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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:58 pm 
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Hi all,

We picked up our first Bengal today. He is a brown spotted and nearly 2, sadly his owned moved home to a flat which wasn't proving the best place for him... so we have taken him on. Luckily we knew a reasonable amount about Bengals as a friend of my other half used to breed them... and I did lots of reading before picking him up today.

We have one dog, who is a cross and a rescue dog (Sheba). They haven't officially met yet so fingers crossed they become friends! So far Dexter is in the spare room, just getting used to his new home gradually. He's been better than expected and is letting is stroke him and fuss him. We love him already!

Any general advice or tips greatly appreciated, especially regards introducing Dexter to Sheba!

Here he is!

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:21 pm 
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Welcome to you and the gorgeous Dexter..... Congratulations on getting him..

I dont have a dog but quite a few of our members do, and i am sure will be along shortly to advise you...

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:30 pm 
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Hi and welcome to the forum to you and Dexter - he's gorgeous. I've not introduce a cat to a dog but I think the usual advice about taking thing slowly applies. The first thing is to get Dexter used to you and his surroundings. Then you can try introductions, perhaps with the dog on a lead or one of them in a crate so that they can sniff but not cause too much alarm. From then on, a lot depends on what the initial reactions are.

Good luck and do let us have more photos and updates when Dexter meets your dog.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:06 pm 
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Hi & welcome, Dexter looks lovely :D
Have a browse through the tips & advice section & you should find quite a few threads on the topic, I know Bengals & dogs have been discussed a few times.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:15 pm 
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Welcome to the forum. Dexter looks like a very handsome boy, he looks pretty big too! Selina xx

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 7:02 pm 
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Hi Congratulations on your new arrival :D He is FAB!

A few tips from me owning two dogs who had never met a cat before Joe came along...

I first of all carried Joe through to where his 'area' of the house would be in his carry box - his area is in the conservatory...he has his cat tree....litter tray...toys...and food bowls in there....

My dogs remained in their crates in the kitchen which you have to walk through to get to the conservatory...

I put joe down on one of the chairs keeping him in his carry box...and allowed him to have a look around...I then allowed him to explore his room

after not too long I placed him back in the carrier....and allowed both dogs in to have a sniff - he was protected by the carry box so it would be a safe area for him...

as there was no hissing or backing off by Joe - I opened up the carrier...

he then walked straight out of the carrier whilst the dogs noses were speedily poking him and he proceeded to purr and start rubbing round them...

I wanted the introduction to be there because he has a floor to ceiling tree and I wanted him to be able to go up high if he was at all frightened...

I did control play time with them all to start as my younger dog is quite highly strung :shock: and can be too much..but they could look at each other through the glass doors....however I have to say that once I started giving them access to each other ALL the time I noticed a real difference...ie the novelty started to wear off and Joe could move around the house without luna wanting to chase him....

Sometimes I think the more we worry the more difficult it becomes...I obviously supervise them ALL the time when they are all roaming free together...but they really do get on fantastically...

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 7:28 pm 
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Hi,

Dexter looks lovely, hope the intro goes well and they get to be friends. Can't offer you any advice on that one but let us know how it goes.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:35 pm 
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Hi, and Welcome to both you and Dexter! :D

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 6:20 am 
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Dexter is very handsome and welcome from us too. I'll be interested to how you introduce him and your dog. My mother is going to be spending more time with us and has a standard poodle that I am going to have to introduce to Tarzan. :D

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:38 am 
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Hi and welcome. Dexter is very handsome and he looks very alert and curious...he should be a lot of fun!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:22 pm 
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Hi Snally/Dexter

I have a few cats and two dogs so I can advise you on this one - basically Bengals are said to get along well with dogs and this I've found to be very true.
Our Oreo hid under a chair for most of his first week with us and only came out when the dogs went out for their walks.

During this time he became familiar with the main room in the flat and obviously expolred other areas during the night, although he didnt make any great noise.
Anyway I read that its best to introduce cats through glass as they're able to see each other but can't actually interact and this familiarises them with the sight of another cat - so with this in mind I took the dogs out into the garden and lifted the smallest - a Jack russell upto the window and tapped on the glass - Oreo came over and had a look at him and interstingly enough hid under the chair when I brought them back in only to come out a few minutes later where upon the two dogs started fussing over him licking him and sniffing him while he rubbed himself against them - and there was no looking back thereafter. Mind you they were both used to living with my other cat Casper.

Anyway good luck and hopefully something similar will happen - perhaps you should also try petting the dog and letting the cat smell your hands and visa versa

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:25 pm 
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Thank you for the welcomes and advice!

Last night Dexter was up and being very vocal from about 1am to 4.30am so that was a very long night. His previous owner says this is quite normal for him :( I'm hoping though that as he is gradually introduced to the rest of the house he'll get better during the night or it'll be a real struggle for a light sleeper like me!!

Today whilst Sheba was out for her walk I brought Dexter downstairs to the kitchen and let him have a wander around there... in fact he's still in there. There's a covered cat litter box in the adjoining hall and he's gone in there and doesn't really want to come out at the moment! Not the best sleeping spot!!!

So, no introductions to Sheba yet although they did meet yesterday through the cat box! At least he should be getting used to Sheba's smell and transferring some of his own! Not sure if they will get an official introduction tonight, just playing it by ear at the moment.

Phew! This is a little bit stressful, just want Dexter to be happy and feel at home... patience is the key I'm sure!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:25 pm 
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He looks beautiful - I love the one of him peeking round the corner.

Patience is definitely the key. I'm introducing a new kitten and one month on, two of my other cats have only just accepted being in the same room as him.

It's common for Bengals (and other cats) to be active at dawn - that's their natural hunting time. It's important not to respond when he cries at that time as it will just encourage him to keep doing it. Eventually he'll learn to adapt to your routine rather than his instinct.

Good luck with the dog introductions. Make sure Dexter is settled before you push it though.

Oh, and sleeping in litter is more common than you'd think - I don't know whether it's the smells, warmth or what but I've had a couple of cats who've done it.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 7:36 pm 
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Welcome, he looks fab. Good luck with the introductions I hope it goes well and Dexter is settled in no time. :D

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:22 pm 
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Just a little update. Dexter is no longer confined to one room, he is getting braver every day. The last couple of days he is getting more confident in getting near Sheba and being in the same room... we're really happy with his progress in getting more comfortable here although Sheba is less happy about this development. She hasn't growled at him or anything like that but she sometimes looks like she'd like to chase him!! There have been several staring matches too!! She also doesn't quite understand why she can't play with Dexter's toys, and looks a little put out when she sees him playing with his Da Bird etc!

With us Dexter is definitely getting to trust us more and more, he'll come downstairs with me and enjoys a fuss. He's more wary of my OH occasionally but I was told he takes a little longer to warm to men!

Well that's it for now, just hoping him and Sheba will get used to each other in the next few weeks and we'll be over that hurdle!


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