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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:04 pm 
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We have a 15 month old Bengal girl name Kiki. She is very active, intelligent, vigilant, and athletic. We felt as if she needed a company. She is very friendly and soft little creature, so we were under the impression that she would definitely enjoy another animal in the house. After reading all the horror stories on the internet on how bengals does not get on with other pets and they normally develop behavioural problems etc., we had a lot of doubts.

After a lot of research, stress, and anxiety, 2 months ago we finally decided to get a second kitten. Our new kitten is not a bengal, he is just a moggy cat. We got him when he was around 9 weeks old (we called him Yoko). We took special care when introducing Kiki to Yoko. We took our time and we paid a lot of attention to their behaviour.

It only took a week until they became best of friends. Now they sleep together, play together, chase a ball, and clean each other.

If any of you wants a second cat please don't be scared to get one. If you have any questions regarding the introduction, please ask!

Good luck!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:44 pm 
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Kiki wrote:
If any of you wants a second cat please don't be scared to get one. If you have any questions regarding the introduction, please ask!
Good luck!


I'm very glad it has worked out for you, at least so far, but please don't make the mistake of thinking that your experience is universal, or that you have some sort of silver bullet. The horror stories are every bit as legit as yours. At the end of the day it's a crapshoot, it's very much dependent on the individual cats involved.

It's not too different with people really. I remember when I was a freshman in college and people got randomly paired up and put into dorm rooms together with people they had just met. My roommate and I shared very little in common, we respected each other and got on well enough. Others became lifelong best friends. Others loathed each other. I recall one poor guy getting dangled out of a 3rd floor window by his ankles by his muscle-bound jerk or a roommate because they couldn't respect each other's space and insisted on blasting their music at each other at inopportune times. Same thing with cats. The main thing is to understand the risks, hope for the best but be prepared for the worst, make a commitment to work through the problems as best as you can, and know when to throw in the towel when it's clear that it just can't work.

The other thing is that you are only in inning 1 of a 9 inning game. The initial intro can be a big hurdle to overcome, but when young cats are concerned, when they both reach adulthood can be an even bigger hurdle.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:29 pm 
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My point was that I only ever read bad stories regarding the topic. And it's not all bad. It CAN work out well.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:32 pm 
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Kiki wrote:
My point was that I only ever read bad stories regarding the topic. And it's not all bad. It CAN work out well.


:laugh2: You're telling this to a forum of people where probably 75% of us have a multi-cat household where one or more of the cats is a bengal!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:38 pm 
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Oh I thought it was a forum where I can share my experiences. I apologise, I wasn't aware that everyone in here knows everything about everything.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:57 pm 
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Good luck with your new lovely baby, they look great together.

I introduced Pearl ( my 1 year old female bengal) earlier this year to Magic ( my 4 year male bengal) they met accidentally on the second day, luckily no problem at all.

We had a couple of hisses but after that nothing too bad, they play and chase each other round, they wash each other for a short time but don't curl up and sleep together, I'm hoping that might come with time.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:14 pm 
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Clare&magic wrote:
Good luck with your new lovely baby, they look great together.

I introduced Pearl ( my 1 year old female bengal) earlier this year to Magic ( my 4 year male bengal) they met accidentally on the second day, luckily no problem at all.

We had a couple of hisses but after that nothing too bad, they play and chase each other round, they wash each other for a short time but don't curl up and sleep together, I'm hoping that might come with time.



Oh bless them! it took Kiki and Yoko around a month to start napping together :) There were some hissing on the first meeting, but thats just completely natural, they have to set their boundaries. They really care about each other now. I am sure Pearl and Magic will get closer in time :) And maybe even nap together :)


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:43 pm 
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I hope so, Pearl is a bit lively for him sometimes.

It's funny to watch when one minute she is chasing him, in the next second it's the other way round.

They both had the crazies tonight, it sounded like a herd of elephants running around upstairs, I could hear things being knocked over and they were bouncing off the bed like children. They are definitely like having toddlers all the time but they never grow up.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 7:18 am 
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I am so glad that your kits are getting along so famously together. Please don't call your addition "just a moggie". He is a beaut and an individual in his own right.

How did you find your new boy? Please show us lots of pictures - of both your kits.

