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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 6:35 am 
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Hi all,

I am new to the forum. My boyfriend and I have a female bengal kitten on reserve, which we will be able to bring home in about 8 1/2 weeks. The time seems to be going by sooo slowly!

Anyway, I wanted to get input from people experienced with bengals about what we need to do to prepare for our kitten's homecoming. Are there any must-haves (besides the obvious like litter, food and a scratching post) that we need to buy before her homecoming? Any specific cat-proofing we need to have done before she comes home? We plan on keeping her indoors only unless we take her out on a leash. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Also, one more thing...we would also like to get an Abyssinian kitten. In fact, we're going to a breeder next Monday to look at one. Do you think they would get along well? Would it be better to get them both around the same time, or should we give the first kitten some time to acclimate before brining home a second one?

Thanks! :)

~Trisha~


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:20 am 
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Personally I'd get them about the same time, we've just recently got a bengal kitten and a maine coon kitten, Oska (our bengal) was here a week before Harvey and his nose was seriously put out of joint, lots of hissing and growling from him.

Where as the week before when he meet our other 3 cats there was no aggression from him towards them

They get on fine now, He sees Harvey as a playmate.

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Naomi


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 5:04 am 
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Thanks Naomi.
We haven't had any luck finding a breeder with aby kittens available in my area. I don't really like the idea of buying a kitten that I've never seen in person so buying from out of state is not really an option for us. We are scheduled to bring our bengal home in 7 weeks. (I can't wait!) I just hope we can get our hands on an aby shortly after because I don't want our bengal to get too lonely while we're at work during the day.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 9:31 am 
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7 weeks! that's going to seem like forever, I know it did with ours!! I hope you have some luck finding an Abys (very nice looking cat I might add) soon

Naomi


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 11:46 am 
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Hi

You have some of the best Bengal breeders in the country in California and you want an Aby are you mad? :lol:

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:03 pm 
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hahaha....maybe I should have kept my mouth shut about the aby! :shock: :lol:

We are getting one of each (bengal and aby) because we couldn't decide on just one breed. However, we are also considering purchasing two bengals from the same litter, a little boy and a little girl. A prospective buyer backed out on a purchase. We haven't made up our mind yet. We're going to see the kittens again next weekend and told the breeder we would make the final decision then. I'm really tempted to go with the brother and sister bengals...but I can't get over the aby. They are also very cool cats...and I love that look. I know everyone in this forum will tell me we should go with the brother and sister bengals...but it's really a tough decision for us to make!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:26 pm 
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Nope go with what you want! We have a bengal and a maine coon kitten, they are like chalk and cheese but they are always together it's very sweet!

Naomi


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:29 pm 
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I don't blame you for wanting an Aby. I've always loved that breed. I just can't justify getting a fourth cat, and I certainly don't want one of my three to pass on so I can get one. :wink:

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 10:12 pm 
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I'm fairly new to cat breed so just been looking at Abys on the net. I know it isn't Bengal but have to share this picture I found...

http://www.abyssiniancatclub.com/images/images/Princess2b.jpg :lol:

They look to me like strip/spot free Bengals :)
I think it would be cool to have one of each.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 8:18 am 
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Dawn...I know what you mean about not being able to justify getting another cat. I would love to take home both bengals and get an aby, but I, also, cannot justify getting a third cat. My boyfriend and I live in an 1100 sq ft condo and there just wouldn't be enough room for a third cat. In fact, we were only going to get one cat, but because we both work during the day we knew we had to get at least two for companionship. If we had a larger house I wouldn't hesitate in getting all three!

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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2007 6:40 am 
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Aby's and bengals are both great cats! In fact, in the early days of the bengal breed aby's were interbread every so often to "set" the underlying bengal coat color. Today this isn't allowed, as htey can only bread to (US) domestic shorthairs or the British shorthair (or themselves) to be registered and shown.

I'm mixed on the mixing of cats. A bengal absolutely need a playmate if it will be left alone. Otherwise, they "do things" (many of which you won't like!). A reputable breeder will often allow you to "test drive" a cat to see if it fits in the new home. This can be a long process, 4 to 6 weeks or more. Trying to push the relationship doesn't work well. Another thing to consider, if you can tolerate dogs (I can't) Bengal kittens and puppies usually get along great from the start.


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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 6:07 pm 
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Hi drmartin13. Thanks for the input. Maybe I should've updated this posting, but we brought our aby kitten home a little over a month ago. Our bengal, Stella, gets along great with her. Of course, she didn't at first...but she warmed up to her after about 5 days of growling and hissing. Now they sleep together and groom each other all the time. I was really worried that it wouldn't work out, but thankfully it did. the aby breeder did tell us that if things didn't work out she would be happy to take her kitten back. But they are like best friends now. I'm so happy about it.

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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 8:16 pm 
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Hi Trisha

I knew it would work, we had the same trouble with Harvey(maine coon) and Oska (bengal), lots of hissing from Oska. But within a few days they were playing and sleeping together.

Naomi


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