anyone else own one?
Mine is driving me crazy this week. He is so jealous of the dog when he goes outside, and it's not a typical meow, more of a screetch..... He cried most of the night and then he came to my room, and cried at 5:40 this morning. I was not a happy camper!!!
he's been fixed for months - But he sure wants to go outside!!
Anyone have a Cat fence or electronic collar for one?
sasha9, Welcome to the Pet Boards!
No, I've never had a Bengal BUT have had many, many cats AND all are in-door only now - learned my lesson well in that regard but can understand your frustrations with one of the more "active" breeds around!
First, glad he is neutered - what is his name and age anyway? And what is the living situation - besides the dog and yourself - does anyone else live there? If so, it will be much easier. Someone to let the dog out while someone else (you) engages in an activity with your Bengal.
Bottom line, your Bengal doesn't want to go outside as much as he is craving ACTIVITY instead! So, in order to help, need some more information about the situation; post back soon.
Cats can be trained to walk on a leash. It's possible that kind of activity is what your cat needs. You can find cat leashes at most big box pet stores or online.
I highly recommend it. I had a cat I adopted from a shelter that had clearly been an outside cat and I taught him to walk on a leash as I lived in Phoenix at the time and wasn't going to let him wander.
Despite the strange looks people gave me, it was great fun. A 20 - 30 minute "walk" with your cat could be just what he needs.
LOL sasha9.....have you ever owned an ordinary moggie? Geesh, they'll wake ya up at 4:30 for breakfast or just to snuzzle and play
Did you do any research on Bengals before getting your kitty? Big, powerful and beautiful! Highly active, rambunctious, they jump and climb >>>>> the walls, the curtains, the bookshelves, counters, hang out on the tops of doors.....they would prolly jump at a ceiling fan and hang on
Kitty needs and wants lots of attention, lots of playtime, kitty toys, a kitty tree to jump around and perch on to watch the dawg and other critters. Any leash walking needs to start in the house until he gets used to it and your commands! He'll need flea & tick treatment before venturing outside.
Is your kitty 3rd or 4th generation Bengal? Makes a big difference in attitude!
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Have you ever watched My Cat From **** on Animal Planet? Its horrible cats and a cat psychologist who helps tranform them into great pets.
One episode featured City the Kitty, a bengal cat found as a stray. He was terrorizing the house. The cat psychologist said like others on this thread saidn - bengals need a lot of activity. They leash-trained the cat and got him more indoor toys and he turned into a perfect gentleman. Also a neighborhood "must see", because keeping the cat happy and well-behaved requires tiring him out by walking him on a leash every day.
My vet owns a bengal cat. Tigger is beautiful and a wonderful kitty, but not when he was younger, My vet took him un after he was abandoned. He says this was one nasty kitty. Marc and his wife vuilt many leveled shelves for kitty to climb with the very top one was very near the top of the window so tigger could look out over the yard and at the highest spot in the room (a huge den) Marc also put a shelf over the top of the curtain rod and then more scattered shelves going down to the floor. He bought many feather on a string yupe cat toys so kitty constantly had toys the kids and anyone coming in the house could wave around. Tigger is nuts over them and Marc says he plays with Tigger for at least after Tiggers \dinner and non stop after wards as well until kitty looks for hid bed and concks out for the night. Poor Tigger is so exgausted he just wants to sleep. Bengals need a lot of playtime he said and since Marc has 2 other cats, they now all play together with no fights and no fights, screaming kitty or being woke up in the middle of the night
"Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful." Ann Landers
Ya know what's really sad......there's a whole lot of "Bengals" out their that have been dumped because they are not pure-bred No offense to City the Kitty but he is a prime example of bad breeding Greedy, disreputable, so-called breeders have jumped on the band-wagon Pure-bred Bengals cost from $700 - $3000
Yep, climbing shelves, perches, windows and plenty of big, sturdy toys for bunny-kicking
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