officials to return several cats that were trapped near her property and taken away.Brown bengal kittens for sale

In a story that’s turning out to have more than nine lives of it’s own, Donnellson city officials, PAW animal shelter are all wrapped up in the relocation of “Mama”. … and apparently another cat that was taken to the country as a stray. Brown bengal kittens for sale

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Debbie Gilman is a senior living in and out of a home in Donnellson and she has six cats, four licensed with the city. The cats are semi-secure, but Gilman admits they wander around into a field behind a neighbor’s home and could be wandering elsewhere.

Several of the cats living on Gilmans’ property are highly sought after Bengal cats. Bengals are from a lineage of Egyptian Maus and Asian Leopard cats. It’s not unheard of for these animals to go for more than $1,000 a piece.

The cats are energetic and inquisitive and are bred for revenue and have unique stripe and spot patterns similar to leopards.Brown bengal kittens for sale

Gilman said she has sold a few of the cats, but has been battling illnesses and just wants to retire to the countryside and live with the pets.

On or around Oct. 10, one or more of her cats were live trapped and taken away. One was taken on the 10th was called “Mama”, a pregnant Bengal that was taken by Donnellson City Clerk Rebecca Schau to the PAW Animal Shelter in Fort Madison.

The cats, according to everyone but Gilman, were taken from a neighbor’s garage in a live trap that was set up there. Gilman said she isn’t sure that’s the case. She said no one has shown her proof where they were trapped.

West Point/Donnellson Police Chief Brad Roberts said no trap was put on her property. He said the cats were trapped roaming in a neighbor’s garage after that resident called in a complaint that they were in the garage.

“We got a call from a citizen who said strays were in her garage and wanted to know if we could remove them. Our policy is to provide a live catch, and then if we catch them and they have tags we make an attempt to find the owner. If that’s not available we take the animal to PAW.”

However he said two of the cats weren’t taken to PAW because they were recorded as strays with no way of determining ownership.

“That’s what we recorded, that they were strays and they had somebody out there that said they would take them for mousers,” Roberts said.

Gillman said she saw a Donnellson city staffer with a live trap and confronted him about the missing cats when she arrived at her home later that week.

“He was carrying a live trap in his hand and I walked right up to him and said “Where are my cats,” she said. “He told me right there that Rebecca (Schau) took one to PAWs and the other two were taken out to the country and released.”

Schau confirmed she took one cat to PAW, but said no cats were taken out and released in the country to her knowledge.

Gilman has another neighbor helping her care for the cats as she’s in and out of the home dealing with medical issues.

PAW Director Sandy Brown took the pregnant Bengal cat in on Oct. 10 and then transferred it to another rescue out of the state on Oct. 17.

Gilman claims she contacted Brown immediately after confronting the Donnellson city employee to see about getting her cat back. Gilman said Brown told her she didn’t have any Bengals at the shelter, but she doesn’t remember the exact date of the call to Brown, other than it was about two weeks ago.

Brown said the shelter followed protocols with the animal and kept it seven days, when they are only required to keep it five for a property owner to come claim it.

“The cat was pregnant and it’s very stressful in here with the number of cats we have right now, so we sent it to a partner rescue that specializes in caring for pregnant cats,” Brown said.

Brown said she’s never spoken with the owner of the Bengal that was sent out, because there’s been no confirmation of who the owner is.

Brown said another male Bengal cat was in the shelter’s possession for about six weeks, before someone adopted it. She said the only time she’s spoken with Gilman was when the woman called about some of her cats being shot by someone in the neighborhood and asked advice on how to keep them safe. Brown bengal kittens for sale

Brown told her to make sure the cats are contained inside the property when she’s not there, are looked after, and are in good health.

“To me, this is all about the welfare of the animal and nothing else,” Brown said. “We still have not spoken to the owner of the cat so we did what was best for the animal.

“We’ve done nothing wrong here.”

Brown said she won’t consider trying to get the cat back because of the safety factor considering some of the other cats on the property have been shot and are known to roam the neighborhood.

Roberts confirmed at least one of Gilman’s cats had been shot and killed. Officers questioned neighbors but found no solid evidence to charge anyone with the shootings. One of the animals was shot in the neck while sitting on Gilman’s porch, according to the owner, but Roberts said her initial report of the incident had some inconsistencies.

