Things Cats can Teach Us About Life

Bengal CatsWe love our cats and how much of an important part of our lives they become, but do you ever think about what our cats teach us about our everyday lives? No, we’re not talking about the importance of sleeping for 18 hours (though, that does sound nice) but how cats can help us in other ways to be more positive or compassionate in our interactions with those around us. Let’s explore a few of the ways that our cats make us better people.

Appreciate Kindness

Your cat has probably purred from being pet or fed, or returned the favor from time to time by nuzzling up with you when you’re cold or sick or bringing you a dead mouse. While the latter may not have been your favorite way for your cat to say thanks, it is one of the many ways that cats teach us to be thankful for the kindness we’re shown each day.

Know Your Surroundings

Cats have a tendency to always be on the lookout for anything around them, whether it’s a potential prey bird or rodent or just you sneaking around the corner trying to surprise them. In this way, cats teach us to always be mindful of everything around us because when we’re not we may be unpleasantly surprised!

Ignore Annoyances

How many times have you placed stuff on your cat or kept brushing your finger on his or her ear or whisker to get a response. And how many of those times has your cat just ignored you or walked off? There’s a lesson in that: If something is bothering or annoying you, don’t let it. Just ignore it or walk away.

Fish is Delish

Your cat probably loves seafood-flavored treats and food – especially if you’re making a tuna sandwich. Cat’s love fish, and we should too. Fish is full of healthy omega fatty acids and fish oils that have been shown to be good for our bodies. Maybe your cat doesn’t get all the fish he or she wants, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t!

Stretch

When your cat wakes up – or even sometimes while they’re asleep – do they sprawl out as far as possible, seeming to extend every possible muscle as far as they can go? The reason they do this is because it feels good to keep your muscles loose and limber, as you can probably relate when you stretch yourself. Keeping flexible and stretching before and after a workout feels good, relives tension and can help from causing sprains or other pains. Take a page from your cat’s book and stretch regularly.

At Destiny Bengals, we’ve learned a lot about cats and from cats, and want to share those lessons with you with our adorable Bengal kittens available for adoption. Our kittens offer that uniquely distinctive Bengal look, which makes them appear exotic and wild while being friendly, playful and loving. To learn more about our currently available kittens and how you can add a beautiful Bengal to your home, call us today at 561-295-5195.

 

What Can You Do To Help Your Cat When Moving to a New Home?

Moving With CatsCats are a lot like people. They’re diverse in temperament. Some can be easily bothered, highly sensitive to change, and skittish. Others don’t seem to care– at all–about things that bother their peers.

The majority of cats who make a move to a new home are like the majority of people– they need some time to make the mental and physical adjustments to their new environment. There may be some hiding and awkward nights, but that’s not unusual for pets…or their owners.

Just like you’d want to show a child extra special attention to help make a move to a new home as comfortable as could be, try that with your pet cat. Don’t be afraid to pamper them with extra treats and show them more attention than normal.

If you’re going to have a house full of cardboard boxes, put out a few before the moving starts so the cat gets used to seeing them around.

On the day of the move, put your cat into a secure spot where they won’t be distracted by all the chaos of moving; it should be a spot where they’re comfortable and you can easily find them when you want to check on them. Perhaps leave them in a familiar room for much of the moving day, with their water and food available. Close the door so they don’t wander.

When it comes time to actually take them from one home to another, place cats in transport carriers so they don’t accidentally run away and/or get lost the day of the big move. Cats like to roam, but they also like the security of confined spaces, too.

At the new house, put out all the cat stuff they had at the other home, such as their litter box, scratching post, bed and toys. These familiar objects will help make your pet feel more at home in the new place. Start them off in just one room of the new house and every couple days open up more doors for them to explore more rooms. This way it’s not too overwhelming.

Cats Are the Ideal Pet for Busy Homeowners

Bengal KittensIf you were thinking of getting a pet and the decision was between a dog or a cat, one of the main reasons to choose a cat is quite practical: cats can do their business in a litter box indoors. Dogs, on the other hand, must be “let outside” to theirs, which means, for the most part, someone has to be home to facilitate their toilet time. How many dog owners have you met who had to curtail their time with you because they had to rush home to let the dog out? It can be frustrating! Cats, on the other hand, don’t require as much attention, which is a huge advantage in our chaotic modern world where time is at a premium.

