TIBCS Code of Ethics
In the breeding of Bengal cats, emphasis shall be placed on good
health, stable temperament, and intelligence as well as appearance.
Consistent with this policy, I agree to breed with discrimination
and only upon strong evidence of the probability of finding suitable
homes for the kittens.
I agree to keep accurate records of all matings and pedigrees
and to register breeding stock and litters with at least one recognized
I shall use for breeding only healthy cats, free from disease
or hereditary deformity, who exhibit no radical departures from
the Bengal Standard. If I discover subsequent hereditary defects, I shall advise previous
buyers of my cats that may be affected by them.
Females should not be bred until at least one year old, unless
there have been two heat cycles or medical indications.
Females shall not be bred unless they are in optimum breeding
Stud service should only be offered to owners of pedigreed Bengal
cats, preferably who are TIBCS members.
Written agreement should be reached before breeding on options to be taken
should the female have further complications with resorbing kittens
or failure to conceive.
Any breeder should refrain from further breeding if having difficulty
I agree to maintain a good standard of health and care including
adequate room for exercise, regular grooming, clean quarters,
and adequate food and water. Whenever possible, Bengals should
be kept indoors. Where caging is unavoidable, the minimum size
for individual cages shall be 4 feet long, 6 feet wide, and 4
I shall refuse to sell to, to buy from, or to recommend breeders
who sell to cat wholesalers or retailers, to donate a Bengal for
raffle purposes, or to buy or sell in litter lots. Before selling
a kitten as a breeder, I shall ascertain that the buyer is fully
aware of all the ramifications of breeding, such as expenses,
time involved in care, necessary facilities, and good placement
of kittens, and responsibilities to buyers and other breeders.
I shall encourage the breeder buyer to join TIBCS. I shall ascertain
that all buyers know how to care for a cat or kitten properly,
and make myself available to give advice. I will give buyers an
honest appraisal of a kitten's potential as a pet, breeder, or
show cat. All breeder and show kittens will be sold with a written
guarantee stating the seller's responsibility should the kitten
prove to be sterile or develop a genetic defect that prevents
breeding or showing. The course of action to be taken is a matter
for each breeder to specify in his guarantee. I shall provide
a receipt for all deposits received which states what happens
if the buyer changes his mind. A pedigree will be provided with
pet kittens but registration forms will be withheld until the
breeder receives a veterinarian's certification of altering. If
a breeder does not want to provide registration or pedigree papers
for a pet kitten, the buyer must be informed of that fact before
purchase. All breeder and show kittens will have pedigrees and
registration forms provided with them. Before a kitten is sold,
it must receive immunizations appropriate to age. Kittens should
be free of all external and internal parasites (worms, fleas,
ear mites, fungus, etc.) Breeders should supply written instructions
on care, feeding, and accommodations with each kitten sold.
Advertising, oral or written, shall be factual and not worded
to encourage breeding as an easy money scheme.
I will not promote a divisive atmosphere in TIBCS. I will treat all members
with respect and, when necessary, disagree with them without personal or derogatory
attacks. I will discuss disagreements with TIBCS members or officers privately
when at all possible and air concerns in a TIBCS forum only.
I shall conduct myself always in a manner that reflects credit
upon the Bengal cat breed and me, especially when attending shows
as an exhibitor or a spectator. I shall abide by the various cat
association rules and customs. I shall be a good loser and a gracious
winner, remembering that having happy, healthy cats is much more
important than winning ribbons.
All agreements/transactions will be in writing and signed by all parties (i.e., a contract).
This includes stud service agreements, buyer's requirements, breeder's
guarantees for kittens, leasing of cats, deposits for kittens,
etc. TIBCS also recommends moneys be paid by check and that receipts
be issued for all payments. If problems arise later, it is difficult
to determine a fair course of action when agreements were verbal
and cash changed hands without receipts.
Shipping can be a frightening experience for any animal; consequently
TIBCS recommends that, if possible, the kitten be picked up by
its new owners. If this is not possible, the only method of shipping
that we recommend is air freight arranged directly with the airline,
preferably counter-to-counter. This will specify exact routing
and arrival time. Kittens will not be shipped until they are
fully weaned, eating on their own, and able to withstand separation
from litter mates.
10. RESCUE AND REHOMING
If I become aware or are notified that a cat of my breeding is
found to be abandoned, neglected, mistreated, or in need of rescue,
I will participate in its rescue, relocation, and/or re-homing
to the best of my ability.
11. ENFORCEMENT AND AMENDMENT
Upon sufficient proof of violations of the Code of Ethics, action
shall proceed according to Article VII of the TIBCS Bylaws.
This Code of Ethics may be amended by using the procedure set
forth for amendment of the TIBCS Bylaws.
I, THE UNDERSIGNED, HAVE READ AND AGREE TO UPHOLD THE CODE OF
ETHICS AND THE BYLAWS OF THE INTERNATIONAL BENGAL CAT SOCIETY.
I REALIZE THAT MY RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES AS A MEMBER OF TIBCS MAY
BE REVOKED IF I DO NOT ABIDE BY MY WORD.