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 Bachelors 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 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 allows technical companies to show off their new technology world wide. 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
first year of our relationship, when Tayla realized Jan was staying he became her sec-
ond 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 though 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.