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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 12:43 am 
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Hello all,

Yesterday, my girlfriend and I picked up our baby boy, a brown spotted bengal named Ziggy!

Ziggy is a little over 10 weeks old. Since we brought him home yesterday morning, he has been very shy and is extremely startled by the sound of traffic (we live near a busy street). He seems completely unsure of what to make of everything, and continues to hide either under my bed in the bedroom or under the sofa in the living room.

I have a hunch that he is not eating/drinking as much as he should, in part because of this.


When my girlfriend or myself spend one-on-one time playing with him (with his toys) on the bed, he is fine; It is more of an issue of when he is attempting to "explore" the apartment by himself.


Any tips for helping him warm up to his new surroundings?



Thanks for taking the time to read :D


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:10 pm 
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Congratulations on becoming parents to Ziggy! You have to remember, he's only 10 weeks old and is in entirely new surroundings and is terrified! He's been separated from his mom and siblings. Wouldn't you be terrified as well? They usually recommend keeping Ziggy in a safe room with his food, toys, and litter box. Once he's comfortable there, then you can expand his territory in your home. Trust me, your home is extremely large in scale for him. The important thing is to allow him to acclimate and not force him. He will get used to everything. You want to make sure he is eating, drinking water, and using his litter box.

Some on here will say the earliest a kitty should leave his mom is 13 weeks. Please have patience with Ziggy. I know you want to pick him up all the time, snuggle, love on him. Just letting him come to you and you petting him will assure him. And playtime is very important in the bonding process.

Ziggy will come around -- it will just take some time and you've just got to be patient!


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:50 pm 
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Kokie wrote:
Hello all,

Yesterday, my girlfriend and I picked up our baby boy, a brown spotted bengal named Ziggy!

Ziggy is a little over 10 weeks old. Since we brought him home yesterday morning, he has been very shy and is extremely startled by the sound of traffic (we live near a busy street). He seems completely unsure of what to make of everything, and continues to hide either under my bed in the bedroom or under the sofa in the living room.

I have a hunch that he is not eating/drinking as much as he should, in part because of this.


When my girlfriend or myself spend one-on-one time playing with him (with his toys) on the bed, he is fine; It is more of an issue of when he is attempting to "explore" the apartment by himself.


Any tips for helping him warm up to his new surroundings?



Thanks for taking the time to read :D


I think you've kind of said it yourself, or hinted at it, but to reiterate: he's not ready to explore the house yet. Keep him confined to the bedroom for now, and don't even attempt to let him out until he is 100% confident in that room, eating, using the litterbox etc., interacting with you and so forth. Then take it slow. You'll know he's ready for another room when he starts to show interest in what is behind his closed door. Then take him to a "new" room, supervised, for a short time, then back to the saferoom. And if he's clearly scared, shaking, hiding etc., then that definitely means that you are going to fast and to slow it back down. Occasionally a kitten is "good to go" from the start, but many/most are not. My bengals were confined to their saferoom for several days before they saw another room, and not given free roam of the house until a week or two later. Neytiri was about the same. And if your kitten is a little slower than that to build up confidence, no biggie. Let him go at his own pace, you have plenty of time.

Also keep in mind that 10 weeks old is really on the young end of the age at which kittens are typically rehomed. So he might take a little longer to build his confidence than an older kitten would.

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