Gilman also said one of the Bengal cats that was released in the country found its way home malnourished, but is doing better now. She just wants the others returned so she can get her life back to normal.

Once the animals are taken to the shelter, they are evaluated for health, fed and then spayed or neutered. No breeding value would remain with any cat taken to a rescue.

Gilman said that is of no concern to her as she has no intention of continuing to breed the animals due to her health.

“None of that matters to me. I just want “Mama” back,” she said.

Roberts said it’s unfortunate that this incident has garnered so much attention for his department, and for PAW.

“For us it’s scary, because they want to pick apart everything we do. There’s a risk of disease here and when they go into other properties and get into garbage they clearly are hungry and then can transfer disease,” Roberts said

“Our first priority is public safety and then to try and reunite the animal or animals with the proper owner. And it’s against city ordinance to let them run at large.”

He said the city has no way of housing nuisance animals and PAW has always been there to help protect and provide a temporary home for animals that are running at large.

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You Thought Your Cat Was Fancy?

Bengal kittens for sale usa , She wanted a cat that looked like a tiger. Meet the toyger.

Not so long ago, wild cat companions were associated with glamour, class and creativity. Salvador Dalí brought his ocelot to the St. Regis. Tippi Hedren lounged with her lions in her Los Angeles living room. Josephine Baker’s cheetah, collared in diamonds, strolled the Champs-Élysées. In their time, these wild creatures made chic pets. Bengal kittens for sale usa

But by the mid-1970s, a wave of awareness and wildlife protection legislation changed both the optics of owning a big cat, and the ability to legally purchase one.

Meanwhile, a cat breeder named Jean Mill was working on a more practical alternative: her leopard-spotted companion was just ten inches tall. At her cattery in Southern California, Ms. Mill invented a breed of domestic cat called the Bengal, which would offer wild cat admirers the best of both worlds: an impeccable leopard-like coat, and an indoor-cat size and demeanor.

However, Ms. Mill’s daughter, Judy Sugden, 71, carried on her legacy. Ms. Sugden grew up observing and assisting with the Bengal breed. Despite having a degree in architecture, she realized her true calling was at the cattery. “I thought ‘Well gee, I don’t want to be an architect.’ Really,” she said, “I wanted to design a beautiful little cat.”

It may seem an unusual career path but the designer cat market is a thriving one where supply rarely meets demand, and in its service, more than 40,000 registered house cat breeders around the world are devoted to supplying pet owners with Ragdoll, Sphynx and other prized breeds. (PETA has argued this clientele should instead adopt cats from a shelter.)

So, In the 1980s, Ms. Sugden envisioned a domestic cat with a glistening orange and black striped coat, reminiscent of a tiger. It would have tiny, round ears, a wide nose and a white belly like a tiger. It would weigh just 10 pounds, but it would move across the living room as though it could take down a gazelle. It would evoke that seductive “essence of tigerness,” she said.

It would be called a toyger.Bengal kittens for sale usa

Meanwhile, Some 20 years into Ms. Sugden’s experiment, in 2007, The International Cat Association (TICA) declared the toyger a championship cat breed. A toyger made the cover of LIFE magazine. “There’s going to be toyger fever,” TICA’s then-president Kay DeVilbiss told the magazine.

And indeed, the appeal of wild-looking cats has only grown in recent years, said Anthony Hutcherson, 45, a political speechwriter, Bengal cat breeder and a former protégé of Ms. Mill. “I find people want the things that make them think ‘wild’ right away,” he said from his cattery, Jungletrax, in Southern Maryland. “High-contrast patterns, dramatic overall color, and a look and proportions of a leopard or an ocelot would have.”Bengal kittens for sale usa

He recalled there used to be “tons” of ads for Persian cats in the back of Cat Fancy magazine. But the Persian’s prim, manicured aesthetic is no longer en vogue. “That look doesn’t say, ‘I can survive in the jungle,’” Mr. Hutcherson said. “It says, ‘I need somebody to open this can of cat food because there’s no way this cat is catching a mouse.’”

Carole Baskin, the founder of Big Cat Rescue and a star of Netflix’s “Tiger King,” has called toyger owners “selfish” and said creating new breeds is “strapping a nuclear warhead to the feral cat problem.” Others might argue that compared with shelter pets, designer species (the rarer of which may cost as much tens of thousands of dollars per kitten) are a different beast altogether.

