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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:28 am 
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Please cross post this:

Cheeto is an F1 bengal kitten that was purchased by an owner and then when the kitten had a medical emergency the owner signed him over to the hospital for the life-saving care needed. The owner did NOT contact the breeder either then or even a month afterwards and the the breeder only found out the kitten was in a rescue when someone posted the link to the Petfinder ad. The breeder is aware of the situation but because the contract is between the former owner and the breeder rather than the rescue, the breeder is not allowed to have the kitten back or to have a say where it goes. Please don't fault the hospital or rescue, they saved his life and are trying to do right by him. The person at fault here is the previous owner. The kitten is healthy now, made a full recovery and is in a 501c3 rescue in Philadelphia, PA. They are looking for the perfect home for him, the adopter must live within 2 hours of Philadelphia so they can do a home check, they do not want the kitten to go to a home with other animals or small children. This kitten was socialized well and use to children and other animals but the rescue makes the rules for adoption. It would be great to see him go to a home that would appreciate his EG status and be prepared to live with him forever. So breeders, bengal friends, if you know anyone in that area looking for a wonderful pet, please have them make contact with the rescue per the petfinder ad. Cheeto's foster mom loves him and would adopt if her life was a bit different. I asked permission from the breeder before posting this. Please feel free to cross post. Cheeto needs a home where he will be loved and appreciated.

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/20396565?rvp=1

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:18 am 
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to take him home so so so badly. I've always felt bad that I didn't rescue any, and for a third cat I have been holding out for an F1. But alas I am FIFTEEN hours away in Wisconsin. Is there any way around the 2-hour rule? I would drive or fly to get him. :cry:

On second thought, I would not be able to build an outdoor enclosure at this time, so I wouldn't be able to get him anyway. Oh well, I hope he finds a good home that can cater to his special/wild needs!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:44 pm 
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sorry, i would love to help out if i could, but i'm not in the US. i've forwarded the link on to my friends in/from the US to pass it on to other people. not sure if anybody would be interested but it's worth a try :wink:

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 3:39 pm 
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Nevermind... also prefers a home without cats!! :cry: I hope he finds a good home suited to all his needs!

Edit: Usually people who are capable and interested in taking care of an EG (especially F1) are already bengal-owners! I wonder how they are going to find a home that has no other animals.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:58 pm 
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Unfortuantely, a lot of rescues centres are misguided in a belief that Bengals shoul be only cats! Not sure why really!

Can't understand why the breeder can't take the cat from the rescue centre...

I also can't understand how a person can just buy an F1 and then not afford to pay it's vet bills, surely you insure them!!!!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:29 pm 
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Wow he is absolutely beautiful!!!! If only I lived closer to pennsylvania and he could be with other bengals. Sigh. I hope he finds a home. Poor baby has been through a lot already. I can't believe the owner would just sign him over. People make me very angry. :x

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:45 pm 
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lollo2304 wrote:
Unfortuantely, a lot of rescues centres are misguided in a belief that Bengals shoul be only cats! Not sure why really!


I also can't understand how a person can just buy an F1 and then not afford to pay it's vet bills, surely you insure them!!!!


Totally agree...if you can afford to buy an F1 you should be able to pay for a medical bill like that.

By the way, I don't think Pet Insurance in the US is anything compared to your area. The premiums are more expensive and they cover very very little with tons of limitations. I have priced it each year myself and it makes almost no sense financially, I would be better off sticking that money in a savings account.

(I am not sure what vet care on your side of the pond costs now, but its gone bananas over here in the US the last few years especially. I cannot believe how much we ended up spending on my baby Asia a few months ago for 10 days of ICU care, diagnostics, and exploratory surgery. Its staggering is all I can say....absolutely crazy.)

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:51 pm 
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allynmaxmom wrote:
Wow he is absolutely beautiful!!!! If only I lived closer to pennsylvania and he could be with other bengals. Sigh. I hope he finds a home. Poor baby has been through a lot already. I can't believe the owner would just sign him over. People make me very angry. :x


He is gorgeous, isn't he. Oh, wish I could help too!

Side note, a vet clinic will usually give you two choices.........sign that you will pay the bill so they can start emergency surgery, or sign the animal over and the clinic makes all future medical and placement decisions for the animal. Emergency obstruction surgery is probably several thousand dollars plus aftercare. It sucks, but that's the reality of it. Glad they signed him over so he could be saved and not put to sleep.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 4:28 am 
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Yes I'm glad that they didn't put that beautiful baby to sleep, but vet care is part of owning an animal. I do agree that if its an emergency and you have to make a quick decision that would be hard to come up with a couple of thousand dollars. I have gotten lucky and never had an emergency with an animal so I wasn't sure how it worked. You would think you could make payments though......

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