Expectations

What to Expect from Your New Bengal Kitten

Introducing a Bengal Cat to His New Home

These new Bengal kittens are all keeping warm by laying close to one another!

Congratulations on your beautiful, new friend. Bringing home a new Bengal kitten is a stressful time for your new pet. These are some “tips” to get you both through these important first few days.

Don’t bring your kitten(s) home and put it in the house and expect it to “find” it’s litter box, food , etc. Put it in ONE room with the door closed when you leave. Your Bengal kitten needs a “safe place” where they have their bed, food water, stuffed animal friend, and litter box. It can be a spare bathroom (keep the toilet closed please)! Laundry room, wherever. Just make sure it is SAFE and SECURE!! Show them the litter box, food and water.
Move SLOWLY AND CALMLY and talk GENTLY. Get down on the floor and be at the Bengal kitten’s level. Do not let your kids race around him. He/she may be skittish and scared. Let him/her adjust to their new home before you try anything. If he meows a lot, just like when a baby would cry, check that he/she knows where the litter box is and is not hungry or thirsty.

Introductions to other pets MUST be cautious and slow. Be careful! It takes awhile for old pets to adjust to the new pet. Often, putting them in a carrier or cage in the main room so the pets can get used to each other works well. PLEASE SUPERVISE!!!! After a few days you will notice he/she will relax and feel more comfortable. This technique can be applied to people as well as other cats.

Overly Aggressive Play

It is usually associated with early weaning, a shift to predatory behavior, or rough play by the cat’s owners. Bengal kittens experience stages of social play (3 to 12 weeks of age) and social fighting (14 weeks and older) that develop skills necessary for hunting. Play becomes well developed at 6 to 8 weeks of age and kittens can exhibit independent predatory behavior by 5 weeks of age. Play aggression may develop when the kitten’s mother or siblings do not correct it when it hurts them. Aggressive cats crouch and hide, waiting for movement. They pounce, using teeth and claws, and quickly flee. It is important to abort this behavior by startling the cat with a loud noises.

At first, play with your cat using only cat toys, never with your hands. The cat must learn to distinguish your body parts from its toys. If the cat scratches you during play, startle the cat and stop the play. Cat toys should be checked frequently for wear and replaced if they are damaged.

Increase the cat’s aerobic exercise. You can throw a cat toy for your cat to bat around the room or place a treat on top of a scratching post that will fall off and become available if your cat scratches energetically. You can also attach a toy to a string and pull it around the house for your cat to chase. If play aggression continues, banish the cat to another room.

This is the best time to teach them NO. Believe me this word they do learn. I often am running around the home telling my cats “NO, DON’T YOU DARE.” They know what I am saying by now, and it works. Provide a scratching post with rope and carpet. I also use a toy with card board in the middle that the kittens love to use. You will often see it at my home. Most of my Bengal Cats and kittens will have learned to use a post before you even get them. Yes, I say this in truth. Come to my home and look at my living room couch and you will see that there is no scratching going on with my furniture. That is a NO NO! I have lots of things for Bengal kittens and cats to learn on. Also the pet Bengal around my home teaches the young Bengal kittens. They learn a lot from the older Bengal cats.

Biting


Bengal Cats have a social system in which some individuals rank higher than others. Occasionally, Bengal cats attempt to manipulate their owners in a manner called assertion, or status-related aggression. This aggression usually develops at social maturity (2 to 4 years of age). I myself have not yet experienced this except for some studs and I attribute that to the fact that they are Bengal Studs with raging hormones at times. You can rest assure that a Bengal cat that you get from most qualified breeders who know how to breed and socialize, this will never happen. Having a 5 year Generation in hand helps. You want to know who was breed to who.

This is very common. It is like teething. There are a lot of ways to deal with it but just like a baby, you have to go through this stage.

