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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 4:50 am 
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It took a lot of restraining, (mainly of the mrs) but we have finally put down a deposit on four boys. We both realise we are most likely insane, and we most likely are. We have accepted that there will be no more 'quiet life' and have already written off the sofa and curtains, so if they survive, it's bonus.

Now it's time to get a move on and get the decorating done, get the shelves up, etc. Thankfully the breeder has agreed to keep hold of the boys until after our holiday, so everything should be done by then. Pick up date atm is the 8th Nov. Roll on! :D


And here I thought I was daring with two. Congrats and enjoy the madness! This is their third week with me and mine are doing great. They bring so many opportunities for happiness and silliness to my otherwise rather boring life.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 12:05 pm 
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I can't wait to hear about and see the pictures of all the mischief they are going to get up to!

Crazy, crazy, crazy - but best of luck and I'm sure you are going to have a blast lol

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 8:36 pm 
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Wow, four! Do you have pictures?

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 10:48 am 
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We have our boys!

We picked them up last night and got home about 18:30. They travelled well for the hour drive, Sirius was quite vocal for the first 15 minutes or so but they all huddled together in a corner of the cage. Expectantly they were quite apprehensive about taking their first steps from the cage once it was inside in the warm. However they all eventually ventured out. A little surprising was that the smallest, Nyx, was the most eager to explore his new world, followed by Sirius, Vega and Titan took a little longer, Titan was initially happy to just hide in the nearest corner he could find.

Their room is rather large, admittedly, (a lounge diner) and having nearly finished decorating their are undoubtedly lots of strange smells. They have two large litter trays, which they are using, good news there! A large water bowl, and two (of four at a time, but a total of eight) food bowls down as the moment. They also have two large boxes, both with a towel, and their cage, also with a towel, and the smaller of two cat trees set up. The second larger tree is being built as I type.

We still have to move more furniture in from it's temporary location (due to decorating) but that will come once we have the skirting boards back on.

All in all they appear to be settling in rather well so far. This morning they were still trying somewhat to hide away, I'm guessing that's just because of my presence, but a few hours later and they already seem more relaxed and more inquisitive and interactive. Nyx and Sirius are helping to build the large tree, aka stealing screws. Don't worry, they are chunky things and they are just getting patted around, not eaten!

Pictures will follow soon!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 11:03 am 
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For anyone interested, these are the two cat trees we have for the boys.

The large

Http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004 ... ge_o02_s00

The smaller

Http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00K ... ge_o03_s00

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 3:14 pm 
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once we have the skirting boards back on.


Are the skirting boards off in the room they are in?
I once fostered a young cat for the CP and I was decorating too. The skirting boards were off in a section of the room, but the gap was tiny and we never thought anything about it,
The cat went straight down under the floor via the skirting board gap. The underfloor area was about 2 feet deep and there was no sign of the kitten for days, I raised the trapdoor in the bathroom and left food out and that disappeared so I knew she was still alive but there was no sign of her. Eventually we had to get a live-trap to trap her under the floor.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 3:41 pm 
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They are at the minute. I understand your concern, but we have just laminated over existing floorboards, so there is no way to get under the floor!

On another note, pics have just been added to the gallery here www.bengalcatforums.com/forums/viewtopi ... 10#p239410

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:20 am 
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You must be so excited now they've arrived and are settling in to their new surroundings! I see they are loving their cat tree - we have one very similar to your large tree and our boys love it! I really like the other one you have as well, but my other half won't let me order one. I only got away with the one we have as he was away at sea as he thinks its a monstrosity lol

He does enjoy watching them play on it though so doesn't complain too much anymore...

I'm looking forward to many more pictures and tales of what your little rascals are getting up to!!!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:04 pm 
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Time for an update, it's been a little while.

The boys are doing good, really good. Their personalities are growing almost as much as they are. This might turn into a bit of a ramble so I'll try and keep some kind of structure.

Personality wise, it's rather interesting. Each has their own ways, to say one seeks more attention than another, wouldn't be right. They each seek attention, but in different ways.

Nyx is so cute when he sleeps, if he wakes up slightly, he'll 'mew' loudly, then slowly get quieter until he's drifted back off to sleep. He's not 'as cuddly' as could be, and he's happy to claim the highest spot on either cat tree and sleep. His favorite toy is any one of the little mice that have been chewed off the cat trees, as they rattle, and he know that sound, from anywhere! He is a hungry little guy, second only to Vega, and a fast eater too. His little meal time quirk was to growl (quite literally like a dog) at anyone who got too close to his bowl.

