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Frequently Asked Questions

Please read our extensive FAQ page if you have any questions and fell free to ask any questions you do not see answered here!

  How do I reserve a baby I see that I want on your page?

 Holding deposits of $300 are necessary for you to reserve an available animal.  This deposit is nonrefundable or transferrable unless you are placing a deposit for an animal not yet born (like the pick of the litter).  Under those special circumstances, the deposit is nontransferable after the baby reaches five weeks of age.  Animals that have already been born without having been reserved first are best sold within a specific range of time, and so it is important for us to know you are interested in an animal seriously enough to put down a considerable percentage.  You are required to have the full balance paid by the time your chosen baby is 8 weeks old.
 

​  If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for a puppy or kitten with particular attributes, please contact us to inquire as to when an animal is expected to be born with those attributes.  You do NOT have to place any deposit to check in periodically and chat with us (ever!), but NO BABY WILL BE RESERVED WITHOUT A DEPOSIT, no matter how long we have been communicating.  You may also place a deposit after someone has placed one for first choice to be guaranteed second choice or third choice depending on how many deposits have been placed ahead of you.  ALL pre birth deposits for litters ARE transferrable (but non refundable) up to five weeks after a litter is born to allow you time to make a comfortable decision on which baby you really want!  If none of them catch your eye, you may pass until the next litter!  
 

If you are taking a kitten as a breeder, the deposit is $500 and is also transferrable but nonrefundable. If full balances cannot be paid by their deadlines, we will return all payments you may have made (except for the deposit, which is nonrefundable) and consider the animal available for purchase to another buyer unless we work out a payment arrangement that may involve boarding fees.
 

Payments are accepted using Paypal via the buttons on the website, personal check, money order, over the phone or in-person credit card payment and cash.  Written commitment (email) will hold your choice for 48 hours if you choose to send an overnight payment via postal mail.  Please contact me at summersrareearth@aol.com for payment information or assistance. 


Do you ship? Do you hand deliver?

Yes! Shipping is available for $350 to ANYwhere in the continental United States and includes the cost of a crate, airfare, insurance, veterinary exam, and a health certificate (required by the airline). We cannot ship during the months of June, July, August, or September, as temperatures are too high for the airlines to accept pets!  I will sometimes use a pet nanny or will fly with a baby myself to hand deliver to major airports and certain conenctions for $500-$600.
 

 How does the Bengal breed compare to the Savannah breed?

Bengal cats are less expensive, more tame, have more complex rosetted markings, and are far smaller! If you are looking for a tall, large cat that will impress the neighbors with its size, the Bengal is not the cat for you. An F1 Savannah male is what you are looking for, and this kind of hybrid will set you back $12,000-$16,000 as they are very hard to produce and raise. Our Bengal cats usually reach 14-18 lbs for males and 7-10 lbs for females - not any larger than a regular house cat, but they definitely have a more "wild" and muscular body type.
 

Are your kittens and puppies vaccinated?

The most current research, as well as current breeder experience (including ours), is that kittens who will be living their lives exclusively indoors without exposure to unvaccinated feral cats are typically healthier than many vaccinated kittens and that vaccines for indoor cats are simply unnecessary. Vaccines can cause cancers, seizures, thymus dysfunction, immune stress, and many other harmful effects. However, we do vaccinate for the MOST common communicable cat diseases, including feline distemper and calicivirus. The only other vaccine we recommend for your Bengal is the rabies vaccination (as it is the law in most areas). Please visit the highly informative link below for more information on how vaccination is NOT beneficial for your cat (created by Terra Sinclair of Pocket Leopards bengals):
 

http://www.littleleopardcats.com/bengalinformation/vaccines.html
 

Puppies, on the other hand, do not seem to experience the side effects correlated with vaccines and are much more likely to spend lots of time outside. Distemper and ESPECIALLY parvovirus is a serious concern. Parvovirus in particular is hardy - unlike cat viruses, parvovirus can be tracked in on your shoes! So as soon as puppies are weaned, around 7 weeks of age, we give the first combo shot (DHPPv) to ensure protection. For puppies, the BENEFITS outweigh the RISKS.
 

Why are your Bengal kittens so expensive? I see many kittens listed elsewhere for cheaper.

Our kittens are produced in small quantities, bred from pedigreed, top-of-the-line stock, given considerable amounts of individual attention, and guaranteed for congenital health. In addition, all cats and kittens are fed only raw food (whole rabbits and chickens) costing us upwards of $500 per MONTH. We spay and neuter all pet kittens with our own vet prior to departure and deworm, vaccinate, and supplement each kitten several times. Considering all expenses and the number of hours spent cleaning cat rooms/litter boxes, supervising matings/parturition, making the raw diet and feeding it to all cats two to three times per day, socializing kittens, taking and posting kitten pictures, making veterinary trips, and speaking to potential customers, the profit we make on our Bengal hobby comes out to just around federal minimum wage (we have run the numbers). We truly love the breed and enjoy building our lives around its husbandry. In addition, we GUARANTEE your kitten's congenital health and work very closely with you AFTER you take your kitten home to ensure support (please see our Facebook page for evidence of many satisfied customers over the years!). You get what you pay for: beauty, health, sound lineage, and above all, peace of mind.  We have many references and reviews available on our Facebook page (Rare Earth Ranch).


