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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 5:50 pm 
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Hi everyone!

My name is Ryan, and I'm from NJ, USA.

I have wanted a Bengal my entire life and this is finally the time I can do it.

I put a deposit for a beautiful little guy a few days ago. He is currently 5 weeks old and will be ready to come home with me in another 5 or so weeks.

Right now I'm thinking of naming him Benedict. Benny the Bengal :)




Any suggestions for a first time Bengal owner? The only thing I am concerned about is my work schedule. I work from ~8am-5pm, from which I will not be home. My roommate works from home but will also be out and about a lot. So there will be some time during the week he will have to be alone in my room. I will make sure there are plenty of toys/scratching posts, food, water and a clean litter box for him. I have heard some people suggest that getting him a cat buddy would help, but I can't afford to buy another one of these little guys at ~$1300 a pop.



Anyway, here is Benedict! (name pending)


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 3:07 pm 
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Welcome!

He is cute!

I have only same suggestion when he will be alone - cat buddy is the best for him.
When me and my husband talked about bengal cats. I wanted two, but husband only one. Finally I convinced him for two. And after a few months he told me that i have truth. I think that one cat would be bored and maybe he will be misbehave.

They have a lot of energy. We play with them each day in evening, sometimes at morning too. But they still have a lot of energy for chasing each other and running. And two cats can snuggle to each other too, so they aren't so lonely.

I see that price for bengal cat in USA is very high - $1300 for one kitten? But you don't need another Bengal cat for buddy. He will be happy for any kind of cat.


And Benedict is nice name!

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 4:10 pm 
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Welcome. Getting a second bengal kitten is a big help imo. Having toys lying on the floor is some help. More help though are things to climb! Trees, shelves, poles etc. The higher the better (seriously!). So it sounds like you live in an apartment and he will be confined to a single room when you are gone? That's actually ideal for the first week or two, but not so much after that. These cats definitely need some room to move around. Sprinting and leaping are big activities for bengals so he needs room to do that. I'm more concerned about that then the fact that he'll be alone some hours each day.

I know how it is, but don't be in a big hurry to get him home. These are formidable weeks for him where he gets extra socialization and such. 12 weeks is usually considered the earliest to take a kitten home if it can be helped, so it is suspicious when a breeder offers to get a kitten out the door sooner. He's certainly a very handsome little guy!

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 5:27 pm 
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Ka3na wrote:
Welcome!

He is cute!

I have only same suggestion when he will be alone - cat buddy is the best for him.
When me and my husband talked about bengal cats. I wanted two, but husband only one. Finally I convinced him for two. And after a few months he told me that i have truth. I think that one cat would be bored and maybe he will be misbehave.

They have a lot of energy. We play with them each day in evening, sometimes at morning too. But they still have a lot of energy for chasing each other and running. And two cats can snuggle to each other too, so they aren't so lonely.

I see that price for bengal cat in USA is very high - $1300 for one kitten? But you don't need another Bengal cat for buddy. He will be happy for any kind of cat.


And Benedict is nice name!


Yes the prices in my area range from $800-$1500 USD. The breeder I went with is on the higher end but they have a good reputation and ~15 years experience. The parents of this cat were both show cats and are beautiful.

Unfortunately only 1 cat is allowed in my apartment as is written on my lease. So another kitty buddy isnt an option :(

He will be confined to my room when unsupervised for the first couple of weeks until I know he will not destroy things around the house (roommates speakers in the living room for example) and has had some training.


A friend of mine that has a new puppy actually gave me a great idea. Amazon has these cool little wifi security cameras for $50, you can view/turn the camera remotely from the smartphone app. So I can keep an eye on him from work, and I can also talk through the camera to yell at him if he is doing something he shouldn't. So I can at least sort of keep him company while I am away.


I will be sure to play with him in the morning before I leave, to try and wear him out so he will nap when I'm gone. I definitely will do the same once I get home from work.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 5:30 pm 
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brianj12 wrote:
Welcome. Getting a second bengal kitten is a big help imo. Having toys lying on the floor is some help. More help though are things to climb! Trees, shelves, poles etc. The higher the better (seriously!). So it sounds like you live in an apartment and he will be confined to a single room when you are gone? That's actually ideal for the first week or two, but not so much after that. These cats definitely need some room to move around. Sprinting and leaping are big activities for bengals so he needs room to do that. I'm more concerned about that then the fact that he'll be alone some hours each day.

