RECOMMENDATIONS ON KITTEN/CAT CARE
Taking a kitten/cat into a new environment will be traumatic. Initially, your baby will be home sick. To reduce the amount of stress, put your new arrival in a room where he/she will feel secure. We would recommend a bathroom or a bedroom. Visit your kitten frequently. Provide your cat/kitten with plenty of food, fresh water, a litter box, and a comfortable bed in which your cat/kitten will feel safe. Cats/kittens will come out and explore the rest of the house when they feel ready. Play with them, love them, and let them sleep with you.
If you have a multiple cat home, it is suggested that you quarantine your new arrival for at least 2 weeks. As your cat/kitten becomes more comfortable in his/her new surroundings, gradually introduce the new cat/kitten to the resident pets. We have dogs and other cats running around our house, so it will be easy for your new kitten/cat to adopt to yours. Expect some hissing and growling for a few days prior to new friendships. It may take an older cat one or two weeks to one or two months to adjust to his/her new home.
FOOD AND WATER
Have dry food and water available at all times. We feed them high quality food from THE BLUE BUFFALO CO. and baked cat food from LOTUS. We also feed them organic ground raw chicken. Bengals do love their raw meat, but if you are uncomfortable with raw, you can boil some chicken and/or turkey (no seasonings) and cut it into small pieces.
IMPORTANT: If you choose to change brands of food, switch the diet gradually, adding small amounts of the new food to the familiar food to avoid loose stools. Do not give kittens milk.
Stainless steel or glass bowls are recommended over plastic. Plastic can harbor bacteria. Wash out the water bowl daily.
We prefer Feline Pine Cat Litter for our cats. It is natural and chemical-free. We feel it is safer than all the other cat litters as they do lick their paws and sometimes they could be swallowing harmful chemicals.
Clean the litter box at once a day. Cats do not like to use dirty litter boxes and they will start to do their business somewhere else in your house.
We have 3 litter boxes inside of our house and multiple cats using the same litter box. New kittens may not find the litter box right away, so we suggest you put a litter box close by where they eat and sleep.
When purchasing a litter box, make sure the box is large enough that a full grown cat can turn around in it and their rear end is not forced outside of the litter box.
If you change brands of litter, and the cat does not like the new litter, he will let you know by not using the box! You must go back to the old litter or try a different brand.
Should you ever have a litter box problem, and it is not due to any of the above causes, have your cat checked for a urinary infection or worms.
Cats want to use the litter box. If they don’t, they are telling you something is wrong.
TRIMMING NAILS – DECLAWING
Declawing is unnecessary if you keep your cat’s/kitten’s nails trimmed. Begin trimming your cat/kittens nails on a regular basis, so they become accustomed to it. Declawing can break the spirit of your cat and encourage biting as a way to defend itself.
Your cat/kitten will have received vaccinations appropriate for their age. The current recommendation for vaccine boosters is a booster at one year old.
All of our adult cats have got their Rabies shot. After their first Rabies shot then it is done every 3 years. It may be required by some states.
We are a Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia (FeLV) negative cattery. While not every kitten born here is test for FIV and FeLV, every cat that has ever come to us is quarantined until the cat tests negative for FIV and FeLV. Therefore our cats have never been exposed to and remain FIV, FeLV negative.
We do not recommend vaccinate for Feline Leukemia (FeLV). Your vet could draw blood and test for FeLV. Long time breeders advise that several kittens have died or have had serious reactions to the vaccine over the years. This vaccination can stress a kitten’s young and developing immune system and potentially cause them to break with other diseases and/or have a difficult time fighting off viruses they may encounter. The latest research reports that once a cat tests negative over the one year mark, they are unlikely to contract the disease even if exposed. This seems to be a disease more highly transferrable to kittens. But if you keep your cat indoors as agreed to in the Sales Agreement, your Bengal kitten will not be at risk, as it is only passed on by body fluids.
Avoid over vaccinating! Over vaccinating may increase the risk of a vaccination site sarcoma. In other words, the cat may develop cancer at the vaccination injection site. So weigh all the risks and discuss vaccinations with your vet.
Bengals are active, playful, and curious cats. Give them a proper place to scratch, plenty toys to play, and a place to call home. You will not have trouble with them ruining your stuff. Don’t be surprised if they start playing with water and jump in the shower with you. Give them lots of love and attention and let them bond with you. Most Bengals are not happy being left home alone with no one to play with. Trust me, they will let you know if they need more attention when you walk in to the door. We do recommend having more than one cat at your household. So when you are not around, they have a playmate to socialize and play with. The second cat does not need to be a Bengal. Any cat-mate will do.
Contact us if you have any questions, we are here to help!