Hello! My name is Meghan Waals and along with my husband Johannes Waals, co-own Elysian Bengals as a couple. From the young age of 7, I wanted to be a veterinarian. My connection with all animals was undeniable and even as a young child, I had a special bond that often skipped right passed my peers and translated to friendships with my childhood companions which over the years has included cats, dogs, lizards, salamanders, fish, rabbits, gerbils, rats, and even some ant and worm farms. Because of this natural connection, everything that followed after the age of seven has related to my thirst for knowledge and compassion for animals.
In 2014 I graduated from Albright College with a Bachelor's Degree in Psycho-Biology, Pre-Veterinary with a minor in Evolutionary Studies. After college, I continued my education at a local community college completing courses in organic and inorganic chemistry as well as microbiology.
In 2016 I officially was taken on as a mentee by the fantastic Joshua Dabbs of Rowan Bengals. He has provided amazing insight and detail into the nitty-gritty of Bengals not available in books or online.
Joshua continues to be an integral part of my professional life as a Bengal Breeder.
Johannes (Jan) has enjoyed the company of many dogs as a child and through young adulthood. From rescuing a rejected mixed german shorted hair pointer hunting dog to tiny family bred chihuahua, Jan often was involved in the raising of the dogs often playing, feeding, and providing medical care as they grew older. Although Jan didn’t have cats until he met Meghan, he certainly has a soft heart for animals, understanding their individual needs and having wonderful insight into their wellbeing and care.
Johannes comes from a gaming world background. He achieved a 4 year Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Art from Full Sail University in only 2 years! After graduating from college Jan continued his education at a local community college to advance his knowledge in architecture. Today Jan works for a computer software company creating digital demonstrations that allow technology companies to show off their new technology worldwide. His skills have certainly come in handy in the creation of our cattery.
The love affair with Bengals began in 2005 when at the age of 12, I attended my first
T.I.C.A cat show and immediately fell in love with the breed. After months and months
of saving money and research, Tayla Jade a Brown (black) Spotted tabby entered my life
at 16 weeks of age. Tayla is now 14 years old and not only did we grow up together but
she saw me off to college, moved with me into my first home, and even gave her blessing
when Jan and I got married in 2016.
For Jan, Tayla was his first cat as well. Despite giving him the cold shoulder for the
the first year of our relationship, when Tayla realized Jan was staying he became her sec-
and favorite person (second to me of course) Tayla wormed her way into Jan’s heart and without a doubt turning him into a cat person!
Sadly we lost Tayla in September of 2018.
To say the Bengal is my spirit animal is an extreme understatement. This breed speaks to me in no way a domestic cat has (despite sharing my home with two wonderful domestic rescued cats Remy and Qaedo). Bengals are intelligent and stubborn, beautiful, and graceful, full of personality and intent. They are confident, talkative, and interactive. They are everything I am and everything I want in a companion. Their beauty is drool-worthy, their genetics intriguing and their history unique.
At 16 weeks of age, Tayla was brought into my family's home with not only the intentions of a loving family companion but a show and breeding cat. Despite the full support of my parents at the time, I decided now was not the time to start a breeding career with Tayla however that never stopped my eventual pursuit with the breed in the future. So the last 14 years I have been preparing myself to be the best breeder I could. Not only has this included high school and college courses in the sciences, but through lots of reading and personal research. Today I hold a degree in Psycho-Biology Pre-Veterinary with a Minor in Evolutionary Studies and specialize in Companion Animal Species Appropriate Nutrition.
Breeding to Jan and I is not a means of making money. It is an opportunity to enhance a breed in a natural way through careful analysis of genetics and biological trends, species-appropriate nutrition, careful screenings for health concerns as well as enrichment and mental stimulation to create the ultimate house cat. To produce companions that are loyal, interactive, and unique. To bring to you a cat that is like no other through our collective knowledge and experience
Why Elysian Bengals?
So why choose us as your breeder?
1. Before breeding, we had Bengals as pets since 2004
2. We have a degree in psychobiology pre-veterinary with a minor in evolutionary studies, a special interest in genetics and carnivore nutrition with extra courses in microbiology, organic and inorganic chemistry.
3. Our kittens are exposed to over 200 stimuli with an extensive socialization program
4. We are with our cats and kittens 24/7
5. We health test all our adults AND kittens including HCM screening, PK-def, PRA-b screening and through the use of the optimal selection test, testing for 39+ genetic diseases and mutation plus random respiratory PCRs and fecals
6. Extensive guarantees including 72-hour health guarantee, Lifetime congenital guarantee and lifetime HCM guarantee*
7. We have kittens in spoiled homes nationwide
8. We are extremely transparent
9. You get updated pictures and a live video of your kitten every single week
10. Your kitten comes with a huge welcome pack
11. You become part of our elysian Bengals family through constant contact including the Elysian Bengals Chattery facebook page
12. Each year we host a Secret Santa Paws for the cats and kittens
13 . We are active in genetic research, the show hall, and The International Cat Association (TICA)
* if screened annually