When you buy your Bengal kitten I will go over things you can do. I am always coming up with new product that help with this issue so please give me a call and find out what is new on the market.They are always coming up with something new for Bengal kittens, or any kittens, to chew on. All good news. They now have new treats that are hard and are just for this type of behavior. Also, there are toys that are frozen which that taste like chicken and Bengal kittens will turn their attention to chewing on that. I must point out that this is a normal stage, and, like a baby, they will out grown this when their adult teeth come in.

Bites from a Bengal or any cat are the second dirtiest bite you can get. This I and other breeders know WELL. You can get a very severe infection from a Bengal or any cat bite. My first one sent me to the hospital for 3 days, so don’t play around, clean it out well and even seek medical attention if it is a deep bite. Be sure to clean and disinfect cat scratches or bites and seek medical attention if the injury becomes infected. DO NOT USE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE. You want the wound to bleed out. Teach your children not to go up to strange and unknown cats. This can be very dangerous. They are not all as friendly as your own pet.

Cat Box Issues

INAPPROPRIATE ELIMINATION –By far the most common issue for ALL Bengal cats and Bengal kitten owners is that of inappropriate elimination. It is frustrating when you realize your beloved Bengal kitten/cat is urinating outside of the litter box. This issue is wide spread and faces every breed and both sexes equally. The first thing to do is make sure your Bengal kitten is spayed or neutered. Animals of both sexes will routinely “spray” when they are in season or an in season animal is in close proximity. The next thing to do is insure that you have at LEAST one litter box per Bengal kitten/cat in your household. If you have a very large household, it may require multiple boxes in various locations. There has been some success in using the attractant type litters as reported by some owners. Some cats prefer covered litter boxes and others do not. Trial and error is what is required here. Try both and see which is more used by your Bengal cat(s).

Litter boxes must be kept cleaned. The entire box must be dumped regularly and cleaned with a bleach and water solution. This also keeps parasites from becoming a problem. If you have done these things and your Bengal cat is still urinating or defecating outside of the box, you need to consider other potential reasons.

Cats “spray” for many reasons. One can be a neighbor cat who is urinating outside and your Bengal kitten/cat smells it. It can be a neighbor cat simply on your property. It can be multiple cats in the household and they are competing to “mark” their territory. Cleaning up after such “accidents” is critical, and difficult. You need to find a good enzymatic cleaner. There are different opinions on which one is best. Various breeders on the lists recommend products such as : Bio-Matic (we can refer you); Anti-Icky Poo; Natures Miracle and a number of others. Sometimes, if elimination is occurring in one specific area such as in a corner or against a wall, you need to cover that area so that further elimination in that spot cannot occur. Sometimes, placing a litter box over the area will help. If these methods fail, we go back to square one with a cat. That means confining your Bengal kitten to a small area, a small bathroom, or a large dog crate, where they have little option in floor space except to use the litter box.

In truly severe cases, we put litter boxes all over the bottom of the crate so the Bengal kitten/cat has no option but to eliminate on the litter. We move SLOWLY to smaller and smaller areas of litter until confined in a litter box. Then and only then, allowing them short times out of the crate only as long as they continue to use the litter box exclusively. ONE accident means we moved too quickly and we start over. Breeders of hybrids have used this method to retrain even some of the most difficult cases of house soiling. However, it never means that you can leave the laundry down or bed unmade for some cats. That is behavioral and in some cases, just can’t be retrained.

If you have tried the above tips and are still having problems, I would suggest a vet visit. A urinary tract infection can cause your pet to need to go frequently or painful urination. Your vet can do a simple test and determine if this is the problem. If so, an antibiotic can quickly resolve the problem. There are some animals for which there does not appear to be a solution to the problem. Work closely with your veterinarian to eliminate all rational causes of the problem. In rare cases, there are cats that simply are incompatible with an inside existence unless they are caged or confined to a cleanable area. This is by far the most common issue for ALL cat owners. It is frustrating when you realize your beloved Bengal cat is urinating outside of the litter box. This issue is By far the most common wide spread and faces every breed and both sexes equally. The first thing to do is make sure your animals is spay or neutered. Animals of both sexes will routinely “spray” when they are in season or an in season animal is in close proximity.

