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 Post subject: First Bengal Kitten?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:34 pm 
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This is my new kitten. We decided to name him Jinx. The guy who we got him from was only in this for the money.
You could tell. Jinx's parents were in a small cage outside with a blanket over it and it was hot outside.
Not only that but there were some more in a homemade wooden cage on the other side of the yard.
These adult cats didn't want to be held by this guy. I felt bad for them outside in the hot. Especially considering how playful I've heard these cats are.
Now they kept all the kittens in a small puppy carrier and it didn't look like they even tried to tame them.
They all ran from the guy and were crying contently. I felt so bad that they were like that.
Now we brought Jinx back and found out he was probably 4 or 5 weeks old. We aren't sure though.
He got used to us pretty fast. I have never taken care of an inside kitten this young before so I don't really know what to do.

He is perfectly fine on the couch, but as soon as he jumps off he runs to the dinning room and starts to cry really loud. I always go to him.
Not sure if that is okay or not. He does this no matter what room we are in though. He will run to an opposite one and cry loudly.
Every time he does this we always talk to him and tell him its okay and call his name a couple of times.
Sometimes he will run to us sometimes he will just keep crying. No the guy who we bought him from started them on hard food.
I thought this was a little early for hard food so we got some soft blue wilderness kitten food. He meows constantly even sometime when he is eating.

It kind of worries me, but I'm not sure if he is doing it because it hurt or just because he is meowing to meow.

He chews on everything other then his toys. He especially likes wires. We got on to him and say no and take him to the scratching post or a toy,
but no matter what we use its like the wires is all he thinks about. Now since he is getting used to us he started to be rough.
He bites our hands and feet and we have been scratched a lot. I have some all up and down my arms, stomach, my butt, and my chest.
We say no and do the same as we do with the wires, but he just comes back.

He has been sleeping in the bed with use. The first night he cried really loud and I sat straight up really fast and started to pet him and put him in my armpit.
He just fell asleep. He cried a couple more times just not very loud. Every time he did I would wake up and tell him its
okay and pet him tell he stopped and went to sleep again. He cried even less the second night and they were always small cries.
So I am hoping he is doing okay and getting used to us, but he still cries when he is on the floor.

Lastly he has been doing really good using the litter box, but today while i started typing on this website he peed on me and the couch.
I don't know why he would suddenly just do that.

He is really sweet and lovable, but all this stuff together makes me nervous to leave him here by himself.
I am gone for almost 8 hours Mondays and Wednesdays. The other days of the week its for 4 hours or less.
The past two times we left the place for no more then an hour and we came home he was just sleeping on the couch.
That and I just feel bad leaving him home alone. I would really love any advice on having an inside kitten this little.
I have experience with outside kittens that small and younger because before I moved my cats gave birth then ended up getting run over.
So I took care of them, but they were outside. Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated!

Oh, also they guy said Jinx was pure Bengal and from what I read he is or at least the Bengal shows more then the other breed if he isn't.
We will probably call animal control on the guy who we bought him from because of what we saw.
There is just no need in keeping those poor things in that tiny cage. Is this a good idea though?

Edit: Just tried to give him a bath because he had fleas. Freaked out. Maybe I'm not doing it right or showing him the right way?
I really need to give him a bath and everyone is telling me to do it NOW, but he flips out.


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 Post subject: Re: First Bengal Kitten?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:31 pm 
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Welcome to our forum and Jinx is just stunning! I was going to recommend you call the animal authorities on this guy -- but you mentioned that you would! It is important for the lives of these cats. You will be doing this backyard breeder a favor. Kittens should never leave their mommy this early. The guy is obviously only in this for the money, and you have the opportunity to stop it. Just know that if these cats have food and water and shelter, there isn't much the can be done unless they are living in their own feces. These poor kittens may not be very healthy. I hope you had Jinx checked out by a vet.

And just because the guy said Jinx is a purebred bengal doesn't make it so. Unless he can provide you with registration papers, you will never know for sure. What I'm seeing is a combination of rosettes and marbling and I'm not sure I've ever seen that with a bengal. Doesn't mean it's not what a bengal may look like. Just enjoy Jinx and give him the best home possible and all the love you can.


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 Post subject: Re: First Bengal Kitten?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:27 pm 
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We got all of his shot records from the guy finally and he gave us proof that at LEAST the father is a bengal and told us how old the kitten was (Shot record says almost a week ago he was 7 weeks). Apparently I'm really bad at telling age of kittens :eek:. We should be going to see a vet soon since he didn't get all his shots from the guy. I think he told us he was only missing one?


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 Post subject: Re: First Bengal Kitten?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:31 pm 
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So you may have a bengal mix. You want to know exactly the vaccinations your kitten received as you never want to over-vaccinate a kitten. All breeders are supposed to maintain accurate records for their cats and kittens.


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 Post subject: Re: First Bengal Kitten?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:21 pm 
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He did. He finally sent it to us. He needs his next one in less then a month.


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 Post subject: Re: First Bengal Kitten?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:30 pm 
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As someone who had a Bengal mix, I know from personal experience that they can be wonderful companions. I adopted one not knowing his background.

But in the eyes of most purebred owners and other breeders, they are a breeding mistake and you will face some discrimination because of that. Just be aware of that. Breeders like this one are considered a stain on the breeds' reputation.

But also a Bengal mix doesn't face any special medical issues like some other mixes and hybrids do, so that is an advantage. High protein quality diet, lots of fresh water, and they seem to thrive. You will learn along the way what Bengal traits and what domestic traits your cat has.

I hope whatever decisions you come to regarding this family of cats that they all find loving homes.


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 Post subject: Re: First Bengal Kitten?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:47 am 
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Congrats on the new kitten! Very nice markings! Unfortunately there are folks in both the dog and cat world who are just in it for the money and unfortunately it is the animals who often suffer. Having the animals live in less than desirable conditions like that, well, there just isn't an excuse for treating animals like that. :mad: On the upside, there are some fantastic breeders out there who really care about the cats and are looking at breeding more like a labor of love (no pun intended) and not as a money making venture. Our first two Bengals came from Libby Kerr at Akerrs Bengals outside of Columbus, Ohio. She is fantastic in every way and I can't say enough good things about her. I must say that the breeder (Laddhill Bengals, Sherwood, OR) we got our most recent Bengal was almost over the top fantastic. She as a relatively small, cage free, home based breeding program. TICA certified, USFW certified. The mom and her 3 kittens were talking around the house free range like they would be in their forever homes. We got our kitten complete with a binder complete with DNA testing for several conditions and genetic background. Complete family tree for mother and father going back 6 generations, full vet records up to date, microchip information, picture of mom and dad, kitten picture of our little guy. I have better health history/records on this little guy than I do on myself. The purchase contract is also a very good clue when looking at breeders. Ours required a kitten health check with our vet within 3 days of getting the kitten. Since he is a pet and not for breeding we are required to send proof of getting him snipped within the first 4-6 months. Has to be 100% indoor cat or if outside has to be on a leader. Sure it all seems like a lot and some people may think it is a pain in the rear but it also tells me our breeder is truly concerned about her cats and their future well being and not about making money by pumping out kittens/puppies. Final note, sometimes the little guys/girls who start out life in less than ideal conditions make the more loving little buddies. The rescue cat we just lost this winter we had for 17 years. She was the best little lap cat, always wanted to be around us and always more than receptive to a scratch on the head. She was found as a kitten in a paper bag in a dumpster with her brother and sister. She was in horrible shape when we got her but ended up being the best cat ever.


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