Cats make great pets for other reasons, too. They don’t require much room to live, so they adapt well to smaller homes and little apartments. Unlike dogs, you don’t have to “walk the cat” everyday. Besides feeding them and tending to their litter box, and perhaps some attention to grooming, cats are fairly easy to care for.

Just like kids want to surround themselves with plush, stuffed animals, people of all ages tend to love cats because they look and feel nice. They’re generally soft, pettable, warm and cute!

When they’re not resting in your lap with a hypnotic purr, cats can be quite entertaining as they chase after various objects and play with them. You’re likely to get a lot of laughs out of your pet cat’s various antics.

While dogs require lots and lots of attention, cats are more independent. They like attention– sure– but they don’t bother people for it as much as dogs do. Rather than loud barks, cats keep pretty quiet so they won’t bother you or your neighbors. And, best of all, cats are fastidiously clean creatures who are always grooming themselves and they don’t stink!

Finally, cats make great pets because they offer both companionship and unconditional love. When people let people down, who can they turn to? Their pets of course, who can make add a ray of sunshine to even the bleakest of days.

If you’re interested in adding a beautiful Bengal cat to your home, contact Destiny Bengals today.

Ways Cats Show Affection to Their Owners

CatsFor centuries people have enjoyed keeping cats as their beloved pets. They’re cute, cuddly, warm and when they purr, they can soothe even the savage beast.

What are some ways cats show affection to their owners? For starters, cats like to bring their owners presents in the form of dead mice and birds they “caught” for you. While those aren’t necessarily gifts you want, it’s still kind of cool that your pet cat thought to bring you what they caught as a present.

If and when a cat looks you in the eyes or rolls on its back to show you its belly, those are two signs they like and trust you. Since they’re defenseless on their backs, when a cat shows you its belly that’s a sign they feel protected and loved by you.

Have you ever been head butted by a cat? If a person did that to you, you’d be mad, but when a cat does that to you, it’s a way of showing affection. Did you know that through their head butt, they’re depositing facial pheromones on to you– leaving their scent on you!

Though cats are often thought to be somewhat elusive, when one hangs around you he or she is showing they like you. They may playfully nibble on you in a ticklish way or use their paws to knead you like pizza dough. When they get a loud and deep purr going, they’re saying they love you.

Finally, when a cat’s tail is casually up and flipping its tip around you, that’s yet another way they’re showing you affection.

Destiny Bengals is known for supplying people with affectionate Bengal kittens. A cross between a domestic cat and an Asian leopard cat, Bengals are loving, beautiful and friendly. If you have any questions about Bengals, please call 561-295-5195.

The Benefits of Being a Cat Owner

Owning a CatDestiny Bengals breeds beautiful Bengal kittens. These loving and docile felines make loyal, loving pets. It’s no wonder so many people have cats like Bengals for pets. Cats are excellent companions who brighten up the daily lives of millions of people around the world with their playful and loving actions.

Why have a cat? Well, for starters, they can improve your overall quality of life. A cat becomes a member of your family– you look forward to seeing your cat and spending time with him or her, just like you would a son or daughter.

Cats make good companions. Sure, many people “think” cats are anti-social or distant when it comes to being around people, but that’s a myth. Ask cat owners and you’ll discover that they love when their cat cuddles up on their lap during a cold winter’s night. They’ll probably want to show you a “cute cat video” of their cat or someone else’s, because cat videos are quite entertaining. Cats don’t require that you walk them (like dogs do) but they do enjoy a little exercise now and then. Therefore, you can play with them, tossing around a toy mouse, for example. It’s so fun to watch cats scamper about the room chasing rolling or moving objects!

It has been said that cats are important to their owners, especially the elderly or those who don’t have a spouse or anyone else living in their home, because cats are something to nurture. Taking care of a living being gives many adults and kids a sense of greater purpose in their lives. After all, cats depend on their owners in order to live.

Finally, owning a cat can lower your stress levels considerably, especially when you pet them with your hand and they start to purr. Cats seem to help people heal from their injuries– having them around brings the sick and injured extra comfort, and helps take their mind off their own problems.

If you would like to know more about Destiny Bengals, breeder of Bengal kittens, please email DBGM26@aol.com today. Bengals make great cats.

Games to Play With Your Cat

Cat Games Most pet cats love to play, so it’s a good thing to play games with your cat. Keep in mind that cats are, by nature, hunters. They’re also farsighted which means they don’t see too well up close. That said, they can detect movement far away from them and their hearing is much stronger than that of their owners.