Cleaning up after such “accidents” is critical, and difficult. You need to find a good enzymatic cleaner. There are different opinions on which one is best. Various breeders on the lists recommend products such as : Bio-Matic (we can refer you); Anti-Icky Poo; Natures Miracle and a number of others. Sometimes, if elimination is occurring in one specific area such as in a corner or against a wall, you need to cover that area so that further elimination in that spot cannot occur. Sometimes, placing a litter box over the area will help. There are some animals for which there does not appear to be a solution to the problem. Work closely with your veterinarian to eliminate all rational causes of the problem. In rare cases, there are cats that simply are incompatible with an inside existence unless they are caged or confined to a cleanable area. Bringing your new kitten home can be a VERY exciting time! However, rushing your Bengal kitten to have access to your home before it is ready can be a very costly and frustrating mistake.

We are Green

This is where I have to step in and say that we really are a “GREEN CATTERY.” We use WOODY PET for cat litter. It can be bought at any feed store. They usually use it in horse stalls and it is not at all expensive. We pay $6.00 for 40 lb. and when we are finished with it we just dump it into the yard recycle container. This also cuts down on the odor in my home. People often come over and notice that my home does not smell and with all the Bengal kittens and cats running around at times and the fact I have been doing this for 10 years, well, I give myself a pat on the back when I still get that complement. I will show people when they are over, so when and if you come to my cattery you will have this pointed out to you. And yes, always one litter box for each cat.

Most of the time, we forget just what we are asking these young ones to do. They leave the only home they have ever known. They leave their mother and litter mates. All of those things that give them security and peace, we remove in a matter of moments. Sure you love them and will care for them. But THEY don’t know that. All they know is that they are alone and have no idea where their family has gone. This is one reason that removing a kitten any earlier than 10-12 weeks of age is just asking for a kitten with behavior issues. Mothers and litter mates teach young kittens how hard is too hard to bite, how much play is too much and that no matter how much they want to play and run around, when mother says it is time to stop for a bath, IT IS BATH TIME!

Feeding

Bengal Cats are “true Carnivores”. True Carnivores are made to eat RAW MEAT. Bengals in particular relish a part raw diet. Raw beef is very appreciated. Watch them go crazy for it, and do their primal growl! NEVER, NEVER, NEVER feed raw pork. You WILL be sorry.

Bengal Cats are “true Carnivores”. True Carnivores are made to eat RAW MEAT. Bengals in particular relish a part raw diet. Raw beef is very appreciated. Watch them go crazy for it, and do their primal growl! NEVER, NEVER, NEVER feed raw pork. You WILL be sorry.

The average lifespan of dogs and cats now is ridiculously short. They should be living twice as long! I had a tabby that lived to 21. It was a rescue cat and very sick when I got her. I improved her life with natural, healthy, raw food meals and organic supplements, all natural dry food, no drugs, no chemicals. I live on raw food, too. I don’t eat raw meat or raw fish, but juice veggies and I add some of the pulp of carrot with their meat. I truly believe that raw food help the immune system. I love my vegetables now! Nothing like a big bowl of spinach.

Before your Bengal Kitten comes home

Extra time with Mom

It is encouraged that you wait until the kitten is 11 to 12 weeks old before it leaves our home. This extra time allows Bengal kittens and moms to wean naturally and slowly. They learn how and what to eat and where to eliminate all from carefully observing their mother. My moms will actually pick up a kitten by the scruff and bring it to a litter box or food bowl if they don’t get the idea right away.

So, now that you have agreed to leave the Bengal kitten with mom until the proper time, we will discuss bringing your little one home.

A room of it’s own: Choose a small place for the kitten to call home. A bathroom works well for the first week or so. Put in a litter box with the same litter the breeder used. Put in a food and water bowl which can’t be easily tipped over. Do not put the food next to the litter box. Opposite sides of the room work best. Also, put in a fleece bed for the kitten to lay in. Getting a towel from the breeder with the scent of the litter mates can be helpful for those first difficult nights away from home.

