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 Post subject: Bengal and dogs
PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:44 pm 
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Hello everyone :smile:
I am new here. I am in the process of getting my female bengal kitten :biggrin: !! After a year or so of researching about the breed I think I know what to expect. I've also learned that I have to wait and see her personality because every cat is different. But I have a question and I hope someone can answer, even generally speaking.

I have two dogs. The one is a female 15.5 years old. She is mixed breeds. Very social and lovable. When ever she came in contact with a kitten she wanted to play with it and lick it and such! She has problems with bladder control, meaning she leaves little pee on the floor. The other dog is a male 8 years old. He is mini Chihuahua which makes him veeery small. He is afraid of everything even though he will bark at it first. He is not neutered so he will sometimes pee on chairs and table legs but nothing uncontrollable. We also have dog diapers on the floor if one of them needs to go even though we take them out.
So my questions are; Will that anger her? Or make her feel anxious and territorial? Is that going to be a problem? Having those smells in the house? And having a place thats going to have dog pee? And sometimes poo before I see it and remove it? Is there anything you can suggest?Thank you in advance!


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 Post subject: Re: Bengal and dogs
PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 5:05 pm 
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Welcome to our forum. I'm no cat behaviorist but I will offer some recommendations. Get your male doggie neutered! I'm not sure anything can help your older baby, as age can have a lot to do with the loss of controlling the bladder.

That being said, you are bringing a small kitten into the mix with some strange smells going on. I'm guessing your kitty will be terrified and completely stressed out. If your breeder has dogs, she may be used to them, but having a welcome of dogs barking at her can be traumatic. I'm really not sure this can be a good mix, at least not in the beginning.

The first thing you do is prepare a safe room for your kitty and keep the dogs OUT! Allow her to acclimate to a smaller area. Feed her, put in a litter box, play with her -- all in the confines of this smaller room. She will probably hear barking from the dogs and that won't help the situation. She may want to hide away, and let her. She is scared and lacks confidence. You will eventually have to allow her out and holding her so your doggies can sniff her is what needs to happen. NEVER let the dogs and your new baby be alone together until they are best friends -- and know that can take a very long time. Make sure you have a tall cat tree for her to escape from the doggies. Watch for any aggression between the kitty and the dogs and break up anything you feel is going too far.

You will need a lot of patience. Dealing with dogs who pee in the house, you already must have a lot. Your kitty is going to be smelling the urine -- not sure if this is something she will want to get into or not. I applaud you for wanting to get a bengal -- but they are not for the faint of heart. They require a lot of your time and are challenging animals. You are already there with your doggies. I hope you are up to the challenge that is ahead for you. Good luck.


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 Post subject: Re: Bengal and dogs
PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2016 10:38 am 
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I think the main issue will be the little chihuahua if it barks at the bengal kitten because it's scared. I would introduce very slowly and set some ground rules for all the animals. Your kitten will also grow up to be much bigger than the chihuahua so you need to be the one tiring your kitten out and meeting the benga'ls hunting needs with da bird etc, so it does not think to start hunting the chihuahua :eek: Get lots of high perches so the bengal feels safe and also you need to make sure your chihuahua is safe too when the bengal is fully grown and wanting to PLAY!!!! You will seriously have your hands full! Think you may need to watch lots of Jackson Galaxy and Cesar Millan :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Bengal and dogs
PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:49 pm 
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Another thing that came to my mind last night was the fact that your bengal may begin peeing outside the litter box simply because of the fact your dogs also do it. I am not sure how similar dog urine is to cat urine, but a cat's smell is 14 times stronger than ours -- so your kitty may end up going where your dogs have gone. Now your problem is three-fold.


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 Post subject: Re: Bengal and dogs
PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2016 8:10 pm 
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When I got my kittens at 4 months old, my neighbor would bring her chihuahua over when she visited. My cats would stalk him like he was prey even though he was as big as they were. This went on for several months. Then I started noticing that all their cat beds had pee on them and I thought the cats were doing it. Come to find out, the male dog was doing it during his visits! I caught him peeing on a chair leg in their litter room. After I figured it out, that little dog was not allowed in my house again. There has never been an issue since.

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