Like most breeders Elysian Bengals wants to produce impeccable Bengals. We feel getting into the nitty gritty of the breed is really what advances not only the individual Bengal, but the breed as a whole.
Elysian means "being of such surpassing excellence as to suggest inspiration by the gods" and that is exactly our over arching goal. We achieve this in several key ways:
Health is incredibly important for any living being. If a creature is not healthy they cannot live a happy and fulfilling life. All our bengals, in cattery and kittens are evaluated and recorded on a regular basis for health. We are proud advocates for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) as well as Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA-b) screenings to ensure our bengals are free of these diseases.
Health also comes in the form of mental health. We are proud to provide our bengals with various forms of enrichment and stimulation within their environment and in our home. Including natural sunlight, toys, cat trees, climbing shelves, both human and other cat companionship and much more!
Although not every bengal will do therapy work or enter the show ring, a great out going, social and loving personality is characteristic of the breed. We strive for our bengals to be an integral part of every family, not fleeing the scene and hiding from sight. All of our cattery inhabitants and kittens are in constant human contact, handled regularly and get personalized tender, love and care. Elysian Bengals are exposed to various experiences including other cats and animals, traveling in the car, visiting pet stores and people of all kinds including children, the elderly and those with disabilities.
In order to truly produce impeccable Bengals that not only advance the individual but breed, one needs an understanding of Bengal genetics. Genetics is integral for maintaining health as well as producing kittens with specific characteristics that exemplify the characteristics of the Bengal. At Elysian Bengals every pairing is carefully planned with a purpose.
Nutrition is the fuel of life. Without the proper diet domestic cats of all kinds cannot live to their full potential or function 100%. They are merely surviving versus thriving. This is exactly why our Bengals are fed a species appropriate and balanced diet of raw meat, organs and bones. We take our Bengals' nutrition very seriously and make sure each of our cats are the perfect advocate for Prey Model Raw Feeding.
although brilliant colored eyes, colorful coats and spots are characteristic of the breed, there is certainly more to it than flash. With moving the breed forward, it is important to Elysian Bengals that the standard is followed while going with the flow as the breed develops into the perfect domestic cat! This is also why we choose to show our cats. Not only are they evaluated by our cattery, but they are evaluated by countless judges who know the standard to a T as well.