Titan is the heavyweight atm, but surprisingly he's got a quirk with food. He had to make sure that his brothers have the same food as him before he gets stuck in to his own. Titan has a wierd thing about trying to suckle on one of his brothers bellies when he gets tired and sleepy, it's not too often, but he does do it occasionally.

Sirius is the escape artist of the four, he has a thing for attempting to get out the living / dining room and into the hall with the stairs & front door. He's the cuddliest of the four, followed by Vega, but Sirius is usually happy to settle down on a lap even while his brothers cause havoc around the rest of the room. He also has a thing for trying to suckle, but he only does it to his own belly, and makes a loud job of it too! But you should hear him purrr while he does, it's loud! He's also the picky eater. He also stands in, or paddles, at the water bowl, before he drinks, he's funny to watch.

Vega, despite his "squint" which is actually the inner eyelid not retracting properly, is one lively dude, and a hungry one at that! He doesn't let anything stop him joining in with his brothers playing and play fighting. He still ventures under the sofa now and then, but mostly to get whatever toy is under there, out. He's also guaranteed to be the first one waiting for us to come out the kitchen with their food too.

The story so far.

After just over a week, we tried the boys with some natures menu. Now I'm not knocking anyone who says to wait a while before changing the diet, if we'd have had just one kitten, we would have waited longer. The fact is, we chanced it earlier as so many things were going to plan. If we had thought any one of the boys were stressed, we would have waited. Anyhow, we have just switched to natural instinct raw food, and the boys are real hungry for it. They love the stuff atm. We keep checking the litter box for anything to be worried about, but so far everything appears to be going well. The last two weekends we have tried them with fresh washed chicken wings, this in itself was an experience. Nyx will have a lick and a sniff, but like Vega, he's not too bothered about actually eating them. Titan and Sirius however, do eat them, down to the bone, Titan prefers to throw his around a bit first, where as Sirius is happy to get right down to ripping the wings apart. They are currently eating about 125g of raw a day, and I'm sure they would eat more given the chnace. It'll be interesting to see how they weigh in the next vet visit.

We are hoping to put up some of the shelves in the next few weeks, and soon after xmas we will have words with a local carpenter about having the bespoke cabinet made which will also enable us to put up the last few shelves. At some point I'll get around to taking a pic of the shelves before and after they go up. I'm also hoping to order the cat wheel in the new year, as we need the cabinet first to accommodate some stuff.

The boys are all getting much much better at balancing, climbing (thankfully not the curtains) and jumping, and have just had the tips of their claws clipped again last night. They must have a really long day, as when I'm up at 4:45 for work, they are awake and ready to play, then the other half gives them breakfast when she gets up. She gets home a couple of hours before me and feeds them again, then they have dinner when we goto bed. We have also managed with little stress and much success to get each of them to wear a simple harness, to the point where they are happy enough to goto sleep with them on. So making progress there too.

I'm impressed with their learning of human meal times, for the most part, they now will not even jump up onto the table when we are sat eating, we just get ignored, or the occasional stretch on hind legs to sniff, but nothing major.

All in all, four Bengal kittens, with much love and attention, equal one manic, but happy happy family, I honestly wouldn't change anything so far, for the world. In a way, having the four all at once is probably easier, in some ways. Aside from 4x the cost, it's easy to remember things like worming, and checkups etc. It would be harder if we had more cats than hands, collectively, but luckily we are at an equal on that front.

More to come soon, along with graveyard pics after weekend one & two of wings! Next up, drumsticks.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:30 pm 
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:thumbup: I'm so glad it's going well and they've settled in so nicely!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 11:24 pm 
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Would love to see some photos of them all together :)

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:43 am 
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Thanks Donna! They seem to be doing really well.

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Would love to see some photos of them all together :)


There's their album topic here viewtopic.php?f=11&t=21406&p=239410#p239410 with a bunch of pics, I just pick the best ones to post but there's also a link to their photobucket album with a few more un-posted pics.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 8:24 pm 
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Evening all.

Right well, I know I've got the days right good time, all four boys are booked into the vet for the snip, on Weds. The assistant said because of the anesthesia, they would keep them during the day, so the mrs will pick them up on her way home from work. At least we will know their current weight, on the day.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 4:14 pm 
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Good luck! I'm sure it will all go smoothly.

Diesel was not the slightest bit put out when he had it done, so hopefully your boys will be the same.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 7:06 pm 
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Thanks Donna.

Yeah I'm sure they'll be fine, they will be at the vets all day, so if any of them did have any issues they couldn't really be in a better place. Just waiting for Wednesday to roll around now.

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