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 Post subject: Simba the Stroppy Bengal
PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 7:06 pm 
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My sixth foster for GLBR arrives this afternoon about 5:00. I don't really have the room but earlier this week an emergency call went out because if we did not pick up this cat from a County shelter he was going to be put down.

With Laila and Lucy running with my two and the foster room empty how could I not help him?

What is interesting about this time is he departs from the norm. No photos because they can't get near him, he has not been vaccinated or tested.. again.. because they can't get near him. He is BIG, 6 yrs old, neutered male, name Simba and he is a reddish gold color with spots. His owner died and a friend dropped him at the shelter.

I have never known a shelter that can't get near any cat except the most feral which he obviously isn't.. well.. unless he is EG or something.. and then he is likely to be kind of put out by his life being turned upside down.

Each one of my fosters teaches me something new. I turned Sakura around.. Laila around.. wish me luck with Simba.. and assuming I can get somewhat close.. i will post photos.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 7:34 pm 
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Good luck - sounds as if poor Simba is very traumatised by losing his owner. Do you know if he was friendly when his owner was alive.

Hopefully some one-to-one attention away from a shelter environment will bring him round and you've obviously got the skills to do it. When I got my moggy kittens, the shelter couldn't approach Poppy (the tortie). Within a week of coming into my house she'd turned into a soppy lovebug which the guy at the shelter couldn't believe. It's not that the shelters do anything wrong but they're not a good environment for an insecure animal.

Good luck and let us know how Simba gets on.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:43 pm 
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Oh Shantra you are a credit to the Bengal world! :D
Simba is a lucky boy coming to you, if anyone can turn him round you can :wink:
Bless him, he's probably grieving for his owner & hasn't had much love since. Shelters just don't have enough time for individuals.
Best thing at first will be to not try & get near him, just put his food in & clean his tray whilst talking to him softly all the while, you'll soon be able to assess his nature & it'll give him time to get used to the new environment. He will probably appreciate lots of boxes & things to hide in at first too.
Best of luck & please keep us updated with his progress x


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:00 pm 
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All the stuff you mentioned was exactly what I was going to do. At first I won't attempt to touch him and when I feel he is ready we might try a feather stick or something first.

And oh Ren.. thank you so very much for your kind words.. seeing that from you and from Miki on another Board is just wonderful for me as I am quite a newcomer to Bengals but just seem to have a gift with them and that is a joy because so many need help. Someone at work said earlier that Bengals are like the Pit Bulls of the cat world? I thought it was quite a good analogy given how a lot of shelters react to Bengals.

Thank you for the advice on boxes. I think I might have a couple I can put in the room and if I don't I can get some. there are a couple of cat cubes in there which actually I need to replace. Oddly the two Siamese kittens I fostered, Ping and Posey were the WORST and most destructive of the fosters.. bless em.

Here is Ping.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:04 pm 
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Awww what a little cutie!! :P
Don't be daft hun...you are doing really wonderful things & you definately have a knack with them, Simba is going to be in the best hands :wink:


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:24 pm 
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Ren.. I have NEVER had a kitten as crazy as Ping. That was how he got his name from us because he was like a Ping Pong ball.. all over the place.. think bouncing off the walls and you have got Ping.

I miss the little guy and I don't know where he went but I hope he is happy. He and his sister were shelter kittens believe it or not.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 12:19 am 
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Shantra wrote:
Someone at work said earlier that Bengals are like the Pit Bulls of the cat world? I thought it was quite a good analogy given how a lot of shelters react to Bengals.


I think that Bengals do get a hard time from people who do not know anything about them. They read all the stories about "wild cats" and terrorising neighbourhoods etc and form an opinion that is far from the truth. They are then scared of them and Bengals being quite intelligent pick up on that and it is all downhill from there.

Well done for fostering them. :)

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 5:55 am 
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Well Simba is here. He arrived about 6:00 p.m. and I had a shopping trip planned for our Grandsons birthday with my daughter in law so off we went leaving him in the room so I am late getting here.

Simba is lovely. Very affectionate cat. He came out of his carrier, slowly, cautiously, I held out my hand for him to sniff, he did and then rubbed his mouth, cheek, and the rest of him across my hand.

The lady who delivered him said the shelter people would not even let her go and get him.. they insisted on getting the carrier and taking it to him. When she tried to open the door to see if she could touch him they freaked out.

I will post some photos tomorrow of what they were all so scared of. It is very important for everyone on the forums to understand that this is not an odd reaction in many shelters across the USA. If we had not been here to take him.. they would have euthanized this beautiful and affectionate and seemingly very healthy boy for no reason other than he is a Bengal cat.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 12:09 pm 
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Aw Shantra, he sounds sweet and different to how the shelter described him, its a tragedy that so many cats are PTS just for being a Bengal....
Its great there are people like you around to be able to save some of these lives....

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 12:19 pm 
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Gosh you'd think the shelter people would be the most educated and be able to sort fact from fiction !!

Well done Shantra, I really hope you can work your magic, looking forward to seeing some pics

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 6:26 pm 
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Yeah, dad my fare share of those kind of beliefs.... But I admit, poorly socialized, mistreated, ill and so on bengal can be unpredictable. As much as any cat, what ever breed.

You are doing so important work Shantra, huge hug for you!

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 11:48 pm 
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Awww I just posted on the photo thread for him, but I'll say it again...he sounds like an absolute sweetheart, thank goodness he was rescued well done! :D
It's so upsetting how many end up in shelters...I have in my contracts that they must come back to me at any age if they can no longer be kept but who knows...in Simba's case would the relatives know about this term in the contract? Would they even think to look for a contract? Very doubtful, especially when dealing with the grief of losing their loved one & just needing to get the cat homed.
I shudder to think of any of my babies ending up in shelter, or worse still euthanised for being themselves :?


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 12:39 am 
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We will call you the bengal whisperer...it is wonderful what you are doing for these precious cats. They probably immediately calm down in your presence because they sense you energy, love, and patience and feel safe.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 3:29 am 
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Ohhh myyy.. you just made me cry. Thank you everyone.. so much.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 6:45 am 
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luvbengalz wrote:
We will call you the bengal whisperer...it is wonderful what you are doing for these precious cats. They probably immediately calm down in your presence because they sense you energy, love, and patience and feel safe.


I agree with Laura! :D :D :D

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