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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:46 pm 
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Hi everyone!
We've just adopted a kitten, her father is Bengal and her mother is Balinese. Wondering if anyone has a similar mixed breed?
Also, we've had cats before, but never a kitten, so any advice on making our girl Ozzie feel comfortable would be great. She seems to be settling in fairly well so far. We have two boys ages 7 and 10, and no other pets, and my husband works from home (which means she won't be left alone for long periods of time).
I do have mild allergies, and would like to get our kitty sleeping in a bed of her own (she's currently not interested at all) so any tips for that would be great too.
She's the cutest darn thing I've ever seen!!
Thanks so much! Look forward to connecting with everyone.
Ashley
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:47 pm 
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Hi Ashley. Welcome to our forum! Ozzie is absolutely stunning. That is quite a mix for a kitty. Know with a kitten, especially one with bengal blood, will be adventure to say the least! Make sure she has a tall cat tree and lots of toys. Know that cats sleep where they want to sleep. They will never sleep in the area you want them to. Thus ... the key is having lots of cat beds. And your Ozzie will find another place to sleep anyway. LOL. I'm hoping she isn't triggering your allergies. While bengals are partially non-allergenic, Balinese cats are not.

It appears from the picture she is hiding! She obviously feels safe there. Give her time to adjust to everything.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:48 pm 
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Thanks for your message!

She is settling in great, and has discovered the piano, which she really likes to play LOL! :lol:

Ozzie is definitely adventurous and we welcome it!

I look forward to learning more about our adorable kitty and her Bengal ways!

Ashley


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:32 pm 
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Sherry wrote:
Know that cats sleep where they want to sleep. They will never sleep in the area you want them to.


I partially agree. If you buy a cat a bed, and put it down somewhere, and put the cat in that bad to "show it to them", they will hate it forever :lol: But if you buy a really nice bed, put it up high somewhere, where they have to climb up to get it (like on top of a bookcase, or on the highest perch or a high cat tree) and don't go out of your way to "show" it to them. Pretend they are not allowed up there and it's not for them. That has worked for me almost 100% of the time. :lol: Also adding a heating pad and some catnip, greatly increases that attractiveness of the location as well.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:30 pm 
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Yes, I have used catnip to entice a cat to use a bed -- but I have dozens of sleeping spots for my cats -- Raiden loves his hooded heated bed in the winter time. Outside of that, he will sleep on a circular bed. During the day, Raiden also sleeps on the bed in the guest room. Legs, on the other hand, has multiple sleeping areas and those are on chairs, ottomans, top of cat tree, etc. If you have a place you definitely do not want to have your kitty sleep, then make it really unattractive to them. For me, the more places they can sleep, the better off you are. This morning, I had two cats in bed with me.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:46 pm 
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Thank you everyone for your tips and advice!
The only place I really don't want Ozzy to sleep is my bed due to my mild allergies (note - we just learned that Ozzie the girl is in fact Ozzy the boy!).
I am fine with him sleeping anywhere else, but my bed is where he wants to be (or rather, he wants to be close to my husband). I thought if I could make HIS bed attractive to him in my room that might help.
Thanks so much!


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:01 pm 
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While Bengals aren't hypo-allergenic, they are a lot less reactive ( for example, both my daughter and son have mild cat allergies, neither has had any reactions at all to mine despite being in constant contact, play scratches etc ). The mix may cause a problem as mentioned earlier.

The only way to get a cat to use something is to make it more desirable than the one you don't want. As Brian mentions a heating pad under a cat bed might work, I wouldn't put catnip in it if you want the kitty to sleep, but ultimately he will lay where he feels most comfortable. You could try throwing a less comfortable blanket folded at the bottom of your bed where the cat is sleeping and put the cat bed on top of that so he can get used to it, then relocate it. I doubt you'll find an instant solution tho if he just wants to sleep with you.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:17 pm 
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Wizzard wrote:
I doubt you'll find an instant solution tho if he just wants to sleep with you.


Yea, agreed. While it is quite easy to give your cats highly desirable places to sleep, and then see your cat sleep there (often rotating from place to place), much much more difficult is to convince your cat that they should never ever sleep in a particular place, without exception, and especially difficult when that place is such a "high value" place like a bed with his favorite humans. The classic way to dissuade a cat from a particular thing or place would be to use one of those sprays that has a scent that cats find offensive... but I can't imagine you'd want to spray that on your bed. So I think you have two choices:

1. "Do your best" to provide really highly desirable places for your cat to sleep in your room, and hope that he chooses those more times than not, and be ok with the occasional bed sleeping night.
2. Set him up in another room and start getting him used to that pronto.

Note that I find that in Winter months my cats are much much more likely to want to sleep with me on (or in) the warm bed, and in the hotter months they usually want to find a different (cooler) place to sleep. So your success in getting them to sleep elsewhere may well be seasonal.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:22 pm 
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Know that bengals love to be with their owners. And that generally means sleeping with you in your bed. If that is not what you want, you will have to shut the door and have other sleeping options for Ozzy. My bengal will scratch at the door and yowl if I close him off. He always sleeps at my feet at night. Are you taking medication for your allergies? If so, then it's possible you won't have a reaction to Ozzy the way you think you will.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:01 am 
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brianj12 wrote:
Sherry wrote:
Know that cats sleep where they want to sleep. They will never sleep in the area you want them to.


I partially agree. If you buy a cat a bed, and put it down somewhere, and put the cat in that bad to "show it to them", they will hate it forever :lol: But if you buy a really nice bed, put it up high somewhere, where they have to climb up to get it (like on top of a bookcase, or on the highest perch or a high cat tree) and don't go out of your way to "show" it to them. Pretend they are not allowed up there and it's not for them. That has worked for me almost 100% of the time. :lol: Also adding a heating pad and some catnip, greatly increases that attractiveness of the location as well.

Lol this is the most amazing advice I've ever read. I'll try this one for my kitten, let's see if this works with mine.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:49 am 
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Sherry wrote:
Know that bengals love to be with their owners. And that generally means sleeping with you in your bed. If that is not what you want, you will have to shut the door and have other sleeping options for Ozzy. My bengal will scratch at the door and yowl if I close him off. He always sleeps at my feet at night. Are you taking medication for your allergies? If so, then it's possible you won't have a reaction to Ozzy the way you think you will.


Yes they certainly do. Mine's so clingy all the time I lay in bed, she also climbs up to me haha. If I shut the door, she also does the same like scratching it and I would feel horrible.


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