I lovingly ‘blame’ Kelli Faram of Cheetahsden Bengals for bringing us the enjoyment we discovered of the Bengal bond and the affection of these amazing companions. We are blessed with Kelli’s advice and guidance over the years in order to achieve the quality of our goals, both present and the future. The bonus, we get more sister time together!
Les Hall @ Junglebook was part of the beginning of Bengals in the USA. She and Pam @ Cheethahsden were great friends working together so they wanted to create a symposium so the pioneers could share their works and how to improve. On Safari started very small but, in the years, On Safari became ‘the place to be’. Kelli began working with Pam to carry down her lines so when Les passed away I was able to claim some of her lines of which I still am working her lines down. Being sisters was a perfect situation to continue that friendship of the original breeders of Junglebook and Cheetahsden that we treasure the honor to still be producing these pedigrees. For us, it is not just breeding Bengal’s but for me it is a big part of my story.
When I started my program in 2008 and painting my vision of a “Dream Cat” I would ‘confess to possess’ that it gets points to be from Junglebook that it was honored to continue that pedigree from Les Hall. Being new in breeding I would admire a nice marble as it is so much like a piece of art and to watch them develop was amazing. Chloe’s Painted Spirit would clinch my attention and say the words “if I have a marble, I want it to be like Spirit”. As fate appeared when hunting for a new stud, I got word from friend breeder Christina @ Bahiya that she had a boy that might interest me. At that time blues were Not accepted in the cat fancy but that did not matter and looked past toward the future of my program. I saw many of his traits that made me drool and saw PJ would make my dreams come true. PJ’s name’s sake that was a jaw dropping stud in his time. The deal was sealed when PJ being from Junglebook pedigree on top of from Spirit put me on top of the world.
Massive muscular structure to carry his thick tail, rounded ears, large eyes to balance his head for his puffy whisker pads, Wonderful nose leather in pink along with his pink toe beans. His unique color of battleship grey for his blue mink marbling makes him an interesting piece of artwork.
All our cats are tested and/or screened for the following diseases:
- DNA tested @ Optimal Selection Genoscoper
- FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)
- FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus)
- PRA-b (Bengal blindness).
PK Deficiency (Hemolytic Anemia) This disease can only be passed on genetically, and can cause anemia in infected cats. Like PRA-b, a cat that only carries on copy of the gene will have no detrimental health defects, but cannot be bred to another cat that is also a carrier.
The health of our kittens is of the highest importance to us and we do all we can to guarantee a healthy and happy kitten. Each kitten will have at least 2 health exams by a licensed veterinarian, 2 sets of the 3 combo vaccines, de-worming/fecal test and have a blood test for FIV & FeLV before they go home. They are also PRA-b and PK-DEF negative by parentage DNA testing done through UC Davis. Your kittens mother has also been HCM screened and the kitten will come with a 2 year health guarantee against congenital defect. Below is a brief description of a few of the above referenced conditions that we test for.
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy – Heart Disease
HCM is thickening of the wall of the left ventricle section of the heart. Severe thickening results in scar tissue formation. The thickening and scar tissue make it difficult for the left ventricle to relax. If severe, this can result in heart failure and the accumulation of fluid in or around the lungs. This fluid accumulation, when severe, results in rapid and difficult breathing. The left atrium (*the chamber behind the left ventricle) also enlarges in cats whose left ventricle cannot relax properly. This enlargement causes blood flow through this chamber to slow, predisposing the cat to clot formation. When a clot breaks loose from its attachment in the left atrium, it travels down the aorta to the rear legs, blocking blood flow and causing the sudden onset of paralysis and severe pain (so-called saddle thromboembolus). The scar tissue can also predispose to abnormal electrical activity in the left ventricle which is manifested as an arrhythmia. The arrhythmia that is seen is thought to predispose cats with HCM to sudden death. Cats with severe HCM can develop heart failure where a cat can die suddenly. Screening is not a gurantee a cat will never develop HCM, just a precautionary procedure there is no genetic test specifically for HCM, but regular screening via an echocardiogram by a board certified feline cardiologist is highly recommended to measure the heart and monitor its growth as well as listen for murmurs which indicates a restriction of blood through the heart.
