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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:06 pm 
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Hi,
I currently have a 2.5 yr old silver Bengal and a brown spotted that's just over a year old. Has anyone found it easier to introduce a 3rd Bengal kitten? I'm considering adding to our family and am nervous about the 2 against 1 thing happening.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:34 pm 
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Welcome to the forum. It is really a toss of the dice as to whether a new bengal will be accepted into the mix. A lot depends on the introduction of the new cat. Your two bengals have bonded and created territory for themselves. A new cat will be entering that and having to establish territory for itself. Personally, one bengal is more than I can handle, although I do have another cat. Adding a third to the mix would be a disaster in my house. But ... there are members here who have multiple cats -- Brian has three. And he gives super advice and could probably help you out. The question is why are you wanting a third bengal? For you, for your kids, for your other cats? All are going to have to live in harmony and bring a kitten in especially will take some time and lots of patience. How your 1-1/2 year old accepted your second kitten is not necessarily how it will go adding a third. Now .... things could go swimmingly well. But, I'm guessing, there would be hissing and growling from your current cats when being introduced to a new kitten. There is an introduction process with a safe room for the new kitten and swapping scents that should help things go easier, but there is never a guarantee.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:01 am 
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Darrowsingers wrote:
Hi,
I currently have a 2.5 yr old silver Bengal and a brown spotted that's just over a year old. Has anyone found it easier to introduce a 3rd Bengal kitten? I'm considering adding to our family and am nervous about the 2 against 1 thing happening.


2 against 1 really isn't a thing, imo. I'd be surprised if that happened. For the most part it's "every cat for themselves", so to me that's not a worry.

Easier to introduce a 3rd kitten? No, I think on average it should be tougher. You have more personalities involved and your cats are older now. The older the cats, the more curmudgeonly they tend to get, and the less likely they tend to like the idea of sharing the house with other pets. The only positive to me would be that you are probably better and more experienced in dealing with a multi-bengal household, so you can deal with problems better.

The other worry is that although you should be able to predict how your resident cats may react to a newcomer fairly well, based on observation of their behavior and how territorial they are towards each other or other animals they encounter, what you really can't predict is how the kitten you add into the mix will react when *that* cat becomes an adult. If you end up with a "napoleon cat", it's going to make for a tough household. It's a crapshoot, although I think with bengals you are probably more likely to get a really strong-willed territorial cat than many other breeds imo.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:48 pm 
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Thank you, Brian. I was hoping you would chime in -- and GREAT advice. as always.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:27 pm 
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I am of the opinion that you need to "tell" the other two cats that the new kitten is f0r them, not for you. Some jealousy is likely to spring from the new cute adorable kitten getting all the attention. Referring to the new kitten as "their" kitten is likely to change the way you act and help them adjust.

Make sure that the older cats get extra attention and quality time during the introduction process. Extra treats, extra good food too.

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