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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 9:40 am 
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Hello everyone!

I'd like to introduce Cleo, born April 2nd, 2017. My fiancée and I went to see her about week ago, and will visit her again when she is 8 weeks (end of May) old, and again at 12 weeks to pick her up. I do not have a complete family tree (pedigree) yet, this will be provided by the breeder eventually, but her mom is a Snow Bengal breed :)

Ideally, I would not have bought a kitten from a breeder, but rather gotten one from a shelter, shelter cats are wonderful! However we both agreed that introducing a small kitten to our family would benefit our current animal situation. It is usually easier to introduce younger animals to existing older ones in order to avoid too much territorial fighting and Bengals are a wonderful breed.

Tiny Cleo
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Some of the other Bengal cats at the breeder
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Short intro about me
I recently moved from Denmark to Estonia due to work/meeting my fiancée. In Denmark I was a member of Dyrenes Beskyttelse (Animal Protection) and during a 5 year period, I've brought home approximately 35 motherless kittens from shelters in order to foster and socialize them. Rather than them staying in somewhat small cages at the shelter, bringing them home to care for them is a very rewarding experience. Animal Protection Denmark does not euthanize animals unless they are not able to treat them, even if the shelters are over populated, thus this fills up available slots really quickly.

Most of the kittens that I fostered have never had any human contact as they are, sadly, dumped on parking lots and various other places when they are born. Luckily there are loving people out there who brings them to the shelters. I've had to bottle feed (every 2 hours; 24/7) and de-flea kittens as small as 5 days and I still cannot grasp the human aspect of treating animals like this, it angers me. Once the kittens were old enough and gained enough weight (1200-1300g), socialized and ready to take on a new family, I would return them to the shelters where they would be put up for adoption. It's important that they go as small as possible due to everyone wanting smaller kittens.

The fun part
We are in the works of re-arranging (Bengal proofing you might say) the apartment for Cleo, but we hope that she will be able to visit the outside with us, eventually. We will not force her to do this, but have purchased the necessary equipment. Further, we have purchased suspension bridges, catwalks and deck plates that will mount to the walls so that she has a chance to get up higher. These are purchased from https://www.goldtatze.de/ and will look something like this.

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You already have a wealth of information readily available here, but I hope that you will support us in terms of questions.


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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 4:59 pm 
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Asian Leopard Cat

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Cleo is beautiful. Congratulations. There is no guarantee introductions to the other cats will go well. Cleo may be overwhelmed initially. It's wonderful that you provided a home to so many kitties. Having a bengal is a totally different experience. There are many posts on the bengal Facebook pages from people who get a bengal and their friends are like, "why didn't you go to a shelter?" And they don't know what to tell them. ALL cats need a home and it's up to the individual how they want to secure a pet.

Catification is a great idea and you will have the great super highway when you are done. Each kitty needs its own space. I truly hope Cleo fits in from the very beginning. You may have your work cut out for you, but time and patience is usually all that is needed. Good luck.


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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 8:50 pm 
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Welcome! Tiny Cleo is such a cute munchkin! I am jealous of the shelves - cannot catify our house to such extent as renting. Do post more pics, will love to see how Cleo grown
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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 10:40 pm 
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Wow, good for you and all the great work you've done. Hopefully Cleo will fit in with the other cats, but by now I'm sure you are an expert at managing that.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:15 pm 
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It's been a while, busy times, but Cleo has now gotten her shots and is ready to be picked up this Saturday! I wanted to share some pictures with you, in hopes that it can inspire a little bit.

Some pictures of Cleo + mom
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One must of course have a kitty pool, because why not (we saw this on zooplus)
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The kitty wheel; handmade in Estonia by Kasside Jooksuratas (https://www.facebook.com/kassidejooksuratas/). I believe he might ship internationally. We were inspired by this after visiting a cat cafe in Tallinn, and some of the shelters for which he also made wheels for, thus we had to get one! It was around 400 EUR. The cat you see on the picture is Lola (8 years old), she always has her tongue out.. it's not her fault, she's just fluffy :D

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The cat furniture that was described in the first post have been placed on the walls! It might be a bit expensive, but it's so nice looking in real life and really optimizes space for the cats to play in an apartment.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:51 pm 
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I think I'm going to move in with you and Cleo because you have such a fun house!!! I know you are super anxious for Cleo to arrive and you are well prepared for her. Let us know how things progress. Hopefully, you will keep her separated from the other kitties for a little while so she can de-stress and get used to all the new sounds and smells and people and other animals! I'm sure with ALL your experience in dealing with kitties, things will go GREAT. Congratulations.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:22 pm 
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Sherry wrote:
I think I'm going to move in with you and Cleo because you have such a fun house!!! I know you are super anxious for Cleo to arrive and you are well prepared for her. Let us know how things progress. Hopefully, you will keep her separated from the other kitties for a little while so she can de-stress and get used to all the new sounds and smells and people and other animals! I'm sure with ALL your experience in dealing with kitties, things will go GREAT. Congratulations.


Definitely! In fact, we're both working from home next week, so that she is not alone right away; just to (hopefully) get her aquatinted a bit. Bring some snacks and playing on, and we'll all be best friends in no time :)


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:07 pm 
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So.. we got Cleo home, and she immediately wanted to go exploring; did not want to stay at one spot. She is totally into my wife (good choice!), very brave and curious. Eats and drinks from water fountain even tho she never tried one, "out of the box". She also has no issues sitting on your lap getting petted, and enjoys being around us. That's such an insanely quick development, nothing that I've ever experienced - usually I keep them separated for the good part of a week, but in this case, she wanted to go herself.

The toy you see her laying with, is one we brought to the breeder when she was 8 weeks, so that it could get some scents from the enter kittens/mom at their place. It should help her calm down a little bit and it appears to help her out :)

Here are some pictures of the little brave soul!

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Here she is trying to chase me, so funny
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She has already climbed to the highest point!
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The family dog, 2 year old labradoodle; sweet as ever.
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She is registerd in TICA, and here is a family tree, provided by the breeder - how nice of them!

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:38 pm 
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Aww, it looks like Cleo is settling in great! Congratulations. So happy for you. Unfortunately Maya Gold doesn't have any information on their website on their queens and stud. I have most of those cats in the pedigree in my database, but as unknowns. The only cat with an F generation was Summerside Caesar of GrandSavage who is an F9. Your Cleo would be no more than an F12 and could very well be a lower F generation. I've tried googling these other cats and come up empty, so unless I find them listed in another database, they will continue to be "UNK" in my database.

Cleo is absolutely gorgeous!


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