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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:23 am 
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I joined this forum in 2008 to ask for advice for my crazy bengal girl :)

Well I kept lurking these forums on and off just reading about others experiences and now it is 2016 and I am happy to say that my girl Natawni is still with me. She is 11 years old now but still as active and mischievous as she was in 2008. She loves people, she loves cuddling, loves laps, she loves going for walks and will follow/run along, she loves dogs (even strange ones), and she even loves meeting other cats (as long as they are boys). She is an adrenaline junkie and wants me to give her crazy rides on the office chair or likes to hunker down in a box like a race car and have me pull it around. She is very vocal with enough different noises and meows that she has her own language. She is very intelligent and she knows how to manipulate people to get what she wants. She likes swimming in lakes and if there is a puddle... she believes you go right through it.. not around! She is an amazing perfect cat with all the confidence in the world and has moved around with me through college and to different states in stride. She is in perfect health but I worry as she is getting older, I wish she could outlive me. She has been with me through life's toughest moments, always a constant ready to make me smile. She has her own cat bed next to ours and always comes to bed when we do... she loves being close.

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I also have a wonderful kissy faced boy named Onyx. He was a rescue from an animal shelter around 5 years ago. He had a traumatic start on life, dropped off at the shelter because 'he didn't like to cuddle'. Extremely malnourished as the previous owners were feeding the cheapest food available and he had worms. He was so hungry he would eat ANYTHING remotely edible and the first few weeks he tried to steal food right off your plate. It also seemed he was probably struck as he was terrified of humans and especially hands and had an injury on his nose. I could not even touch him for 6-9 months, he would literally tremble and cry/cower in fear if he thought you were going to touch him. He never tried to bite, swat, or hiss. He was just a sweet but terrified cat. When he thought I was sleeping he would sneak into bed and cuddle with my feet and as soon as he thought I was awake, he would run away scared again. He loves dogs and other cats though and would play and cuddle with my Golden Retriever and Natawni. He found comfort in them. Over these 5 years he has gotten braver and braver and changed, it was not fast... in fact... it took years! He is now a super kissy, super cuddly boy and loves to be petted and loves to snuggle in bed. He still has some PTSD and has moments where suddenly everyone and everything is scary but quickly comes out of it. He is now finally starting to come around to strangers and will check them out/sniff them vs hide under the bed. He does not have a bad bone in his body, he has never been mean to anyone or anything, he is never grumpy and when we went to visit my parents, he had found a new best friend in only 1 day with their cat. He is a very quiet cat and does not meow often and when he does, he still sounds like a kitten. He loves to 'hang out' with people and will follow people from room to room just so he can lay at their feet to 'chill'. He has been a great cat companion to Natawni, they love each other. We started bringing him out on the leash with Natawni over this summer and he has been making good progress getting more brave each time we go. He does suffer from asthma but so far is has been mild.

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The 3rd cat is Monkeyboat, my parents cat who adopted them (was a stray). We stayed with them a month and everyone got along wonderfully.

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Old photo from 5 years ago when I first got Onyx:

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and Natawni as a baby:

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Of course... they are naughty active bengals and have broken TV's, computers, ect. All my plants are velcroed down and I don't keep any breakables. They went through stages of waking me up at 3am and Natawni knows how to be LOUD if she wants something... but I hardly remember any of those moments because they bring so much fun and love to life.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:13 am 
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Beautiful pictures and a beautiful story! Well done you for helping Onyx become who he is now. Actually have a tear in my eye!

I'm sure you can be a massive help to other people taking on rescue Bengals with your experience.

Wishing you many more years with your gorgeous Bengals and hope for many more pictures!

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:53 am 
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Congratulations on de-lurking and welcome to the forum.


Lovely pictures and it is always heartening to hear of the love and patience of an animal lover turning around the life of a gorgeous chap like Onyx. I think that there is something very special about the love that animals like him, who have seen bad times and really understand the fantastic luck they have had in finding a person like you, show.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 2:42 pm 
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It is so heartening to hear there are people like you in the world! What a fantastic achievement with Onyx. Beautiful cats :biggrin: I would love to rescue more but the thought of how Oscar would behave stops me :cry:

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 2:47 pm 
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Wonderful to meet you and welcome! I love your stories and pictures.

I particularly like the name Natawni (I may have to steal that) where does it come from?

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 5:18 pm 
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So happy you decided to post your story! It is an amazing one. The love in your heart for your babies shines through. Onyx will have a great life. Traumatized cats can take years to gain the confidence they need. Takes so much love and patience. I am so jealous of your Natawni. My bengal does none of those things and it would be so great if he did. It sounds like so much fun at your house. Hope you will continue to post updates and pictures. We now feel a real connection to your babies.


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