Breeding cats should be screened every year to year and a half and reputable breeders will not only do these screens but provide the parents results. Scientists are currently working on finding the gene that causes HCM in Bengals (there are DNA tests for Mainecoons and Ragdolls). there is no genetic test specifically for HCM, but regular screening via an echocardiogram by a board certified feline cardiologist is highly recommended to measure the heart and monitor its growth as well as listen for murmurs which indicates a restriction of blood through the heart.
What People Say
Marla had a cat that she’d reserved as a breeder. Unfortunately, he couldn’t do his job. So we got him as a two-year-old. That’s not the ideal adoption age, but despite the trauma of multiple stresses, he adapted to our home.
Magnum has always been affectionate and he also learns quickly (and he’s pretty good at training us, too). He is anxious to please. He’s “helping” type this message. (Unfortunately his spelling is not too good.) I do not know if pictures can be inserted into this message, but I am sending Marla a picture of Magnum looking out from under a pillow, attempting to initiate a game of “hide-and-seek.”
Marla has been great to work with.
I bought my Wiley from Marla. He is the best companion Bengal. Marla socializes all her Bengals. From 3 days old on, she is holding them. My Wiley is so confident, inquisitive and charming. Also the more I learn about the bengal breed, the standard from going to the On Safari Bengal Cat and all breed Cat Shows, the more I realize how wild looking my Wileys is. He has small rounded ears, beautiful dome shaped head and profile. His head to body proportions are perfect. He has the long lean muscular body with the hind quarters being higher like a wild mountain lion only tame, loving, purring, head butting. Marla has helped me with all things Bengal over the years. She spent a lot of time getting to know me before she sold Wileys to me and over the years has been consistently available to answer any Bengal questions I have. I highly recommend Marla as a Bengal breeder. Everything I am saying is true. I have known Marla for years. Her Bengals have the wild look, wonderful personalities and are so smart.
Marla Faulkner from Lone Star Bengals is an awesome person and take great care of her kitties. I have a beautiful snow and am waiting for my second Bengal from her. I recommend her to anyone. She breeds healthy beautiful kittens.
I got both my bengal babies from Marla, and have loved them since day 1! I got Kurt when he was about 3-4 months old. I went to Marla’s house to see him and stayed for several hours playing with all the babies and having her answer all my questions. Marla is very knowledgable about the breed and loves them so much! I was so impressed that I got my second bengal from her as well when Kurt was around a year old. There were some babies available, but she had an adult (Kiya) available too. Kiya is such a sweet, loving girl and with Marla’s pro tips and encouragement we were able to successfully integrate her into our home where we also have two English Bulldogs! I love the fact that Marla stays in touch and I can always go to her with any questions or concerns!
We love Marla! Her kitties are very sweet and make wonderful family members. Our beautiful Benner came from Lonestar and I don’t know what we would do without him. He and my son are best friends. I could not recommend a better person and breeder. Thank you Marla!
Marla Faulkner with LoneStar Bengals has an amazing quality of Bengal cat…she strives for perfection and succeeds in every aspect. Marla’s Bengals are extremely well socialized and have amazing personalities!! I wouldn’t imagine adopting or becoming the slave of any other Bengal cat other than Marla’s cats. You won’t be disappointed!
