happymans missus wrote:
Thanks for all your kind words and advice.
No I havnt reported her, although i Know i should, I had to really coax bennie away from her, she has at least 6 dogs in the house and god knows how many cats in the garage I was really distressed myself, never mind poor Bennie. I think her intention was to get a female bengal and start a breeding programme.
hes made his first showing tonight, we were so excited he came out from under the dressing table and has been on the bed! when I cleaned his mess up, I sprayed the area with feliway, do you think this has helped? we are going to take him to the vet this week to make sure he is fit and well in himself, and book him in for neutering.
I will get him another lit tray, of course, it will be like scat in wild cats wont it? he will like to wee in one place and poo in another. Ive had a bengalx in the past and he was absolutely mad, I adored him, bennie is a long way from that I'm afraid.
Hes feeding well, but as skinny as a rake, i'll keep you posted on his progress.
I'd like to commend you for rescuing Bennie from such a horrible situation, it can't have been easy for them all to live that way and I can see how Bennie would have been distressed, she's what he is familiar with, even if the situation wasn't good for him, and he's clinging to that familiarity.
Getting another litter tray is a good idea, you may wish to consider getting another though as a safety net. Nala had problems with peeing in different spots when she first came to us, but over time we realised she likes peeing in one tray and pooing in another whereas Tigger's happy with doing all his business in the one tray, and sometimes if it's not clean enough for Nala, she refuses to use it. Luckily for us, we know when she's not happy with her litter tray and she will hold it in until it's clean, luckily for us it's always been instant when she doesn't want to use the litter tray and we clean it immediately and it's not gone to the point where she can't hold it in anymore. So with Bennie having difficulties with his health, you might want an extra litter tray in case one isn't to his liking.
A vet check will let you know of any health problems you need to be aware of. I don't think spraying Feliway on the area you've just cleaned where Bennie's done a poo would help though, but I could be wrong. As far as I know, Feliway is meant to help calm a cat's nerves in situations of anxiety or stress and should be used in a room. Bennie must have felt comfortable enough to use that spot for his business. I would recommend cleaning the area with an enzyme cleaner like Urine Off or a citrus fruit to deter him from going back to the same spot.
Do keep us updated on his progress!