So, As preferences evolve, Mr. Hutcherson said “the market has exploded” for Bengals, with around 2,000 breeders from Baltimore to Bucharest, and some 60,000 registered Bengals around the world. Meanwhile, Ms. Sugden estimates just 150 breeders worldwide are focused on the toyger.

Anthony Kao, 50, is among them, breeding toygers and other animals like parrots and coral species at his Urban Exotic Pets cattery in Los Angeles. “The whole point of why we have this breed is we could satisfy the human curiosity of the exotic without having an exotic,” he said.

For centuries, humans have been combining the favorable characteristics of one living thing with another, yielding creations from the Honeycrisp apple to the Siberian husky. Bengal kittens for sale usa

Such creative efforts have begotten — with no small amount of objection from animal rights activists — hybrid animals like the beefalo, the liger, even the grolar bear (half-grizzly, half-polar bear).

But despite the clever portmanteau, a toyger has nothing to do with a tiger — at least not beyond the nearly 96 percent of tiger DNA in all domesticated cats. Because their chromosomes have evolved so differently since their species diverged 11 million years ago, breeding a wild tiger with a domesticated cat today is considered a biological impossibility.

So how do you get a domestic house cat to look like a tiger without tiger parentage? “We don’t have the genes,” Ms. Sugden said from her home in Los Angeles, “so we have to fake it.”

To develop the Bengal, in 1963 Ms. Mill crossbred an Asian leopard cat — a five- to twelve-pound wildcat — with a carefully chosen street cat who once moused the rhinoceros pen at a zoo in Delhi. That wild ancestry is the foundation of the Bengal breed, though for the past four decades, Bengals have come, for the most part, from breeding Bengals with Bengals.

Like her mother, Ms. Sugden also traveled to India, enlisting the help of local children in Kashmir to find a stray house cat with just the right markings. She named him Jammu Blu and brought him back to California where she introduced him to a prize Bengal.

In a generations-long process which she calls “squinch-by-squinch development,” she inches ever closer to the perfect toyger, enticing her best felines to mate naturally, and chasing desirable traits while monitoring for the emergence of genetic disorders.

Other premier breeders are also cultivating their own toyger lines, focused on different aspects of the breed’s evolution, and exchanging cats with one another to ensure genetic diversity.

Today toyger kittens can cost as much as $5,000 — a price comparable to that of an actual tiger on the American market. If the prices seem high, it is because these breeders must cover all the costs of an owner (litter, food, vet bills, pet insurance) multiplied many times over. Plus, to be seriously involved in the genetic evolution of a species is a serious investment.

23andMe-like feline DNA tests that help breeders (and owners) test for morphological aspects or disorders start at $89 per feline. And to further the research, Mr. Hutcherson recently worked with a cat geneticist, Dr. Chris Kaelin at Stanford University, to clone one of his champion cats at a cost of $25,000.

However, Because each cat and kitten is an investment, breeders at this level tend to vet their potential buyers as stringently as a buyer may evaluate a seller. Contracts often stipulate that the buyer must spay and neuter their cat, and that no cat will end up in a shelter. The cats even come with a lifelong unconditional return policy.

Location is a consideration, too: Cats that are considered hybrids, like the Bengal, are illegal in some places, including New York City and Hawaii. In Rhode Island, owners of toygers — because of the Bengal in their lineage — require a permit, just as owners of a pet alligator, chimpanzee or wolf would.

Mr. Kao said these laws spring from a stigma “that it’s a wild animal, and you just can’t have it.”

In 2018, Ms. Sugden moved back into her mother’s home to be Ms. Mill’s caretaker. It felt like the right time to retire from active breeding, though she couldn’t give it up entirely. “I was very careful as I moved over here to send all my cats around the world to the breeders who could use each one the best, to try to spread the genes out,” she said.

But Ms. Mill passed away at age 92, not long after Ms. Sugden arrived.

“Having gotten rid of almost all my great cats, am I going to quit totally and do writing? Or do something else?” she wondered.

For now, Ms. Sugden has a new litter of big-eyed toyger kittens at her cattery, EEYAA, and feels her charge is “to support the other breeders around the world and to continue to do what I’m doing.” Breaking new ground always requires grunt work, she said, and together, they are “squinching” toward the perfect toyger.

“There are a lot of people in this world that don’t care if there’s a toyger,” Ms. Sugden said. “There are a lot of things in this world no one cares about. But no one cared if there was a Mona Lisa until we had a Mona Lisa.”

