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Q. How many litter trays should a Bengal cat need?
A. Bengal cats/kittens will require 2 litter trays per cat/kitten, some advice to even have a third tray as a back up. They should be large trays as this is a larger breed of cat, and should be cleaned out daily, Bengals do not like a dirty tray and may decide to go elsewhere if not kept clean.
Q. Does my Bengal cat need a lot of exercise and stimulation?
A. The short answer is yes! Bengals do generally require much more play time and interaction than other breeds of cat. Bengals are an highly intelligent breed, they love to interact with humans and other animals. I often advice new owners before they purchase a Bengal cat, to think of them as you would a dog as the requirements are nearly the same. If like many you don't own a huge home, there is a wonderful product called The Cazami Cat Wheel, it can provide a vital outlet for your Bengals energy requirements.
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Q. Which brand of litter is most efficient with Bengals?
A. In all the years of having Bengals I have found this type of litter to work best with this breed.
Wood Chip litter with the BritPet litter tray system.
Q. Are Bengals good with children and adults who have disabilities?
A. I can only answer this question based upon my own personal experience and feed back from previous Bengal owners who have purchased our Bengal kittens, and the specific disabilities they own listed below.
4- ADHD ( attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).
5- PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).
As a mother of many, I can personally vouch for this cat breed being excellent in providing comfort and love for those who struggle with anxiety related issues.
My 15 year old son who is dyslexic has always maintained a strong bond and communication with our Bengals right from the start, in his own words, ' they aren't just cats, they are my friends'. He is the leader in our socialisation programs and is always updating me with new ideas on how we can guarantee an extremely sociable Bengal kitten.
I do remember one families feedback being that their Bengal had helped one of there children in particular who struggled to sleep, she suffered with separation anxiety and because Bengals love to sleep with their humans it meant her daughter now had that comfort of her new best friend all night.
Q. What should I feed my Bengal cat?
A. As a breeder, I can promise you there isn't a better diet for a Bengal cat other than a raw food diet. It contains everything your Bengal needs.
Bengals can have very sensitive stomachs which can lead to IBS issues and unwanted messy bowel movements, gas and even bad behaviour.
Most store bought tinned or highly processed cat foods contain grain and many nasty fillers.
Below are the links to the only non raw food I would suggest you try if you cannot bare the thought of going raw. Please bare in mind this is not a guarantee the wet food suggested will work for your Bengal.
1)WHAT FOOD DOES MY BENGAL NEED TO EAT?
A: During the first four weeks with you, continue feeding your Bengal the Kiezebrink chicken mix three times a day. After roughly a month you can start to introduce other raw foods such as: Duck mix, Rabbit mix or other small prey. Kiezebrink offer raw meat supplements, please choose the one that includes Calcium. You do not need to add anything else to the raw food except a little water, if your Bengal doesn’t drink much, as this will help them to stay hydrated.
2) SHOULD I GET A CAT WHEEL?
A:YES!! 100% yes! This would be the best gift apart from the raw food diet you could possibly give your new love.
3) WHY ISN’T MY BENGAL EATING MUCH OR ANYTHING WITHIN THE FIRST 24-48 HOURS?
A: Felines are creatures of habitat and territory, moving home is incredibly taxing on their stress levels, even if he/she seems fine and is playing. Give your new Bengal time to adjust, a quiet safe room with not much human traffic is ideal for a few days. He/she will eat but it can take some Bengal kittens the full 48 hours to feel safe enough in their new environment to start this.
4) MY BENGAL DOESN’T SEEM TO DRINK MUCH?
A: Bengals love running water, this is in their genetics from their wild Asian Leopard Cat ancestors. Try running a cold tap slowly as see if that gets them drinking, you can also purchase a cat water fountain from many places online, even Amazon. If this techniques still fail, I advise you to add a little water to each meal you serve.
5) WHY HASN’T MY BENGAL USED THE LITTER TRAY YET?
A: So, you have arrived home, placed your Bengal in the safe room and introduced them to the litter trays, yet they haven’t been touched. All normal! Again, like the food situation, Bengals don’t always use the toilet either until they feel completely safe and settled. I also advise you to use the same litter trays and litter as we have so your Bengal is familiar with the trays, smells etc.
Tray system is called, Britpet.com
Litter is wood chip.
6) WHAT ARE THE SMALL LUMPS ON MY BENGALS THIGHS?
A: These are the vaccination sites where he/she had their first and second vaccines. These lumps will go away on their own accord, if you find them growing in size or are overly concerned please speak to your veterinarian.
7) WHAT TOYS ARE BEST?
A: Most cat toys are safe; however, we have had issues with small toys that have feathers stuck/sewn on, foam type balls as these can easily be bitten off and ingested, causing major gastric issues or even a blockage.
We recommend the following toys:
Tracks with flashing balls in.
Solid well made plastic balls.
Plastic springs, especially on wooded or tile flooring.
Solid cat trees (visit TheCatTreeKing).
Feather sticks (DaBird) always supervised, don’t leave the stick out for the Bengal to ingest the feathers.
8) SHOULD I GET CAT BEDS?
A: Our kittens are born and raised in our children’s bedrooms, so they end up sleeping in our beds with the kids. Bengals typically lay wherever hey choose to, but there is no particular recommendation for a cat bed.
9) WHAT TYPE OF CAT CARRIER SHOULD I GET?
A: A very secure one, Bengals are very clever and make great escape artists. Get a decent size carrier as your Bengal is going to grow a lot! Avoid a fabric one, as these aren’t the safest and Bengals have got out of them 😊.
10) CAN MY BENGAL HAVE TREATS?
A: Yes, but we only recommend 100% natural treats such as, THRIVE. This is because your Bengal has a very sensitive digestive system thanks again to the Asian Leopard Cat, keep everything as natural as possible and your have a very happy, healthy Bengal Cat.
11) CAN I WALK MY BENGAL CAT?
A: Yes, you can if your Bengal is happy to, we recommend a harness that was made for Bengal cats called ‘The butterfly cat jacket’. I wouldn’t start walking your Bengal until they are around 6 months of age or before neutering/spaying.
Start off slowly by placing the harness on your Bengal whilst it is still inside the home just to get used to the feel of having it on, do this a couple of times a day starting with just 5 minutes and build up slowly. Once he/she is confident in the harness you can just in your garden and see how they like it.
12) DO I NEED TO CONTINUE WORM AND FLEA TREATMENT?
A: Yes you will need to continue flea and worm treatment monthly even for indoor only cats, cats will always have parasites, continuing this monthly treatment ensures they do not develop an infestation, it also makes sure your cat wont contract fleas, this will keep your home safe. We can bring fleas into the home from just sitting on the grass outside.
13) HOW CAN I KITTEN PROOF MY HOME?
A: Every home is different, look around for small gaps, openings, wires, windows must be kept closed or locked on a 1” safety latch to allow air flow but not enough room to allow your Bengal to escape as he/she will try!
Avoid leaving out any small objects, toys that are an edible size and can easily be swallowed. Be mindful of where your Bengal is when you answer the door, we have a second door before our front door do this ensures they cannot run out and be hit by car. Open chimneys are a risk as they can climb up them and get stuck.
Bengals will climb everything they possibly can!
Please also read through the list of toxic flowers and plants.
You have my phone number 07502382930, email , if you’re worried about anything please contact me and I endeavour to try my best to help you solve any problems for up to a lifetime after your kitten leaves us.
Do not panic, the majority of issues can be solved relatively quickly, remember your learning along with your new family member. Enjoy your new experience as a Bengal owner, it’s going to be life changing!
Jade Ferracini of BengalLegacy.