Bring Home a New Bengal Kitten

A little preparation goes a long way…

Bringing home a Bengal Kitten

When you come to collect your Bengal kitten, don’t forget to pack a cat carrier for the car ride!

Most kittens will cry in the car (remember they are only babies), so it is best to bring someone with you who can talk to the kitten through their carrier, or to position the carrier where they can see you. Bengal Cats are hopelessly social and right from the first day, will want to be around you.

Prior to collecting your kitten

As with any new pet, you will need to be prepared with all the necessities to care for a kitten. The basics include: 

  • food and water bowls; 
  • cat litter tray with cat litter (we use crystal cat litter inside); 
  • toys (we recommend at least a cat wand, as these are always a hit with kittens); 
  • cat carrier.

Kmart is usually the best and most cost effective place to start. If you are feeling like a bit more shopping you can buy: 

  • cat harness; 
  • scratching post; 
  • cat exercise wheel; 
  • tunnels;
  • feliway cat spray; 
  • cat nip pouches; 
  • cat beds.   

When you get your kitten home, try and spend as much time with them as you can. The first few days and weeks are critical and the more time you spend with your kitten, the better companion you will have.

Prepare A Safe Room

Depending on the purr-sonality of your kitten and whether you have other animals or small children, you may need to set up a quiet room to give your kitten some quiet time while they adjust to their surroundings. Often the best room is a laundry, bathroom or spare bedroom (provided that they don’t get too hot or too cold). Set up the litter box, a soft bed, food and water bowls, cat toys, and a box to hide in. 

Introductions to new smells, new animals and new sounds are often best achieved through the door of the kitten’s room where they feel safe. It’s also a great place to put your kitten if you are nervous while you are at work or otherwise can’t be at home. 

What should I expect when I bring home a new Bengal Kitten?

Our Bengal Kittens can arrive in their new homes and be as confident and sassy from their first steps as ever. Other times, our kittens can be a little bit shy in a new environment – it is all individual and depends on each kitten’s purr-sonality. Don’t be alarmed if your kitten hides or is shy, some kittens may take a few days to become comfortable. To make things easier for a shy kitten, spend as much time as you can with them (we often recommend putting them in the pouch of a “oodie” and carrying them around with you as much as you can). Utilise the kitten’s quiet room you have prepared if you think things are becoming too stimulating for them.

The stress of joining a new home can sometimes manifest in their stomachs and cause loose stools and loss of appetite for the first day or two until they become comfortable. Don’t stress and just try and keep their diet basis and consistent with what they have been fed before they left their first home. Loose stools (even with a little mucus or blood in it) for a few days is not a reason for alarm so long as the kitten is alert and acting healthy and comfortable. If the problem persists for several days, it’s important to contact us for any questions, alternatively, consult your local Vet.

We will provide you with some wet and dry food for your kitten in their kitten pack. Continue to feed this to them and make any changes to their diet gradual and after they have had time to settle in.

The main rule of thumb with kittens is to watch for any dramatic changes in activity. If your kitten is eating well, playing normally and exploring then there is little reason to be concerned unless any problems continue long period.

If you have any concerns at all, we are always able to be contacted.

Introduction To Other Pets

Take care when introducing a new Bengal Kitten to other pets. Remember that:

  • Dogs and kittens should never be left alone together (even if they appear to be good companions) and you should wait until your kitten is mature and able to safely get away from any unwanted contact before leaving them in the house together; 
  • Slow introduction to other pets is important to avoid jealousy and conflict.  Let everyone get to know each other through the crack under the door of the kitten’s quiet room.
  • One recommended method of introduction is a scent swap:- Take a blanket your new kitten has snuggled with and let your other pets smell it. Give the new kitten a blanket your other pets use so they can smell it (and vice versa). 
  • When its time for everyone to meet face to face, be prepared for some hissing, spitting and growling. As everyone gets used to each other, these behaviours will come to an end and it is not always necessary to immediately remove your Kitten from the environment so long as it is not at risk of being harmed. 

Feeding

Please continue to feed your kitten the same brand of food that we have been providing. In most cases this is Advance Kitten Food, but from time to time we also recommend Royal Canin.

If you would like to change the brand of Kitten Food being fed, please do so gradually. Mix small amounts into their current food, gradually increasing the new food.

We do recommend always feeding a high-quality kitten biscuit to ensure that the minimum vitamins and mineral needs of your kitten are met.

Litter Box Training

Your kitten will come already litter trained. However, because they are so tiny, accidents may happen. Your home will feel huge to your new kitten, and they can have short attention spans, so may get lost looking for their litter box. Pick your kitten up from time to time and show them their litter box.

Be sure to also use the same litter that they have been trained on (we recommend crystal cat litter for inside) and always keep your litter box very clean (sometimes cats do toilet outside of the litter box if they feel it is not clean enough). In some cases your Bengal may prefer two litter boxes so they can use one for urination and the other for defecation.

If you change to a different brand of litter – do so gradually so that your cat has the chance to identify where their toilet is.

Wash all litter trays out with soap and water once a week.

Kittens and sleep is crucial

Kittens like to sleep a lot!! They have short bursts of energy and then will fall into a very deep sleep (in very amusing positions!) A 12 week old kitten will need more than 18 hours of sleep per day. They tend to sleep for 8 hours during the night and then in short blocks during the day.

Bedtime Preparation

To ensure that your kitten does not keep you up at night, before bedtime, play with your kitten to make sure he’s tired enough to soundly sleep. Don’t fall into the trap of getting up multiple times during the night for your kitten if you can avoid it (they are very good at training their owners!).

Responsible Cat Owners Code of Conduct

  1. I will always provide my cat/s with adequate, food, shelter, fresh water and exercise.

  2. I will equip my cat/s for life by providing it with good socialization, training and manners.
  3. I will ensure my cat/s receives adequate veterinary attention.
  4. I will take full responsibility for all of my cat’s actions.
  5. I will not allow my cat to roam freely outside.
  6. I will provide adequate fencing and containment systems to suit the breed of cat/s I own.
  7. I will take responsibility for any mess or excrement caused by my cat/s.
  8. I will lead by example and advocate responsible cat ownership within the community.
  9. I will not breed my cat without first consulting with my breeder (kittens are sold desexed unless sold with breeding rights).

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