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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 5:51 am 
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Hello everyone. I bought my first Bengal at Christmas. He'll be six months old tomorrow. He is at the age where I feel like I need to make a decision on whether to buy another one or not. There are no other pets in the house. My husband is home more than I am however not interested in playing with the cat "all the time". I too realize how much engagement he requires. This would be a great cat for kids. He is a good boy and hasn't shown any destructive signs of being alone too much (which would be 4 to 7 hours a day). What do you think out there Bengal people? Are two cats better than one over the long haul? I know about the extra poop but will they exercise and entertain each other and free us up a little? Or am I looking at two cats to fully engage all the time?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:16 am 
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I think you're right that now is the time to think about it - if he gets much older then he'll become more established as the only cat and it will be harder to introduce another - not impossible but just a bit more of a challenge.

I think active cats of any breed often get on well with another feline playmate and having more than one does take the pressure off in terms of the demands they make on you for attention. They still want your attention but it's a little less full on. One thing to be prepared for though is that their bond might end up being strongest with each other and not quite so strong with you and your husband.

My vote is go for it but as someone with 5 cats, you're not going to get a balanced opinion from me :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:48 am 
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If you are considering getting another bengal, you have come to the right place. There are lots of members on here who have experienced introducing a new bengal to an established one.

Some have found the introductions straight forward, for others it takes a great deal of time and patience.

You have received some good tips from Ginny.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:31 am 
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ginnym wrote:
My vote is go for it but as someone with 5 cats, you're not going to get a balanced opinion from me :lol:


Lol....

I'm afraid that you have come to the wrong place to ask if you should have more Bengals (or more felines of whatever breed come to think of it).

The Bengal goes against the grain of cats because normally (with the exception of Lions) cats are solitary animals. This is something to always think about when introducing another cat to the household. It isn't if the resident cat is going to be good with the new arrival but more of would you be patient with the situation if there was stormy water?

I had an older kitten (he was 17 months) who went to a new home who had a resident persian who I nicknamed 'powder puff' because he took one look at Fire and hid. Every time he came out to feed or play, Fire hissed at him and he hid again (pushover!). The new owner called me and I took over a cage to put Fire in at feeding time and within a week both boys were curled up together licking eachother on the sofa, enjoying eachother's company. The persian just needed to stand up for himself but because he didn't, Fire walked all over him - fair game I suppose.

I have had a kitten back because the new owners didn't bother to keep the kitten for a week which was too quick for him to settle.

If you get a good breeder, especially if you take on an older kitten, they will support you and give you advice on introducing the 2 or 3 or 4 cats in together, you just need to ask. That is the problem, some people have problems and don't say anything to us so we can't help.

Have fun looking at cats/kittens whilst you decide what to do - browsing doesn't hurt anyone. :wink:

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 2:04 pm 
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Decorus wrote:
The Bengal goes against the grain of cats because normally (with the exception of Lions) cats are solitary animals.


Why do you think it goes against the grain out of interest? By that I mean what do you think is specifically unique to bengals that allows them to be that way? :)


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 2:25 pm 
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well, by that I mean they take to company much easier than the majority of cats (pedigree or moggie). I have noticed that the Bengals are much more accepting of eachother than my moggie and other cats that my family have had.

I am talking more generally than specifically, there are Bengals out there who won't go near another cat without picking a fight but that is very rare. Bengals seem to have a clearly defined pecking order that gets sorted out very very quickly.

Very dog like. There are not many breeds of cat that you can teach to play fetch, walk on a lead AND go paddling in 6" of water out of choice....

Just my humble observational opinion of course. :D

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 2:29 pm 
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Right! I wonder if that's something that's there's any research on? :lol: Might have to start a thread actually.

No, that's true...but then most cat breeds aren't hybrids is the argument there I suppose. If bengals didn't have ALC in the make up they probably wouldn't like water.

I got my Nala because she suddenly couldn't cope with living in a muti cat household, and she'll be my only cat, so I can't really comment on it from experience.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 2:42 pm 
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A poll might do it actually. We could do some fun research to find out if it is generally common for Bengals to be *more* social with eachother than other breeds.... but like you say, there are factors like Bengals are man made and not many other breeds are and also sometimes ex breeding queens are normally more solitary than the boys due to the raging hormones. (I had one who was very recluse but haven't had one like her since).

