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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 1:59 pm 
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Bengal Kitten

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Hi, I am new here.

Well I am interested in owning a bengal cat but I would like it to be a kitten. I have looked at many pictures of bengal cats and they are just the most beautiful domestic cats I have ever seen. I like big cats, but obviously their temperament can not be tamed, bengals are the next best thing to them. I have never owned a cat before, does anyone have any tips for owning a bengal for a person who has not owned a cat before.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 2:13 pm 
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I wasn't a cat lover until I discovered Bengals! :D
They very best thing you can do is take your time and read/research all you possibly can. This forum is full of really useful information and so are all the websites of members here and non-members alike. Read read read...that's what I did! :D
Also visit as many breeders as you possibly can. Meet the cats in person. A breeder who raises their cats at home is the best place to meet the Bengals, as you'll see them in a home environment.

If you don't find the info you need feel free to ask! Good luck and welcome to Bengal madness!! :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 2:41 pm 
Like Hobbit, I wasn't a cat person either....before I discovered Bengals, and now I am an addict!

Hmm, general advice - Bengals are addictive - one is never enough!

Seriously though, they are very intelligent and vary between being extremely lively (or is that insane?!) to snoring away in a warm spot for hours on end. It's probably not ideal to have a single Bengal if you're out at work all day, because a bored Bengal is a mischievous creature indeed!

They are very dog-like and some play fetch happily for hours. They are a lot more devoted and affectionate to their owners than many cats and will wait by the door for you to come home at night or follow you around the house just in case they're missing something interesting...

Most love water (although my two aren't that bothered) and generally they like to be as high as possible so I often find mine peering down at me from the top of a wardrobe, or else they will climb up on my hubby's shoulder to have a better view.

They make very strange noises - not at all cat-like, especially if they spot a bird outside or there's a fly on the window.

I wouldn't be without my two, they are fantastic company (even though one of them had gone into a kitchen drawer this morning and had mistaken a lightbulb for a bouncing ball :roll: ) - so go for it!

Best of luck

Teresa


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 3:09 pm 
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Thanks for the advice so far, I wasn't much a cat lover until I saw the Bengal cat theres something about Bengals that make you love cats! :) I will do as much research, before buying one of these beautiful cats. I am a student so I will be away from my house most parts of the day. So two of them would be ideal? Because at the moment I think I could only look after one at a time.

But I can see what you mean, about one bengal is not enough! I like that they are very outgoing cats and like to follow where you go all the time. Do they like being held most of the time?

What must I look out for when finding the right kitten for me? Are they still really small and cute by 13 weeks old?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 3:28 pm 
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ilovebengals wrote:

But I can see what you mean, about one bengal is not enough! I like that they are very outgoing cats and like to follow where you go all the time. Do they like being held most of the time?

What must I look out for when finding the right kitten for me? Are they still really small and cute by 13 weeks old?


Hi again :D
The point of having 2 Bengals if you're going to be out all day(or frequently in the evenings) is that they love company and are easily bored, and a bored Bengal can be destructive (or just lonely). Like toddlers, they amuse each other and it's generally agreed that 2 are no more difficult to care for than one.

My 2 are half brother and sister and have known each other all their lives. They are absolutely inseparable and are the best of friends! If we get busy and need to spend alot of time away in the evening, then I know they have each other and they're happy.

Bengals, like all cats, can vary in size. My girl is half the size of my boy! At 13 weeks they're still very kittenish just not "cuteoverload teacup kitten" size :lol: They do grow fast!


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 5:17 pm 
Hi, once again I agree with Hobbit!! Two Bengals really are no more trouble than one and they really aren't solitary cats - their need to be with their humans so much demonstrates this very well!

As for being held, it really depends on the individual cat I guess. My Bert likes being picked up now, although he used to struggle away as a youngster. He loves being high up so often gets up on his back legs and "pats" one of us on the leg to be picked up - very cute! Ernie on the other hand wants to be picked up only to the point at which you actually do it, then he wants to be put back down again! I just think he doesn't like to feel that his brother is getting more attention.....

