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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 6:09 am 
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Purdie still goes to sleep at night in her safe room and I'm wondering if this is ok, and how long we can do this? She has only been with us for 9 days and we have a dog that I'm slowly introducing to her.

Also, now that she is confident she is really bullying our little dog if she gets the chance. I don't really know what to do. They are eating together, which is going well and our dog is very patient, but she is frightened of Purdie as she keeps running at her. There isn't any hissing or growling from Purdie and I actually think she's playing, but I'm really feeling sorry for our dog. Any opinions on this?

Lastly! Can Catnip make her start acting like she's on drugs? She had a new toy with some in yesterday and she turned into a crazy cat.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:28 am 
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hanthom wrote:
Purdie still goes to sleep at night in her safe room and I'm wondering if this is ok, and how long we can do this? She has only been with us for 9 days and we have a dog that I'm slowly introducing to her.
Also, now that she is confident she is really bullying our little dog if she gets the chance. I don't really know what to do. They are eating together, which is going well and our dog is very patient, but she is frightened of Purdie as she keeps running at her. There isn't any hissing or growling from Purdie and I actually think she's playing, but I'm really feeling sorry for our dog. Any opinions on this?
Lastly! Can Catnip make her start acting like she's on drugs? She had a new toy with some in yesterday and she turned into a crazy cat.


Yes Catnip is in reality "drugs for cats", I never use catnip.
I feel the Bengal is a crazy enough cat as it is, without getting them high on drugs.

I think you need to stop the cat "terrorising" the dog, I am sure she is only playing.
Bengals, if they realise they have the upper hand, can end up bullying weaker individuals. I believe it is in their nature to suss out the weak and take control. My concern is that if the dog is scared and gets backed into a corner, it will retaliate. If the dog is a lot bigger than Purdie, then you have a real problem.
You need to work on your dog's confidence and also show Purdie that her behaviour towards the dog whether playing or not, is not acceptable. You have to be careful, as your goal is for both to feel comfortable, so you cannot dent Purdie's confidence too much. You do not want a cat that is scared of the dog either...

We usually get the cats we deserve. Training them to act in ways that we make them a good part of our lives and our family, needs started early, just like children. We do not allow children to bully. even though they may be "only playing", it is the same with the cat.
A cat is not a fluffy toy, most nice, well behaved, well balanced cats that fit in with our ways, have learned to act that way from being handled well by their owners.
It is not a given, especially in an animal like the Bengal, that the cat will turn out OK, with no work being required on our part.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 1:35 pm 
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Thanks Elaine. I will be losing the new toy right away!

I have been stopping Purdie by kind of shooing her away and letting my dog sit with me. It is really difficult as like you say I don't want Purdie to be frightened of our dog either. I will continue doing what I am doing and hope that Purdie starts to understand that she cannot "play" like that.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:20 pm 
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I love it when cats and dogs become the best of friends. Good luck. Catnip doesn't do much for my kitty.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:51 pm 
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About half of cats are affected by cat nip to varying degrees.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:45 am 
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hanthom wrote:
Thanks Elaine. I will be losing the new toy right away!


Mine get catnip as a treat from time to time, and they do have some catnip toys that they enjoy. I certainly have not read anything that says it is bad for them in moderation. And they clearly enjoy it. So denying it to them based on some half-baked notion that they are somehow "druggies" just seems mean-spirited imho.

It's easy to make the "drugs" anology, but perhaps it's more like a kid that has had some sugar, or a person that has had a redbull, or a double latte or whatever, except that unlike those other things, we're talking about an unprocessed common herb found all over in nature.

This from the AVMA:
https://www.avma.org/News/PressRoom/Pages/Catnip.aspx

"Besides making cats relaxed and happy, Dr. Sternefeld says that catnip can lead to additional health benefits, such as stimulating cats to exercise and play. In addition, a little catnip in a carrier can help ease the stress of traveling or help settle nerves for a visit to the veterinarian."

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 5:32 pm 
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Hi!

Just wondered how Purdie and your dog are getting on now? Any progress with curbing the play with the dog?

Hopefully once your second kitten arrives it will give Purdie another play outlet as well :)

Mine both have catnip and valerian toys from Happy House Cats and i've never really thought that it makes their behaviour unmanageable or over the top so i think its perfectly fine now and again.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 8:14 pm 
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piggle13 wrote:
Hi!