I have often considered a second cat but I have discovered that Quasar is quite territorial toward other cats. Dogs are much more welcome.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:24 pm 
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Kiki, please don't take things personally here! I am super pleased your experience turned out well. Most of them are great experiences at bringing a new cat into the household, but you read many horror stories -- and you know how horror stories are more prevalent out there on the web than the great experiences.

First of all, you did a proper introduction which goes a very long way. You were most observant in the behavior of the cats when they were together. Do you realize how many people get a second cat and simply put the cat on the ground and let it go meet the other cat and that's it!

Many on here have multiple cats (I don't), and they have shared their experiences good and bad. It's always great to go into it with a positive attitude. Just know that your moggy as it gets much older, will not have the energy of your bengal. But they should be life-long friends.

I appreciate that you have shared your great experience here as it gives hope to others considering adding another kitten, but I emphasize that the introductions have to be done properly, which you have done, and things go a lot better that way.

Congratulations on your new baby. Your kitties are gorgeous!.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2016 10:19 am 
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Oh yes, he has his own, very 'colourful' personality :) he is a little monkey! The lady who was selling kittens, found them behind her kids trampoline. Homeless cat that she used to feed now and then had her kittens there. She took over them all, got vet checked and after few weeks, when they got stronger, sold them. The little black kitty was the one we fell in love :)

When we took him over he was tiny and didn't know how to play... Bless him! It only took couple of days to start chasing balls and jumping everywhere.

Kiki and Yoko get on very well, mostly I think because they both are very inquisitive. So they go look for adventures together. I am aware that their personalities may change, but we will just take it as it comes and work on it.

Thank you all or your lovely replies :)

In the picture, Kiki and Yoko are watching seagulls outside.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2016 1:53 pm 
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Your kitties are something else :biggrin: :biggrin: -- love this last picture.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 11:28 am 
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I think it helped a lot that they are both still very young and that your Bengal is female, I have found that th me females are a lot more accepting and less territorial usually you do get exceptions of course but generally they can be easier. A lot of the horror stories are with adult male bengals who are already quite territorial, I would think a male kitten would be a lot easier.

The main issue will be more as they grow up and your Domestic short hair will probably calm down and your Bengal won't calm down so you may need to make sure you rescue him if she's getting too boisterous and she also won't know her own strength bengals are like little body builders. A lot tends to be down to just being vigilant and watching them and making sure the DSH doesn't get hurt. I have noticed a lot of issues with the DSH hating the Bengal tends to happen if they get badly hurt by them or are very frightened from bad early socialisation.

I'm really glad it's gone so well for you but you aren't out of the woods yet as they are both still babies (bengals don't mature until 2) but I'm hoping as you did a good introduction they will get on really well permanently.

Good luck and they are little cuties.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 3:13 pm 
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brianj12 wrote:
Kiki wrote:
If any of you wants a second cat please don't be scared to get one. If you have any questions regarding the introduction, please ask!
Good luck!


I'm very glad it has worked out for you, at least so far, but please don't make the mistake of thinking that your experience is universal, or that you have some sort of silver bullet. The horror stories are every bit as legit as yours. At the end of the day it's a crapshoot, it's very much dependent on the individual cats involved.

It's not too different with people really. I remember when I was a freshman in college and people got randomly paired up and put into dorm rooms together with people they had just met. My roommate and I shared very little in common, we respected each other and got on well enough. Others became lifelong best friends. Others loathed each other. I recall one poor guy getting dangled out of a 3rd floor window by his ankles by his muscle-bound jerk or a roommate because they couldn't respect each other's space and insisted on blasting their music at each other at inopportune times. Same thing with cats. The main thing is to understand the risks, hope for the best but be prepared for the worst, make a commitment to work through the problems as best as you can, and know when to throw in the towel when it's clear that it just can't work.

The other thing is that you are only in inning 1 of a 9 inning game. The initial intro can be a big hurdle to overcome, but when young cats are concerned, when they both reach adulthood can be an even bigger hurdle.


College roommates, good analogy Brian! My freshman year roommate was named Madonna. That was the last roommate I had (traumatized!) and still prefer to live only with cats. My rehoming dialogue would read: gets along with some people. Must be the only cat in the house. No dogs and no children.

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Kiki, your cats look sweet together. Now you have a leopard and a panther! Getting a young play mate will help in terms of getting along now. They may develop a special bond as some animals do and be lifelong buddies.

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