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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2016 7:56 pm 
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Hi, I have a 3 year old moggy and recently purchased a baby bengal. Fortunately the two have bonded but my Bengal is extremely "full on" and Freda tires of her quickly. I almost purchased another Bengal, 9 weeks old when my husband had a fit of the "what if they don't all get on" so we cancelled. Have I left it too late ? As Smegal is a kitten I thought it would be a play mate for her. Any advice ? Or is it really just the luck of the draw if they get on or not ? Love this breed BTW even though it seems they are complete nutters !!!!


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:00 pm 
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I'd say they're more likely to become mates if they're young when introduced - so if you believe a second kitten would help ease the burden on your older cat then you should decide :) You can also try to ask the breeder, they should know what type of cat would fit best. Some allow for a trial period before you decide, but I'm not sure if all do this


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:41 pm 
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Smegal wrote:
Hi, I have a 3 year old moggy and recently purchased a baby bengal. Fortunately the two have bonded but my Bengal is extremely "full on" and Freda tires of her quickly. I almost purchased another Bengal, 9 weeks old when my husband had a fit of the "what if they don't all get on" so we cancelled. Have I left it too late ? As Smegal is a kitten I thought it would be a play mate for her. Any advice ? Or is it really just the luck of the draw if they get on or not ? Love this breed BTW even though it seems they are complete nutters !!!!


It's kind of a tricky thing, and you are always taking a risk when adding another cat to a household that already has cats. Whether they get along, or how well they get along, is a combination of the various cat's personalities, their ages, the space that they will be sharing, and your ability to be patient, problem solve, and work through problems.

The best scenario that would give the best chance of success is young cats (like < 1 year old), a large living space with lots of vertical space (cat trees, perches, shelves etc), with a patient and experienced owner, and probably most importantly: cats that are socialized to other cats and aren't overly territorial and uptight.

BTW, 9 weeks is really too young to take a cat home, and would be especially detrimental in a case like yours where ideally you'd want to be bringing home a kitten that has had 12+ weeks of being with mom and the other siblings. That extra socialization, I think, would certainly improve the odds that at least that kitten would know how to relate to other cats.

But the "what if they don't get along" question is a good one to ask, and to have a plan for. My attitude when I added Neytiri to the two bengals was that, worst case, I'd simply keep them apart, indefinitely as necessary. But that I would put in the work to make it work over time. Fortunately, it didn't come to that. After a 1 week (or so) period, all cats were somewhere between tolerant and friendly with one another, which is still true today, 5 years later. You hope for "best friends" but gladly settle for "willing roommates which occasionally have typical roommate sorts of squabbles". That's what I told myself anyway, but if I was being honest, there is always that possibility that the two cats may just not get along, and one (hopefully the newest one) will have to be carefully rehomed into a more compatible home in the very worst case scenario.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:37 pm 
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Cats have different personalities. If you get another kitten, there is a good probability your two kittens will get along. The problem with bengals is their high energy level -- even as adults. A moggie can't keep up with them, period! And most older cats just want a kitten to go away and leave them alone. It's really a coin toss, but you can help the situation by doing a proper introduction.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 10:22 am 
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" I almost purchased another Bengal, 9 weeks old"

I hope by that you mean - it is currently 9 weeks old but wouldn't come to us for another 4 weeks. If you have a kitten farmer selling them off at 9 weeks please name and shame them.


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