Just wondered how Purdie and your dog are getting on now? Any progress with curbing the play with the dog?

Hopefully once your second kitten arrives it will give Purdie another play outlet as well :)

Mine both have catnip and valerian toys from Happy House Cats and i've never really thought that it makes their behaviour unmanageable or over the top so i think its perfectly fine now and again.


Valerian is a sedative, so is hardly going to contribute to unmanageability.

Cat-nip is different. Its effects can be hallucinogenic some say similar to LSD or marijuana.
"A typical response includes sniffing, chewing, licking, head shaking, and chin, cheek, and body rubbing (in that order). Additional responses may include stretching, drooling, jumping, licking, aggression, and hyperactivity."

I just see no need to "medicate" normal cats with substances that have such effects on them.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:21 pm 
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junglerose wrote:
piggle13 wrote:
Hi!

Just wondered how Purdie and your dog are getting on now? Any progress with curbing the play with the dog?

Hopefully once your second kitten arrives it will give Purdie another play outlet as well :)

Mine both have catnip and valerian toys from Happy House Cats and i've never really thought that it makes their behaviour unmanageable or over the top so i think its perfectly fine now and again.


Valerian is a sedative, so is hardly going to contribute to unmanageability.

Cat-nip is different. Its effects can be hallucinogenic some say similar to LSD or marijuana.
"A typical response includes sniffing, chewing, licking, head shaking, and chin, cheek, and body rubbing (in that order). Additional responses may include stretching, drooling, jumping, licking, aggression, and hyperactivity."

I just see no need to "medicate" normal cats with substances that have such effects on them.


Catnip is often also associated with giving a calming effect as well, as does valerian...hence why I mentioned it. I have always found it has a calming effect on my cats personally. It has a variety of effects on different cats.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:08 pm 
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piggle13 wrote:
Hi!

Just wondered how Purdie and your dog are getting on now? Any progress with curbing the play with the dog?

Hopefully once your second kitten arrives it will give Purdie another play outlet as well :)

Mine both have catnip and valerian toys from Happy House Cats and i've never really thought that it makes their behaviour unmanageable or over the top so i think its perfectly fine now and again.



Things are much better! Purdie is calming down around my dog and they even have a nap together now and then. I think lots of Purdie's behaviour is because she wants to play, but my dog doesn't understand! I think your are right about getting our 2nd kitten, she seems as though she would really enjoy having another cat to run around after.

5 weeks until we get our boy, we still need to give him a name!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:30 am 
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That's great! Glad to hear they are getting on better now :)

Bengal kittens can be a little overbearing during play for other animals so i'm glad to hear they seem to have a little more understanding of each other now! Gosh only 5 weeks?! Time is flying!!

Are you still deciding between Teddy or Monty or do you have some other ideas now?

p.s. I am still incredibly jealous that you are getting one of Lollo's kittens!!!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 2:15 pm 
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What???????? You are getting one of lollo's kittens?? Wow, I am incredibly jealous too!!! First you come on with one of the best looking bengals I've seen in a while and now one of my babies too :wink: which Tonk are you getting? All of the are INCREDIBLE so which ever one I know he will be stunning!!!!!!

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 2:50 pm 
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bkilgore wrote:
What???????? You are getting one of lollo's kittens?? Wow, I am incredibly jealous too!!! First you come on with one of the best looking bengals I've seen in a while and now one of my babies too :wink: which Tonk are you getting? All of the are INCREDIBLE so which ever one I know he will be stunning!!!!!!


:lol: :lol: :lol: EXACTLY what i was thinking Bkilgore, some people get all the luck eh :wink:

I believe she is getting the GIANT kitten, purple? Am i right Hanthom? I still think Monty would be a perfect name!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:04 pm 
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I just had to look back at lollo's site and man oh man!!! Those babies are toooooo cute and they are getting so big!! I love all of them and unlike Bengal kittens they all look so different and each has their own cute little expression!! If I could I would fly out I get one :sad:

You will have your hands full but it is a MUST you post tons of pics of both of them!! :exclaim:

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I actually think Teddy would suit him because he is like a cuddly teddy bear! He's a real cutie and I got a lovely cuddle and purr from him this afternoon when I came home after a brief hospital stay!

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