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             Caring for your new kitten




Congratulations on your beautiful, new friend! Bring home a new kitten is a stressful time for your new pet. These important first few days. There also is wonderful site for Bengal owners on the Internet. 

First of all, don’t change the diet. He or she has been eating Purina One Healthy Kitten Formula (free fed). He or she should stay on kitten food for a year. I will also feed them Friskies Classic Pate there are many good flavors of Friskies Classic Pate that they like . I usually feed it to my kittens three days a week. If you do feed your kittens canned food please feed them small amounts NOT THE WHOLE CAN. Dry food is "free fed" . Which means it is available at all times. Please do not feed grocery store brands. They are full of artificial preservatives, color and JUNK INGREDIENTS. Some dry foods can make your cat vomit. It is an allergic reaction to something in the feed. DO NOT CHANGE foods, keep your kitten on what he is used to. If you want your kitten to live a long, healthy life, feed him or her right. Canned food is okay to use but in SMALL AMOUNTS. You can buy a medley of small cans and see which one your cat/kitten enjoys. Cheaper brands contain mostly water (look at the ingredients) and can cause loose stools. If your kitten would get the runs cut out any canned food. After the stools are firm again give him or her the dry kitten food also, as feeding JUST raw meats can cause severe dietary deficiencies. Another fix for loose stools, believe it or not is TENDER VITTLES or Iams hair ball ! We also feed our cats boiled chicken we never feed any raw meat we love our babies and we would never want anything to happen to them. Make sure you keep clean water down at all times for you kitten/cat.

Don’t bring your kitten home and expect him to find his/her litter box, food, etc. Put your kitten in ONE room with the door closed. Kittens need a safe place where they have their bed, food, water and a litter box.

Don’t let your cat go outside without you, unless he is on a leash with a proper harness. An average cat lifespan is 16 years. The average lifespan of a cat that goes outside is THREE YEARS. Get the idea? An outside pen with shade is great also. Make sure it is escape proof and SAFE.

Neutering or Spaying your pet is a MUST if you bought it as a pet only. An unaltered cat of any sex will cycle, be loud, smelly , and generally loud and obnoxious. If you think I am overstating it come over sometime when a queen is in heat. Not only that, they can get hormonal and SPRAY to mark their territory. The sooner you spay/neuter, the better. You will be amazed how easy this is on your cat. 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 any question, PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALL ME. PLEASE ! Health records are included with your kitten. I have found waiting to vaccinate till the kitten gets a bit older is much easier on the kitten, and decreases the chances or URI’s occurring. I have a negative FIP/FELV cattery with no disease problems. I am a small in home cattery so our cats are not consider "high risk". We vaccinate for Panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis (FVR) calicivirus, and Chlamydia.

ALSO PLEASE NOTE: NEVER USE KETAMINE injectable anesthesia on a Bengal , EVER. We only use isoflorane gas (with a bit of nitrous also at the beginning) for every procedure without any problems.

Please do not allow your kitten into "high risk" situations. Do not mix the kitten with ill cats or cats that go outside. Do not take you’re 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 it’s crate till the doctor comes into the office, at which time take a clean towel (brought by you from home) and lay it on the table. Have the vet do the work needed, then place the cat/kitten back in the carrier. SICK CATS/KITTENS go to the vet. Please use caution when there, don’t let your baby sniff around and pick anything up! Also have your vet do a fecal check when you are in for his/her shots. If you would see little rice pieces on kitty’s hind end, she/he has tapeworms call your vet and tell them so they can give you medicine to treat your kitty.

Use toys, balls, and wands, with your cat. Make sure there are NO dangerous buttons or eyes on the toy that could come off. And remember Bengals LOVE TO CLIMB. Put your million dollar vases sitting on the top shelf AWAY. This is a natural thing for a Bengal to want to do this. Cat trees or high shelves with a little cathouse are loved by a Bengal.

The Bengal also LOVES water. Fresh water. Don’t be surprise if your cat only wants to drink from a running faucet.

If you are cooking put the cat in another room. We don’t want "kitty stew" or burned paw pads. And please be careful with dryers always make sure your kitty doesn’t jump in there Double check before you close the door and turn your dry on I have heard of this happen so many times so please always double check.

Have a safe room for your kitty when you bring it home where there are no risk of doors being left open for the kitty to get out. Also it is a good place to put your kitty at night so that you can get some sleep when he/she is feeling frisky! It is not punishment, nor a place the kitten should be left all the time. It is a safe, secure, area your kitten will learn to enjoy. It can be a spare bathroom (keep the toilet seat down please) , laundry room, wherever. Just make sure it is SAFE and SECURE !! Show him/her the litter box, food, and water. Move SLOWLY AND CALMLY and talk GENTLY. Get down on the floor and be at the kittens level. DO NOT let your kid’s race around with him. He may be skittish and scared. Let him/her adjust to his new home before you try anything. If he meows a lot, just like when a baby would cry, check that he 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 them works well. PLEASE SUPERVISE!!!!!! After a few days you will notice he/she will relax and feel more comfortable. Keep his/her NAILS TRIMED. I use toe nail clippers they work great. You should try to do this weekly. IF YOU KEEP THE NAILS SHORT NOT ONLY WILL YOU AND YOUR FURNITURE NOT GET SCRATCHED, ALSO HE WILL GET USED TO GETTING THE NAILS TRIMED. 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, PERFERABLY WITH A FRIEND TO HELP YOU. IF YOU NEED TO , GENTLY HOLD HIM/HER BY THE SCRUFF OF THE NECK. He will not move while being held this way and will kind of be tranquilized. It is nature’s way of the parents way to move the kitten. It will NOT hurt him. After you are done give him a treat of meat he likes. Tell him/her Good Kitty Make this fun.

I do not bath my cats unless they are going to a show. Cats are very clean animals, and with proper care should not need regular bathing. IF you are going to bathe your cat make sure to have help on hand and make sure to CLIP THE NAILS first, for your sake !

If fleas are a problem I use FRONTLINE PLUS or ADVANTAGE , which is applied to the back of the neck. Make sure when you put it on that you put it where the cat can’t reach back and lick it. Go slightly down the back of the head.

If you can teach your cat to go in it’s carrier for short car rides this will help desensitize him/her when it comes time for vet trips/etc. Short safe trips with your cat are good idea. ALWAYS have the cat in a CARRIER ! This way it is not terrifying experience for them. Obviously watch out and don’t leave them in a hot car, etc. ! If you ONLY use a carrier for vet trips, it will become a battle when it is time for him/her to go to it. This is not good. TRAIN YOUR CAT to go in the crate. If you don’t you will have a lot of fun, usually accompanied by blood and cat scratches, when the time comes to be him/her in the carrier.