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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:26 pm 
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My kitten Tomi is really nice most of the time. He likes to cuddle and sleeps with me and my wife with no problem. However when he wakes up in the morning, he starts scratching our feet or playing with loose string on our clothing and when we tell him no and stop, he doesn't listen. I usually try to take him off the bed but he starts scratching at my hands or biting. So me and my wife have to wait until he jumps down off the bed. Then we get back into bed, but so does he and again he does the same thing.

I've had to resort to putting him in another room so we can continue sleeping. My daughter and I play with him often. At least 2 or 3 hours a day. We have enough toys and things for him to bite and climb. We feed him a raw diet, BlueRidge Kitty Grind and every once in a while while training him, we give him organic chicken treats. I work from home so I am with him all of the time except when I have to leave at night to teach a class which is 2x a week.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:04 pm 
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Welcome to the forum. Congratulations on your bengal! The solution to your problem is not easy. You have a kitten. You have a bengal kitten. He is waking up full of energy and ready to go and wants to play, find prey, use some of that energy up. It's the same with toddlers when they get up in the mornings. They are rearing to go. This is something your baby should outgrow as he becomes an adult. But, as a kitten, he has unlimited energy. You will have to train him to understand the word "NO." You have discovered that bengals love to be where you are and are quite social cats. If you do not want him to sleep with you, shut your door and put him on the other side. Doesn't work with me. We have lever door handles and Raiden is tall enough to open all the doors that open inward.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:03 pm 
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fragar65 wrote:
My kitten Tomi is really nice most of the time. He likes to cuddle and sleeps with me and my wife with no problem. However when he wakes up in the morning, he starts scratching our feet or playing with loose string on our clothing and when we tell him no and stop, he doesn't listen. I usually try to take him off the bed but he starts scratching at my hands or biting. So me and my wife have to wait until he jumps down off the bed. Then we get back into bed, but so does he and again he does the same thing.

I've had to resort to putting him in another room so we can continue sleeping. My daughter and I play with him often. At least 2 or 3 hours a day. We have enough toys and things for him to bite and climb. We feed him a raw diet, BlueRidge Kitty Grind and every once in a while while training him, we give him organic chicken treats. I work from home so I am with him all of the time except when I have to leave at night to teach a class which is 2x a week.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


It's a really standard part of the kitten phase for a bengal. You just need to get through it with good cheer and walk that fine line between letting him know that it isn't tolerated but at the same time not reprimanding him so hard that it permanently damages your relationship with him. Imo, the two really critical things in your training of him now is:

1. When you and your daughter play with him, you have to be 100% consistent with never ever making a foot/toes or a finger/hand an acceptable part of a hunting game with him. Always always always use toys and have him hunt those, and whenever he goes for a body part of yours, give him an immediate reprimand (like put him outside the room) and make the game end. But at the same time, you have to be patient with him. It does take time for that to sink in, and when it does, he'll eventually be quite gentle with you.

2. This is the time when you have to be really careful with the nighttime routine. Make sure that you are 100% consistent with not giving in to him and giving him play or affection or attention or food based on him waking you up at night. He has to "get it" that he has to wait for your wakeup time to get this things from you (and all the other household members).

P.S. None of my cats respond to "no" :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 4:08 pm 
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Thankfully, my Raiden does understand the word "no." He doesn't always obey, but he definitely knows what I mean when I say it in a very stern voice! LOL


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:50 pm 
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Thank you for all of the replies. The constant play time is lessening his eagerness to nip and scratch.

This morning he threw up his food... but I'll post a new topic on that.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:52 am 
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I found having their nails clipped helped immensely - they'd still do it but the damage is so much less.
I got mine 2 months ago and he's already lost interest in the toe game - Though I think it Luna's accomplishment, since they will just play instead.
I hiss at them and say no if they start - sometimes they will try but they know the hissing is not fun.


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