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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:33 am 
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Bengal Kitten

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My 7 month old bengal is hissing and jabbing at new bengal kitten in the house. What is the b st way to have them properly acquainted? Both are females.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:50 pm 
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Welcome to our forum. It is always a gamble when you add another cat. They have very different personalities. But, what's done is done. The new kitty should have been placed in a safe room (bathroom, spare bedroom) with food, water, litter box, beds, etc. You would spend time in the room with the new kitty, talking softly, observing the cat (which may try to hide). The room is designed to de-stress a cat as it acclimates to a new environment. The next step is to exchange scents. Rub towels, blankets on each cat and put the item with the other cat. Do this for several days. When the cats are ready to meet, it's best to have more than one person available. I would hold the new kitty and let the other kitty sniff. You don't put the cats down on the floor together and hope they do not duke it out. Next, you feed the cats together in the same general area, although apart. You can also engage both cats in play at the same time with wand toys being the distraction. Know that it is common for cats to hiss and growl. Even paw or bat at each other. However, a full blown fight has to be broken up.

Know that time is your friend. Patience is absolutely necessary. This takes time! Very few cats bond immediately. So ... while it may seem that you are breaking up aggression, with time, these cats should learn to co-exist and be friends. It is never easy for another cat to enter a territory that has been claimed by cat #1.

Make sure you have cat trees, plenty of toys, plenty of room for each cat to have their own space. Do not leave these cats unsupervised until they are friendly toward each other.

And with that ... good luck! This can work, but it will take a lot of time and effort on your part and the kitties.

I also need to add that you have posted the new kitty is 2 months old. Bengal kittens should NEVER leave a breeder before 12 weeks (3 months). So, this new baby is not probably as well socialized as it should be and is not happy that it has left its mom and littermates.


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