Feeding Bengal Cats: First of all, before its arrival, make sure you have the exact food its breeder was feeding. A total change in its life is not the time to introduce a new food as well. When taking a BENGAL kitten home is not a good idea to change the diet from the breeders. Your kitten has been eating ROYAL CANIN BABY CAT OR KITTEN or TASTE OF THE WILD, NATURAL BALANCE AND EVO. These and a few others that are grain free is what I suggest that you feed you Bengal cat.

Dry food is “free fed”. It is available all the time. Doing this instead of meal times allows the kitten to eat just what they need at the moment so when full grown they will not over eat and become “fat cats”. They will eat just what they need because they know it will not be taken away to return at some time later in the day. Just like us, it is better to eat a lot of small meals throughout the day.

SOME canned foods are acceptable in small amounts. But since THE CHINESE ABUSE, canned foods have to have only good ingredients, no preservatives. I make my own or they are feed raw London Broil. Boy, do the Bengal cats and kittens go wild over this. Remind me to show you. There is a picture on this site of a whole bunch of Bengal cats around one plate. It is a great treat.

I prefer to feed pets mostly dry because you will find that you will have less dental problems. Ekim is 5 years old and has hardly ever touched wet food and his teeth are still clean. This is true, look into his mouth when you come by!!

Please do not feed your kitten grocery store brands. They are full of artificial preservatives, color and JUNK INGREDIENTS. Some can make your cat vomit. It is an a allergic reaction to something horrible in the food.

DO NOT CHANGE food. Keep your Bengal kitten on what he/she is used to. If you want your kitten to live a long, healthy life, feed it right. If your Bengal kitten gets “the runs,” cut out any canned food. If you feed him / her only cut up raw beef the problem will stop. After the stools are firm again give him/her give the dry food also, because feeding JUST raw meats can cause severe dietary deficiencies.

Bengal Cats LOVE Running Drinking Water

Bengals love to drink out of the Drink Well Fountain. I find it a great way to tell how much water they are getting.

A fountain is a must have around my Bengal kittens and cats. If I was just to have a bowl the water would be all over the place. They love to wash their paws after eating and using the litter box. (I have a separate bowl for that) It is the running water the Bengal cats and Bengal kittens love most .

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A GOOD VET.

Check around for his/her reputation, just like you would your own doctor.

NEVER USE THE FIP INTRANASAL vaccine. If you have a question, PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALL ME. PLEASE!

Health records are included with your kitten, and decreases the chances of URI’s occurring. I have a negative FIP/FELV cattery so our cats are not considered “high risks”. I use a very conservative vaccination schedule, with one combo shot WITHOUT CLYMIDIA, three to four weeks apart. You get the CLYMIDIA at a year old.

Don’t worm your kitten if it doesn’t have worms. I do recommend having your Bengal cats stools checked twice a year. Have your vet do a fecal check when you are in for his/her shot. If you see little rice pieces on kitty’s hind end, she/he has tapeworms. These are the egg cases. Depending where you live there are higher risk for tape worm and round worms and you don’t want that hanging around in your Bengal cat’s tummy too long. Yuck!

Taking Your Bengal Cat / Kitten Outside

If you teach your cat to go into its carrier for a short ride this will help desensitize them when it comes time for vet trips/ect. Obviously watch out and don’t leave them in a HOT CAR. I don’t let my cats outside without me. I use a leash or proper harness.

An average cat live-span is 16 years. The average lifespan of a cat that goes outside ALONE is TWO TO THREE YEARS. Get the idea? An outside pen with shade is great, however. Make sure it is escape proof and safe. With all the building of homes we are doing we are constantly giving nature, ie. coyotes, less room to live and feed in. The Bengal and any pet looks like a good meal to them and why not? They are hungry and don’t know any better and who’s fault is that?

