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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 2:34 am 
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Hi everyone,

I am a first time Bengal owner-to-be living in NZ. We have a 14 year old fox terrier named Abby who is missing her feline companion, a Havana Brown we named Q that we were privileged to share our home with for 17 years (he passed away in March).

We are very excited about welcoming a Bengal into our family and really hope the two get along well. The breeder we have chosen socialises their kittens with their little dogs so we hope our little one will adjust well to Abby.

Here are three photos of our boy we have named Ari. The first is Ari at 5 weeks when we picked him from the litter and the other two are updated photos sent from our breeder this week. He is about 8 weeks there and is due to be weaned by today - his first milestone....


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 8:23 am 
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So gorgeous - it makes your heart melt! :biggrin:

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 3:50 pm 
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Aww, what a cutie pie! I can see why you chose him. Hopefully, the breeder won't let him go until he's 12 weeks old! In the mean time, the wait is agonizing. Congratulations on Ari.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 4:17 pm 
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So cute! Congrats, and welcome. :)

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 6:25 am 
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Thanks everyone for the welcome. Breeder definitely does not let kittens go before 12 weeks :smile:

For us the agonizing wait will be longer. He's ready to come home last weekend of November but we are not ready to bring him home until three weeks later...... Our schedule is busy those weeks and we just didn't have the heart to bring him home when we didn't have the right amount of time to settle him in. We are going to visit him on the last weekend of November - I know I'll want to take him home with me.

Another thought - it's a big event for him suddenly being in a new place with no brother and sisters or his mum. So, at least with another few weeks at his birthplace it'll give him time to adjust not having his brother and sisters around and still have his mum to play with. Hopefully that will help him adjust easier and transition him to our home when he will have our undivided attention.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 6:36 pm 
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It's wonderful that your breeder has agreed to wait another three weeks. Most want the kittens gone as soon as they are ready. Yes, it's very important to have the time to spend with Ari. Your home will be a whole different world for him -- different voices, noises, smells. Sometimes it can overwhelm a little kitten and those three extra week may make a huge difference in his adjustment. I know you will love having him home around Christmas. These little guys want and need a lot of attention and time.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 3:52 am 
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Hopefully that will help him adjust easier and transition him to our home when he will have our undivided attention.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 5:40 am 
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Hi everyone,

We finally brought Ari home on 19th December. He was 15 weeks old then. He is such a delight and really smoochy ! and such a good boy! He's tenacious and tests the boundaries but understands the boundaries really quickly.

He is now four and half months and it's been wonderful to see him grow in confidence and learn new things, such as navigating different landing surfaces when he jumps and leaps, learning his first tree climb (yep, he was interested in our fake Christmas tree when we were pulling it down after new year - so we had a successful tree experience this Christmas when we were expecting utter carnage!) and opening drawers .... **sigh** - but we love his antics and rascal-ness :biggrin: .

It's also been interesting seeing him learn how to relate and try to win over our old dog. They're still not best mates quite yet but getting there slowly and Ari's still trying, and for the first time yesterday, they shared the same bed for a short while - so that's progress. It's interesting to see his tactics he employs to win Abby over so he can sleep in her bed ..... pawing, biting and licking the bed to leave his scent.
Ari is still learning what responses he receives to a paw with claws in and one with claws out with us and when he reaches for little 14 year old dog to play who has reduced sight and hearing. Poor Abby, doesn't know when a claw is coming or not, so we don't leave them in the same room together alone yet.
He's developing a healthy respect for Abby and he watches us interact with her. We had Ari out a few times this week in our back yard on his harness and Abby enjoyed initiating him to her outside world. Ari looks to her for validation and support in that big outside world. I have to say, Abby is eating so much better now he has a feline friend again and some other anxiety and lonely behaviors she was displaying previously since out old cat Q passed away has disappeared.

He's into everything we open so quickly - we have to be careful we don't accidentally shut him in for lack of seeing him - fridge, dishwasher, cupboards, drawers. He likes playing with water and is fascinated by bubbles when I have a bubble bath.

I must say the cat tree we bought was the best investment ever. When we first brought him home he lived in that tree all day for the first week (but would come sleep with us at night) while he worked out what's what and what's with that four legged dog thing on the ground. It was great to have levels and one we could use as a feeding station for him that Ari felt was safe. He wanted to hide under a bed in the spare room for hours when we first brought him home, but because I accidentally left the door unlatched, our dog got in and Ari's progress took a flying leap backwards. So we thought, well the two know each other is there, soooooo - we pulled Ari out put him on his cat tree in the lounge where he could hide and be up high and be as invisible or visible as he felt safe to be but in a social environment. It worked a treat.

Here's a couple of photos.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:53 pm 
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Oh what a handsome boy! Thank you so much for sharing your experience. It's so typical bengal! Ari has settled in great! Congratulations. You are in for so many wonderful adventures. It's wonderful that you've already started Ari wearing a harness. In the future, you can enjoy incredible walks with him. I'm pleased you're so happy with Ari. He's a gorgeous kitty.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:21 pm 
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He is a gorgeous boy, I hope you have years of happiness and fun with him.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:54 am 
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Beautiful face!


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 8:16 am 
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Thanks for the lovely kind words and wishes.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 4:44 pm 
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Look at that face!

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