So why do I break away from this norm? One way I have overcome the concern regarding vaccinations is by supplying the 2nd and 3rd rounds of vaccinations in an intra-nasal form that can be administered by the buyer at home. This results in peace of mind for both buyer and seller. As for allowing more time to determine quality, an experienced Breeder will be able to discern quality potential as early as 4 weeks. I also feel that the benefits of releasing at 9-10 weeks far outweighs getting more money based upon a higher quality achieved later.
Our socialization program, which starts the moment kittens are born, gives significant results in obtaining socialization skills. Lap Leopard Bengals also starts the process of presenting solid food and litter box training at 4 weeks. Our intense hands-on and early approach allows us to achieve consistent litter box habits and socialization skills on an earlier time frame then Breeders whom don't have as much time dedicated.
So why do we spend money on giving vaccinations away, potentially loose money from kittens that develop into higher quality, and use so much of our time to train and socialize our kittens on an earlier time frame? The major benefit to releasing a kitten at 9-10 weeks is that kittens are more vulnerable and thus more reliant on their new parents at this age. At this early tender age, a critical moment in development happens where a kind of "imprinting" can occur. This allows for a stronger bond to be formed early. We also recognize that our kittens are going to homes that have all kinds of environments and they must adapt to their new home life and this is best done when young and impressionable. We don't want our kittens to bond to our family and become use to our home and their litter-mates. This would make their later transition more difficult. It is also possible that in the critical time between 9 and 12 weeks kittens can grow more confident and independent. While this sounds like a positive thing, it also means the new parents miss out on helping the kitten to grow in their confidence with them.
So in our passion to develop not only stunning and social kittens, we are most concerned about having our kittens molded by you into the kind of lifestyle you desire.