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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:43 pm 
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We ended up with Oska due to a number of reasons.

It starts with Bernie

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She was our 1st cat as a couple (both had our own cats before her one we still have), she was a rescue cat.

she was such a character climbed up door frames, sat on the top of cupboards in the kitchen, slept in the Christmas tree and where ever you were she was.

So when she disappeared when she was about 3years I was mortified, everywhere reminded me of her (I work from home) so after 3 weeks my husband got me a surprise

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Charlie also was a rescue cat (she came with cat flue,fleas and earmites!)

2weeks later Bernie comes back, not terrible impressed there's a kitten in the house but she gets used to Charlie

She then disappears again this time for good.

But by this time we had got used to having 3 cats around so decide to get another one

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Samba (a rescue cat ) proved to be a handful and the older 2 cats were not impressed, so we got him a playmate

Chester (maine coon)
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Who like Bernie was a real character, so when he got run over at Christmas I knew I needed a distraction.

Harvey (maine coon)
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Whilst waiting for Harvey (13 weeks is a long time!) we went to a cat show to get some toys etc and it is there that Alex got talking to some Bengal breeders, we had heard of them before but had read nothing good about the breed so had been put off, but after the show we changed our minds.

and instead of 1 cat that's a firm favourite I have 2 :D


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 9:14 pm 
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A couple of years ago I got 2 moggies, a male (Toby, 6 mos old) and a female (Zara,4 mos old), from a shelter. They get along famously but Toby plays rough and Zara is very gentle. Last year I decided to see if I could find a more appropriate playmate for Toby. I had read before about bengals and thought it would be cool to have one but I only adopt cats from shelters, I don't buy from breeders. I heard that the shelter where I got T&Z had some bengals that had been rescued from an irresponsible breeder and decided to go have a look. I had no intention of adopting one that day, I was "just going to look". Coco, 10 mos old at the time, was in her cage trembling with fear. I stroked her for a bit then picked her up and sat with her in my lap. After about 10 mins of stroking, she stopped trembling, let out a big sigh and laid her head down on my arm. I was hooked. :)

Toby and Coco aren't the great playmates I hoped they would be but all 3 of them get along fine.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 11:57 pm 
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I jokingly said I wanted a kitten to my boyfriend. The Christmas before I wanted a puppy and he got me Nintendogs :)

But the more I thought about it the more serious it became.

So Aran started looking in the local paper to find me a moggie and spotted Bengal. He got me to Google them and there was no going back. 3 weeks later I had bought lots of kitten stuff after seeing an advert for Bengal kittens online. The next day I went to see him and Indy came home with me.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:41 am 
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cocomom wrote:
Coco, 10 mos old at the time, was in her cage trembling with fear. I stroked her for a bit then picked her up and sat with her in my lap. After about 10 mins of stroking, she stopped trembling, let out a big sigh and laid her head down on my arm. I was hooked. :)


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Coco is so lucky you turned up.
I must admit we felt a bit strange getting a pedigree from a breeder instead of a resuce cat, but once you have one, they're just so different.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 1:06 am 
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My boyfriend and I bought a condo together a little over a year ago. We knew from the beginning that we wanted to get a cat as a pet. My bf works at a high end audio/video shop and one day on a visit to a client's home, he saw 2 of the most beautiful cats he had ever seen, with coats softer, silkier, and shinier than he had ever felt. He asked the lady what kind of cats they were. She said...BENGAL CAT! She then proceeded to tell my boyfriend about bengals, in general, and that they are bred from ALCs. He was sold! The minute he left that customer's home he called me and told me he wanted to get a bengal and to look them up on the internet. I did, and I was amazed at their beauty. I began to research bengals and a whole bunch of other cat breeds...at this point we had decided we were going to get a cat...SOON. After speaking with several breeders we came upon Stella. She is our first bengal ever and hopefully not the last! :wink:

We are still working on getting Stella a playmate. There is a possibility we may be bringing home an abyssinian this weekend. I'm so excited! :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 10:29 am 
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Trisha

Stella will love a playmate Abys are beautiful looking cats

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 11:53 pm 
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I love your 'picture story' oscar - although i'm sad to hear you've lost a couple along the way. Great pics x

How we ended up with a Bengal..
My partner and i moved in together 6 years ago - he had two cats, a Blue persian and a good old DSH, a tabby/tortoiseshell.

