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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 8:19 pm 
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I rescued a Bengal male from an animal sanctuary nearly 2 years ago. He had been a stray so they did not know anything about his history. He was approx 4 at the time. We called him Jonny and he is a stunning brown spotted bengal. I have had him chipped. He is a friendly and loving pet to the family and is great with people. However, I have had many problems with him over the past 2 years and have read books, asked vets for advice etc etc etc!!! No one seems to be able to help so I thought I would ask the experts - other Bengal owners.
1. He regularly and repeatedly scratches windows, pictures and mirrors. He goes up on his hind legs and scratches over and over with his front legs.
2. He goes through phases of urinating on soft furnishings like curtains, duvets, cushions etc. Luckily this has not happened for a few weeks at the moment.
3. He gets his claws caught in bedding and carpets.
4. He is very vocal - especially at night where he will cry and cry until he gets his own way.
5. He will very rarely use his cat flap! He cries really loudly by the front door until someone lets him out, ragrdless of the time of night. He then does this to get back in and I have had lots of complaints from the neighbours. If I keep him him he continuously scratches the door, head bangs it and makes awful noises. Often he is in, out, in, out repeatedly, much to any visitors' amusements. All my friends think that I am just indulging him but then they are shocked when they see what he does if I don't let him in/out!
6. He terrorises all of the other cats in our neighbourhood.
7. He is very picky with his food and will not eat chicken, fish or anything but cheap cat food!
8. He drags his bottom across duvets, leaving stains and smells (this does not appear to be a medical issue as he is regularly wormed etc.)
9. He hates being constrained in any way and when at the vets recently he wrecked the cage they put him in. I had a call at work asking me to come and get him as soon as possible as he was so vocal and aggressive. Journeys to the vet are a nightmare as he goes crazy in his box.
On the plus side he is beautiful and loving and I would never get rid of him. I have always had cats but do not know what to do with Jonny sometimes. I would appreciate any hints and tips about any of the above problems. Thank you.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 10:23 pm 
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Hi Lisadele

Welcome to the forums...has Jonny been neutered?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 11:02 pm 
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Thank you. Yes he has!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 11:26 pm 
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Mmm...that blows my theory...I'll have another think!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 1:18 am 
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Hi

A few thoughts

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8. He drags his bottom across duvets, leaving stains and smells (this does not appear to be a medical issue as he is regularly wormed etc.)


This sounds like an anal gland problem. He needs them expressed. This may also account for his urinary problems and his unhappy sounding behaviour re wanting in then out and crying a lot.

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2. He goes through phases of urinating on soft furnishings like curtains, duvets, cushions etc. Luckily this has not happened for a few weeks at the moment.


He may have FLUTD see http://www.fabcats.org/flutd.html


If he checks out OK regarding the two diagnoses above then as you don't know his history prior to getting him, it may be a purely behavioural problem and you should consult an animal behaviourist as he doesn't sound a very happy pussy cat to me.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 9:47 pm 
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You may just have a psycho kitty, the result of his pre-adoption wildness and untamed behavior taking root. Its not his fault of course, but you have to become the Alpha cat and modify his behavior one annoying trait at at time!

The cat flap would be my first step. There must be a way to teach him how to use it.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:19 pm 
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Thank you to the replies with help/advice. The vet has checked him and there is nothing medical. Have seen a behaviour vet who suggested various things that have not worked. I think I agree with the comments from jeff30189 that he must have had a traumatic upbringing before he came to me. I do not think he is unhappy - he seems to love the family and is affectionate. However, I guess cat behaviour is ultimately a mystery to humans and maybe he is not happy! He will use the cat flap - when it suits him, he just prefers the front door!


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Myself I would have to agree with elsa.
Also - If your vet doesnt like the cat or doesnt know bengals you may need a different vet. Bengals are not average tabby cats just like mules are not average quarter horses.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 12:24 pm 
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Aparts from 2 and 8 most of these sound like a typical Bengal.

Ours.... hates been in car to vets, choosy about food, vocal to get what he wants, likes to stretch and scratch (up against walls, mirrors, windows sofa etc).

A useful tip I heard about cat boxes which seems to work with ours...make sure its large and comfy (soft blanket on the bottom) and leave it out in the house for a few weeks....he may adopt it as a bed and it makes it so much easier to persuade him to go in it then for vets trips etc.


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Katie wrote:
Aparts from 2 and 8 most of these sound like a typical Bengal.

Ours.... hates been in car to vets, choosy about food, vocal to get what he wants, likes to stretch and scratch (up against walls, mirrors, windows sofa etc).


That is exactly what I was thinking! My boy can be veeery naughty, but I've learned that is just his personality, and usually end up laughing at his persistance. :)

Example being an oil painting I was working on... it was hung up on the wall to dry, pretty far up on the wall, beyond his interest, or so I thought.

I come home from shopping one night to find green pawprint smears down the wall from the painting - apparently he decided he needed to touch it a few times. :P

Added a photo here: http://www.bengalcatforums.com/forums/v ... =3890#3890

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Very amusing Dawn, made me laugh. I've found knitting is not a pastime to have either!


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Hi there,

I am quite new to the site but my mum has bred bengals for a number of years now.

I would just like to say that yes Jonny does sound like a normal bengal. Bengals can be quite naughty but you just have to know how to control them. Using a behave spray can prevent him from scratching the areas you do not want him to go on/scratch. You can also use catnip on his things, i.e bed, scratching post to keep him interesting in his own things.

I believe that cats do not miss what they have never had, if they don't go out from the start then this is best. Because Jonny has already been out, i would definately train him to use a catflap, i have spent lots of time training kittens before they go to the new homes and it can be very amusing!

I agree with Jeoff though, it sounds like Jonny has had a bad start but he will come around in time with lots of love and attention, which i am sure he is already getting.

Good Luck :D

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2007 5:33 pm 
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1. He regularly and repeatedly scratches windows, pictures and mirrors. He goes up on his hind legs and scratches over and over with his front legs.


Mikesch does the exact same thing. If he hadn't started doing it with a mirror, I would've thought he's scratching on the window glass to get out. But I suspect he just can't resist smooth and shiny surfaces. It's funny to find out that other bengals do this, too!

I get him into his carrier without problems. The trick is I leave it open in a corner of his playroom with a blanket in there that he likes and often put treats in it or shoot his toys in there while playing. He "hides" in there when I drag things over the floor in preparation for a jump attack. I guess I'm lucky with him though: He's really quiet in the car and even seems to enjoy the ride. The only time he gets antsy and starts crying is when we stop, e.g. at a traffic light or final destination.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2007 11:10 am 
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Hi,
I also have a problem with my queen, she was spayed last year and has alway's been a indoor cat, had three litter's of lovley kitten's.
But now is constantly trying to get out, scratching at the door's and window's all the time she's indoor's, draging towel's blanket's around the house. twice she's actualy lifted the latch on the top window and exscaped into next door's garden who has three moggy cat's that go out, had one of them pinned the ground i had to run round quickly and prise her off him. when she's in her ouside pen she constanly pace's up and down like a lion in a cage, I hate to keep her in but worrid to let her out, just dont no what to do ?

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