In order to have fun with your cat, you can typically use one item to entertain them. For example, you can use a ping pong ball or a crumpled piece of paper on the floor. Your cat will hit it with his or her paw and then chase it around. Experiment with different objects to see what your cats likes to play with… little balls, things that roll, and toy mice usually get cats moving around to play.

Cats have been associated with yarn for a long time, and they just love string! You can take yarn, shoelaces, or any other sort of ribbon and drag it across the furniture. Your cat will be mesmerized and want to investigate.

If you want a good laugh, take one of your hands and place it under a blanket or newspaper. Move your fingers so it looks like there’s something there. Watch and laugh as your cat thinks your fingers are a mouse!

Just like little kids play hide-and-seek, you can play that game with cats. Remember that cats are hunters in search of their prey. So you can hide behind furniture and play a mock game of “come hunt me.” It’s fascinating to see cats crouching down, seemingly stalking their prey.

Find a large paper bag and place it somewhere accessible to your cat. He or she will investigate it and probably end up inside of it. Then, for fun, surprise the cat by poking the bag with your fingers and daring your cat to touch your fingers, too.

Finally, you have probably heard that cat videos are among the most popular on YouTube. Put your cat on your lap and watch some funny cat videos together. It’s a bonding experience and a nice way to show your pet cat some others having fun.

Why Children Should Grow Up With Cats

Children and CatsWith fuzzy fur and a soothing purr, cats can be a child’s best friend. But the benefits of growing up in a household with a cat go far beyond the cuddles. From toddlers to teens, kids who grow up with cats enjoy some definite advantages:

  • A learning boost. Children who feel uncomfortable reading out loud in class, explaining solutions to math problems on the board or giving an oral report on the inventions of Ben Franklin can find help from their furry friends. Children who read or talk to their pets can practice their verbal skills in a stress-free, judgment-free setting. Not only does reading aloud or explaining a concept reinforce learning, it might just earn a snuggle of appreciation.
  • Comfort and unconditional love. From broken toys to broken hearts, children of all ages need comforting now and then. Cats are always willing to lend a sympathetic ear and to be there for kids who are sad, angry, frustrated or afraid.
  • Developing responsibility and empathy. Being responsible for the daily care of another living thing teaches children about commitment, accountability and being aware of the needs of others. Even preschoolers can help take care of the family cat by filling food and water bowls.
  • Lower risk of allergies and asthma. Studies have shown that children who live with cats and other animals are less likely to have common allergies. They are also less likely to develop asthma, which affects nearly 9 million children in the United States.

To give your child the benefits that growing up with a cat can offer, take a look at the available kittens from Destiny Bengals, a premier breeder of Bengal cats. Bengals are an affectionate, energetic breed that is wonderful with children. A cross between a domestic cat and an Asian leopard cat, Bengal cats have a unique, exotic look paired with a gentle temperament.

Destiny Bengals is a premier breeder of this loyal, lovable line of cats. Vet checked for over 17 years, we provide a health certificate and guarantee on all of our Bengal cats. Call Destiny Bengals at 561-295-5195 today or take a look at our available kittens at bengalscats.com.

 

Naming Your New Bengal Cat

red maleNames are so much more than what we choose to call each other. They carry a great deal of meaning, and pick up even more as relationships grow. Once you’ve welcomed a new Bengal cat or kitten into your home, it might seem impossible to think up a name that’s worthy of his or her beauty and unique demeanor. But give it some thought and time, and the ideal name should reveal itself naturally.

Start off by looking closely at your Bengal cat. The color of his or her fur, or the patterns throughout, might provide some clear inspiration. An especially pronounced body part can do the same. For example, attractive paws may translate to a name like “Mittens”.

If physical features don’t make way for a name, don’t panic. Your Bengal cat will be around for a long time, so there’s no need to rush such an important decision. Instead, watch patiently, picking up on every little aspect of the cat’s behavior. Are they particularly fast or slow? Bashful or exuberant? Sometimes, a new cat owner may even instinctively begin calling their cat a descriptive name that ends up sticking over time.

Others might find themselves with a bit more of an enigma. That’s okay! Interesting and complex cats often end up being the best kind. Maybe your cat’s name deserves a little more serious contemplation. Hit the Internet to research some popular cat names. Look up synonyms or foreign translations of words that fit but don’t exactly roll off the tongue.  Think about the origins of your cat and see if it spurs some inspiration. The Bengal cat, for example, is a mix between a domestic and Asian leopard cat.