I know how it is, but don't be in a big hurry to get him home. These are formidable weeks for him where he gets extra socialization and such. 12 weeks is usually considered the earliest to take a kitten home if it can be helped, so it is suspicious when a breeder offers to get a kitten out the door sooner. He's certainly a very handsome little guy!


Thanks for the advice and kind words. This breeder seems to let them go home at 10 weeks and from the few in the area I've spoken to that seems pretty standard. I actually have to go to a wedding out of state the weekend I'm supposed to take him home, so I'm going to ask the breeder if she would hold onto him for an extra week.

I plan on getting a good kitty tree and lots of toys for him to come home to. After a couple weeks when I know what his behavior is like I will let him roam the house when I'm away. Most days my roommate will be there when I'm not, so he will also let him roam and watch over him.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:04 pm 
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RCouchh wrote:
This breeder seems to let them go home at 10 weeks and from the few in the area I've spoken to that seems pretty standard.


See, this is the cool thing about hanging out in a forum like this though, and hearing from *hundreds* of owners (and even breeders) of bengals and other breeds... I was given a similar line from the breeder where I got my bengals, and didn't know better... but after hanging out here for 5 years, I can assure you that 10 weeks isn't "pretty standard". Most consider it pretty negligent actually :sad: and it's something I would do differently if I could do it over again.

RCouchh wrote:
He will be confined to my room when unsupervised for the first couple of weeks until I know he will not destroy things around the house (roommates speakers in the living room for example) and has had some training.


This is going to be a problem, I can tell you right now. If you choose to get a bengal, you are choosing to get a very active, but also curious and mischievous (read: destructive) type of cat. And it's not a matter of training them or verifying that they won't destroy things (because they will), it's about adapting your house to *them*. For example, if the speakers are a prize possession, you will need to assume that a bengal might have fun putting his paws through the mesh and using the housing like a scratching post. So you need to assume he will do this, and do something to make sure he can't (like putting them away when you are not using them, or covering them when not in use, etc). Those are the sorts of sacrifices and adjustments a bengal daddy needs to make.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:16 pm 
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Good luck with "training" your bengal. Mine trained me. In time torn curtains, chewed wood and leather with holes all over it will become the norm and acceptable. They own everything. I am just their caretaker.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:29 pm 
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brianj12 wrote:
RCouchh wrote:
This breeder seems to let them go home at 10 weeks and from the few in the area I've spoken to that seems pretty standard.


See, this is the cool thing about hanging out in a forum like this though, and hearing from *hundreds* of owners (and even breeders) of bengals and other breeds... I was given a similar line from the breeder where I got my bengals, and didn't know better... but after hanging out here for 5 years, I can assure you that 10 weeks isn't "pretty standard". Most consider it pretty negligent actually :sad: and it's something I would do differently if I could do it over again.

RCouchh wrote:
He will be confined to my room when unsupervised for the first couple of weeks until I know he will not destroy things around the house (roommates speakers in the living room for example) and has had some training.


This is going to be a problem, I can tell you right now. If you choose to get a bengal, you are choosing to get a very active, but also curious and mischievous (read: destructive) type of cat. And it's not a matter of training them or verifying that they won't destroy things (because they will), it's about adapting your house to *them*. For example, if the speakers are a prize possession, you will need to assume that a bengal might have fun putting his paws through the mesh and using the housing like a scratching post. So you need to assume he will do this, and do something to make sure he can't (like putting them away when you are not using them, or covering them when not in use, etc). Those are the sorts of sacrifices and adjustments a bengal daddy needs to make.


Good to know about the 10 week thing. I will talk with the breeder a little more about this and see what she says. Thanks for the advice.
I will be going to a wedding for the weekend I am supposed to pick up the cat, so I'm going to have to ask if she can keep him for an extra week or so anyway.

