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PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 11:43 pm 
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I have the worlds best Bengal cat named Lucy. We recently adopted her and she had not been fixed. The breeder had too many Queens on her hands, so she rehomed her with us. She told us she was possibly pregnant and she is. She is due any day. Her babies are moving a ton. It's really such a neat experience!

I always wanted to have probably three cats. So I thought I would keep one of Lucy's kittens. However, I am really worried that it might be against her instinct and they might not get along. Lucy is such a great cat, I don't want to stress her out at all or change her in any way.

All of my cats I had previously loved their playmates, but I am not sure about Bengals or mama and kittens together. Does anyone have experience with this?


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 5:31 pm 
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I'm pretty sure that he mothering instinct will kick in and she will be fine with the kittens.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 3:21 am 
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I'm guessing all will go well.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:59 am 
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Instinct should see her right.
I recommend getting her thoroughly health checked yourself with your vet and consider insurance to cover all eventualities and costs just in case.
If she is all clear for bugs and bacteria then great, if not its best to prepare and research how to handle any infections after birthing (to protect kittens) ... im not sure what if any meds can be administered during pregnancy.

I think you should get ready for anything and while Im sure you had a lovely chat and plenty of smiles with this ''Breeder'' you should be wary of her and the care she gives her cats.
No responsible breeder would hand over a pregnant queen like this to a customer (another breeder or close relative with experience maybe)... if she had to many queens she could have given you one of the queens not currently pregnant as a discounted pet with agreement that you spay.

After this girl has had her litter you should spay her and allow her to live as a happy content family pet.
I hope everything works out happily for you, your girl and the new kittens.
Research research research :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:15 pm 
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sunnysunshine wrote:
I have the worlds best Bengal cat named Lucy. We recently adopted her and she had not been fixed. The breeder had too many Queens on her hands, so she rehomed her with us. She told us she was possibly pregnant and she is. She is due any day. Her babies are moving a ton. It's really such a neat experience!
I always wanted to have probably three cats. So I thought I would keep one of Lucy's kittens. However, I am really worried that it might be against her instinct and they might not get along. Lucy is such a great cat, I don't want to stress her out at all or change her in any way.
All of my cats I had previously loved their playmates, but I am not sure about Bengals or mama and kittens together. Does anyone have experience with this?


They might get on, they might not. The crunch time is when the kitten grows up.
At that point some natural instinct dictates that the daughter should go and make her own way in the world and not crowd the mother. Fighting and falling out will happen then. The temperament of the individuals matters, some like humans are laid back and nothing fazes them, and others will aways be picking fights. Just because they are mother and daughter there is no given that they must get on.
If both are neutered then that may mean the mother is less territorial and less likely to see the grown up daughter as a threat, so all may be fine.

If there is plenty room in your accommodation, even if they do not turn out to be bosom buddies, then both can spread out into their own "territory", only coming together if they want to. So you need to ask yourself do you actually have room for 3 cats?
Many multicat households do not fundamentally work as too many cats are having to share the same space.
Space matters to cats, if you do not have horizontal space them making safe vertical space can help.
Bengals in general like some space, I am not saying they need acres, but they do tend to like to have their own "territory", no matter how small that may be.

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