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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:18 pm 
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Hi all,

Okay where do I start?

I bought a Bengal 3 years ago but it looked more like a Siamese and had similar traits, used to sit on my head and YOWL at 4:30 every morning, so in the end I had to give it away to my Niece (unfortunately someone stole him).

I was worried about just haveing 1 cat as I live alone and work most days, but i've just been offered 2 Brown Bengals who are brothers and I would love to give it another try.

I live in a large (by UK standards) 2 bedroom house and don't intend to let them outside. I work 8:30 til 19:00 most days usually only until 16:00 on Sundays, would it be fair to take these fellows on?

Please let me know your thoughts.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:27 pm 
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hi there,

my advice would be to really think about what you are taking on & whether you have the time to give them when you get home. they will want to interact with you the second you walk in the door & they have a LOT of energy :wink:

having 2 will be good as they have each other for company but bengals really do like to socialise with their people much more than the average cat.

weigh up all the pros & cons, have a read through some of the posts here, especially in the behaviour section, & hopefully it will help you make the right decision for you.

if there's anything you need to know, just ask :D


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:30 pm 
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Asian Leopard Cat

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Hi and welcome to the forum. :D

Sorry to hear your previous Bengal owning didn't go to plan. :(

With taking the two brothers on together, i would say you would be fine to leave them all day as they will have each other for company. 8)

It's when you have a lonesome cat that they tend to play up, out of sheer boredom. Boredom then often leads to destruction.

Just be sure to give your potential new cats plenty of safe toys to play with whilst you're out, such as large cardboard boxes, a few cat trees etc, and them give them lots of fuss and attention when you get home.

Many people have to work full-time, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't enjoy having a couple of pets around for when you are home. :wink:

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:43 pm 
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Thanks for the replies,

I think that my main concern is that when I get home I make dinner and then go back to work on the computer. I am more than happy to put toys in my computer room and right beside my desk and play with them until the small hours.

My main concern is that when I go to be at 02:00 ish are they going to act up all night? I don't want to make another mistake and make them unhappy.

In short when I get home I'll be there for them, I could even cage part of the garden off if necessary.

I also take it that ornaments etc are dust with these fellows, is that right? What are they like with electronics as far as wires etc? LOL oh god.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:57 pm 
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Bad-Yeti wrote:
Thanks for the replies,

I think that my main concern is that when I get home I make dinner and then go back to work on the computer. I am more than happy to put toys in my computer room and right beside my desk and play with them until the small hours.

I also take it that ornaments etc are dust with these fellows, is that right? What are they like with electronics as far as wires etc? LOL oh god.


Ornaments? :shock: I used to have some of those.... :lol:
Wires? Cable tidy.
Any night-time noise? Earplugs.

You're actually going to get some work done on your computer..? :lol:
In between typing wjkdfnhkdjfkdjddkkdfjkd as your cat walks across the keyboard for the hundreth time... :lol:

It's usually kittens who like to chew wires, although don't discount the fact that an adult cat might like an electronic chew now and again.
There are a few tips around the forum for cable deterrents.

My two sleep for most of the night - i've got them quite well-trained to do so, by wearing them out during the day. They literally do bed-down for the night. With you being out during the day, any cats you have may have a later sleep/wake pattern.

I suppose what you need to do is weigh up the pros & cons of owning two (probably very excitable) pets and then go from there.

Whatever you decide, do let us know? 8)

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 6:57 am 
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Hi - are they adults or kittens that you are taking on if they are adults do you know why they need a new home - just in case there are any behavioural issues.

When I try and work on the computer I usually have to remove Ziggy from the keyboard evry 5 minutes but he gets bored after half an hour and lets me get on with it

Good luck with the kitties if you decide to go for it


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:04 am 
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In your circumstances I would definitely say it needs to be 2 or none so that they've got a playmate. I work full time and also often have evening commitments so I've always had multi-cats. It doesn't mean you can ignore them and I still devote as much time as I can to interacting with them but it does mean they've got some company when you're out. Bengals in particular are usually very sociable and can be destructive if bored.

