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 Post subject: Just got our 1st BC
PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:10 am 
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Been lurking reading over some posts and decided to introduce ourselves.

We've just picked up our 1st Bengal. Her name is Piper.

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She doesn't have papers, the dad was Bengal but the mom is Bengal/Manx mix.

She is 11 weeks old.

Just wondering what should we expect for the next few months. Most of the posts I've read are kittens over 6 months old.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:34 am 
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I really don't want to be rude but in order to call a cat a Bengal, it must be a pedigree, purebred Bengal (i.e. mother and father pure bengal with registration papers and a family tree of bengals and asian leopard cats). Otherwise it's just a moggie! Your little kitty is very cute, but unfortunately not a Bengal. Also I believe the Manx cat carries a tailless gene, so I would imagine the breeders were not being very honest with you. I hope they weren't dishonest with you about how much you paid for her. She's a beautiful girl, but just a moggie! Enjoy your new kitten and hope you can enjoy learning about Bengals here on the forum.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:47 am 
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Didn't pay much as it was from a rescue.

Its okay if she is a mudblood. She is still 3/4s Bengal and I assume will act the same so the forum will still be a great source of information for activities and traits.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:49 am 
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Hi there and welcome to the forum, Piper is a real sweetie, the pictures are a bit small to see her very clearly though....

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 1:08 am 
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Piper wrote:
Didn't pay much as it was from a rescue.

Its okay if she is a mudblood. She is still 3/4s Bengal and I assume will act the same so the forum will still be a great source of information for activities and traits.


which rescue? that's great that they had all the parental details for you. moggies can act a lot like bengals even when they don't have any bengal in them so i'm sure you will find this forum useful! :D

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 1:15 am 
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I'm sure you'll have lots of fun with little Piper, what a cutie :D
If you look in the tips & advice section there are a lot of threads about settling in new kittens. If you can't find the answer to any specific questions, ask away :wink:


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 1:32 am 
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Hope these pics are bigger

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It wasn't a rescue in the sense of a business. Just a lady that saves cats from people who have to give them up. She said she saw the parents.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:16 am 
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Are you sure it was a Manx & not a Maine Coon? I am aware of one person who has a Maine Coon crossed with a Bengal & then mates her back to a Bengal to get the "3/4 Bengal 1/4 Maine Coon", but still technically a crossbreed.
Just asking as the coat length & the little tufts on her ears would be more typical of that particular cross breed.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:35 am 
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bundles of bengals wrote:
Are you sure it was a Manx & not a Maine Coon? I am aware of one person who has a Maine Coon crossed with a Bengal & then mates her back to a Bengal to get the "3/4 Bengal 1/4 Maine Coon", but still technically a crossbreed.
Just asking as the coat length & the little tufts on her ears would be more typical of that particular cross breed.


not to mention the manx tailless gene is a dominant gene and that kitty has a tail! :D

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:39 am 
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nekosushi wrote:
not to mention the manx tailless gene is a dominant gene and that kitty has a tail! :D


Aah but pedigree Manx can also come with tails :wink:
It just made me wonder as I haven't heard of a Bengal Manx cross but I have heard of Bengal Maine Coon crosses & little Piper's coat seems to have Main Coon traits.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:45 am 
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bundles of bengals wrote:
nekosushi wrote:
not to mention the manx tailless gene is a dominant gene and that kitty has a tail! :D


Aah but pedigree Manx can also come with tails :wink:
It just made me wonder as I haven't heard of a Bengal Manx cross but I have heard of Bengal Maine Coon crosses & little Piper's coat seems to have Main Coon traits.



ooo i've been told!!! :lol: :arrow:

why am i still awake?? I have my first day at my new job tomorrow!!! ACK

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 3:17 am 
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She said the father was nearly 30 lbs so maybe the Dad was bred with Maine Coon?

She said half the kittens had tails and the other half didn't. Don't know if that is possible or not.

She'll be going to the vet this week as she is due for shots so maybe they can help determine the mix.


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whatever of the mixes she is.. she is just so cute! I love those fluffy ears. She is going to be a gorgeous big cat.

Also interested in what you said about what makes a Bengal a Bengal Steph. Sure enough for showing in Pure Bred classes I would need papers for mine which I don't have.. but looking at them I have no doubt they are Bengals. Although they did keep calling Saki a spectacular red tabby at her first show!

I saw an interesting mix kitten at that show too. It was with a lady who breeds both Abyssinian and Somali. Well.. one of her Aby males got out and before she found him he had mated no less than three Somali queens. OOOPS.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 10:13 am 
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Hi and welcome to the forum. Piper is lovely and I'm sure is going to lots of fun. If you've got any questions about settling her in or what to expect, then ask away.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:05 am 
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Lovely looking kitten. :)

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She said half the kittens had tails and the other half didn't. Don't know if that is possible or not.


Yes, that is what you would expect. The tailless gene is dominant, but is lethal in the homozygous form in that the kittens usually do not survive in the womb, so basically all tailless Manx are heterozygous.
Bred to a tailed cat like a Bengal, 50% will have tails and 50% will be tailless.

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