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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:16 am 
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Hello Everyone-

My girlfriend and I are first time Bengal owners and wanted to join this forum to share stories, learn more about the breed and behaviors and most importantly- advice!

We first decided we wanted to get bengals a few months ago when we moved in together. We wanted a pet but were not what kind of animal (i.e. cat, dog) until we came across a breeder local to us and saw pictures of our future kiddies! We were originally only going to get one but decided that with our work schedules, we wanted to avoid neglecting our kitten and give him a buddy to hang out with while we are away. We picked two brothers from the same litter and our breeder let us take them home at 8 weeks once they decided they were socialized enough, litter trained and eating wet food. (I know most disagree that taking kittens home at 8 weeks is early but I was unaware then.)

We have had our two little guys (Bengii & Simba) for two weeks now and they have acclimated nicely! They love to play all day by chasing eachother, playing in the cat tree we bought, playing with us and our toys we bought and lastly- the laser pointer! They have shown affection already by cuddling with us (on their terms), sleeping with us at night and purring.

They both get along great and have proven to be each others best friends which brings me to a not so much concern but question. With the two boys spending all day together until we get off work, will they become independent to the point where they will only bond with one another and we are just “humans that feed them” or will they still remain dependent on us and deem us to be loyal partners that they will continue to cuddle and sleep with? I am beyond happy that they have each other but also want to ensure that we will still have strong relationships with them. We play with them for a couple hours each day when we are home and before work. I am also in the process of clicker training them but am still searching for the right treat that they will eat! :biggrin:

I by no means want lap cats or else I would not have bought the bengal breed but I do want them to remain affectionate towards their human companions. Any advice or stories are appreciated!

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Denis


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:03 pm 
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Welcome, Denis. When you have two bengals, they will definitely bond closely with each other. But, I know owners of multiple bengals, who still are a huge part of their cats' lives. In some cases, they want to share the lap! Yeah, many bengals are not lap cats, but a lot of them are. Bengals are very social cats and generally want to be with their owners. Your two will play together, tumble and tangle together, and sleep together. They will show you antics you never imagined and take you on adventures you may like or not like! LOL

This forum is full of information and we have members who are happy to answer any questions you have.

Your babies are super precious. Congratulations.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 3:01 pm 
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on your beautiful kitties!

I have two snow bengal brothers myself and they are best friends. They still come to me for attention though and compete to sit on my lap and follow me wherever I go. They keep each other company when I am at work and I am really happy they have each other. It didn't stop them to bond with me though, I am definitely not just the human that feeds them :wink:

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:46 pm 
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2bengal_bros wrote:
They both get along great and have proven to be each others best friends which brings me to a not so much concern but question. With the two boys spending all day together until we get off work, will they become independent to the point where they will only bond with one another and we are just “humans that feed them” or will they still remain dependent on us and deem us to be loyal partners that they will continue to cuddle and sleep with? I am beyond happy that they have each other but also want to ensure that we will still have strong relationships with them.


My experience was this... I brought my 2 home at 12-13 weeks, and they were very closely bonded. They would shriek if they lost sight of one another, once they were at the "exploring the house" stage. They were always together, always playing or sleeping or eating together. It was clearly a huge comfort for them to have a sibling around, to help get acclimated to their new home, and to help with a large percentage of the play and activities that they needed. Initially they showed some interest in cuddling and affection but not a whole lot, but I was definitely a favorite playmate for them, chasing mice or bird toys around was definitely an experience they couldn't get by themselves.

For the first year or so, they were mostly wrapped up in play and being crazy bengal kittens and teenagers. Then eventually they started to settle down a bit, and got a lot more affectionate. Now at age 7, they are more "roommates" than best friends. They stay out of each others way for the most part, with the occasional game of "chase" or a quick wrestle. They have each claimed ownership over certain sleeping places and toys and such, and are actually pretty possessive of me now as well. One of then will decide to sleep next to me or sit in my lap, or come over for some petting, and the etiquette at that point is for the other to stay away. If they don't stay away, a bunch of growling and hissing ensues, which is usually enough to quickly end the dispute.

But your experience will be different. Everyone's is. But I think the points I'd like to emphasize is:

1. The way they are now as too-young-to-be-adopted kittens, isn't how they'll be in a month, a year, or 5 years. Things will very likely change in their relationships to each other, and to you.

2. I think by far the biggest factor in determining what their adult relationship will look like with you guys (which is really what you should be thinking about, the kitten year comes and goes pretty quickly), is simply how well you treat them, how well you relate to them, and how much effort you put in to engage with them. If you do put in the effort and do the right things, your relationship is very likely to be great.

3. If your fear is that they'll see you just as providers, then be more than that! Experiences like chasing a realistic bird, or going for walks, or clicker training, or getting their chin scratched when they want it, are simply not experiences that they can get from each other alone, so you already have a big advantage there.

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