I will make arrangements to make sure my house is 'bengal-proofed' as best as I can. I've heard more than a few times that the cat will rather train you, not the other way around. All of these horror stories I'm hearing are making me a little nervous about this whole endeavor :redface:


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:38 pm 
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Welcome to the forum and congratulations on your upcoming arrival. Brian is correct. 12 weeks is the norm for breeders, not 10. The kitty will learn additional skills from his mother during those extra weeks. Hopefully, your breeder won't give you any grief at having to hang on to him until he's 11 weeks old.

All kittens are hyperactive. Bengals, especially so! They do take several kitty naps during the day. Having a camera is a great idea for several reasons -- and one being to make sure your roommate doesn't leave the door open to your room so your bengal can escape!

A cat tree is a must! Bengals love to climb up high. Lots of wand toys are great, too, so you can wear the little guy out. He is just a beautiful kitten and I know you will have many, many years with him.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:08 pm 
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Sherry wrote:
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on your upcoming arrival. Brian is correct. 12 weeks is the norm for breeders, not 10. The kitty will learn additional skills from his mother during those extra weeks. Hopefully, your breeder won't give you any grief at having to hang on to him until he's 11 weeks old.

All kittens are hyperactive. Bengals, especially so! They do take several kitty naps during the day. Having a camera is a great idea for several reasons -- and one being to make sure your roommate doesn't leave the door open to your room so your bengal can escape!

A cat tree is a must! Bengals love to climb up high. Lots of wand toys are great, too, so you can wear the little guy out. He is just a beautiful kitten and I know you will have many, many years with him.


Thank you! Currently researching some good scratching posts/trees. Will be sure to get lots of toys to keep him as occupied as possible :)


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:14 pm 
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I have bengal proofed my house rather a lot, I thought it was pretty good as I have a 4 year old bengal boy and he was very naughty as a baby, so I have kept all things out of his way.

Then a few months ago I brought home Pearl, my now 7 months old bengal girl, OMG it has been like the tasmanian devil on speed.

Ripped nets, pictures off walls, torn wallpaper, shredded carpet, artificial flowers annihilated, wires chewed, these are only a handful of things.

My house was not as bengal proofed as I thought.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:58 pm 
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Benny is so cute! I need a breeder closer to me to "visit" and "help" with the socialization! lol

As for you, consider getting a cat wheel, one fast cat is probably the cheapest. A wheel might help with being away 9-5. Benny will eventually adjust to your schedule but you will need to make sure that you have Benny-Time in the morning and evening.

Don't buy the DaBird toy until Benny gets bored of every other toy in the pet store. It is that good lol.

This is the cat tree I bought first. It has a small floor foot print but very tall and won't tip over. Good for apartments. If you get this one, ask them to put the sisal rope all the way up the bottom posts. I later bought a cheap $80 tree that was just as tall and it truly is a third of the quality than the more expensive one, but still worth getting.

Make sure you get some flat cardboard scratchers. I didn't realize some cats like the cardboard over sisal so that was one of the problems I had with Roco. He now rips these to shreds.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:24 am 
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Our boys don't destroy anything. We were afraid of it - for example we covered up our couch by some blanket for few first months. But they didn't scratch it, so we gave away blanket and everything is fine. So I think if he will have enough play time, it will be fine. But yes, each cat is different :) And trust me, bengal cat will bring many happiness to your life! Enjoy it! They are amazing! I love them so much.

And I agree with others that 12 weeks is the minimum. I know one cat that had been taken earlier and socialization was difficult. Nobody taught her that during the game she mustn't use the claws. I think that mother and sibling teaching him during last weeks at breeder.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 11:15 am 
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And it is true that they sleep almost all day. I gave camera at home few days ago too (Two mobile phones + aplication Alfred) . And our boys are awake maybe once or two times during the day. Most of the time when i check them on camera - they are "boring" and they sleep on their cat tree :)

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 2:05 pm 
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Appreciate the input everyone. That is somewhat reassuring, probably the first person I've heard that hasn't had insane young bengals and suggested my life will probably be hell :)


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