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 Post subject: is the bengal for us
PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 8:04 am 
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hi my names rachel and for a long time i've admired the bengals, but until april i owed a japanese akita inu male that would not tolerate any other animal in our home. when we lost him our family and remaining american akita bitch (venus)were devasted, venus as slowly got over losing her freind but as she has never been cat tested again we dare not risk introducing a cat. that was til last week when early wednesday morning venus was making strange noises in our garden, upon investigating i found her licking and crying over a kitten. poor little thing was extremely wet and pathetic looking so we fetches her in and cleaned her up. fed her and put posters up looking for her owner. the kitten slept in venus basket and the 2 of them were inseperable, i was so touched that my huge dog could be so gentle with a small cat. we decided that if we could not find her owners we would keep the kitten, then the following afternoon we had a call from her owners.
so now we know venus would be ok with a kitten we have decided that we would love to expand out family and have a cat. but as with any new addition i need to know that we make the right choices all around for both us and the cat. i have never owned a cat in my life so am a total novice and this is the part that worries me. is the bengal a cat that should be owned by a first time cat owner?
just realised i've wrote a huge essay so apologise for going on so much
rachel


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 11:16 am 
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A bengal is the only cat I've owned.

I must admit - for the first couple of days I wondered what I'd gotten myself in for.


Couldn't imagine life without the little monster now.
He cracks me up on a daily basis! :)


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 4:08 pm 
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Absolutely! Go for it! It sounds like your little dog would enjoy it, too. You'll get LOADS of information about Bengal babies on in these forums!


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 8:32 pm 
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A Bengal was my first cat too, I just read lots of books & knew that Bengals were the only cat for me.

Sorry you lost one of your dogs it's always hard.
Good luck whatever you decide & hopefully you will be able to find another friend for yourself & Venus soon.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 10:50 pm 
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I had my dog for 14 years before we got our two bengal kittens in January. When they first arrived there was a bit of settling in time (on both sides :lol: ) but they all soon became firm friends.

Unfortunately we lost Willow to cancer last month, just a couple of months short of her 15th birthday, Having Neo and Mojito really helped me get through a tough time and they are without doubt the most awesome cats ever :D

Just be prepared for a bit of settling in time with your dog, not sure how old the kitten was that you found but you won't get your bengal until it's 13 weeks old so it may be a bit older?

If in doubt see photo below :lol:

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 11:38 pm 
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I would say yes BUT Bengals more than most cats i know like to play fight, jumping on the backs of there playmate trying to wrestle them over even when they have been warned not to. So if you think your akita will put up with that then go for it, but please never leave them alone unsupervised if she is not used to cats properly as if a bengal decides she is going to push your patience then you may return to a mess.

At the same time bengals are very loving and intelligent so may get on fine, you could even take them both for a walk on the lead.

I know thats probably not very useful to your decision sorry :?


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 7:34 am 
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i think we have definatly decided that we'd like a bengal, of course we still have lots of research to do and no doubt i will be asking lots of questions. thanks for the advice.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 6:57 pm 
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Good luck with your search and make sure you post photos on the forum when you get your new furbaby :lol:

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 2:12 pm 
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I've always heard that akitas will hunt small animals because of their nature so are unsuitable with cats.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 2:52 pm 
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they can be very hunt motivated but the same can be said for many breeds of dog. they are also a very loving dog and i know more than one akita owner that as cats and have no issues.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 3:01 pm 
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i know of a lovely lady who breeds akitas & bengals :wink:


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 5:41 pm 
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we love Akita's too, Stu would love one, but we arent in the position to own a dog, as we are out at work and it wouldnt be fair on the dog...cats, are different, plus we have 4 for company.

remember to bengal proof your home. If you value your ornaments, get them out the way. If you have expensive nets, get them down or replace them with a cheap one. Mine plus curtains are all clawed and have clicks and holes...but i wont change them yet...lol my windows look erm..lovely from outside.

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