 When may I pick up my new baby?
     We prefer kittens to go no earlier than 10 weeks and puppies no earlier than 8 weeks.  This is to ensure the babies receive proper socialization and are fully weaned prior to going to their new homes.  We feel this is the earliest they should go but if you are the owner of a cattery or kennel with verifiable experience and wish to take an animal earlier or are taking a pair of animals from the same litter, please contact us for a discussion. 


 What guarantees do you offer on your animals?
  All our animals are GUARANTEED to be in overall general health, free of communicable diseases, and up to date on any shots they should have for their age (puppies only).  ALL babies have a ONE YEAR GUARANTEE against congenital and/or breed-specific defects. More specifically, kittens are GUARANTEED to be feline leukemia negative, dewormed, and PK deficiency N/N or N/K (carriers of PK are not affected by ANY symptoms of PKD but should not be breeders if their intended partner is also a carrier); puppies are GUARANTEED to be MDR1 N/N or N/A (carriers but not affected), unaffected by all congenital eye problems including Collie Eye Anomaly, PRA-prcd, hereditary cataracts, and myelopathy; free of distemper, parvo, and kennel cough and are dewormed.  Almost always, kittens and puppies require booster shots and further deworming after they go home with you and these items are YOUR responsibility.  If your veterinarian detects a serious health problem within 72 hours of receipt, we will exchange the kitten or puppy.   We do NOT guarantee that animals purchased for breeding purposes will breed – we only guarantee that their reproductive equipment has been left intact.  We also offer extended protection against early onset (i.e., genetic) HCM for the Bengals and deafness/blindness for the Aussies.


What if I want to purchase more than one baby from you?
        If you are looking to take a pair of puppies or kittens or even one of each and are NOT interested in breeding rights, you will be given a discount – please contact us if this scenario applies to you so we can discuss your discount.  In addition, pairs of puppies or kittens will ship for the same price as one!

 Can I meet the puppy’s or kitten’s parents?
  Of course - IF you have ALREADY put down a deposit and have made arrangements with us in advance.  We have fairly busy schedules and prefer not to risk the health and well-being of our animals, some of them fragile exotics, to the heavy traffic of people who just want to “shop around." Every visit to our home increases the transmission risk of parvovirus in particular to our dogs and foxes; therefore, we prefer to limit our visitors to guaranteed buyers. The goal of the website is to offer a comprehensive guide providing plenty of information and photos to help you make an educated decision without having to first pay a visit.  We will not be giving extended “tours” under any circumstances.  If you come to our home with the desire to meet the parents of your puppy or kitten, those are the animals you will be seeing.  We also ask that you do not bring ANY young children with you and that you limit your party to two individuals to reduce the chances of stressing our breeders.  If you are adamant that your child "select" his or her kitten or puppy, we ask that a deposit be placed before your child comes to see the babies. We appreciate your understanding on this matter.
 

 What are your prices for your animals, and how do you come up with a price?
 

2019 PRICES FOR TOY AUSSIES
Brown/Green-eyed Tricolor Puppies - $900 - $1200
Blue-eyed Tricolor Puppies - $2000 - $3000
Merle puppies, any eye color - $1500 - $2500
 

Price range depends on anticipated mature size, eye color and coat color. PUPPIES WILL NOT BE OFFICIALLY PRICED UNTIL 5 WEEKS OF AGE AND WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THE PRICE AT ANY TIME UNTIL WE HAVE MADE AN OFFICIAL PRICE. Shipping for any puppy to anywhere in the continental US is an additional $350 and covers the cost of a brand new crate, the airfare, and a health and sales certificate (required by the state of Florida).  All puppies will have their tails docked and dewclaws removed, will have been dewormed several times, will have been given their first round of DHPPV vaccine (often two rounds) and will arrive with ASDR paperwork.  


2019 PET PRICES FOR BENGAL KITTENS

Brown Rosetted Kittens - $1200 - $2000
Snow/Silver Rosetted Kittens - $1500 - $2000
Marbled Kittens, any color - $700 - $900
Breeding Rights - $1500 additional fee
 

Price depends on how well a kitten's markings conform to the breed standard. Exceptionally well-marked kittens may be priced higher; reasons for their higher price will be explained in their descriptions. If you want an unaltered cat with full breeding rights, expect to pay $1500 additional; otherwise, kitten price includes early alter.
 

Are you USDA Licensed?

No.  As we do not breed more than four female dogs and cats combined in any given year, we are not required to be licensed with the USDA.  When a breeder advertises that he or she is USDA licensed, he or she is typically running a large kennel or cattery and producing enough offspring to be able to comfortably depend on the profits of those offspring to support their lifestyles.  MOST COMMERCIAL USDA BREEDERS = PUPPY MILLS!  (see https://www.thepuppymillproject.org/relevant-laws? to learn more).  We each have careers outside of our animal husbandry projects and use most of the money made from our babies to care for our animals instead of ourselves.  We are not "backyard" breeders but responsible hobby breeders that enjoy these two breeds immensely and perform all genetic testing necessary to ensure healthy, beautiful babies.