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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 12:14 am 
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Hi Everyone,

This is my first post, and let me start by saying how awesome this forum is, and apologising for how long this post is!

OK. So, my husband and I are very keen to get our first ever bengal baby. We want a little furry thing to be apart of our lives. We want to take in the car with us when getting takeaway, or visiting mum, teach it to walk on a lead, play with it, hug it, love it... But, I'm concerned about a couple of things:

1. We live in a two bedroom unit with no other pets. Is this enough room for a Bengal to have fun in (we don't want to let it outside unless on a lead)?

2. My husband works 9-5, five days a week, me 9-5, four days, plus I study part time. Can our Bengal still be happy if we make a big fuss of it when we get home to make up for the time apart?

3. Next year I will be doing my honours year full time, and only working one day. So, I'll be home a lot more often. However, I'll need to study. Will the little beast prevent me from concentrating by constantly harrassing me? I'm happy to take a break every hour or so and play with it, or have it sit on my lap. Can I teach it not to run all over the keyboard when I'm studying?

I think that's everything. What do you guys think? We love the idea of a truely unique little furry person to spend our lives with, but we're concerned about the above things. Your advice is much appreciated.

Thanks :)


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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 2:13 am 
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aussiegirl wrote:
Hi Everyone,

This is my first post, and let me start by saying how awesome this forum is, and apologising for how long this post is!

OK. So, my husband and I are very keen to get our first ever bengal baby. We want a little furry thing to be apart of our lives. We want to take in the car with us when getting takeaway, or visiting mum, teach it to walk on a lead, play with it, hug it, love it... But, I'm concerned about a couple of things:

1. We live in a two bedroom unit with no other pets. Is this enough room for a Bengal to have fun in (we don't want to let it outside unless on a lead)?

2. My husband works 9-5, five days a week, me 9-5, four days, plus I study part time. Can our Bengal still be happy if we make a big fuss of it when we get home to make up for the time apart?

3. Next year I will be doing my honours year full time, and only working one day. So, I'll be home a lot more often. However, I'll need to study. Will the little beast prevent me from concentrating by constantly harrassing me? I'm happy to take a break every hour or so and play with it, or have it sit on my lap. Can I teach it not to run all over the keyboard when I'm studying?

I think that's everything. What do you guys think? We love the idea of a truely unique little furry person to spend our lives with, but we're concerned about the above things. Your advice is much appreciated.

Thanks :)


Hi Aussiegirl
I am also an Aussie girl - where abouts in Australia are you?
Basically, a lot of the things you have mentioned in your post come down to the individual cat. Eg car rides. Our vet is on the same street as us, it literally takes us less than a minute to drive there. Yet our Bengals yowl as if we were torturing them the whole time. At the vet? Fine. Back in the car? Yowling. I think next time we will walk them there in their carriers. They're just heavy! Mine don't like the leads either.

A two bedroom unit is probably big enough, but given the amount of time you'll be away, I'd suggest getting two Bengals. This is probably the best pet-related decision I've ever made (my husband and I both work full time). They're best buddies (littermates) and play with each other and keep each other company when we're not home. One on its own would probably destroy my house in short order.

I am just returning to study at the moment, and sadly my answer is absolutely yes, they will prevent you from concentrating. 100% of the time that they're in the room and maybe 50% of the time if they're not (*CRASH* "oh no, what was that?"). When my Bengals are in the room when I am studying, one of them is usually climbing the curtains (literally) and the other will be jumping up on my desk trying to eat the lilies that a non-cat-person gave me (they are never in my room without supervision). If I'm on the computer, they are usually falling off the back of our (CRT) monitor, climbing the bookshelves or chewing cords. My Bengals are consequently banned from my room when I'm studying.

I love these cats, but my parents Himalayan is a much better study-buddy. When I'm studying at their place, she's usually curled on my lap, happy as a clam.

Good luck with your decision.
meimei


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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 3:02 am 
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That's why I was thinking one might be better because I'll only have one to interrupt me! LOL. Would a Bengal learn not to expect attention when I was studying if I just ignored it, especially if it got lots of attention at other times? Banning it from the room might be the only option.

I live in Adelaide. There only seem to be three Bengal breeders in SA.

You're right. It's probably impossible to know as all Bengals are different. Are breeders able to help you to pick one more suited to your environment? Am I kidding myself that a Bengal is the cat for me? Boohoo, I'll be so disappointed if I decide not to get one. I probably wouldn't get a cat at all if that was the case.


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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 5:02 am 
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Ignoring will probably only encourage ;)

Another aussie gal here too - based in Canberra (although moving to Adelaide in a little under a year!!)

Hubby and I both work from home, and we have three cats. They generally keep each other occupied, so we don't need to worry about banning them from the room. The biggest problem we have is when they get into chasey games and pay no attention to the fact that that's a computer they're using as an escape route or launching pad. Our bengal girl also likes to be involved in our telephone conferences (especially when talking to colleagues from elsewhere in the world - think she likes accents!!). She gets VERY talkative. She loves to come and sit on my lap when she's sleepy, or sits at the top of a high scratching post monitoring the goings on in the room until she falls asleep. Very rarely she tries to walk around on the keyboards (usually when she's in a REALLY smoochy mood and not paying attention to where she's walking - just trying to get close to me).