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Even a toyger needs a break sometimes.
Credit…Michelle Groskopf for The New York Times
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Outside/In: A Cat Fancy

Charcoal bengal kittens for sale, Pet ownership has soared over lockdown, with an estimated 11 per cent of UK homes having taken on new animals since March 2020.

 

About the Bengal

Loved by those who appreciate its inquisitive and loving nature, the Bengal is a medium to large domestic cat most renowned for its richly colored, highly contrasted coat of vivid spots or distinctive marbling. The Bengal is the only domestic cat breed that can have rosettes like the markings on Leopards, Jaguars and Ocelots. Charcoal bengal kittens for sale

Bengals are generally confident and devoted companions. They get along well with other pets when properly introduced and enjoy being part of a family. Active and interactive, Bengals are curious and athletic and maintain a kitten-like energy and attitude well into their senior years. These affectionate cats engage their owners in play, learn tricks, learn house-rules, or just like to be close. Some Bengals are generally talkative while others prefer to wait for the right time to communicate. Many Bengal Cats have an affinity for water and will enjoy watching you brush your teeth, while others are keen to join you in the shower.

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The charm of the Bengal personality may only be eclipsed by its beauty. While the most recognized color and pattern is the brown spotted or rosetted tabby (which is reminiscent of a Leopard-like color and pattern) Bengals come in two basic pattern flows: the spotted/rosetted and the marbled. The marbled pattern looks more like the extended blur of a Clouded Leopard’s markings.

However, Many people are captivated by the wild expression on a cuddly kitten that comes from the distinctive tabby facial markings and large oval, nocturnal eyes. The highly contrasted markings appear in all Bengals no matter the pattern and color, even in the seal lynx point or black silver tabby with their “snow leopard” appearances. While most Bengals have green, yellow or gold eyes, the lynx points have blue eyes and the minks have aqua eyes. Some Bengals have “glitter,” a sparkle at the tips of the hairs visible when the light catches them. To mimic the look of a wild cat, Bengals have wide noses with prominent nose leather (the skin on the tip of the nose), and the muzzle is completed with prominent whisker pads. With too many color and pattern combinations to fully describe here, it is safe to say that everyone will have their favorite and there are enough varieties to tickle each person’s fancy.

But wait until you feel a Bengal. First, you will encounter the pelt-like plush coat that is like the coat on no other domestic cat. Ranging from rabbit-like softness to the resilience of the densest hand-tied rug, the Bengal fur is an unexpected treat. Underneath that plush, patterned coat, Bengals are well-muscled-even the females, which are smaller than the males-with long bodies and thick tails to provide balance.

Observing the Bengal Cat in motion is the best way to appreciate its unique combination of strength and elegance. More like a basketball player than a gymnast, the grace of a Bengal cannot be denied when it is simply walking across the back of your sofa or getting ready to pounce on the teaser toy in interactive play. And yes, the Bengal can take a spectacular spill, just like that basketball player landing after an amazing dunk.

So, Like all domestic cats, the Bengal Cat traces its origins to non-domestic ancestors. However today’s domestic Bengal Cat comes only from breeding Bengals to other Bengals and requires no specialized care. You need only open a fashion or style magazine to appreciate that throughout history there are indications of a profound human fascination with the large and small wild felines that inhabit the jungles and forest of the world. In 1963, Jean S. Mill crossed the domestic cat with the Asian Leopard Cat, a spotted, five to twelve pound, shy non-domestic cat species from Asia. This was the first effort to use hybrid offspring to create a breed of domestic cat with the loving nature of the best fireside tabby and the striking look of Leopards, Ocelots and Jaguars. The modern Bengal breed traces to cats bred by Mrs. Mill in the early 1980’s.

When searching for your own Bengal companion, look for a breeder well versed in feline health, including genetic health, particularly as it applies to Bengals. Expect detailed questioning to help the breeder make a match between you and a Bengal cat or kitten. The breeder should expect your questions as well, and so do your breed research and approach breeders with your enthusiasm and thoughtful questions about the breed and feline care. Going to shows is a great way to see a variety of Bengal cats and meet breeders who can help you learn more. Breeders will usually allow their kittens to go to their new homes at between 12 and 16 weeks of age.For more information, please contact the Breed Council Secretary for this breed.