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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 10:50 am 
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Hi,

Before i got my bengal i did do quite a bit of reading around, this involved several months of research. I thought that i was relatively well prepared.

I was wrong however. I knew that the kitten were prone to "mad half hours". But to be honest i just thought it was the same as any other kitten.

My bengal james is an absolute mentallist. He will be fine one minute and then for no reason whatsoever, he will zoom around the house at warp speed 7, almost in a wall of death type manner. He goes from one end to the other, up the curtains, from sofa to sofa, up and down the stairs. Sometimes he appears to have stopped but when i go to stroke him, he bounces in the air and starts all over again.

When he has it out of his system, it's like it never happened and he will hop up on my lap and go to sleep.

I dont really have a problem with this as, it is for the most part, pretty amusing. Plus he doesnt cause any damage.

I would like to know though,

1) does this sound normal?

2) do bengal cats behave this way or do they grow out of it?

Thanks in advance

Adam


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 1:17 pm 
Hi Adam,

My answers are

(1) yes, this sounds normal - for a Bengal anyway! One of my boys is just the same, he randomly leaps into the air, does a somersault and then and runs from one end of the house to the other - much to the disgust of my other boy who is a bit more laid back...
(2) if anyone with older Bengals can answer this I'd also appreciate it, as my boys are now 7 months old - and the size of full-grown "normal" cats - but showing no sign of calming down :-)

At least James comes and sleeps on your lap, my two are never still for that long....

Best wishes,

Teresa


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 1:53 pm 
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Just to give you an idea of what i am talking about, here are some pics.

James in hyper mode (they are blurred because he is constantly moving)
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And this is him in off mode

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 2:20 pm 
He's gorgeous - I love the one of him stretching out...Bengals are soooo long!

I do wish my boys would settle on my lap (not at the same time, obviously!) - I can't even hold them for too long as they're always looking for a new adventure or for a new toy to play with....the best ones so far are crisp packets tied in a bow (Bert plays fetch with these) and anything stick-like (Ernie - runs around like a dog with these in his mouth).

Best wishes

Teresa


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 4:46 pm 
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hi

i'm in agreement with all the above!

my 4 have their mad 5 hours with what i call the bog brush tails and funny jumping with their backs arched trying to be top cat,running at about silly mph!
then i will be swamped with them all on me for a nap and a cuddle!
mad things but excellent fun!


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 5:15 pm 
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Well at least he's normal. Well, normal for a bengal anyhow.

If there is anyone out there with older bengals that could answer the question whether they are like this for life, or if they grow out of it at some point.

Thanks

Adam


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 6:06 pm 
Our two are 2 now and show no sign of stopping these mad sessions, in fact, they seem to be getting worse....

Yesterday I had to separate them as the male one had the female one pinned to the floor :shock:


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2006 12:27 am 
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Welcome to the forum :D

I have three boys (Lubo, Loki and Lenny) and they are just the same! Off the three would have to say Lenny is the worst though and he's turning into a right little bully trying to dominate the other 2 and my poor moggie (who is having none of it LOL). The strange this is that of the three he is also the most people orientated and LOVES lying in my arms like a baby purring like mad! The boys are 8/9 mths old now.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2006 11:58 am 
Hi FG - I had to laugh at your description of "bog-brush tails" - my two try to puff themselves up to be REALLY big when they're playing, and Ernie will jump on Bert's head to force him to join in a chase. I have to say that Ernie looks like a lemur when he's running around with his tail curled over at the top!

They both bounce around like Tigger and both of them do vertical take-off wild cat pounces onto prey (usually a crisp packet).

We bought some nuts from the supermarket yesterday (well, it is nearly Christmas!) and have found that the boys are fascinated by the sound that a walnut makes if you roll it along the floor - one thing I'll say about Bengals is that they don't need expensive toys to keep them entertained!!

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Teresa


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2006 12:26 pm 
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A lot of the mad behaviour described is common in all kittens and young cats especially if they are not allowed outside. I think that because Bengals are so athletic and muscular the mad behaviour is slightly more extreme. A bit like cooping up three young athletes in a room for a long time, they would end up doing sit ups, running on the spot, press-ups, trying to climb the walls, etc. etc.
Look at what happens in Big Brother, bad behaviour does creep in from time to time. Whereas some friends and I in the same situation might go for a walk, do some light jogging, eat some food, have a snooze.:-)

Linda.
Lenny has become the dominant male in your little tribe and as such will please himself. He likes your attention and is therefore a purry baby. He probably won't tolerate the others getting your attention and therefore they will stay away to avoid a confrontation.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2006 6:05 pm 
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Well, my male is 8 years old and my female will be 5 on Monday, and they both still do it, so I don't think there's much hope for your James settling down anytime soon! :D

They've calmed down a little as they've reached, ahem, maturity (which I have learned is purely theoretical with Bengals), but yeah, for at least 1/2 an hour a night they go nuts. What is really hilarious is when my little female (all 7 lbs of her) stalks and lies in wait for my big male (17 1/2 lbs-- yes, that's seventeen and a half. He's a moose). She has a very effective flying tackle, and can usually knock him off of his feet (the element of surprise helps a lot), but he rebounds and chases her up or down the stairs (we have a three story house, with two sets of carpeted stairs for them to race up and down). But when it's over, they are both big lap kitties. Winston in particular is a huge baby-- he wants to be held, and will lay on his back in your arms with his feet in the air, purring until he drools.

Never a dull moment! :-)

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 6:11 pm 
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oh my, what have i let myself in for?!

To be honest i kind of thought that that would be the case. It does tend to entertaining for the most part. Guess i'm just going to have to "bengal proof" my house.

Thanks for all the input

Adam


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 12:16 am 
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Your Bengal behavior sounds very typical, at least from my experience. Missy will just tear through the place, especially during the morning hours. I call this her "morning workout". :lol: Thank god I've put a collar with bells on it. It alerts me to her running towards me from behind, otherwise she'd run right between my legs at warp speed and cause me to trip! I don't know if your Bengal will slow down as he gets older; Missy is two and a half, and she's still going strong.

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Guess i'm just going to have to "bengal proof" my house.


Hence why I have had to install child-proof cabinet locks on all my cabinets to keep Missy out of them! :lol:

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