Bengal: reviews of owners and breeders. "A Bengal cat is a mini leopard at home!"
Why bengal cats?
We really wanted to have something alive in the house. We lived with turtles, and hamsters, and pigs, and rabbits ... who only was not! But these animals ... you love them, look at them - but there are no special emotions. Therefore, we decided that we need a kitty.
We studied breeds on the Internet, consulted, looked at Abyssinian cats, British, but still settled on a Bengal breed. We liked her with her emotionality and liveliness. I wanted such a home mini-leopard. Since this all started.
We bought a cat with a pedigree because we immediately planned to breed.
The cat immediately went into our arms, sat on her husband’s lap, and although there were addresses of other nurseries, we didn’t go anywhere else. So we got our Cheetah. At home we call her Gepa.
Bengal cat from Spotted Company cattery
And how did the Cheetah adapt?
The breeder warned us not to leave the kitty alone at home the first days. I just had a weekend, and these days Cheetah was on my heels. Where I sit, she jumped to her knees. Although she acted wary: she studied everything, sniffed.
But it adapted easily: immediately began to eat and go to the tray.
The breeder gave us some food and filler so that there was a native smell. So she took root with us.
How old was she when she became a mother?
In July 2016, the cat turned one year old, and in November she had her first litter.
It was quite difficult to find a gentleman. We went to exhibitions to confirm the right to breed, because a cat must be evaluated by experts, otherwise the kittens will not be given a pedigree. At the exhibition, we met the owner of the cat.
One kitten was born - the cat Sparta. In March 2017, Sparta went to the exhibition and took 3rd place there. There she found new owners.
What kind of mom is a bengal cat?
We prepared for her birth, read a lot, prepared everything we needed: disinfectants, scissors, and strings for dressing the umbilical cord - we thought maybe she herself did not know and could not. But she did well - she managed it herself.
Cheetah has become a crazy mom. She did not give Sparta life! Constantly went after her, soaps. Only the kitten will dodge somewhere - the cat is running after him. But also strict mother: if something is wrong, she will hit her paw in the face! She even bit her mustache. Sometimes I had to intervene.
How to feed a bengal cat?
In feeding, it all depends on the breeder and the owner of the kitten. Of course, if a kitten is taught to eat certain delicacies, for example, chicken, he will refuse simpler dishes.
Our cat is on mixed food. We buy dry food of different tastes, but also give meat, cream, quail eggs (2 - 3 pieces per week). True, she does not want to eat porridge.
Breeder's recommendation: It’s important to take a responsible approach to feeding: bengals have a sensitive stomach, and digestion is easy.
Economy class food should not be given. Although the cat would probably eat with pleasure.
Bengal cats are talkative?
Very talkative! And bengals are very emotional. You come home from work - and she already meets her “meow!” And shows that she ate, went to the toilet, what she did or did not.
Bengal cat from Spotted Company cattery
Bengals are shy cats?
Cheetah Skoda does not yet. But, of course, when she appeared with us, we showed that we must obey.
The breeder advised, if the cat is doing something forbidden, gently slap her on the paw with a newspaper rolled up in a tube and say "You can’t!" Then they will squeeze the ears and already know that this cannot be done.
We also explained that you can’t touch the flowers on the windowsill, climb the curtains, etc.
Breeder's Observations: Bengal cats can be raised, and it’s not bad at all. In any case, the furniture in our house is whole, including a leather sofa.
But the first 2 weeks I was at home with the Cheetah almost around the clock. And she said with what you can play, and with what you can’t.
It seems to me that they can be trained very well if desired.
Do bengal cats like toys?
Extraordinary! It seems to me that even in their very old age they will play with toys - such a breed.
Breeder's observations: If you throw a toy on a bengal, it will run after it, start playing, but if you notice that no one is watching (and no one is watching it playing!), Will bring it to you and wait for you to drop it again.
You can throw a candy wrapper or candy-lollipop - and the cat will drive them around the house with the same enthusiasm.
She is pregnant again, but still runs and jumps. I sometimes worry about her, but I trust the animal instinct.
Is bengal cat important?
We work all day, and the cat rejoices at our arrival, but most likely she sleeps most of the day. Because we leave food when we leave, and when I come home from work, I often find that she hardly even ate.
Where does your cat prefer to sleep?
It’s cold in the house now, and Cheetah prefers to sleep under the covers at our feet. And so she usually sleeps in an armchair - there is soft bedding for her.
But she does not favor the houses. She needs to see everything. How is this - something will happen, but she is not in the know? She likes to sit on a special rack, watching what is happening.
In the summer, in the heat, she lays on the floor, on the tile.
Is it hard to care for a Bengal cat?
It seems to me that these cats do not fade at all. And they do not require any hair care. They do not need to be combed out, they wash themselves.
Breeder's Observations: You can walk at home in black trousers, and they will not have wool. They have a nice, silky feel.
The only thing is that about 3 days before the exhibition, we bathe the Cheetah.
How did the cheetah behave at exhibitions?
The first time she was a little uncomfortable: a lot of unfamiliar animals and smells. Therefore, for about 3 hours, she sat in a cage, sometimes even hissing if someone came up. And then she reconciled, and on the second day she felt almost at home and calmly watched what was happening.
But these cats as a whole easily adapt to the new environment.
Who would you not give a kitten to?
It seems to me that the kitten himself feels to whom his soul lies and to whom it does not. Sometimes, sometimes people come up, pick them up - and kittens are wary. And someone sits calmly, carefully watches, purrs. Therefore, I will rely on the choice of the kitten itself.
What kind of owner does a bengal cat need?
First of all, a person should generally love animals. If you take this cat just for beauty, probably nothing will work. There should be mutual love and compatibility of characters - only then can you live together and understand each other.
If a person loves that the house is quiet, calm, nothing runs anywhere, then, of course, you should not take a Bengal. It is better to choose a Briton who will sleep all day. But if you like that it was lively and that the cat reacted to you, played with you, ran up - take a bengal.
A Bengal cat will not sit still. Wherever you go, she will follow. If I cook, she sits next to her on a high chair. Without her, you won’t go to the bathroom, otherwise she will be indignant. And if let inside, she will sit in a corner, touch the water and play with it.
But our cat sleeps all night.
In general, the owner of the bengal must be active, then he will like the active cat.