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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:13 am 
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Yeah, better safe than sorry! I'm stocking up on so much to get ready for having him...


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:45 pm 
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Remember , we insist on pictures. :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:14 am 
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I'm bringing him home at the end of May. Trust me, I'll have lots of pictures then. :biggrin: Though I do have a picture of him and his litter mates...


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:50 pm 
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Oh they are beautiful. Which one is he?


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:26 pm 
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brianj12 wrote:
Some thoughts on this...

1. Nobody can make any guarantees that your cat won't spray, male or female! This is just one of many issues you may have to work through as a cat guardian, so if you commit to this you have to commit to working through it, if it happens. Some cats have medical issues which make them go outside the box. Some have personalities where they just stress about everything that causes them to spray, and then cat owners often can un-wittingly cause a problem with spraying by providing a stressful or territorially challenged environment, or providing insufficient places that your cat deems "sufficient" to meet his elimination needs. Honestly, if this is at the top of your list of concerns, perhaps the first question to your breeder ought to be something along the lines of: which if your kittens has the best litterbox habits?

2. The environment that you provide your cat will influence the probability of him/her spraying. Things that you have some control over are how stressed out your cat is, and how territorially threatened your cat is. So read up on that, learn more about it, and you lessen the chance of spraying happening, help "fix" it if/when it does, and provide a better environment for your cat in general. "Total Cat Mojo" (or many similar books) is a pretty good place to start.

3. All of that said, I have to admit that I have a bias towards female cats, and part of it is the perceived increased risk of spraying. But that's not based on any science or statistical analysis that I've seen, mostly it's based on experiences I had as a kid with indoor/outdoor kitties that my family had. Just a silly bias for the most part. I may, in the future, get male cats.

4. How to clean it up when/if it happens: First thing is get a black light, and second is getting special enzymatic cleaner. They sell that stuff at any pet store. Nature's Miracle, works well. When buying one, make sure it specifically mentions cats, enzymatic, and urine. If it doesn't mention those, be skeptical! But unfortunately, not all messes can really be cleaned up. Getting it off of a wall is easy, getting it off a rug is usually do-able (they sell enzymatic carpet cleaner that you can use in a bissell for example), getting it out of something like a pillow or mattress or sofa is often impossible, once the pee has really sunk into it.


I think this response is the most thought out and informative one you can get! I have had cats my entire life - brought a dog into a home of 3 cats and both one male and one female sprayed - it was horrible. Then now with my bengal siblings my girl has marked her territory once and what seems to me has had an accident once. My boy has peed in a box one - but they are still only 1 so I chalked it up to them being little and living in the house for just a few months they were still getting used to their litter robot.

My main piece of advice is to get 2 at the same time - being new to bengals as well, as I look back just a year ago I couldn't imagine only having one. I work from home, but they still need a TON of play time. A sibling can help with that big time - PLUS they are besties & major cuddle bugs so I suggest it no matter what :)


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:25 am 
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Sherry wrote:
Oh they are beautiful. Which one is he?


The one on the right! I think. The breeder couldn't tell which one was which. :confused: But I'm pretty certain that one's him, from facial markings.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:34 am 
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Raava&Vaatu wrote:
brianj12 wrote:
I think this response is the most thought out and informative one you can get! I have had cats my entire life - brought a dog into a home of 3 cats and both one male and one female sprayed - it was horrible. Then now with my bengal siblings my girl has marked her territory once and what seems to me has had an accident once. My boy has peed in a box one - but they are still only 1 so I chalked it up to them being little and living in the house for just a few months they were still getting used to their litter robot.

My main piece of advice is to get 2 at the same time - being new to bengals as well, as I look back just a year ago I couldn't imagine only having one. I work from home, but they still need a TON of play time. A sibling can help with that big time - PLUS they are besties & major cuddle bugs so I suggest it no matter what :)


Thanks for the response on the cats spraying. I've just never had a cat spray in the house, and I've heard so many horror stories... it is just a concern. Hopefully it won't be a problem.

To be honest, the financial cost of getting bengals makes getting two a bit difficult. I do have an older cat, who I'm hoping can keep him from being completely bored when I'm not home. I know it's not the best solution, but I'm hoping it'll be okay. I'm working on catifying my house to help make it interesting, and will change out toys.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:40 pm 
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Are you kidding me? Most breeders use colored collars on their kittens to differentiate and know which kitten is which. I find this really unusual that a breeder would not know which kitten is yours. The whole basket full is cute and adorable, but I'd really want to know which cat is definitely the one I picked out. They do change over time while they are quickly growing.

Now, as for your older cat-- it will not be able to keep up with a bengal kitten. No way, Jose. And your bengal will have energy like a kitten the rest of its life. These older cats just aren't interested in playing and being bothered by a kitten. They may bond and adore each other, but keeping each other occupied is probably not going to happen.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:02 am 
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The breeder uses the colored collars - but we can't see the collars in that picture. Therefore, she can't tell which one is which in the picture.

Yeah, I know my older cat won't be able to keep up with him. My older cat does like to play, and still has bursts of energy where he runs like mad throughout the house. So I'm hoping they can play a little, and be companions, maybe enough to get the Bengal through the times when I'm not home. I am planning on taking on most of the responsibility of playing with him, though. I will see how it goes, and keep in mind trying to get a second one - that's just harder, financially.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:03 pm 
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Okay, I understand! You definitely cannot see the collars in the photo! LOL.You just know you're getting the purple, green, blue, pink or orange one, right? :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:

Your bengal will definitely want to play with your other cat and I hope your other kitty wants to enjoy the interaction, as well. Bengal kittens are particularly active, so having you playa major role in the play time will certainly help.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:50 am 
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Yep, mine's the blue one! :smile: And it'll be interesting to see how my cat and the Bengal get along... I am considering how to put aside more money in case I need to get another Bengal to give my cat peace.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:52 pm 
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Great to save money for another bengal, however, it is always better to get TWO together out of the same litter to avoid problems. There is another topic on here about adding a bengal kitten when you have two older bengals. Two is company, three is a crowd could always apply. My bengal torments my other cat on occasion. My bengal is 11 and the other cat is 6. They will chase each other around the house and go crazy! They are jumping over furniture, hopping on cat trees and this happens around 3 a.m.!!! Much calmer during the day when both nap.

You simply need to wait and see how things go with these two. Hopefully, they will LOVE each other and your older cat will take your bengal kitten under its wings and just love it. If you introduce them properly, all should be well.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:37 pm 
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Yeah, but getting one of his litter mates is out of the question now, as they're all reserved. If I need another one, I hope to get another one in the first couple of months I have him - so he won't get to be too old before introducing him to a new kitten. Plus, I do have experience on slowly introducing cats to each other to ease the transition. I'm pretty good with normal cats. I know that Bengals are a bit different, but I think that I should be able to handle it. I hope. If not ... I'll be posting here a lot. :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:54 pm 
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LOL. That's what we are here for. We always say "expect the worst and hope for the best." That way you won't be disappointed if things don't go well and you will be super pleased if they do. Cats can generally get along just fine.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:41 pm 
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I sure hope so ... but I agree, better prepared than not! :biggrin:


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