Of course, the best names of all are often those that honor others from the past. Maybe you had a childhood cat that was particularly important to you, and you’d like to develop an equally profound relationship with your new Bengal cat. You might have a favorite athlete or fictional character that you admire enough to honor. On the other hand, if you’re the creative type, you could make up an entirely new name that takes on whatever meaning you’d like.

The best part about owning a Bengal cat is that no matter what you choose to name him or her, they’ll be a truly special part of your life for years and years to come.

Destiny Bengals recently had a large litter, and we still have many adorable kittens available. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

Reasons to Choose a Cat Instead of a Dog

Cats vs. DogsWhy choose a cat over a dog for your pet? One of the main reasons has got to be the fact that cats can stay indoors and do their business in a cat litter box whereas dogs have to be let outside to relieve themselves. Do you want to be dealing with a dog running around outdoors when it’s freezing cold outside at some ungodly hour? Do you want to have to rush home from a party because you have to let the dog out? Cats are so much easier– they can be left alone, do their business in a convenient-to-clean box in the house, and they don’t require nearly as much attention as dogs typically demand from their owners.

Cats consume less food than dogs; saving you money at the grocery store. Cats don’t slobber all over you like dogs and their tongues tend to do. Cats are actually more efficient at drinking water compared to dogs who make a mess, smashing their tongues into the water’s surface with such force that splashing typically occurs. Cats are tidy; dogs can be messy.

Did you know that research has shown cat owners to be highly intelligent and–get this— 40% less likely to die of a heart attack than those who’ve never owned a cat. Having a cat cuddle up to you can be a great stress reliever. If you have hypertension and want to lower your blood pressure, pet a cat– that can actually help!

Financially, it costs less money to own and keep a pet cat– expect to pay about $300 to $800 more per year if you choose a dog instead. Dog expenses add up– their crates, collars, training classes, toys and vet expenses end up costing a person more money than owning a cat.

If you’re ready to choose a cat over a dog, congrats– you made a smart choice. Bengal kittens and cats make especially nice pets, and Destiny Bengals has been breeding these exotic, distinguished animals for many years. Docile and lovable, Bengals make loving, friendly pets. Call Destiny Bengals today at 561-295-5195 to inquire about having a cute and cuddly Bengal cat in your home as your beloved pet.

Holiday Safety for Cats

Christmas Bengal KittenAs Thanksgiving and Christmas approach, we humans will be busy decorating our homes, searching for new recipes and shopping for presents. During all this hustle and bustle, our cats have plenty of opportunities to get into mischief while exploring all the exciting new additions to the home. Here at Destiny Bengals, we recommend taking some extra precautions while preparing for the holiday season this year, to ensure that you and your kitten have a safe and happy winter together.

Parties

Although your furry friend probably loves the occasional house guest, a crowded room full of strangers may leave them a bit nervous. Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas brunch, we recommend setting up a quiet, cozy area where your cat can escape from the festivities if they become stressed. Place their litter box, bed and some of their favorite toys in a quiet room away from the party area to provide them a place to relax and nap away from the crowd.

Decorations

Inquisitive in nature, cats are quickly attracted to the Christmas tree, strands of lights and decorative items placed about your house throughout the holiday months. As you begin decorating this year, we recommend placing your tree securely in its stand and using fishing line to keep it from falling. When decorating the tree, remember to place glass ornaments high on the tree where you cat will not be able to reach them.

For families who love the look of tinsel, we recommend choosing an alternative like garland. Bright and shiny, tinsel is extremely attractive to cats and can get caught in the digestive tract if swallowed. Also take care when placing lights around your home. Keep cords out of reach of pets to prevent electrical shock or burns, or use a product like Bitter Apple Spray to discourage chewing.

Poisonous Plants

When it comes to holiday plants, a few of our favorites can have some toxic effects on our furry friends. Holly leaves and berries can cause nausea and diarrhea, while mistletoe can lead to cardiovascular problems. Instead of including live plants in your Christmas arrangements, consider artificial plants or a cat-friendly option from the ASPCA’s list of non-toxic plants.

For more holiday safety tips for your Bengal kitten, visit Doctors Foster and Smith Pet Education and the ASPCA. Interested in adding a Bengal kitten to your family this holiday season? Visit Destiny Bengals online to view our available kittens. Contact us via email at DBGM26@aol.com or by phone at 561-295-5195 to learn more about our cats. We hope you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season!