The persian, Barney, sadly died of a heart attack in 2002, aged 14.
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The DSH, Tabby, lived til the ripe age of 18, until old age got the better of her body in 2006 and we had to have her put to sleep.
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After they'd both gone, the house felt extremely empty, so we waited a couple of months before we figured it was time to get some more feline companions.

Originally we were looking for a Siamese and a Silver tabby, but with one thing and another, nothing came of it.
By chance, my partner was reading the paper at work one evening and he happened to spy an advert for two bengal cats, at a reasonable price.
The owner needed a good home for them to go to as she was moving abroad to teach for 5 years.

So - we went to see, we fell in love and we got - Saffy and Horus the Snow bengals.
And we haven't looked back since. Oh, and we want some more...but space just won't allow!! :lol:


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 9:16 am 
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you're very lucky they lived to a good age, I'm hoping the pack we have now will, Karmann my husbands original cat is doing well at 13 years.

Plus your new additions are lovely, did it take them long to settle with you?

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 2:51 pm 
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Hello!
As I said in another post, I didn't know the bengal breed even existed a year ago. I had a siamese, Mimi, who died 15 years ago and I still dream that she comes back to me after all this time. Back then, my parents began to breed english springer spaniels and they didn't want me to have a new cat. For university, I moved with my ex-boyfriend who was really allergic and I stayed with him for 9 years...
Last year, after two years of happiness with my current bf, we decided that it was time to have pets. I began looking for siamese breeders and found that one was also breeding... BENGALS! For both of us, it was love at first sight!! :D We then make a lot of research about them and contacted breeders, and Salem arrived in September last year! I had Cybile two months later, right in time for my 30th birthday!! :D
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 2:54 pm 
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I think I found out about bengals when doing random searches for ocicats online about... wow, 8 or 9 years ago? A bengal showed up in the search, and I was absolutely hooked!

I read about them, researched them, and even visited a local breeder. We almost bought one from them, but my boyfriend and I barely had money to feed ourselves, much less buy an expensive cat. (he was still in college)

Fast foward to a little over three years ago. We had moved to California and were doing very well financially. We had unfortunately lost two cats to FIP and Leukemia. (the vet thinks they had it as kittens but wasn't caught, and our move cross country stressed them to the point to bring it out? Both had been tested for luek before and had their shots, and FIP isn't something you can really test for, of course. We did wait many months before getting a new cat to be safe.)

Sooo... I started poking around bengal forums to get more information on breeders. A breeder (calcatta.com) contacted me letting me know she had two darling silver spotted (and glittered!!) boys for sale, so we nabbed one!

He ended up having a tarnished coat, but I didn't mind since we aren't interested in breeding and wanted a pet only. I absolutely adore my boy, and hope to have him for many, many, MANY years to come. I think I'm always going to need a bengal in my life. I love their unique personalities (they ARE very unique!), and I can forgive the naughtiness. :)

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 8:19 am 
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Stella will love a playmate Abys are beautiful looking cats

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We did take an Aby girl home last Sunday. She is the most affectionate cat I have ever met. Stella, our bengal, was pretty upset at first, but she seems to slowly be warming up to her new roommate. We decided to name her Penny.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 8:58 am 
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Hi Trisha,

your Aby looks really pretty...I love her colour too.
I like the long haired versions " Somali's ".....I've always wanted one :D

My husband Steve said to me yesterday that he though he saw a baby fox laying in the road. He sun his car around and drove back but it had gone. He said if it had been a baby fox he would have brought it home. Wouldn't it be great to have a pet Fox. They are beautiful animals.

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Mucho smelly though, I have been told. :D


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 9:02 pm 
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Oscarsaurus wrote:
you're very lucky they lived to a good age, I'm hoping the pack we have now will, Karmann my husbands original cat is doing well at 13 years.

Plus your new additions are lovely, did it take them long to settle with you?

Naomi


Thanks Naomi! Karmann is doing good - that's a really great age to get to. 8)

It didn't take Saffy & Horus long to settle in, if anything, they were itching to go out after 2 weeks, but we made them stay in for 6. :lol:
They enjoy each others company, so even though they grew up with other Bengal 'friends' around them, they soon forget all about them! :)
They've certainly made this house their home. :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:17 am 
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Hi Trisha

Penny looks lovely, has Stella warmed to her yet?


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