Size-wise, yes, they're not tinies at 13 weeks, but they still have a lot of growing to do. My boys are nearly 2 years old now and weigh about 14 pounds each (another reason to think before picking them up :shock: )

If you like, take a look at my photos on Facebook - you'll see my two from a very young age, with some photos from the breeder and then pictures I took as they grew up.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2 ... =609285648

I think some people start off with one but almost all end up getting another - and from what I have heard, it's far easier to start off with two at the same time than try and bring a new kitten into the established home of another cat....there are people on the forum that can give you advice on this though!

Regards

Teresa


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 6:41 pm 
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hi & welcome.

how exciting, taking your first steps into bengal madness :lol:
the best advice would be to get out there & meet some. visit a few breeders, letting them know you aren't interested in buying just yet but would like to meet some in the flesh. make a list of things you would like to ask, so you don't forget when you're there. it's easy to be wowed by the cats & forget things you wanted to say :wink:

most of us breeders would be happy to oblige you on coming to meet the cats, it shows somebody being sensible before taking the plunge.

or, go to a cat show & see a selection & have a chat with a few breeders all in one place. you won't get an idea of them in a home environment this way, but it's a chance to talk to a selection of different people & maybe make your mind up who you would like to visit later. there's usually around 1 a month around the home counties area, in fact there's one in reading this coming saturday.

ask any questions on here if you can't find the answers, we're always happy to welcome newcomers & try our best to help out :D


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 1:36 pm 
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Hello all,

My girlfriend and I just got two young female bengals. They are so beautiful and love them to bits!

I have had them for 3 days now and was wondering how long it's likely to take until them start playing with toys and coming up to us etc as they're still cuddling up to one another in their bed! It is cute though!!

We can pick them up but we have to go to them and they're still nervous but once they relax, they do fall asleep on us!

Regards,

Chris


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 2:16 pm 
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I think the simple answer is that they're all different but if they're already content to sleep on your knee, then they're obviously settling in OK. I got mine when they were 16 weeks old and actually started to feel a bit left out because they seemed to get all the fuss and reassurance they needed from each other. It was several weeks before they regularly came and demanded attention, and even longer before they jumped on my knee for cuddles. Just give them lots of fuss when you can and talk to them a lot but don't force physical contact on them. Nowadays, mine will sit on my knee and they do demand to be stroked but Dolly still doesn't like to be picked up and cuddled, whereas Daisy does (provided she's on her back and having her tummy tickled).

In terms of playing with toys, try playing with wand-type toys - I usually find the instinct to chase something wriggly is too strong for them to ignore and if you're on the end of the wand, they'll start to associate you with playtime.

Let us know how you get on - you'll have a wonderful time seeing how they develop.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 6:25 pm 
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Once your babies come out of their shells, they won't leave you alone believe me! And don't forget catnip...lots of it too! :lol:

And welcome here! :wink:

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 3:46 pm 
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It took a little time for my guy to warm up to me after I first got him.

Now he is over three years old and I'm definitely his "favorite". He follows me from room to room, and constantly wants attention.

He is NOT a lap cat though. He'll lay on or beside me almost every night, but he isn't going to curl up in my lap. He doesn't like being held either, but he'll tolerate it every now and then.

What he does do is headbutt. ALL the time. He's on my desk ALL the time. Rubs against my legs, ALL the time, or he'll simply sit nearby and blink at me all day... like he's doing as I type this. :)

If you've never had a cat before, beware! LOL... bengals tend to be a bit more loud, and a bit more... rowdy. Having two will help because they can bounce some of that behavior off of each other.

I have three cats, and out of them, the BENGAL is the one who is super picky about his litterbox. It has to be scooped daily or he's going to go elsewhere. Ugh. It does force us to be extra clean about it though, so I guess that isn't a bad thing. :)

Haha, right now he's on the floor tapping my tortie girl's head trying to make her play with him. She is whining, and he is now maowing loudly because she doesn't want to play... haha... yes, he pouts all the time too. :P

All in all, I wouldn't trade him for the world. You're very smart for looking into this breed!

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