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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 2:14 pm 
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I have owned cats mostly Siamese for over 30 years but I am new to the Bengal breed. I love our new wee one's very much and I am now quite hooked by the breed. Unfortunately they do not respond to their names when called. One is 4 months old and the other is 5 months. My previous cats would always respond or at least acknowledge me if I used their names when they were in the same room. The other day one of the kittens managed to escape and although we eventually tracked him down in the garden. (It was dark at the time). He did not come to or acknowledge my calling.

Are Bengals slower at responding to human language or are they just **** minded? Neither kitten appears to have hearing problems as they respond to other noises. They came from a breeder that had a household full of cats, kittens, dogs and children so they were obviously very used to noise - perhaps they have trained themselves to switch off.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 5:53 pm 
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Bene came from the breeder as "Uri" which he was responding to well, but, I wanted him to have a more multi-lingual name (I'm an American expat in Poland so I wanted something that could be said in a heavy American accent or in a heavy Polish accent and still be understood by him). To teach him, when I fed him I would just pet him and repeat his name over and over. Same thing when he "catches" his favorite toys when we play. I'm not quite sure he understands that it's his name on the same level you or I understand it but he associates it with good things, so he regularly comes when I call, or if he's distracted, he at leasts tilts his head and lets out a meow.

Hope that helps a little, let us know how your Bengals progress

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 7:05 pm 
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Thanks for that tip. We have been doing that will just keep on trying. Interstingly we have found out today that one of them responds to the tinkling of a bell - thinks its his favourite toy. At least if he gets out again he may come back to that.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 7:28 pm 
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Train them like you would a dog - call them and treat them. Works every time.

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Asian Leopard Cat

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Jupiter thinks her name is "No" and "Stop It"! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 9:38 pm 
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Asian Leopard Cat

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cgoodall wrote:
Jupiter thinks her name is "No" and "Stop It"! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


:lol: Bungee thinks his name is "Down" or "&@*#!!!" :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 9:58 pm 
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Hobbit wrote:

:lol: Bungee thinks his name is "Down" or "&@*#!!!" :lol:


Wow- what a coincidence.....my husband's nickname is "&@*#!!!" :lol: :lol: :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 10:03 pm 
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Mine currently respond best to the swishing sound of a DaBird with sparkler attachment. :wink:


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 12:28 am 
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Ours are 5 months old now and just starting to look at me when I call their names..
Their breeder very cleverly teach all their cats and kittens to come to 'a click of the fingers'..
for a small treat ie ham/prawn..

you should see them fly to your feet shouting their heads off!!
excellent should they get out...


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 7:54 pm 
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I can't remember where I read it (probably on here somewhere) but if you use names that end in an "ee" sound they respond better. I know when we call Indiana he responds better when we call Indy instead.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 12:53 pm 
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Well that said, Bene responds best to the sound of glass breaking...the only problem is that he's usually already on the scene pretending like he had nothing to do with it...

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 1:11 pm 
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cgoodall wrote:
Hobbit wrote:

:lol: Bungee thinks his name is "Down" or "&@*#!!!" :lol:


Wow- what a coincidence.....my husband's nickname is "&@*#!!!" :lol: :lol: :lol:


:lol: :lol: :lol:

mine all know their names just cos i say them to them lots from the beginning. this doesn't mean they'll come when called. even my moggie, i'll walk through the house calling her & she'll be sat somewhere watching me go back & forth, laughing at me i'm sure :roll:

they definately choose when & when not to listen.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 11:36 am 
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Well I should be ok with 'Tilleeee' and 'Sukeeeee' but they never seem to answer to me! The only sounds that get them running to me are their biscuit bag rustling and the fridge being opened! :lol:


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Well I've just blown the theory about names ending in "eeee" as Dexter comes to his name perfectly and he only got his new name on Saturday :lol:

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:47 pm 
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Mine usually look at me when I call them but won't make the effort of moving their bums... :lol:

Onyx may come if I make a lip smacking or tongue sound ;).

Of course both respond very well to a shacken food bag :roll:

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