So it is very much the case that all bengals are different.

I'd also recommend getting a second cat - doesn't need to be a bengal (although a second bengal would match it for energy levels, and you could get litter mates who would already be accustomed to each other). Only one of ours is a bengal, and she takes turns harrassing our two boys until they're both exhausted. When one has had enough she moves onto the next. As meimei mentioned, the benefits are that they will occupy each other and it will help save your furniture, your attention span for your study, and is also a whole lot more entertaining!! Your cats will be much happier with a companion.

btw - Ours HATES the car when she's in a carrier. If I let her free in the car she'll generally sit on the passenger seat and look out the window and be happy. Doesn't happen often though! I think if you get them used to the car from very small then they're fine. I used to have a cat that would get upset with me if I didn't take her in the car when I went anywhere, so she went with me to all my friend's places, grandmother's, parents, anywhere I could take a cat.

sorry for the novel - hope it helps!!


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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 9:06 am 
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Hi, welcome here :D

I'd also say : get 2 ;). Not necesserally 2 Bengals, I have a DSH and a Bengal, both the same age and both very active so they are perfect company to each other (of course, don't take a Persian... :lol: ).

That way they'll play together instead of bothering you while you study (except for the *CRASH* which will get you up anyway :lol: )...

They might bother you something like one or 2 hour a day, but don't forget that cats sleep something like 16 hours a day :lol: so you'll have some quiet moments ;). I guess all cats aren't alike, but mine sleep from 9 to 12 am and from 2 to 6 or 7 pm, then again from 9 to 11 pm (as we work in the morning and afternoon, they matched their rythm to ours I guess, but they'll keep the same in the week ends, that's how I know ;)). And when they sleep, they sleep soundly, so you should be ok to study ;).

The only problem is when you have a laptop like me and keeping it on your lap, as cats love to get all the attention even when sleeping, they'll try to curl up on the space between you and the keyboard, making typing difficult :lol: (even more because Onyx loves licking my fingers), but with a big computer (or keeping it on a desk) that won't be such a problem I guess ;).

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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 10:58 am 
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Yes, I ought to have said two cats, not necessarily two Bengals.


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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 5:44 pm 
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Well I felt a bit more optimistic after reading your advice, and realised it's really up to the individual personality of the bengal. So, yesterday afternoon I rang a breeder in Melbourne with some cute kittens on her site. I was just really honest with her and explaned our situation. At first she was hesitant about recommending a bengal for me, but she slowly warmed to me as she realised I too was concerned for the cats wellbeing. She mentioned a 4 month old male who she was going to keep as a stud, but was thinking perhaps she'd sell him. She said he was too placid for a stud and had recently developed some ticking on his coat. He's a real cuddly bunny and the most chilled out bengal she's bred, more content to watch his naughty sister get into trouble than stir it up himself.

I agreed to consider another cat (not necessarily a bengal) as a playmate if he seemed unhappy, and promised to keep in touch with her. We spoke for over an hour and a half. She was lovely.

He's a big boy, and has rosettes which is exactly what I was hoping for. So I'm thinking about going for it. I rang another breeder in Adelaide who didn't have kittens, but she said this breeder was excellent.

Here are some photos of him, the last two are his dad.
http://picasaweb.google.com.au/hollyrchrds351/PossibleNewBengal?authkey=RwIiI8c69a4

What do you all think? Thanks for your advice and input too. Much appreciated.


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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 9:57 pm 
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Aww he's gorgeous! So's his dad! My main question would be about how well he's been socialised in the last four months (some breeders keep their studs in outdoor pens and they have minimum interaction). Who is the breeder, if I may ask? Are they registered with the Cat Council of Victoria (or whatever it's called)?


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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 11:46 pm 
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If i say the breeder is it likely someone will want to buy the same kitten? I haven't put a deposite down yet.

But she is a member of the FCCV – Feline Control Council of Victoria. And she socalises all of her cats. She really loves them, I could tell by the way she talked about them all.

So, the ticking on the little guy, is it bad?

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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 3:40 am 
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hi there, welcome to the forum :D

you sound very responsible & considerate & this little guy seems like he could be a good match for you. his ticking isn't bad...especially as he will only be a very special pet for you rather than a breeding boy :wink:

i would say give it a try, but then i'm a complete bengalaholic so i'm ever so slightly biased! :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 8:41 am 
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My boys' coats are ticked. Basically it means their rosettes aren't as clear as they would be, but they're just special pets, so nothing to worry about. Glad to hear she's registered, I doubt anyone would buy him out from under you (!!) but I remember how paranoid I was before mine arrived :wink: so feel free to keep the breeder's name under wraps until he's all yours!
(I only asked because I've seen a few people in Victoria who were trying to sell unregistered Bengals - and for the same prices, too!


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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 1:20 pm 
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Well the breeder sent me some more pics today.
He's just beautiful, so I told her that I'd like to put a deposit down.
I'm pretty excited!

Thanks for your advice.
I'll let you know how he settles in.

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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 2:22 pm 
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YAY! gratz =) Best purchase you EVER made! Sometimes you may wonder about how true that really is, and other times you'll kick yourself for ever having any doubts!


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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 3:34 pm 
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He's a gorgeous little guy :D

Good choice ;)

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