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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:02 am 
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Hi I currently have and 1year old silver smoked Bengal girl called Coco! She is such a character and has fitted perfectly into our family!
I have been recently thinking of getting another Bengal and was wondering if anyone has any experience of this?
I contacted the breeder and she has two male brothers for sale and wants them to go together. Having two more would be OK for us I just hope that Coco would be OK with the change! She is super affectionate and I don't want to ruin her loving personality! She seems OK with other cats in the neighbourhood and has actually befriended a tabby cat that lives nearby?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 2:18 pm 
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Welcome to our forum! Bringing another two kitties in can be a great experience or it can go horribly wrong. Know the males are already used to each other, bonded together, and will probably be the best of buddies. It's whether or not they will accept a sister or she will accept two brothers. The safe room and proper introduction rules must be followed. The fact that your little girl doesn't seem to mind other cats is a good sign. If you are prepared for three zooming cats and the demands from three bengals, by all means grab the two. Having three will definitely change your household, hopefully for the better.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:07 pm 
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Alonso84 wrote:
Hi I currently have and 1year old silver smoked Bengal girl called Coco! She is such a character and has fitted perfectly into our family!
I have been recently thinking of getting another Bengal and was wondering if anyone has any experience of this?
I contacted the breeder and she has two male brothers for sale and wants them to go together. Having two more would be OK for us I just hope that Coco would be OK with the change! She is super affectionate and I don't want to ruin her loving personality! She seems OK with other cats in the neighbourhood and has actually befriended a tabby cat that lives nearby?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance!


Hmm, ok, my thought on this is that it seems to me like the one getting potentially hosed by this deal is Coco. If Coco really is your concern, then I'd suggest bringing only one kitten home with you. That halves the chance of you bringing home an incompatible cat, plus you are not even sure if you want 3. So walk away from this deal, and find a single available kitten. There really isn't a shortage of them... The other problem I see with bringing home a bonded pair, is... where does that leave Coco? Seems to be like she is suddenly the "odd cat out" of that equation. I think that if you were to bring home a single kitten, at least you'd have a pretty good shot of each cat bonding.

You never know with cats, but that's just a guess...

Also, no matter whether you bring home one or two, you have to take a hard look at the "cat resources" that you have. Cats "own" things, and they place great value on cat trees, perches, beds, window sills etc., suddenly there will be more competition for those resources, so you need to think about doubling or tripling such resources to accommodate the newcomers and avoid territorial disputes. Cat vs Cat is a good book on this subject.

That's my $0.02.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 2:54 pm 
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You definitely want the cats bonding with Coco. Brian brings up an interesting scenario (which he always brings to the table -- he's got great advice). Most people start with two bengals, which is a lot easier, especially if they are siblings. My bengal is 9 years old and there is no way he'd accept another cat in the house. It is easier when they are younger. You know your household and situation better than anyone, but adding more cats adds to the expense as well and more catification is required.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 3:33 pm 
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Thanks for your replies!
Luckily we have enough space, time and love for another two cats, I would not consider it if we didn't! Coco is not an indoor cat and loves the outdoors and the breeder has told me that the two brothers do like being outside too, which is good as they can burn off some Bengal steam!
Leaving the only neagative which is I can't guarantee that coco will accept, however my gut feeling is that she will embrace it. So I am going with my gut feeling and we are going to collect our two new boys tomorrow!
I have set up a room just for them all ready and waiting!
I have decided though that even if Coco seems to want to be with them I will allow it but I am going to take my time and be patient to ensure a great result and long happy life for them all.

I have tried numerous times to attach photos of my beautiful bengals but the site won't allow me.

Lianne


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 5:04 pm 
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This is Coco


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 5:06 pm 
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These are my new boys Ziggy and Simba


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:30 pm 
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Alonso84 wrote:
This is Coco



:eek: she is stunning I love silver smokes

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