My husband and I had always admired the way Bengal cats looked. We began researching their behaviors and characteristics and decided it was time to see some of these lovely cats in person. We found Marla’s cattery online and arranged a meeting to “only come look” at her cats. Upon arriving we were greeted by the sweetest woman and a number of gorgeous cats. Needless to say, “just looking” turned into us welcoming our Prince Charming Bengal as the newest addition to our family. Our home would not be complete without him now. He loves having his belly rubbed, “talking” to me about his nightly slice of sandwich meat, and most recently he has decided he loves my son’s wheelchair. Marla truly cares about her cats as well. She has kept in close contact with our family and enjoys seeing pictures and hearing stories about Prince. I highly recommend Lone Star Bengals if you are interested in making a Bengal part of your family!!
It was love at first sight when we saw Spiderman’s photo on LoneStar Bengals website: we just had to have him! Speaking to Marla on the phone sealed the deal. It was quite evident that in addition to being a knowledgeable breeder, she was a sweet, caring, person. She puts alot of work and love into her program. In the months we were waiting for Spider to be ready to leave his home in Texas and come to us, we were kept abreast of all his goings-on. There were emails and photos and even a few cute videos of Spider catching bugs and drinking from the sink, and cuddling with his buddy Marco. We were especially touched by the care package which arrived a couple days ahead of him. It contained a binder with some photos and his papers, medical record, information on what type of litter he was used to, what brand of food and treats, a few cat toys and his blanket. We met him at the airport, blanket in hand, which I believe helped greatly in his transition. Never a day goes by that he doesn’t make us smile… we are happy to be part of the LoneStar family. Highly recommended!
My husband and I had been looking for a new cat. I was just looking at different breeds of cats. There was a pic of some Bengals. We began researching their behavior and calling breeders to get info on these beautiful cats. We did not want to have to travel very far to look at one. So we started searching around our area. We found Marla’s website. I gave her a call and just by speaking to Marla about the Bangles you could tell she was very passionate about here babies. Marla sent us pics of the bengal kittens she had. Me and my husband picked one out of the pics that was sent. We made plans to visit her and the cattery. We had already named the kitten (Simba). Marla made sure that the kitten was litter trained and leash trained and Simba even knew his name when we picked him up. When we first saw Simba it was love at first sight. Marla made the new experience with Simba easy. Marla was there to answer any questions I might have had regarding Simba. I’m am still to this day glad to be a customer and a friend of Marla. I would recommend Marla’s cattery if you are looking for a beautiful and healthy Bengal.
After searching many websites for a Bengal kitty, we decided on Lone Star Bengals. We made a home visit prior to making our decision and we were glad we did! The love and care that Marla shows to her cats and kittens is quite apparent. She and her husband have a large knowledge base that they shared with us, ensuring that we made the right decision. We received our kitty, Maizey, as promised and she even sent us home with a “goody bag”! A great big thanks to Lone Star Bengals!!!
I just adopted a beautiful male bengal kitten from Marla named Cubby. He is very loving and playful and I’m thrilled to have him. She and her husband were very pleasant and helpful to work with and made the experience enjoyable. I would adopt from Marla again if I decide to get another Bengal!
Marla Faulkner is a wonderful breeder to work with. I had the pleasure of adopting one of her adult retirees that had been in her program. She had worked with him to help him with the transition from her home to mine and had taken the care and precautions to make sure he was ready for his forever home. He was mentally, emotionally, and socially prepared by Marla as she does with all of her kittens to fit right into his new home environment. He is trained and very well behaved, not to mention absolutely gorgeous. The hard work she had put into him, as she does with all of her Bengals, truly shows. Her Bengals have amazing coats to match their amazing personalities. She is a dedicated, knowledgeable breeder with a deep passion for her program and each one of her kittens. Lone Star Bengals provides their kittens with the enrichment, socialization, and love needed for the kittens (or retirees) to adapt to their new families with ease and prosperity.
Absolutely! Tobias, He’s obsessed with me and follows me around the whole house! I know his nap and play schedule and he wakes me up on time for work.
