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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:48 pm 
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Hello everyone! My name is Jeff, and my wife Christy and I are the proud parents of a pair of Bengals. They're brothers from a September litter, approaching 8 months now. We've been long time cat owners, but this is our first experience with Bengals, and they have been wonderful additions to our family.

Happy to find a nice Bengal forum to share information, stories, and pictures!

Here's the two hiding under furniture the first day home
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They were inseparable, but bonded to us pretty quickly
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Loki
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Oz
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:37 pm 
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They have stunning glittery coat markings with heart shapes galore and beautiful eyes. Congrats!

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:05 am 
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Wow. What a stunning pair of brothers. How do you know which one is Oz and which one is Loki?

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:51 pm 
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Welcome to our forum. You have some really handsome boys there. Enjoy the adventures they will bring to your lives.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:01 pm 
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ColoVega,

We had the same thought when we first brought them home. You can tell from their markings pretty easily. Loki has two clean lines of eyeliner, and Oz's are broken. Oz also has the really large rosettes and two racing stripes down his back, where Loki has a smaller spot pattern, and more striping on his legs. Lately it's even easier, Loki is very long and lean, and Oz tends to be a bit thicker shaped.

They're a ton of fun to have around, and I really don't find them any more difficult than any of our previous cats. They're SBTs, so not a huge amount of wild cat in them, I suppose that helps. Litter box users from day 1. Aside from the first couple of nights getting acclimated, they really don't bother us at night once the lights are off, and usually sleep on the bed with us. I think having the two of them together helped a lot. They wrestle and play fight quite a ton, but stay completely silent when doing so.

We haven't had any problems with inappropriate scratching either. We bought a ton of those cardboard scratchers, and put these anywhere in the house that we saw them wanting to scratch furniture. All it took was scratching our fingernails on the cardboard and they would come investigate/stretch/scratch. Seems we were able to train them very easily to use the cardboard to sharpen their claws. I also made it a point to handle and touch their paws a lot as soon as we brought them home, and they're pretty tolerant of getting their front claws trimmed, especially if you catch them waking up from a nap.

We got an exercise wheel for them last week, and I had each of them walking on it (for a few seconds at least) that same night. Already, they will hop on it on their own and walk a bit before jumping off. They're super loyal, following us around the house, upstairs, downstairs, etc.

Loki had a tendency to try to suckle on his brother's tummy whenever he woke up from sleeping. Sure, it was cute, but I know that can be a sign that he may have been weaned too quickly. Our vet wasn't overly concerned if it was only a sleepy time issue, and not constant or obsessive. And it tapered off over time.

Our other current cat is an elderly Maine Coon, and he doesn't want A THING to do with them. He makes a lot of noise when they get near him, but he's all bark and no bite. And of course, THEY WANT TO PLAY. He's a rather grouchy old man - we adopted him as a young cat....15 years ago. We make sure he gets offered plenty of food, and close the bengals in the bedroom with us at night so he can have the run of the downstairs and sleep peacefully. And after a couple of "accidents" in the laundry room where he tends to hide out sometimes, we added an extra litter box for him.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 3:56 pm 
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The markings are gorgeous on these kitties. I do hate that breeders are getting away from the ALC's rosetting. They just don't have the same wild look, but they are stunning cats, regardless. And they are winning the cat shows.


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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 9:10 am 
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Sherry wrote:
The markings are gorgeous on these kitties. I do hate that breeders are getting away from the ALC's rosetting. They just don't have the same wild look, but they are stunning cats, regardless. And they are winning the cat shows.

I like the 'vintage' Bengals a lot too and I'm quite sure breeders will get back to that at a certain point. Trends come and go, even in cats markings :wink:

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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2018 3:53 pm 
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Unfortunately, as the generations go up in the bengal, it is less likely breeders will return to the wilder look. I do know Carmen at JewelsPride does not like the larger rosettes and breeds specifically to keep the smaller rosettes and the wilder look. I'm looking at bengals daily -- and I see these pancake and elongated rosettes are just stunning -- and if that's what the owners want, that's what the breeders will give them. KungsgardenCats has the most beautiful bengals in Europe. They take Best Of Show at all the cat shows.


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