The name Chalan comes from a verbal mosaic of both my children’s first names, Chanelle and Landon. We perceive each of our fur progeny here at Chalan Bengals as one of our own children and indeed the very name of the cattery supports it as so.
I had always kept cats. Indeed, they were a big part of my growing up and have maintained a relatively constant presence throughout my life. Even when I first ventured out of my parents home, a cat – a beautiful chocolate seal point Birman boy going by the name Bailey, was the first thing I sought for companionship. In 2016, that year heralded in the return of breast cancer for me, after an initial scare in 2005, and a multitude of other health woes. An anxiousness and depression stemming from the cancer and subsequent treatments, led me to seek the comfort of what was familiar to me and the unconditional love that came from fostering kittens and homeless cats. I found it quite simple really, I loved them and in turn they loved me back.
A passion was found, when a retired and spayed Bengal queen found her way into my home. Needless to say, she never left.
Eclipse now resides with my parents, but does return to visit us from time to time. When she does, she absolutely reigns supreme over our cattery and helps us keep our entire family, the furred and not, all in line!