They are doing great!!! Leo has been so respectful of Lucy, and she came into the house so relaxed and not scared at all. It must be that she came into a ‘cat house’. She is such an incredible sweetheart, and he loves having a gal pal!!! They are so happy. I actually think they’re soul mates 😊 they truly enjoy each other’s company and get along so well. Best pairing ever!
Hi, hope all is well with you! Thought you’d like to know Nala has settled in very happily and is now best bubbies with Gryffin!! Although he looks permanently surprised about her arrival. She’s very smart, playful and LOVES to chat so we couldn’t be any happier with her.
Yes, Kona is such a friendly cat. He comes up to everyone he sees. Unlike any cat I’ve ever met. Including strangers. He’s funny and cute at all times.
Noah is gorgeous and brings us so much joy! He has so much glitter in his coat too! So thankful I found you. I have sung the birthday song to Noah several times today and he just looks at me like I am crazy lol.
They have been a joy to us. Leia has darkened to a beautiful coat. Aubie is so curious. He follows us around and watches everything we do. He looks like he is trying to figure out our human world. The two of them are great playmates together. I love watching them play hide and seek. Aubie hid under a blanket while Leia laid on top of it tracking his moves.
Jasmine has to have her Buddy with her everywhere she goes. She puts her little Mouse in her food bowl all the time while she eats. I take it out and she’ll go get it and put it back in her bowl. She’s so adorable, she and Daffy chase each other around the house who loves her baby sister. I love her so much, she’s a Mess.
Coco, He’s a lover that’s for sure! He and my 9-year-old son have bonded immensely too. That makes us feel so good. Thank you, Marla, xoxo
We’re proud to have Beau as part of our family, he’s doing very well. Snug as a bug.
Tiki, We love her to pieces! She’s actually the perfect pet for us in that she’s not too wild. She sleeps most of the day but wakes in the evening when everyone is home and stirring about. It’s been fun watching her personality come out. I think she’s happy here too. She has a cat condo, some cat beds, shelves to climb, her water fountain and a giant window. When she sleeps, she’s almost always in her cat cave but in the evening she comes out and hangs out with everyone. She is Queen of the castle and we love it!
Hope all is well, I just wanted to share how Kenai is doing. She’s grown to be a very kind and beautiful lady. She’s a bit of daddy’s girl (Olaf), she is our little princess and now she rules the house. Kenai has George wrapped around her little paw and wants to play she meows for him.
Oh my! Ellie, Sheis TOTALLY kid approved! They love her…and she loves them! Thank you, thank you, thank you for this beautiful addition to our pack!
I’m so in love with him, I can’t even begin to explain it. Thank you! Zeke is training us during every waking hour lol. He’s asleep on Chris at the moment, napped on me this morning. In between we are required to play, play, play! He almost always naps on a human. We are very well trained!!! He is definitely the alpha but he to really enjoys the girls.
The boys are doing awesome. Loki is just a bundle of energy and loves cuddles. Thor plays so well with his brother and likes to sleep on my daughter’s bed. My older female cat has pretty much made Thor her adopted son. He stays with her for most other than when it’s play time. The kids are in love with the kittens.
Hey Marla, I wanted to let you know how Mia/Reba has turned out to be a perfect match. She gets lots of treats and loves sardines lol. Yes, we took a small road trip and it turns out she LOVES the car. It’s actually the point when she really transitioned and started to trust us
Mazie, We are so enjoying her!! She’s so much fun and has so much personality, we just love her! My kids played for 4 hours straight on and just can’t get enough of her. Jasper accepted her into the family nicely, he actually moved over and shared his little bed with her. They’re so cute together, they have the exact same feet! I love it, Jaspers are just jumbo sized and Maizes are tiny, so Cute!
Leia is doing so well. Attached to me and like a shadow. I can’t get enough of her.
Just wanted to let you know Fury is doing great and such a little lover. Thank you for the info! I figured has was just growing and a little chunky monkey. We absolutely love him and are so happy. Thank you so much again. Dot needed a friend.