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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:49 am 
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Hello I got my kitten on Saturday and have been keeping her in my living room with food water a bed and a litter tray. She has just been hiding in the corner most of the time. Sometimes she will come out then go back in again. And everytime we go up to her she just runs away. She has been eating her food which is great. I know bengals do this when you first get them. Just wanted some advice from people if there kitten done this and how can I make her feel more comfortable .how long does it take for them to get used to everything. And when is it best to let her rom the rest of the house. Thank you for reading. X


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 1:26 am 
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I got mine at 6 months old. She hid the first night and was a little skittish the 2nd night. By the 3rd night, she was purring and letting us pet her. We've had her for 2 months now and she is totally in the middle of everything. We have 4 dogs and another kitten and they all hang out together now.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 1:36 am 
For a week Link was under the bed and wouldn't come out for anything. I think after day 6 he was adventurous and now at like 4 weeks he wants to be part of everything I'm doing lol.

Gotta make her know you trust her for her to trust you, try crawling under the bed and just laying with her, far away and don't try to touch her if she runs, she'll come to you eventually :]


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:17 am 
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Thank you your replys. After I posted this she came out and was playimg for the first time :) think thats her slowly coming out her shell. Im so delighted. Bengals are just amazing :)


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:49 am 
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We had the exact same thing happen with jax. he had a "safe zone" to stay in and all we did was make him feel comfortable without to much pressure on him. it took him a good four days for him to come out free and explore without feeling like he had to run back to his safe zone. just make him feel like he can do what he wants to do without a worry and give it time!


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:37 am 
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lauren-ruth wrote:
Hello I got my kitten on Saturday and have been keeping her in my living room with food water a bed and a litter tray. She has just been hiding in the corner most of the time. Sometimes she will come out then go back in again. And everytime we go up to her she just runs away. She has been eating her food which is great. I know bengals do this when you first get them. Just wanted some advice from people if there kitten done this and how can I make her feel more comfortable .how long does it take for them to get used to everything. And when is it best to let her rom the rest of the house. Thank you for reading. X


This is why people often recommend starting kittens off in a "safe room", so that they have a confined area that is "theirs", and they can gain confidence without being overwhelmed by a high-traffic, noisy area. Some kittens are "good to go" from the very start, but more often the experience is like yours. I still think yours could benefit from a safe room, even now.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 12:02 am 
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Glad to hear your kitty is starting to come out. It's a huge adjustment for a kitten -- a whole new environment and people to get used to. It just takes time and you need to let them go at their own pace. I know the one thing you want to do is just pick up the kitty and bond with it -- but you really have to let the kitty make the first move.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 7:01 pm 
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Yeah i did that and now shes so much better. Been playing and sleeping on lap so cute :)


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:05 am 
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lauren-ruth wrote:
Hello I got my kitten on Saturday and have been keeping her in my living room with food water a bed and a litter tray. She has just been hiding in the corner most of the time. Sometimes she will come out then go back in again. And everytime we go up to her she just runs away. She has been eating her food which is great. I know bengals do this when you first get them. Just wanted some advice from people if there kitten done this and how can I make her feel more comfortable .how long does it take for them to get used to everything. And when is it best to let her rom the rest of the house. Thank you for reading. X


That behavior is not only expressed by Bengals its expressed by all kittens and cats. Cats have a extreme flight response. Think about it your foot is heavier then it. Imagine waking up in a new place and beings that are 20x taller and weigh compared to it what a rhino weighs to you lumbering about, making noises and speaking incoherently...you would be frightened a well.

A good example is when you close a door on a cat even if your cat is on the other side of the room usually its very aware you did this. Alot of times the cat will go to the door even if your in the room...you cut off its possible escape route.

Playing is a great way to get your kitten to come out of its shell. Since she is doing that already you are doing well. Also sometimes some cats are just simply neutral to humans. Hopefully that is not the case but it happens more then you think.


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