The issue about whether they'll disturb you in the night is impossible to answer until you get them. If you trawl through the board you'll find posts from people being driven to distraction by their Bengals in the middle of the night but there are others (me included) who have to wake their Bengals for breakfast!! You're more likely to get a good night's sleep if the Bengals have had lots of play and are tired before you go to bed. However, don't forget that cats are crepuscular animals (I just had to throw that word in because I just learned it - it means they're not fully nocturnal but are active at dawn/dusk!!) so you need to work round their natural instincts.

Good luck.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:22 pm 
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If it is a must that you have to have these because of the love of the breed and just the love of cats, i would highly recommend two. We got two, they are now 5 months old and are brilliant with each other, we dont allow them in the bedroom at night (we need our sleep) which they are fine with because they arent used to it. They sleep alot at night, and you could do what most of us have done if you live in a house with a garden, we have built enclosures, our two jump out the kitchen window and get fresh air with climbing trees, i have put toys in there two, its only small but gives them something thats theirs. they dont howl or cry during the night so we arent disturbed, if i get up in the night, i tend to find them asleep, you need two cats for company for each other they will use up all their energy on each other, and wont destroy our furniture in the meantime.

As for your comp...you can forget that..lol i constantly have Mitzy on my kb. A tip could be you could feed them the same time you need to use your comp, dont forget they will want lots of cuddles and playtime with you.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:50 am 
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Definately get 2. Our two are brother and sister and follow each other everywhere. We work during the day but haven't come home to any disasters yet because they keep each other occupied. OH works from home one or two days a week but doesn't get anything done because Mungo and Belle love to 'help' him by chewing papers, stealing pens, sitting on the keyboard and chasing the pointer on the monitor etc. We wouldn't have it any other way thought :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:00 am 
I was going to stick to one but will be getting another sometime in november, i have a small house but then i was thinking they would grow as big as a tiger :D


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 3:52 pm 
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Hi
As much as i hate to say it I dont think it would be a good idea to have them and leave them to much. I know they have each other for company but as previously said they love human contact. Also you would miss out a lot on their antics, etc.
i am by no means experienced as i have only just had my first bengal last week. (Ahh bless him a little boy called Solomon) but already he wants my company all the time. I have 4 moggies and they are totally different to the Bengal.
Hope this helps

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:59 pm 
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Hmmmmmmmm...tricky one. Since last October Zebedee's been the only cat..when we first brought him home I had uni 5 days a week but only a few hours throughout the week, my OH was working full time so I spent most of my free time playing with him. I've been fortunate enough to have had absolutely no behavioural problems with Zebby, he sleeps through the night, wakes at 5am every morning and patiently waits for me whilst I sleepily knock things about the room to make myself half decent enough to leg it downstairs and give him his food, he'll then go off outside and play/do his business. I have had days when I've spent long days at uni/work as has my OH and we've just had to make sure that however tired we are when we get home we muster up the energy to play with Zebby and give him some cuddles - as most have pointed out, bengals need human company and attention.

I'm getting a second cat now, mostly because cats are addictive and I'm an addict but also to give Zebedee a friend for when we are out during the day. Most people with two cats agree it is usually far better than having a single cat.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 12:12 am 
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Bengal Kitten

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Many thanks to all for your replies.

It is with a sad heart that I have declined these two. This month I have to go to Hamburg, Paris and Almaty, each trip will be at least 3 days.

I will stay as a member as I really would love a Bengal but onl when I can give it the time it deserves.

Take care all.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 8:08 pm 
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Asian Leopard Cat

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Oh that's a real shame. :(
Guess it just wasn't right, right now eh..i'm sure when the time is right you'll definitely be back. :wink:
See you soon.
Take care x

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