Don't just take someone's
word that your potential family member is a certain quality.
Educate yourself and find out what traits YOU want in your
kitten/cat. This will allow you to choose based on a
comparison between price and quality. You can then judge what
quality of kitten/cat you are shopping for and what it will cost.
The key to a successful
introduction of a Bengal kitten into your busy household will depend
greatly upon following a strict introduction procedure.
First, strict quarantine in
a small room such as a bathroom with a litter box, food and
water. Very frequent quiet visitations at first. Just sitting
with them to let them get used to you. Then brushing with a toilet brush
(a NEW one) and talking a lot to them. Then petting them after
brushing with the toilet brush. Then, after several days, brief
periods of gentle lifting and putting them back down. Then
after a few days of this, picking them up and holding them for
brief periods. When picking up a Bengal cat or Bengal kitten, have the
kitten face away from you and then place both hands one in
front of the other under their mid section. Gently pull
the cat into your and hold gently but firmly. This will
make them feel secure. Put down in the same manner.
Do not let them jump out of your arms, they may get hurt.
Then after this goes well,
and they are totally relaxed, you can let them into a slightly
bigger space. Still no introductions to dogs or other cats at
this point. Making the children sit quietly and brush them with
the brush and speak quietly to them. Then after that goes well,
they can pet them. After all that goes well, then you can take
a towel and rub the scent of the cats and introduce the smell of
the cats to each other. This allows them to get used to the
smell before actually meeting. The full quarantine must last at
a minimum 2 weeks.
When I had dogs and cats, I
made sure the cat had a high place to be when the dog came in.
I made sure that the dog didn't chase the cat. Some cats will
never get used to dogs, and others will. You can never tell
which will and which won't.
Some cats will get along
and some won't. Some will adjust after some time. These things
just can't be predicted. You will have to be willing to live
with the possibility that a new addition may not get along with
existing animals in your household. If you are comfortable with
that, then I would say it will probably all work out.
What We Feed Our Studs, Moms and Kittens!
We feed Iams Hairball to our boys, and Royal Canin
Queen mixed with Iams Hairball 50/50 to our moms. Our babies get Royal Canin Baby Cat to
begin their lives and Royal Canin Kitten mixed with Iams to continue their Growth.
We also feed our moms and babies a wonderful combination of raw meat
to insure full nutrition and health. It also keeps the weight
on our moms during the stressful time of nursing.
love the condition, health and bright spirit of our Bengal Kitten babies on these
Bengals can be prone to digestive upsets even when
negative for all parasites including Tri Trichomonas Foetus. For this
reason, we always give Iams Hairball mixed with any other foods we
feed. This seems to keep them regular and happy. If your
bengal has watery stools, there ARE ways to help them. Testing
for Tri Trich is the first step.
Toys Our Bengals Just Love!
Toys are really important in interacting with your Bengal.
They LOVE to play and will usually play until they are very winded
unless you step in and slow it down a little. We have found
the above toys and other methods of spending time with our bengals
to be particularly effective and helpful. We wanted to share
our secret "tricks" with you.
From left is the popular Cat Nip
filled fuzzy mouse. Always a popular item with the adults.
The second from left is a rubber "fur remover" brush found at
Wal-Mart or dollar store. We always look for the ones where the
bristles are really soft and pliable. The cats love to be
groomed with these. They do a great job of pulling out dead
hair and are particularly helpful in the spring. But the cats
just seem to think they are at the spa with this thing.
The next item is the old popular toilet brush. When an old
breeder friend told me of this I thought "how disgusting" (we don't
also use it on the toilet :-) )But when I saw the enjoyment
the cats got from a brush with this I understood. I can take
this brush and tap it on the floor and the cats come running for a
The next item is a hard plastic wand with tinsel on it.
They love this thing especially as babies.
The next one is an
item we found at a cat show and have never found one that the cats
enjoy as much. We finally found the wholesaler and now offer
them for sale. (mainly to keep enough on hand for ourselves)
They are a flexible plastic wand with a heavy duty twine. On
the end is a fuzzy "mouse" with a tail of streamers. We can
get the cats to play for hours with this and it is easy to teach
them to fetch.
The last item to the right is another item we found while
searching for the teaser toy previously mentioned. I have only
found these at one place. They have feathers on them for
interest and crinkly paper which makes noise and the cats go crazy.
We offer them for sale as well.
Another must with a bengal is a tall cat tree. Preferably
5-6 feet tall. Look for one with shelving staggered so that
the cat can easily jump from one shelf to another. Some make
the shelves underneath each other. Looks great, but not so
easy for the cat to climb and descend.
We wish you all the best in your play and grooming with your new
family member. Remember, Have Fun!
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