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 3:01 pm 
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I say get another one :D

I had a female bengal as an only cat until she was a year old when I introduced a male bengal kitten. They took to each other almost straight away and within a couple of days were firm friends. Ru is the best present I ever got Java! They can play together when we are out and nothing quite tires a bengal out like another bengal! They really do do everything together, and they don't require quite as much playing with in my experience because they play wrestling and chasing together when I can't play. In fact sometimes I want to play and they don't want me to!!


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Ahem, well I guess I have to say have another one too !!!! I have 6 bengals and a mog. My mog was the first cat to arrive and I had her for 18 months before introducing my first 2 bengals (litter brothers). There were no problems but the mog remained a little aloof. My 3rd and 4th bengals (1/2 brothers) were introduced to the posse within 3 months of each other - no problems. Grace 6 months later and Crystal 2 months after Grace. All my bengals play together, swap around who sleeps together and who grooms who etc... so I have to agree that they are very social with each other. Maddie-Mog is still aloof but is more fiendly with Crystal don't know whether it's because they are both the same age (4) or have a better affinity with each other.

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You don't necessarily have to get another Bengal, but I agree that two cats are better than one. They will entertain each other for hours! I do think you need to give careful consideration to what breed you decide on and match your Bengal with an equally active breed - or even a moggy.

We have a Bengal and an Oriental. They were both 5 months old when we got them within days of each other. We confined them to seperate rooms for a few days then introduced them. They sniffed each other's butts then ran off and played and have been inseperable ever since. Freya (the Oriental) makes Loki (the Bengal) look like a tame boring lapcat in comparison - she's like the Duracell Bunny :lol: and never seems to tire out.

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Well....I add my vote for two. :D

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:53 pm 
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I have to second every thing HotLavaJava said, we have a 7 month old girl Rizzo and last sunday we bought a 13 week old male kitten Troy,

After some spitting and growling they are grooming each other and lying together with their arms around each other so cute! it only took a couple of days as well,
They chase each other all round the house ,have wrestling matches when they are in bengal mode and sleep together as well, they still like our company though and we all play together but Rizzo no longer crys like she used to which is good, she seems a lot more content and Troy gives as good as he gets for a kitten. so go for it :D


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Im looking to introduce a second :D and for the first time in a long time believe I have a cat that would happily except another....he is the most gentle boy ever and only met my brothers yorkie acouple of weeks ago and just cuddled her to death...no hissing nothing....

My persian who lives with my mom got introduced about the same age to the said yorkie and went mental :shock: she actually was banging on the conservatory window with her paws and hissing and growling....

I do think however that you dont neccesarily need two cats and one can live happily along side you - but I do think a bengal is a very active cat and needs stimulation...my joe is very happy as is here he has so much to do...climbing tree's everywhere...me home all day, dogs to chase around, a conservatory all to himself where he can sit and talk to the birds and watch the rabbit, run of the house etc...BUT I do think getting him a friend of his own kind would enrich his life even more...so I think aslong as you have the money, time, love and commitment then go for it :D

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:54 pm 
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I've found that my two really entertain each other a lot. They play fight constantly, sleep together and groom each other. It makes me feel a lot better about leaving the house during the day even though I know a lot of single cats are perfectly content by themselves. After all yours isn't showing any signs of boredom so I don't see it as an issue you NEED to do something about, it'll be a nice family bonus though!

Also I don't think two cats is much more effort than one. Financially it's pretty much double of course but I play with both of mine at the same time and they don't mind sharing a lap for strokes. I don't have to free up blocks of "spend so much time with Jack and then so much with Mal", if they're up for playing (nearly always!) they'll get stuck in.

I also take in a stream of fosters and found that after a week I only have problems if I've got an older cat who doesn't like sharing. You'll have less of an issue with that if you get a cat from a nice breeder who's socialised the kittens well or if you go to a shelter since they'll know if the cat's happily lived with other cats previously.

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