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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2016 7:19 pm 
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Hi All. We have a male Snow Bengal (Benji) soon to be two years old (in a few days time). We are looking to get a second cat - my daughter would really like a docile cuddly cat (the opposite to Benji!) so we are looking at Ragdoll kittens. Any thoughts on how to introduce a new kitten, is this a good match regard breeds, one concern we had is if Benji would bully a Ragdoll because of its more submissive nature. Thanks in advance.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2016 7:38 pm 
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Jamierp wrote:
Hi All. We have a male Snow Bengal (Benji) soon to be two years old (in a few days time). We are looking to get a second cat - my daughter would really like a docile cuddly cat (the opposite to Benji!) so we are looking at Ragdoll kittens. Any thoughts on how to introduce a new kitten, is this a good match regard breeds, one concern we had is if Benji would bully a Ragdoll because of its more submissive nature. Thanks in advance.


You never can tell with cats, it might work out wonderfully, but by your own admission, there probably are not two more dissimilar breeds than bengal and ragdoll, so yea, bullying is almost a given. There have been a few people on this forum over the last few years that HAVE had bengals and ragdolls, my recollection was that in those cases they reached a "truce" where the ragdolls basically steered clear of the bengals, but that may be about a best case scenario, and you may need to work pretty hard, both in terms of introductions and in terms of catification to achieve that. It's kind of a tall order imo. I don't think I would attempt such a thing if it were me, even though I'm sure ragdolls are wonderful cats. And I admit to having a fascination with them myself.

I do totally get the thing about wanting a "cuddler kitty" in addition to a bengal, as bengals don't always provide that. I went through the same thing when I got Neytiri. That's one suggestion I have: you might consider some other, more active breed of cat, and then just put a really big premium on socialization when you select that other kitten. That might be a little better compromise.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2016 4:48 pm 
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When you have cats with totally opposite personalities and energy levels, you are in for some trouble -- usually! That's not to say bengals and ragdolls can't co-exist in the same house. They just are not going to be best play buddies. I understand why your daughter wants a cuddly kitty! Bengals are not usually cuddly creatures. I think you will probably have better luck with a plain domestic short-haired (or long-haired) cat. Proper introduction of a new kitten to an existing cat is crucial, especially when the resident cat is a bengal. Bengals are highly territorial, especially males. There can be a lot of attacking and bullying of the new kitten. However .... Magic just got a new bengal sister Pearl and he loves her with all his heart and soul -- so it can be done.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2016 9:12 pm 
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Thanks Sherry and Brian12 for your thoughts and good advice. I may have a rethink. If we were to get another cat - given Benji is a male is it best to get a female to minimise threat to Benji, also would an older cat (say 12 months) be better than say a young kitten that could be an easier target? A domestic cat would certainly save from a cash perspective (although more pot luck re. temperament I suppose) - any other breeds that come to mind that may be a better match to a Bengal as a housemate but have more of the cuddle/sit on your lap factor? Thanks again.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 1:42 am 
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Jamierp wrote:
Thanks Sherry and Brian12 for your thoughts and good advice. I may have a rethink. If we were to get another cat - given Benji is a male is it best to get a female to minimise threat to Benji, also would an older cat (say 12 months) be better than say a young kitten that could be an easier target? A domestic cat would certainly save from a cash perspective (although more pot luck re. temperament I suppose) - any other breeds that come to mind that may be a better match to a Bengal as a housemate but have more of the cuddle/sit on your lap factor? Thanks again.


I can't really help re: the male vs female decision. I've only ever had a single male cat (great cat though), and he was an only-cat at the time, otherwise I've stuck exclusively with females. As for age, it would be preferable to have a 12 week old kitten if possible. The reason why is that an introduction becomes strictly a matter of calming down your bengal and convincing him that he isn't losing his place in the house etc. The kitten poses no threat and just wants to fit in. With an adult cat (like 9mo+) both cats are going to want to carve out their territory etc.

As far as breeds go. I chose an Oriental Shorthair for my active cuddle kitty. I did a bunch of reading on them, and have a good friend who has had several for many years. But I think any of the Siamese-derived breeds would work too. I've heard good things about Tonks in particular. One member here had a bengal and an Abby, which I'm pretty fascinated by. Another had a Main Coon and a bengal. There are no guarantees of course, because an awful lot of it depends on the personality of your bengal, and to a lesser degree the particular cat you choose, but you can increase your odds of it working out.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 12:19 pm 
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I don't think there is 100% guarantee with any kitten that you will end up with a cuddly cat no matter what the breed. I think possibly that's why it may be a good idea to get an adult cat as their personalities will be formed. You wouldn't necessarily have to go for an adult 'moggie' as there are rescue sites for Pedigree cats. I'm not sure how difficult it would be though to introduce an adult cat.

When I got my two rescue kittens (moggies) I stipulated that I wanted confident and affectionate kittens. We were very lucky as they are both a pair of purr monsters and have such wonderful cartoon-like temperaments. My 12 year old adores both of them. Even so one is definitely more cuddlier than the other but they could both be described as very affectionate :mrgreen: .

I have had Burmese in the past and they can have wonderful temperaments and they are very clever so may be a good match with your Bengal. I had two Burmese one was a total teddy bear lived for cuddles and kisses whereas the other one hated to be picked up but was affectionate in his own way but could not be described as 'cuddly' at all!

The most important thing if you go for a pedigree kitten is that it is well socialised. Don't go for any that are for instance kept outside in a pen as I think that's what happened to my lovely friend Muskey our Brown Burmese whereas the other one was showered with love and affection by the Breeders.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 3:56 pm 
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Naturally, a pedigreed kitty is going to cost some money! I don't know that it's a priority with the poster. I think she is looking for a cuddly kitty for her daughter. You can visit animal shelters, many pet stores offer kitties -- you can hold them, play with them, and see which is cuddly or not! I would probably Google and see if getting a female or male is preferred or a kitten versus an adult cat. A kitten will be less threatening to your bengal due to the size difference. And a kitten's personality is still forming. An adult cat is set in its ways and may or may not be a good fit for your boy. You are rolling the dice no matter which direction you go. Just know that integrating a new cat into the household takes time and patience and you've got to be willing to deal with the issues that may come up.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2016 3:09 am 
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With any breed, your best chance of success is to introduce a kitten.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 3:09 am 
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I think that there is more than the breed to take into consideration. While ragdolls are portrayed as ‘cuddly’ cats, not every single ragdoll will be cuddly. I have two bengals – one is not cuddly, and the other is very cuddly. Bengals are generally described as aloof and not cuddly, but I totally disagree with that. My Bengal girl is the sweetest. She loves cuddles, loves sitting on laps, purrs as soon as you pick her up and will happily sit in your arms and be cuddled for a long time. She is the most affectionate cat ever. I would recommend looking further than the breed. Visiting breeders, asking about the kittens’ invidual personalities, etc. You never know what kind of cat you will get.


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