Neutering or Spaying is a MUST

An unaltered Bengal cat, or any cat, of any sex will cycle, call incessantly, become smelly and generally become loud and obnoxious. If you think I am overstating it, come over when a Bengal Queen is in heat. Not only that but they can get hormonal and SPRAY your home to mark their territory. Many will tell you just how hard it is to get that smell out. Also, other pets will return to that area believing it is a place that they are welcome to use as a litter box.

High Risk situations

Please do not allow your Bengal kitten into “high risk” situations. When you bring you Bengal kitten home I want you to keep him/her away from other pets for at least 10 days so they will not be introduced OR introduce any illness into your home. Do not mix the kitten with ill cats or cats that go outside and inside. Do not take your cat to a shelter, pet store, or any other place where viruses are lurking. When you do take your kitten to the vet, leave it in its crate ’till the doctor comes into the room, at which time take a clean towel (brought by you from home) and lay it on the table. When the vet is finished put the Bengal kitten/cat back into the carrier. SICK CATS/KITTENS GO TO THE VET, TOO.

Do Bengal Cats Get Along with Dogs?

Bengals just love their new best friends when moving into their new homes.

I think this pictures answer that question very well. Through the years I have been asked that question many times and all I can say is YES. I did, in the beginning have nothing to stand on with that answer. However, over the years, I have received MANY pictures back from new Bengal owners with their Bengal and dog in somewhat of this same position. I love it!

Bengal Cat Bathing, Oh what fun…

I do not bath my Bengal cats! Cats are very clean animals, and with proper care should not need regular bathing. It is different when they are breeding and then some must be bathed. How ever not in general, but there comes along some situations that a bath is needed. Use your judgment.

If really necessary, just a gentle wipe-down with a warm, moist cloth will often suffice.

Trimming Nails

This Bengal did not like his first nail cutting. It really was not that bad!

Keep his/her NAILS TRIMMED. I use baby nail trimmers. I do the nails WEEKLY. He/she will not move as much while being held by the scruff of the neck, like a Mother cat carries her kittens, because this will kind of tranquilize the kitten. It is important you keep the nails short; not only will you and your furniture not get scratched, he will also get used to getting the nails trimmed.

Please be careful not to cut the pink area of the nail. This is a nerve and blood area. Do this in a well-lighted area, preferably with a friend to help you. If you need to… gently hold him by the scruff of the neck. This is Nature’s way for the parents to move the kitten. It will NOT hurt him. When my Bengal kittens are young I play around and hold their foot pads where the nails are. If you touch them a lot and keep this up you will have no problem cutting their nails for many years to come. My pet FAME likes to make biscuits on me and in the middle of the night, if her nails are too long, I can stop her and just cut her nails without a problem at all. I have come to love this!! After you are done give him/her a treat of meat or whatever he likes. Tell him/her “GOOD CAT!” (OR KITTY). Make this fun.

De-clawing is the very last alternative, and should one used in EXTREME cases. TRY TO AVOID THIS PROCEDURE. It is not only painful to your cat, but also it can cause other serious behavioral issues, such as biting and inappropriate elimination. For people that just HAVE TO HAVE IT DONE, GO LASER. THERE IS NO CUTTING OFF OF THE BONE.

Clipped nails won’t scratch up things up! I recommend a product called “The Cat Scratcher” which can be found a K-Mart, Wal Mart, etc. It is a cardboard scratching toy with cat nip in it. These kittens already use it and love it! Buy several! They are cheap! Cat trees also encourage your kitten to scratch in an appropriate place, plus cats LOVE being high up!

Cat trees are wonderful! Have more than one!

BENGAL CATS AND KITTENS ARE GENTLE WITH CHILDREN WHO ARE GENTLE WITH THEM.

Bengal Kittens will never scratch a child!
Mariah wants to know if you have gotten all of that?
In the end we have a “Very” happy “Socialized” Bengal kittens.
This Girl is in love with the kitten she picked out.