Recommended Heath Screening for Bengals:
It's essential to screen all breeding studs and queens to have a greater chance of producing healthy offspring and to eliminate unwanted hereditary and genetic defects.
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy - HCM
It's recommended to screen all studs and queens before breeding by a board certified cardiologist. A performed echocardiogram can record current heart measurements and detect abnormal defects. Re-screening is recommended every 1-2 years thereafter.
Optimal Selection - Genetic Testing
Our first choice for feline genetic testing. Optimal Selection is a simple at home swab test that screens for 40+ diseases and 20+ traits. Genetic diversity information for the tested cat, the overall breed population, and related breed groups. This test includes PRA-b, PK-Def, Long/Short Hair & Coat Color Panel.
Bengal Progressive Retinal Atrophy
PRA-b 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.
Erythrocyte Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency
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.
Bengal Coat Color Panal
The modern-day domestic cat displays a wide variety of coat colors and patterns. Classification of these can be confusing sometimes because different registries or associations may name the same phenotype differently. However a simply genetic swab test can help clarify what your colors your cat may carry.