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Lone Star Bengal Cats

4 the scrutinized bengal enthusiast!

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Dallas – Fort Worth Texas Area Quality Bengal Kittens & Cats

About Us

LSB Beginning

Lone Star Bengals is very excited about our program and our responsibility to ensure that we provide top-quality family companions, and nothing less. Like most families in the South, we had a dog when raising the family, thinking cats were just a snobby couch potato, and actually I couldn’t stand cats. That was until my sister, and now mentor, moved back home to Texas in 2008 and exposed us to the beautiful, outgoing breed called the Bengal cat. I now have the passion and accepted the addiction of Bengals, we have been changed from the ‘bark side’.

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.

Have proudly earned The International Bengal Cat Society (TIBCS) short list of the Breeder of Disctintion

Certified Reputable Breeder of Bengal Cats.co

Proud to be a member of the Bengals Illustrated Reputable Breeder Program

Our Certificates

Health Testing

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).
This disease causes the destruction of the photoreceptors in the retina, leading to blindness at usually around 2 years of age or younger. For this reason we test our cats to determine if our cats are carriers so they are

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.  

 PRA-b

Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), causes an autosomal recessive blindness in Bengal cats. The disease causes the destruction of the cells that register light (photoreceptors) in the back of the eye (the retina). The loss of the cells begins around 7 weeks of age and slowly progresses until the cat has very compromised vision by approximately 2 years of age.  Please note being a CARRIER does not affect the cats health whatsoever.  A carrier will be as healthy as a non-carrier, and consideration should only be taken if being used in a breeding program and whom the carrier is paired with.

 PK-Def

Erythrocyte Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PK Deficiency) is an inherited hemolytic anemia caused by insufficient activity of this regulatory enzyme which results in instability and loss of red blood cells. The anemia is intermittent, the age of onset is variable and clinical signs are also variable. Symptoms of this anemia can include: severe lethargy, weakness, weight loss, jaundice, and abdominal enlargement. This condition is inherited as an autosomal recessive disorder.  Please note being a CARRIER does not affect the cats health whatsoever.  A carrier will be as healthy as a non-carrier, and consideration should only be taken if being used in a breeding program and whom the carrier is paired with.​

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy – Heart Disease​

HCM affects all mammals. It has been documented in the Bengal cat, Maine Coons, Ragdolls, Sphynx, and other purebred and mixed ancestry cat population. Reputable breeders within the Bengal community regularly have their cats screened to try to detect any abnormalities early on, however there is no 100% guarantee against HCM. Breeding cats should be screened every year to year and a half and reputable breeders will not only do these screens but provide the results for each cat. Scientists are currently working on finding the gene that causes HCM in Bengals (there are DNA tests for Mainecoons and Ragdolls).

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.

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