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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 9:41 pm 
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Hi, I'm new and I'm looking to adopt two Bengals, but I'm not sure what combination would be best. I would probably be getting one kitten and introducing a young adult a bit later. Has anyone seen a particular combination that generally works best?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 10:36 pm 
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Hi there and welcome. :D

From experience? One of each to balance things out. :wink:

Females can be a bit skitty and like to do things on their terms, they can also be timid and don't particularly like to be held.

Male cats, from my experience, are laid back, very easy to get on with, and like to be held. I think male cats are more tolerant.

Of course, you will get opposites of what i've mentioned above and of course, each cat is very different and you'll never know what you've let yourself in for until you get him or her home. :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:20 pm 
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I've got 2 girls from the same litter and they get on great - they play together, they fight together, they curl up together, they even poo together!! One likes to be held and cuddled, the other doesn't. If you definitely want 2, I'd suggest getting them from the same litter so you avoid any issues introducing them to each other. As to the combination - I've always preferred females after a bad experience with a spraying male many years ago but I'm not sure it matters too much.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:42 pm 
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I have one of each, 3 months different in age, but from the same breederand bought at the same time. They love each other to bits!!!

My boy is neutered and doesn't spray at all (although my 9 year old mog who is also neutered sprays for England!!!)

I guess any combo can work, but getting them both together is a good idea :?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 12:18 am 
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One of each probably works best. Two (neutered) males might work better than two females, unless the females are sisters from the same litter. But ultimately it depends on the purrsonalities of the cats involved.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 12:45 pm 
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I have two males. Due to tragic circumstances they are six weeks apart and from different litters but from the same breeder. They love each other to bits. Big cousin certainly looks after the little one and plays with him. They share everything even their feeding bowls.

This is my first experience of Bengals having always had Siamese in the past and mostly females. I have over the years had to introduce quite a few cats who were not related. I found that if I handled the new arrival a lot so that it picked up my scent and purfume then it was accepted very quickly within a few hours and no more than one day. It also worked this time with my little boy.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:14 pm 
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Also - don't be fooled in to thinking it's only males who spray...my female, Saffy, my female, sprays for England! :shock: :roll:
William is a relatively new addition for us - he's 8 months old, Saffy is nearly 3. They both get along great, despite the age gap and not being litter mates. Although, i have to agree, the bond between litter mates does seem to be quite special (although not all litter mates will get on!)

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 3:03 am 
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thanks everyone for all the helpful tips! I will try to get two kittens from the same litter, I'm just worried about the cost!


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:28 am 
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lexxcapade wrote:
thanks everyone for all the helpful tips! I will try to get two kittens from the same litter, I'm just worried about the cost!


Haggle for a bit of a discount :wink: (sorry everyone! :oops: )


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 6:54 pm 
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Asian Leopard Cat

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Hi :)

I know this post ia a month old but being new to Bengals too...Definatly go for 2 its keeps the destruction factor down! We were worried about the cost too, but (luckily for us) we contacted a breeder just after a litter was born, Max is actually the runt of a litter, and we got him for a fraction of the cost - except for a smaller chest you wouldn't have a clue he is a runt. But having spent the last 4 weeks with Bengals, the cost of 2 kittens will definalty be less than the resulting cost of a bored Bengal!
Good luck and please let us know how you get on, the adventures of another newbie would be cool.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:33 pm 
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Hi

I would recommend a boy and girl. We had Rolo who was neutered and then got Jaz who is our queen and they got on great. Rolo was the laid back one and jaz was the boss but I dont think Rolo actually cared.

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